English

we’ll keep on fighting till the end

Update on November 26, an authentic ©Pasquale Curatola’s idea: being Freddie Mercury an immortal icon, and being the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ already done, what about a new biopic on Freddie based on a hologram, as done with Whitney Houston? Or, even better, an animated film? Producers! Directors! Get it on!

In nomine tuo, Freddie! Just five of your lyrics:

(more…)


World Children’s Day (2021)

Update: of course, it is World Children’s Day for Unicef as well!

International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can (more…)


Cruz, Banderas, Almodóvar: Marriage Italian Style?

(…) “Penélope is the perfect image I have of motherhood,” says Almodóvar. “But she doesn’t come out of the Spanish tradition of motherhood. In Spain, mothers are usually depicted cooking and cleaning and are often seen as a little bit fat. Penélope emerges out of the Italian tradition of motherhood. She’s sensual and fiery like Anna Magnani or Sophia Loren.”

(…) Both Cruz and Almodóvar insist they aren’t finished collaborating. The director has flirted with the idea of remaking “Marriage Italian Style,” recasting Cruz and Banderas in the roles made famous by Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

“It’s curious more directors don’t (more…)


#Eternals: sci-fi, myths, and religion

Chloé Zhao’s ‘Eternals’, as well as the Marvel comics it is drawn from, seems inspired by some anthropological suspicions.
Why old religions always foresaw catasterisms*?
Taken for granted creativity and imagination of prehistoric and ancient men, and cults of Nature a part, where did some myths come from?
Why so many prehistoric and historic handcrafts seem to be based on alien, extraterrestrial imagines?
Why in Mahabharata it is told of a weapon more powerful than thousand suns?
Why the Latin historian Tacitus (in Historiae**) wrote of a sort of battle in sky, while the temple of Jerusalem was about to be built down, and referred of a voice coming from inside: «Gods are leaving!»?
Was the word Elohim in the Holy Bible just another name for God or, given the plural form, did it mean many different divinities, as thought by some?
And what of the possibility that some discoveries throughout the entire history of humanity could have been inspired by people coming from other worlds?
Of course, scientists and academic professors are quite sceptical toward such approaches, and are more likely to take as possible solutions superstitions, optical illusions, (more…)


Saint Seiya live action, the cast and the latest news

“I have been often wondering what kind of sort the anime ‘Saint Seiya’ would have passed should it be treated by an American, perhaps in Hollywood, company.”

Pasquale Curatola, dealing with another film

Saint Seiya’ is going to get the wide screen as a live action film: ‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’. According to The Hollywood Reporter,

‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ actor Mackenyu and Madison Iseman are leading the cast of Knights of the Zodiac, a live-action adaptation of the 1980s manga and anime series titled Saint Seiya being made by Toei Animation and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl, Diego Tinoco and Mark Dacascos are also in the firmament of the fantasy that’s coming off of wrapping production. Tomasz Baginski, the Polish animator and special effects wiz who has worked on The Witcher, is directing the movie that Toei is producing. (…) The project had been in development for years and suffered several production delays before finally shooting this year. Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Lane) wrote the most recent drafts.

Mackenyu is starring as Seiya (Seiya di Pegasus in Italy), the street orphan and the title hero of the franchise we know quiet well, Madison Iseman plays the role of Sienna (lady Isabel in Italy), the young girl in which the goddess Athena has decided to (more…)


40 years of Smurfs

It was September 12, 1981: the Smurfs lived their first adventure in television, thanks to the NBC. First episode was ‘The AstroSmurf’. First series was broadcasted since September 12 till December 5, 1981; in the next years, the number of series came to 9.
As for Italy,

(more…)


Angelina Jolie, Afghanistan, the letter

Angelina Jolie on Afghanistan, the letter she received

Angelina Jolie started her experience on Instagram by posting a letter she was sent by a teenager in Afghanistan. The actress was in Afghanistan twenty years ago, before 11/9, and met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban.
She also writes:

(more…)


Cannes 2021: the winners

Update: please note the appointment for 75th edition is in 2022, May 10 – 21!
Palme d’Or
TITANE, directed by Julia DUCOURNAU

Grand Prix (ex aequo)
GHAHREMAN (A HERO), directed by Asghar FARHADI
HYTTI N°6, directed by Juho KOSMANEN

Camera d’Or
MURINA, directed by Antoneta ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIC

Honorary Palme d’Or
Jodie FOSTER (actress, director and producer)
Marco BELLOCCHIO (director)

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Europa Cinemas Label as the Best European Film)
A CHIARA, directed by Jonas CARPIGNANO (who already won in 2017 with A CIAMBRA)

Best Director
Leos Carax, for ANNETTE

Best Screenplay
HAMAGUCHI Ryosuke, for (more…)


15 years of blogging

Based on/ on the same tune of ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series (Lyrics by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox)

(#believeinwonder…) (#andbelieveinPascal…) (#15yearsofblogging)

Wonder Pascal! Wonder blogger!
All the world’s waiting for you,
and the blog you manage!

