Love and other drugs (USA, 2010):
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway.
Co-written by: Edward Zwick, Charles Randolph, Marshall Herskovitz.
Directed by: Edward Zwick.
Genre: romantic, comedy-drama.
Running time: 112 minutes.
Curiosities: About the explicit nude and sex scenes featured in the film, Gyllenhaal said: «I never had sex wearing underwear … It would be strange to do it in a movie»
Jamie Randall is a young man good with women and words. After having seduced his boss’ wife, he becomes unemployed and starts over by becoming a scientific informant for a famous pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. Sent to the northeastern corner of the US, to sell antidepressants, Jamie ‘corrupts’ doctors and seduces secretaries, proving in a very short time to be the number one seller. Daydreaming of leaving Ohio to fly to Chicago with a promotion, Jamie meets Maggie, a bohemian artist suffering from Parkinson’s disease at the first stage. Greedy for sex but willing to avoid stable feelings and relationships Jamie and Maggie become passionate lovers.
Romantic, enjoyable, moving.
Trailer: Click here.
To watch next…
Inglourious basterds (USA, 2009)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger
written by: Quentin Tarantino
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: war, action, comedy, dark comedy
Running time: 153 minutes
Curiosities: the movie was in theaters by 2009 but Tarantino started to project the plot in 1994.
[official poster is taken from wikipedia]
In a Nazi-occupied France, Shosanna Dreyfus assists in the execution of her family at the hands of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna miraculously manages to escape and to reach Paris, where, with a new identity, she becomes the owner of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine is organizing a group of Jewish soldiers, hired specifically for a punitive action against the Nazis: known by the enemy as ‘The Bastards’, Members of Raine’s team get in touch with German actress and secret agent Bridget Von Hammersmark, to complete the mission of toppling the Third Reich leadership. Destiny will take them to a movie theater, just where Shosanna is on the verge of implementing his revenge. By staging his usual style (a combination of war movies, westerns, comedy, romantic melodrama, and the inevitable gore scenes and the division in parts) Tarantino this time aims at the top: he wants to rewrite the History. The cinema thus becomes the place of final reckoning, chosen by Tarantino as a symbolic oven in which petrol is the celluloid that with its sacred fire purifies the world from its most cruel and inhuman executioner.
Inglourious Basterds is not only “a movie” but rather a “gratification”. Many times we find ourselves projecting a sort of revenge, in the most remote corners of our minds, of the abuses suffered; Here, enlarge this concept, transport it to a higher level, replace yourself with History. A sweet, violent, cold, cruel revenge against the historical villain par excellence. A Gratification, precisely. And we, this small satisfaction, we want to observe it to infinity, we want to dissect it, to convince ourselves that it is true, or at least to suspend reality for a few seconds, we want to draw energy, feeling of revenge. We want to get adrenaline!
And we can do this effectively through the in-depth analysis of this great film, signed Quentin Tarantino.
Unique, adrenaline-pumping, epic
Available on: Amazon Prime
Trailer: Click here.
American Hustle (U.S., 2013)
Produced by: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon
Directed by: David O. Russel
Written by: David O. Russel, Eric Warren Singer
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, Alessandro Nivola
Genre: Black comedy crime
Running time: 138 minutes
Curiosities: The movie won three Golden Globe, three BAFTA and obtained ten nominations for the 86th Academy Awards
“American Hustle” is a movie based on the F.B.I. operation “Abscam” at the end of the seventies, years characterized by numerous financial scandals. It is the story of a couple of criminals that cooperates with an F.B.I. agent to prove that some members of Congress take bribes from the mafia. The two are in love, but Irvin Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is married to Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), a young and particularly unpredictable woman who steals every scene she is in. This well-detailed relationship accompanies us for the entire movie, and especially the unpredictability of Irwin’s wife keeps us at rapt attention. All the characters, in general, are intriguing and particular- it is necessary to give a shout out to the exceptional cast. Sometimes their personalities are brought to extremes, and it is impossible not to be impressed; there is a good balance of reality and fiction, so the movie always remains credible. Enriched by a pleasant American touch with the cinematography and the customs, it facilitates, even more, the immersion in the story.
Entertaining, Fascinating, Dynamic.
Available on: Netflix
Trailer: Click Here
For the screen addict…
Self Made (USA, 2020)
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Tiffany Haddish
Written by: Based on “On her Own Ground” by A’Lelia Bundles
Genre: drama, biographical
Running time: 45-49 minutes (4 episodes)
Curiosities: Despite playing mother and daughter, Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish are only 7 years apart.
(pic by en.wikipedia.org)
Self Made: Inspired by the life of Madam C. J. Walker is a drama tv series launched by Netflix in March 2020, based on “On Her Own Ground” by A’Lelia Bundles. It narrates the story of the Afro hair care pioneer Madam C. J. Walker and how she overcomes all the difficulties and hostilities she faced at the beginning of the century in order to become America’s black millionaire.
Sarah Breedlove is a poor washerwoman who, struggling with losing her hair, is helped by Addie, who owns a perfect secret recipe for a hair product. To show her appreciation for the miracle Addie made, Sarah wants to become a saleswoman for her line of products, but Addie abruptly refuses her proposal since, concerning her opinion, nobody would like to buy a product from someone who looks like her. Infuriated, Sarah decides to create her own line of hair products, initiating her rise in the American business world. She seeks the support of influential personalities that will end up being incredibly dull and sexist: this is why, during the tv series, she will need to roll up her sleeves in order to affirm her own project and ambitions.
Madame C. J. Walker, played by an incredible Octavia Spencer, incarnates some important topics such as the economic independence and the relationship between female entrepreneurship and emancipation.
Motivating, Vibrant, Optimist.
Available on: Netflix
Trailer: Click Here.
By Camilla Pasquali,