Category Archives: Reviews

Sandokan the Great

Umberto Lenzi’s Sandokan the Great wasn’t the first film adaptation of his work – these had gone back to the silent era – but it’s one of the best, a hugely enjoyable romp starring Steve Reeves Continue reading

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Siberian Education

Coming from Oscar winning director Gabriele Salvatores and with a script by Stefano Rulli and Sandro Petraglia (who were behind Romanzo criminale and My Brother is an Only Child among others), Siberian Education is something of a disappointment. Continue reading

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Adam Chaplin

Adam Chaplin, a sci fi / horror movie made in Italy in 2011, tries so hard to be extreme, to be different that it ends up being tedious. Continue reading

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Last Chance, The (aka Scacco internazionale)

Ostensibly a spy film, The Last Chance in fact bears more of a resemblance to the brace of late-sixties crime films (The Insatiables, The Falling Man, Date for a Murder etc.) that were being produced at the time. Continue reading

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The Lookout (aka Le guetteur)

The Lookout, aka Le guetteur, a Franco-Italian crime film directed by Michele Placido in 2012, is a throwback to the poliziotteschi of the 1970s Continue reading

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Bitter Rice

Giuseppe De Santis’s 1949 classic Bitter Rice holds up amazingly well today, better than most of the neo-realist classics of its time, partially because of its cinematic prowess. Continue reading

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Slap the Monster on the Front Page

Slap the Monster on the Front Page is a political thriller from Marco Bellochio starring Gian Maria Volonte Continue reading

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