Studying night and day,
looking for the Truth
you make the world
(more…)


#Nomadland

East coast and West coast aside, America also has a kind of ‘Nomadland’ within it, that is not talked about very often.

It is the land of those who have to live in campers, not exactly as some homeless but without stable points of reference to any community that is not, in fact, that of the other nomads.

There is a little bit of stardust in every human being. And (more…)


in memoriam Prince Philip

Really saddened for the loss the Queen Elyzabeth and United Kingdom actually suffered, we quote Lord Alfred Tennison’s poem ‘In Memoriam A.H.H.’*, as a sign of heartfelt condolences: (more…)


Oscars 2021: winners and nominations

Update on April 26: hereafter, winners and nominees of the 93rd Oscars edition.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE


Golden Globes 2021

The Golden Globe winners, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were announced on the night. The two biggest film awards went to ‘Nomadland’ and the ‘Borat’ sequel; as for series, ‘The Crown’ garnered four awards: Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series and Best TV Drama Series. The award for the best song went to ‘Io Sí (Seen)’, sung by the Italian Laura Pausini in the film ‘La vita davanti a sé’, starred by Sophia Loren, and directed by her son Edoardo Ponti. Jane Fonda was awarded a Lifetime Achievement.
Hereafter, the complete list of nominees and winners: (more…)


the last Dragon. And a new princess.

The last Disney princess and the last Dragon. Hereafter the last official trailer and some credits of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’, to be released in theaters on March the 5th or to be booked on Disney+: (more…)


happy birthday, Miyazaki!

お 誕生日 おめでとう ございます 宮崎駿さん

夢とご提案をありがとうございました。!

(more…)


happy birthday

Happy birthday, Cinema!

(125…)


zerozerotette (*)

Update on January, 23, 2021: the release of ‘No Time To Die’ (Bond 25) was moved from April 2 to October 8, due to the pandemic.

Update on November the 7th: Sincere congratulations, Mr. Biden! May you and the United States experience fruitful times full of materialized hopes!
Anxiously awaiting the announcement of the next president of the United States of America, we want to take the time for sincerely wishing a wonderful job to Lashana Lynch, who will star the 26th film of the 007 saga. Already involved in ‘007 – No Time to Die’ as a CIA agent, Lashana will take the inheritance of Daniel Craig, definitively fed up with James Bond’s tuxedo and role. Rumoured since a few months, the actress confirmed in a today interview.

Spite of 007 traditions, then, next James Bond will (more…)


the Blood of Zeus and the International Animation Day

International Animation Day 2020, by Regina Pessoa

Yesterday, October 28, it was the International Animation Day*, and we celebrate it by dealing with a Netflix original series: ‘Blood of Zeus’.
A quite interesting one, ‘Blood of Zeus’ is based on the Greek mythology, and on the Greek mentality for the human beings were to live submitted to the Gods and to the Fate. And the poor to the powerful. Heron is the son of Zeus, born amid one of the relations outside the official marriage the king of the Gods used to do to fill the Earth with people, especially the ones born to become heroes. However, Heron is not aware of his origins, and lives in a miserable context. He discovers who he actually is throughout his everyday adventures, and finds out the goal of his existence: to save humanity from a demonic army.
Created by Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, ‘Blood of Zeus’ is admirable for design, original, well animated, and well characterized.
As for the International Animation Day 2020* into specifics, it is to have a look at the website, and at the poster, designed by “Regina Pessoa”.

International Animation Day 2020, by Regina Pessoa

poster for the 2020 International Animation Day, by Regina Pessoa

Regina Pessoa… what a wonderful art name…

* ASIFA created the International Animation Day (IAD) in 2002, honoring the birth of animation, recognized as the first public performance of projected moving images: Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, on the 28th October 1892.

ASIFA (more…)


72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, the winners

The ceremony of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards was held last Sunday, September 20, 2020, and was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. (Broadcast in U.S. by ABC). The Emmy Awards, as usual since 1949, honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Hereafter the complete list of winners:
(more…)


#Tenet: from a magic sentence to a magic film

TENET, the movie poster and the magic sentence

It is virtually impossible to watch Christopher Nolan’s ‘TENET’
without finding the 5 magic words of the famous magic sentence.

Wonderful structure of the film apart, of course.

