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Archive for August, 2017


The Movie – Sidewalks of New York – by Edward Burns.

Relationships are complicated: every character in this story tries to explain their actions due to their own emotions, but nothing is rational.
A thread of Arianna links these characters, partly interviewed and in part the protagonists of a narration: the only truth she understands is that life is made of decisions to take, even when they do not want to do so, but are forced by events.
Love is complicated by the whims of the heart, body and mind.
Suffering arises from the conflict between these things being put into play and discovered, in relating themselves to other people.

The Book – A Love Affair – by Dino Buzzati.

Loving makes blind and even weak: heart torment and stubbornness of love without being reciprocated, winds up in the pages of this novel as a poison that makes the soul sick, a little at a time.
Women are often wicked creatures and their cash greed often reveals to those who love them for what they are: whores that do not love anyone and use men as survival tools.

This happened at the time of the author: today the roles have reversed and the women are used and thrown away by men, with the same ease with which they change a shirt.


The Movie – 21 – by Robert Luketic.

Once you understand the mechanism of a successful weapon, becoming a millionaire is a moment.
Mathematics as a philosophy of life for enrichment.
A crazy idea, but definitely brilliant, for those who dare, for to win.


The Book – Invisible Cities – by Italo Calvino.


Deep souls, fantasies of the mind: these are the cities described by Marco Polo, which becomes, for his listener Kublai, as Scheherazade of One Thousand and One Night: he tells of abstract, strange, mythical cities, timeless, just like they are emotions of the human soul.

The books – The Dark Tower – By Stephen King – (For me, I can only smile at the coincidence of my life with this fascinating saga).

Roland‘s story in search of the Black Tower is a bit of the story of all of us, who in life always look for a goal.
The end of the saga sees Roland retracing his existence on the Tower’s planes, through the memories: arriving at the last room on top of the Tower, the cycle resumes and Roland returns to live his adventure at a precise time of his life.
Do we always repeat the same life? Well at least this would explain the dejà-vu phenomenon.

For me, I can only smile at the coincidence of my life with this fascinating saga:

1. The first book I read of Stephen King is called “Jerusalem’s Lot,” that book in the saga of The Dark Tower, is used as the key to the portal of other worlds: at the time I was sixteen: since then I fell in love with literature.

2. At the age of 19 I left my mother’s home to move to my father’s house.

3. I am currently living near Milan City and my neighbor’s name is Rolando (Italian translation of the name Roland) and, please do not laugh, but in the condominium where we both live, Rolando is the owner of cellar n. 19.

4. In the square behind my home there is a fountain with three statues at the center: a large turtle and two smaller turtles.

5. Every time I returned to Milan in the car years ago, when I still had a car, at the barrier of the motorway toll, I always took the door that had the sign without number, a white sign, free of written number, perhaps erased from time and guessed… that toll gate was between the door of the toll booth number 18 and the door of the toll booth number 20, so I always got the door number 19.

6. My dad had the separation from both of his two wives exactly after 19 years of marriage.

You say, “Well you read the saga and you were influenced by the story, behind number 19.”

Instead I am sorry to disappoint you, but all these things in my life have happened in the last 20 years and the saga of the La Torre Nera series, with its eight books, I’ve only read it in the last five months of 2017 and I live alongside the fountain with turtles already for… 11 years.



The Movie – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

Coming like every pirate story.
You fall in love with these sea adventures.


The Movie – Monolith – by Ivan Silvestrini

Technology is not always an advantage, sometimes it can become a deadly enemy. Remarkable movie, excellent narration and enchanting images of the California Desert.


The Movie – The Dark Tower – by Nikolaj Arcel.

The trailer was made a mistake: the drawing that Jack give to Roland, when they meet the first time, in the trailer is not the same drawing as it is in the movie.

Those who read the novels of the series “La Torre Nerra” will be disoriented by this movie, too short for the film to tell everything and some basic characters are missing.

I understand the choice to “synthesize” the story to make the plot understandable even to those who have not read books, but maybe it would have been better to tell it than more one movie, as it was done with Lord of the Rings.

The beginning of the film is diabolical, typical of Stephen King: to make the writing written down by a small turtle “Tet Corporation” with a red rose between the two words.

I found it brilliant and a nice greeting of Stephen King to his readers.

To get home I took the train on the subway at 19:19.

Details, of course, or… Ka?

The Screenplay – American Beauty – The Movie by Sam Burke.

This is the first screenplay I read and read it in English.

The emotion tried to follow step by step the screenplay, as the movie film went on … there are no words to describe it: pure magic.

It was like looking at the heart of someone who wrote it: find out how the movie was filmed by reading step by step the scenes written on paper.

Turning a movie is really a titanic work, all from those scenes, imagined as a movie by the same writer.

I feel euphoric, enlightened and grateful, as if I had discovered the source of eternal youth.


The Movie – Atomic Blonde – by David Leitch.

Do not trust anyone … We will have to make our life philosophy of protagonist Lorraine Broughton.
A beautiful story of spies, ruthless and accompanied by great music.
A note of merit also to the film’s costumers: the divine Charlize Theron always wore elegant and sensual dresses.
The love story between two women has been a touch of narrative elegance.
A movie to see.

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