Frame from the documentary "It's So Easy and Other Lies"

“It’s So Easy (and Other Lies)” Becomes a Documentary Film

[Scroll down for the Italian version]Duff McKagan did it again. He wrote another book, accompanied by an EP. But I won’t talk about the new How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions) here, as I’ll focus on the 2011 New York Times bestseller It’s So Easy (and Other Lies) instead, which I have just devoured. Read more about “It’s So Easy (and Other Lies)” Becomes a Documentary Film[…]

"The X-Men Films. A Cultural Analysis" - Book cover

Your Guide to the X-Men Films

[Scroll down for the Italian version] In a sense, this post comes full circle, as almost two years ago on this blog I wrote a comment on the promotional campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past. I used Bryan Singer’s film as a case study for lectures and masterclasses, and after a while, when Professor Read more about Your Guide to the X-Men Films[…]

"Cannibal Holocaust" Japanese Program

Snuff. Real Death and Screen Media

After Al-Qaeda’s propaganda videos, but before ISIS’, I was researching the space occupied by death within cinema and digital media. It was just a matter of time before I delved into the urban legend of the snuff movie. So, for a while, some British colleagues I was working with jokingly nicknamed me “Mr. Snuff”. My Read more about Snuff. Real Death and Screen Media[…]

Chris Kyle

“Medals Never Tell the Whole Story”: On “American Sniper” and the Warrior Culture

When I was around 10 years old, I wanted to become a SEAL. The fact that they were the U.S. Navy’s special operation force, while I was an Italian boy, did not matter to me of course. I was into movies such as Navy Seals and The Finest Hour: as such, I just wanted to Read more about “Medals Never Tell the Whole Story”: On “American Sniper” and the Warrior Culture[…]

When Talking About Art Is In Itself a Form of Art: Carlo Vanoni’s “In Bed with Mona Lisa”

I admit it: I’ve cheated. I’ve recently read Carlo Vanoni‘s book In Bed with Mona Lisa – Contemporary Art for Commuters and Curious Minds (La Toletta, 2014) all at once, while on a train from Brussels to London. Which is a shame, because the nice idea about this humorous trip into the world of contemporary Read more about When Talking About Art Is In Itself a Form of Art: Carlo Vanoni’s “In Bed with Mona Lisa”[…]

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Put a Kermode Under Your Christmas Tree

Christmas is coming fast. Sounds menacing, but you better be ready. As I love books, and I suppose you love films since you follow this blog, I am going to suggest an exciting read for the upcoming holidays that combines the two. Whether you live in the UK or not, the name Mark Kermode might Read more about Put a Kermode Under Your Christmas Tree[…]