German Larissa and her nine-year-old twins arrive at their fathers paternal home in the Spanish Sierra Morena mountains. Fathers flight was delayed, but the guests are welcomed as a matter of course by his mother and sister, who live together. The womens routine existence, quiet in its remoteness, is interrupted by the childrens energetic presence. As the scorching hot days go by, everyone tries to relate to each other. Is it a language barrier that renders meaningful conversation all but impossible? For her feature debut, Salka Tiziana was inspired by her own childhood memories of summers in the Sierra Morena. Surrounded by majestic mountainsides full of sun-bleached crops and slow-moving livestock, intimate scenes of familial strangers play out within the walls of the home. Shot on 16mm film, the texture and warmth of the domestic narrative contrast the sharp, High Definition drone shots of the expansive landscape.
Umberto Lenzi is undoubtedly the king of Italian crime movies, but unfortunately; Syndicate Sadists is not the best examples of his work in this genre. Lenzi's crime flicks tend to be a cut above the rest because he makes films based on stories with a point, and they don't lack direction; but this film feels a bit too wayward to fully fit with the rest of his stuff. The film takes obvious influence from Sergio Leone's landmark western 'A Fistful of Dollars' (which in turn, took influence from Akira Kurosawa's landmark samurai flick Yojimbo), in that it features two warring families and a strong character at the centre. The crime that Lenzi focuses on is kidnapping, and we centre on a character called 'Rambo'. Rambo is dragged into the war between the two families after his brother is killed because of it. Rambo uses his brains and brawn to pit the two families against one another, in the hope of gaining revenge for his brother's death, rescuing a young boy that they've kidnapped, and ultimately letting the two sides destroy one another. The film's biggest asset is undoubtedly Tomas Milian. Milian was put to great use by Lenzi in almost all of his crime thrillers. The range of characters he has played for Lenzi is immense, and this one is easily one of the coolest. The character is called Rambo, which immediately sprang to mind the popular Sylvester Stallone character - but for once, the Italians actually haven't stolen this name as Syndicate Sadists was released first! As usual, the film is wickedly entertaining, as we get to watch Milian get himself involved in the usual array of car chases, shootouts and brawls. Lenzi has got him riding a motorbike this time round, and every scene featuring it and Milian is a real standout! However, the film often feels like it doesn't really have anywhere to go, and this means that the running time is stretched out more than it should be. Compared to the crime films of other Italian directors, Syndicate Sadists is more than above average; but in relation to Lenzi crime flicks such as Almost Human and The Cynic, The Rat and The Fist - it doesn't stand tall as one of Lenzi's best. Still, if you're looking for ninety minutes of testosterone fuelled mayhem - Syndicate Sadists will suffice!
ABC的《天空市凶案 The Big Sky》由David E. Kelley主创，改编自C.J. Box的「Cassie Dewell」小说系列首集《The Highway》。? 《天空市凶案》讲述私人侦探Cassie Dewell及前警察Jenny Hoyt合作调查蒙大拿州一条偏僻公路的绑架案，在案中有两名姐妹被一名卡车司机绑走。然而当两人深入调查时竟然发现受害者不止两人，现在主角们得争分夺秒下抓到凶手，阻止他再绑架其他女子。