We are on the eve of August 15 and these days the usual frenzy has left us at a much slower pace and relaxed. The cities were empty, and even the TV programs were a little empty, leaving room for repeats. But tonight we can still find a few films on free-to-air and satellite channels, and there’s even First Vision or M3GAN, a thriller that makes us think about the much-discussed artificial intelligence. We remain in dystopian costume with The Lobster, a gem signed by director Yorgos Lanthimos (who will be participating in Venice 80 with his new film Poor Things), starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.
Then let’s dive into Italian auteur cinema with Lina Wertmüller’s Overwhelmed by Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August with Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato.
Titles not to be missed
Stunned by an unusual fate in the blue sea of August – Retequattro, 21:25.
Directed by: Lina Wertmüller
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino, Aldo Puglisi
Sinopsys: Raffaella Pavoni Lanzetti is a wealthy Milanese on a Mediterranean cruise. He does not hesitate to be cruelly dismissive of the crew, but when he is shipwrecked on a desert island with the only company of sailor Gennarino Caruncio, a rough and communist Sicilian, the hierarchy of forces is turned on its head.
Lobster – Heaven, 21:15
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Joe C Reilly, Arian Labed
Plot: We find ourselves in a dystopian society where it is forbidden not to have a partner after a certain age. So, every single or widowed person is forcibly taken to a hotel where you have forty-five days to find your soul mate, otherwise you will turn into the animal of your choice. David decides to rebel and runs off into the woods with a group of other dissidents.
M3GAN – Sky Cinema Uno, 21:15
Directed by: Gerard Johnston
Cast: Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Kimberly Crossman, Ronnie Chieng.
Description: M3GAN is a beautiful life-size artificial intelligence doll programmed to be the best companion of children and the best ally of parents. Created by Gemma, a brilliant robot from a toy company, she is able to listen, watch and learn, becoming a friend and teacher, playmate and protector of the child she is attached to. At some point, Gemma becomes the guardian of Cady, an 8-year-old orphaned granddaughter. The woman feels unprepared for this role and at the same time under a lot of pressure at work. Thus, in an attempt to resolve both situations, he decides to combine his M3GAN prototype with Cady, but this will have unimaginable consequences.
Armageddon-Last Judgment – 9, 21:25
Directed by: Michael Bay
Cast: Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Will Patton
Vera Cruz – Rai Movie, 21:10
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Cast: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Cesar Romero, Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel
Free departure – 27, 21.10
Director: Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Cast: Owen Wilson, Alexandra Daddario, Alyssa Milano, Christina Applegate, Jenna Fischer, Jason Sudeikis, Richard Jenkins, Vanessa Angel, Stephen Merchant, Tyler Hoechlin, Nicky Whelan
Ray – Iris, 21.00
Director: Taylor Hackford
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell
Killer Sisters – La5, 21:10
Directed by: Stanley Brooks
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, James Russo, Mira Sorvino
High Speed Train – Sky Cinema Action, 21.00
Directed by: David Leitch
Cast: Michael Shannon, Brad Pitt, Joey King, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson