“The Two Popes”, a duet in perfect state of grace

The cardinal of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, writes to Pope Benedict XVI asking for the possibility to resign after years of ministry and a deep personal crisis. Bergoglio, who previously in the past clashed with the strongly conservative Joseph Ratzinger, is invited to join him in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. The…

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“Watchmen”: when comics go political

There was a certain amount of curiosity when this new Tv-series based on the popular graphic novel by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore (who never wants to take credit every time his works are adapted for the big or small screen). “Watchmen” has been, since its release in 1986, the epitome of the polarizing contrasts…

“A Hidden Life”or Deliver Us From Evil

Franz Jagerstatter is a devoted Christian who lives in a small village in Austrian Alps with his family. When Austria is annexed to Hitler’s Germany and his representatives begin to appear in the village, poisoning its atmosphere and pushing towards the Naxist doctrine, Franz decides to take a stand against it. His behaviour will cost…

“Knives Out” or a family feud in time for festivities

A gothic manor, a wealthy family meeting and suddenly a death. When the old patriarch and successful crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) commits suicide, the variegated (and spoiled) court of relatives had to deal with a surprising will and the arrival of detective Benoit Blanc (a funny Daniel Craig, successfully dusting James Bond shade…

“Judy & Punch” or A History of Violence

From Australia, a country which always reserved peculiar surprises and watersheds to the history of cinema, comes an unusual black comedy which is also the directorial debut of actress Mirrah Foulkes. Set in an imaginary English town called Seaside (which is surrounded by a huge and deep forest with no sight of sea at all)…

“The King” or A clash of icons

In 2008, British actor Robert Pattinson, after a small but pivotal role in the “Harry Potter” movies,  became the new romantic sensation thanks to Edward Cullen, the vampire of the “Twilight” saga. Ten years later, teenage-faced Timothee Chalamet, moved and enchanted the audiences and awards committees (including the Academy) with his unforgettable turn as Elio…

Gold Digger: in conversation with Ben Barnes at the Montecarlo Television Festival

Gold Digger is the new ITV STUDIO six-part series starring The Punisher star Ben Barnes ( Westworld, Sons of Liberty, By The Gun, Jackie and Ryan, The Words, Killing Bono, Dorian Grey, The Chronicles of Narnia) and Julian Ormond (Witches of East End, Marilyn). We met Ben Barnes this summer at the Montecarlo Television Festival; it…

“Judy” or a journey beyond the rainbow

Aged 46, Hollywood legend Judy Garland, the former girl who enchanted an entire generation singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” in “The Wizard of Oz”, is broke and devastated by abuse of alcohol and pills. She accepts to go to London, invited by theatre mogul Bernard Delfont, for a series of concerts. Here she will followed…