Tuesday, May 29 2012
Matteo Garrone's Reality, awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes, critiques today's fascination with reality television. To its credit, the film does so without resorting to an easy contrast between good traditional Italian and bad global media culture.
Thursday, February 4 2010
The typical gangster film is turned on its ear; unlike its biblical namesake, no God passes judgment here.
Sunday, February 22 2009
As much as the victims and aggressors in Naples mafia movie Gomorrah seek to repress consequences of gangsterism, they are, of course embodying them.
Thursday, July 31 2003
It is wonderfully indirect; it paints a complicated psychological landscape but doesn't make any of it explicit.
Thursday, December 18 2008
It's all Hollywood's fault. As far back as the earliest days of the cinematic artform, gangsters and mobsters have been romanticized into outsized figures of