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2008-08-29 09:00:43

By Jeff Vice Deseret News THE LAST MISTRESS -- ** -- Asia Argento, Fu'ad Ait Aattou; in French, with English subtitles; not rated, probable R (sex, nudity, vulgarity, brief gore, violence, mild profanity, slurs, brief drugs) If American filmgoers have any prior knowledge of actress Asia Argento's work, it's because of movies like "xXx,""Marie Antoinette" and "George A. Romero's Land of the Dead." However, one of those indicated she had something like "The Last Mistress" in her. She's...

2008-07-25 03:00:32

By Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 25--"Mother of Tears" is a delicious chunk of cheese, a stylish and entertaining crock of old-style horror-genre schlock. Seeing such a relic in the era of torture porn is almost quaint, even as ceremonial daggers are cutting into orifices and entrails are sliding around the floor. Italian auteur Dario Argento's final installment in his "Three Mothers" trilogy, which began with "Suspiria" and "Inferno," goes for camp this time around. The...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Geoffrey Macnab 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' has been restored, re-cut with formerly deleted scenes, and re-released. Geoffrey Macnab tells the story of Sergio Leone's once-overlooked masterpiece There is a certain irony in the veneration now accorded Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The film (re-released in the UK this summer) is acknowledged as probably the greatest of all the Italian spaghetti Westerns. Running a full three hours in its restored version, it...

2008-07-24 06:00:38

By Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 24--For Italian splattermaster Dario Argento, there are no boundaries. "Mother of Tears," one of his few recent films to have made theatrical rounds in the United States, proves how badly he needs them. Not disgusted by a blood-gushing disembowelment? Well how about a throat-slitting murderess who turns the knife on herself after the fact? Or maybe a couple eye gouges? A grotesque, intentionally offensive girl-on-the-run...

2008-07-18 03:00:00

By Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 18--Asia Argento is not the most beautiful woman in the world, or the most elegant. But she is one of the sexiest. Her unquenchable fire is the soul of "The Last Mistress," and she justifies her casting in the lead role. If any woman would spoil a man for all other women, it would be Argento's human volcano, Senora Vellini. Catherine Breillat's potboiler would be even more satisfying if Argento were paired with a more intriguing leading...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By The Oklahoman Jul. 11--The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is presenting a matinee film series featuring movies set in ancient Rome in conjunction with the "Roman Art from the Louvre" exhibition. The six-week series is set for 2 p.m. Sundays in the museum's Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. The series starts this Sunday with "Quo Vadis," the 1951 epic starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr. "The power and opulence of Rome has been an irresistible subject for filmmakers for decades....

2008-07-08 09:00:42

ROME _ This is the year of the mafia _ at least at the box office. Two films on organized crime in Italy, each fact-based melodramas, took top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival in May and are drawing packed audiences here. The Italian movie industry was giddy over the double win. "Gomorra," the film adaptation of a diary-like book by journalist Roberto Saviano that focuses on the Naples-based mob known as Camorra, took home Cannes' grand prize. "Il Divo," a film directed by Paolo...

2008-07-05 12:00:16

By ROBERT NOTT EL PASEO Divorce, Italian Style and Seduced and Abandoned, Sicilian social satires with sexual shenanigans, not rated, in Italian with subtitles, The Screen, 473-6494, 3.5 chiles A 40ish, married aristocrat runs cold for his overly cheerful spouse but hot for his cousin, who's still in high school -- one run by nuns, in fact. The man cannot legally divorce his wife due to an archaic law, so he concocts a plan to seduce the teen and murder his wife -- but only after he's...

2008-06-14 18:00:18

Noted Hollywood director Spike Lee tends to unfairly portray Italians in his films, an Italian-American group alleges. Italic Institute of America President Bill Dal Cerro said Lee, who criticized fellow director Clint Eastwood for not using black actors in his movies, has routinely used his own alleged prejudices to effect how he portrays Italian-American characters, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday. Spike Lee is very talented, but I sometimes wish he'd practice what he preaches,...

2006-05-22 10:44:32

By Kerstin Gehmlich CANNES, France (Reuters) - Italian director Nanni Moretti brought his cinematic swipe at former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the Cannes film festival on Monday, bringing yet more politics to the competition's screens. Already released in Italy just two weeks before the recent election, "The Caiman" is one of 20 films vying for the coveted "Palme d'Or" at the world's biggest film festival. The political theme is a neat fit with other movies in competition,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.