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  • The Hangover

    The Hangover

    ★★½

    An on-the-road bachelor party turns into a nightmare for a groom-to-be and his accompanying friends going to Vegas for the last hurrah. Increasingly outlandish black comedy drags its protagonists through comic hell, but they are so asking for trouble it's hard to actually relate to any of the characters. Spawned two raunchier and more violent sequels.

  • The Solitude of Prime Numbers

    The Solitude of Prime Numbers

    ★★½

    Two lone and troubled kids, each burdened by past traumas, grow toward each other over the course of more than two decades. Based on Paolo Giordano's bestselling first novel, which the writer himself adapted for the screen along with director Costanzo, "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" has a fairly promising start choosing a bold, nearly horrific style that combines strong, expressionistic color palette with music from the Goblin, then it loses most of its impact in a brainy, chronologically fractured structure that undermines the viewers' ability to sympathize with the main characters.

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★½

    Hardly fathomable adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's philosophical Sci-Fi novel lures viewers into a watching tour de force of constant, ever-changing, chaos in motion. A 3-hours, black and white exploration of decay taking place in a muddy, rainy, alien medieval planet where characters wander aimlessly, expel body fluids, and invariably get interrupted even in the most menial tasks. An extraordinary, irritatingly challenging, film experience that requires some radical film-watching commitment in order to be enjoyed.

    Previously filmed by Peter Fleischmann in 1990: letterboxd.com/albertofarina/film/es-ist-nicht-leicht-ein-gott-zu-sein/