Thank you once again, mister Nolan, for (more…)


Shakespeare bisex, Berlinale genderless, other devils

  • Happy birthday, sir Sean Connery!
  • The international Berlin Film Festival since now will be genderless: the awards for best actor and best actress will be abolished and replaced with best lead role and best supporting role. It is the first time in a festival. The next Berlinale will be held since 11 to 21 February 2021, within special security measures. Films will be registered for the festival since the 1st of September. 
  • William Shakespeare actually was bisexual. At least in accordance with two English scholars, Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson, who carefully examined the 154 sonnets written by the playwright. It is not a particularly shocking piece of information, it is to be found even in literary manuals. It was already known that 126 of the poems were addressed to the ‘Fair Youth’, the handsome young man, and only the last 28 to a woman, known as the ‘Dark Lady’. Many argue that the Sonnets are not really dedicated to someone but are a literary work for its own sake. Others believe that the ‘Fair Youth’ was Shakespeare himself, mad in his infinite and confessed vanity. Others recall that in the Renaissance male friendship was expressed with expressions of affection, bed-sharing and declarations of love that we now associate with sexual relationships. The whole LGBT community now hopes for a film in which Shakespeare’s bisexuality could be told explicitly, although something could already have been glimpsed in previous works. In our own small way, we would like to mention the beautiful friendship of Antonio and Bassanio in the ‘Merchant of Venice’…
  • Pupi and Antonio Avati, director and producer respectively, are also at the Bif&st to talk about their latest film, ‘il Signor Diavolo’ (‘Mr.Devil’), which we have seen, always in our own small way, as soon as released in theaters. For the film, the two professionals received the “Tonino Guerra Award” for the best original story. Speaking of future projects, Pupi Avati told Ansa (more…)

Garth Davis: Lion, Tron, and other news

It is within a complex mixture of different feelings that I come to tell that I managed to catch up Garth Davis‘ masterpiece ‘Lion’ just yesterday night, due the impossibility for me to watch it as soon as it was released, in 2016.
Based on a true story, and on all the true stories of the 80,000 children who are missed each year in India, likely to be abducted and driven to horrible dooms, ‘Lion’ is a biographical drama drawn from a screenplay by Luke Davies based on the 2013 non-fiction book ‘A Long Way Home’, by Saroo Brierley. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman, as well as Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Sunny Pawar, this last in the role of Saroo as a child.
Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 October 2016, ‘Lion’ received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Kidman), and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won two BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
In order to not reveal too much, (more…)


BAFTA TV Awards & Emmy nominations (2020)

Update on September: please consider this link for the Emmy Awards winners complete list.

2020 British Academy Television Awards & Emmy nominations.

  • The 2020 British Academy Television Awards ceremony was held on July 31, 2020, hosted by British director and comic actor Richard Ayoade. The nominations for the jury awards were announced on June, the 4th 2020, whilst the nominees for the audience award, “Virgin TV’s Must-See Moments”, were announced on June the 3rd, 2020.
  • The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2019, until May 31, 2020, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was originally to be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was changed virtually from the actors’ homes across the U.S. and will be held on September 20, 2020, and broadcast in the U.S. by ABC; it will be preceded by the 72nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 12 and 13. The nominations were announced on July 28, 2020, by Leslie Jones, Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslany. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel; on July 29, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a letter was sent to the nominees and all involved announcing that the ceremony will be virtual rather than take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles as planned. 

As for the first ones, winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface. The Emmy nominations at the end of the post.

(more…)


Joker and the Man who laughs, just to be clear

“εἰς τὰ ἴδια ἦλθεν καὶ οἱ ἴδιοι αὐτὸν οὐ παρέλαβον”
(‘He came to His Property, and His ones did not accept Him’).
(From the Gospel according to saint John,
also quoted in V. Hugo’s ‘the Man who laughs’).

Crazy about Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, we have always had an ill-concealed disappointment about the possibility that our Hero Gwynplaine could have inspired the Joker, a negative character, a villain, dressed as a dandy but with that villain purple-violet that has always characterized the bad ones.
Nor will ever be tolerable anyone who speaks without knowledge of the cause.
Nor, above all, the reading of the ‘the Man who laughs’ leaves anyone who has faced it as shallow as he was before.
Anyone who has read the Book is perfectly aware of how deep, sublime, even devastating the adventure can be.
The quotations that later literature, cinema and other arts have recognized him are innumerable, certainly impossible to be listed here. When one mentions it, however, precisely because of the already mentioned depth, he can quotes it in pieces, just extrapolating some atoms of meaning.

In his artbook – autobiography ‘Jerry and the Joker’ (Dark Horse, 2017), Jerry Robinson, the first hour historian of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, tells the genesis of what is probably one of Batman’s best antagonists. He tells of a frantic search in the drawers of the house, looking for a deck of cards and, from these, the perfect image for what had flashed in his mind.
Robinson also tells that Bill Finger, after having seen in a magazine the photo of the actor Conrad Veidt, rigged to act in ‘The Man Who Laughs’ (1928), showed it to him too, considering it suitable . *

Our belief is that the inspiration, if it really happened in the terms described above, had been merely iconic, free from any psychological or spiritual ambition.

With regards to the excellent ‘Joker’ by Todd Phillips, (more…)


Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers:

%d bloggers like this: