Recent Films

I’m Not Scared (Io non ho paura) is an Italian film. Michele (boy, nine-years-old) discovers Filippo (also nine), who is chained to the ground at the bottom of a hole. The film is a true child’s perspective of extrememly unsettling events in the world of adults. Excellent cinematography. Directed by Gabriele Salvatores.

This is definitely a film not to miss.

Spoiler: The film has a happy ending but is very disturbing during the journey to arrive there.

Closer is Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Clive Owen as contemporary and sophisticated denizens of London who rotate partners a couple times around. Natalie (Alice) is a stripper; Julia (Anna) is a photographer of the rich and famous plus a portrait artist; Jude (Dan) is an obit writer and novelist; and Clive (Larry) is a doctor. As with many films of this type, the men seem to be the ones in control. Larry makes sure Alice understands this: “You women don’t understand the territory, because you are the territory”

A depressing film with no one living happily ever after or even close. I would pass unless you enjoy lots of descriptive sexual language with little nudity.

Owen and Portman both got nominated for supporting Oscars. Ack. Maybe they felt sorry for Natalie’s tenure as Queen Amidala.

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