Deep Red Review

This is easily my favorite film I’ve seen during the course so far. Dario Argento directs this murder-mystery with a truly unique style that I haven’t seen before in this genre. It’s a beautifully shot film that helps set the tone and atmosphere tremendously. The score is fantastic and while it isn’t the typical score you would hear in this type of movie, it works perfectly. The performances are really enjoyable as well.

The only negative I had with the movie is that I really didn’t find any of the characters all that interesting or likable for that matter. I was invested in finding out who the killer was but I didn’t really care what was gonna happen to the characters.

Still this is one of the most unique murder mysteries I’ve ever seen and I would highly recommend it.

The Decameron Review

This was a weird one. On one hand I liked the performances, the cinematography, some of the humor, and the story structure. On the other hand I think this one was a bit hard to digest. Some of the humor didn’t work for me and I can’t say I can see myself watching this one again. That’s not to say it was bad, it was just not my style.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Review

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is an elegant, beautifully shot, well executed, and thought provoking film. It features some great performances and beautiful cinematography. While it is a bit slow, I never lost interest while watching. I can see why this film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1972 Academy Awards. Highly recommend.

Rome, Open City Review

Maybe the most impressive aspect of this film is the fact that it is almost 80 years old and its power hasn’t diminished at all. There’s still a lot to learn from this movie but not just from a filmmaking aspect but also from a historical and cultural aspect. A hard watch but definitely worth it . This was a clear inspiration for films like Schindler’s List and The Pianist. Not a movie that I would watch again but I’m glad I saw it.