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Weekend Wine
Wine from the western part of Tuscany by the Tyrrhenian Sea
"...Tesoro is relatively young as European wineries go. This Italian winery was created in 2002 and has grown to..."

Feb. 17, 2018 Food Post by Wes Marshall

Review: Sophia’s
Classic Italian eatery needs far less flash
"...make much sense with the actual food. Despite the Italian restaurant explosion of the last couple of years, very..."

Dec. 2, 2016 Food Feature by Brandon Watson

Mia Madre
A filmmaker says goodbye to a mother
"...mercurial American actor named Barry (Turturro), forever flubbing his Italian-language lines, and the unruly production is getting away from..."

Sept. 9, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Fabio Frizzi Takes Austin to The Beyond
First word on performance of new score for grisly classic
"...Italian horror music maestro Fabio Frizzi is returning to Austin,..."

Aug. 24, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Confituras to Open in Fall, Sophia’s to Open in July
Plus the debut of Kitty Cohen’s
"...More cocktails, more Italian food, more biscuits!..."

June 20, 2016 Food Post by Brandon Watson

Youth
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in this gorgeous, existential ode
"...call it “advancing age”) – forms the crux of Italian director Sorrentino’s visually sumptuous and intellectually trenchant examination of..."

Dec. 18, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Big Stone Gap
An Appalachian "spinster" learns the truth about her past
"...Big Stone Gap’s large cast of quirky characters. Her Italian immigrant mother sews the costumes. Ave’s best friend, a..."

Oct. 16, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Frizzi 2 Fulci Haunts Austin
Fabio Frizzi on melody and mayhem with Lucio Fulci
"...Italian composer Fabio Frizzi defines his music as having “a..."

Oct. 2, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Juliet Ristorante
Does Austin need another Italian restaurant?
"...feel some weariness about the peculiar outcropping of upscale Italian restaurants this year. Juliet is certainly one of the..."

Sept. 4, 2015 Food Feature by Brandon Watson

The Summit
One of mountaineering's worst disasters remains a deadly mystery despite this documentary's attempt to learn more.
"...taken by the American, Serbian, South Korean, Pakistani, and Italian teams – and it serves as the narrative backbone..."

Oct. 18, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Don Jon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a guy who prefers porn to his girlfriend Scarlet Johansson in this film which also he wrote and directed.
"...Jon (Gordon-Levitt) is an Italian-Catholic gym rat from New Jersey who prefers online pornography..."

Sept. 27, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Salt of Life
This Italian import by the director of Mid-August Lunch addresses the concerns of aging men who realize they are no longer attractive to young women.
"...longer viewed as a sexual object by women. This Italian import may have greater resonance for the men of..."

April 6, 2012 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Le Quattro Volte
A man dies, and a goat is born. Though events are few in this Italian film, its vision is eternal.
"...to convey a sense of the four seasons, although Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Frammartino is also trying to express something..."

July 22, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Double Hour
An Italian import, The Double Hour is a twisty psychological mystery.
"...Alesi. Red herrings abound in The Double Hour, an Italian psychological mystery that features two terrific performances by Rappoport..."

June 10, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
This long-awaited follow-up to Troy Duffy's violent, pulpy cult original is dead on arrival.
"...MacManus (Flanery and Reedus) laying waste to both the Italian and Russian mobs in modern-day Beantown, is delirious, brutish,..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Everybody's Fine
Robert De Niro is the father of grown children (played by Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale) in a family that has trouble communicating.
"...The film is an American remake of Guiseppe Tornatore’s Italian original from 1990, but the problems in tone that..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Gomorrah
The viral progression of organized crime in Naples, Italy, is starkly portrayed in this violent and deglamorizing gangster movie.
"...Petrone. Based on Roberto Saviano's bestselling exposé about the Italian crime machine known as the Camorra, Gomorrah (pun intended)..."

March 27, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Films: Live Action
Be your own judge and jury for these final five competitors for the Best Live Action Short Oscar.
"...the execution leaves something to be desired. Andrea Jublin's Italian film "The Substitute," about a strange new high school..."

Feb. 15, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Golden Door
Despite the hardships depicted, Golden Door is a sweet film that plays witness to the immigrant birth pangs of modern America.
"...America's love/hate relationship with immigrants, documented and otherwise, the French-Italian co-production Golden Door seeks to remind us that somewhere..."

June 22, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Weekly Update
"...named the roster for his first training camp ... Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro and Brazilian midfielder Marta named FIFA..."

Dec. 20, 2006 Sports Post by Nick Barbaro

Silent Hill
Eerie but ultimately unengaging film adaptation of Konami's smash series of video games has a pitch-perfect score and unnervingly nightmarish imagery.
"...German proto-industrialists Einstürzende Neubauten and helmed by the late Italian splatter legend Lucio Fulci. Then wrap your fist in..."

April 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Based on the allegedly autobiographical short stories of alleged teen author J.T. Leroy, Asia Argento's film describes a Gothic maelstrom of psychic and physical abuse.
"...the boy at age 7). Argento, the daughter of Italian horror maestro Dario, has stubbornly made this tale as..."

April 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Good Woman
Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan is here set among Jazz Age expatriates cold-chillin' on the Italian coast, and the result is not quite as dishy as one might hope.
"...Windermere's Fan) among Jazz Age expatriates cold-chillin' on the Italian coast, and the result is not quite as dishy..."

Feb. 3, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Callas Forever
While Callas Forever seems sincere in its attempt to pay tribute to the world’s most famous opera singer, it unwittingly disserves her in its bizarre wish-fantasy about resurrecting her voice onscreen.
"...memory of her unforgettable stage presence. In Callas Forever, Italian film director Zeffirelli – who also directed Callas in..."

March 25, 2005 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Facing Windows
Overburdened domestic drama from Italy still features some great performances.
"...library layout in the International Male catalog. Up: prolific Italian idol Girotti, who died in 2003, in his final..."

July 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Darkly humorous Scottish/Danish production affirms life in the face of death.
"...Himself’s astonishingly good quartet of leads.) Director/co-writer Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners) and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen (a frequent..."

April 30, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Welcome to Collinwood
"...reviewed at press time. This remake of the 1958 Italian heist Big Deal on Madonna Street transposes the action..."

Nov. 8, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Scarlet Diva
"...nutshell, although the directorial debut from the progeny of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento and actress/author Daria Niccolodi is..."

Oct. 18, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Art of Dying
"...Last Summer that borrows heavily from both American and Italian genre films, from its teenage protagonists who can't go..."

May 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Son's Room
"...film written and directed by, and also starring, the Italian film auteur Nanni Moretti. Winner of the Palme d'Or..."

May 17, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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