Leopoldstadt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. Relayed to selected cinemas as National Theatre Live. I was lucky enough to see Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning Leopoldstadt just before Covid forced all theatres in London to shut down after the first lockdown. […]
About Andrea Carnevali
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta award winning film maker who lives in Chiswick. Some will know him as the parent at St Mary’s Primary School who organised the green wall, but when he’s not doing that he’s producing, directing and editing documentaries such as Who do you think you are? For the BBC and other programmes for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and Netflix.
Born in Milan, Italy, he studied in Rome before moving to London in 1991, where he's been living since. He graduated at the London Film School as a writer, producer and director. After working for 15 years at the BBC, he set up his own company Storylines Production in 2017.
In January 2020 he set himself the goal of watching and reviewing a film a day. He’s not quite achieved that, but almost. You can see all his reviews on his Facebook page #amovieaday. The Chiswick Calendar started publishing them in November 2021.
Andrea says he doesn’t claim to be a writer, nor does he expect people who read his reviews to agree with him on everything:
“That’s the beauty of cinema: we all see different things at different times (some of my favourite films are ones that I hated the first time around). But I can promise you one thing: I’ll be honest. I’ll just talk about movies because I love watching them. I hope you can join me in watching them too”.
Editor Bridget Osborne says:
“I find Andrea’s reviews very refreshing. They are passionate, intelligent and knowledgeable without being pretentious. I have seen some great films I would have missed and avoided some tedious and disappointing ones I might otherwise have sat through by reading his reviews. I find myself agreeing with him most of the time”.
Entries by Andrea Carnevali
C’mon C’mon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali When his sister asks him to look after her son, a radio journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew to show him life away from Los Angeles. In Selected Cinemas. Once in a while a film comes along which unexpectedly not only touches you in ways very […]
Hostile (2021) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Hostile is a feature-length documentary focusing on the impact of the evolving ‘hostile environment’ policies, which are designed to make living conditions so difficult for migrants that they voluntarily leave the country. Released on 21 January in selected cinemas. I started watching this not knowing anything about it – […]
The Tender Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali A boy growing up on Long Island seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle’s bar. Available to watch on Amazon Prime. The Tender Bar is the latest film directed by George Clooney (yes, that George Clooney) and it’s based on a 2005 memoir by […]
Belfast ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s. Out this Friday. # Kenneth Branagh has got an eclectic filmography under his belt – from his Shakespearian masterpieces (Henry V, Hamlet), to superheroes (Thor), to pointless mediocrity (Murder on the Orient Express), as well as some […]
The Father ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality. Now available on Amazon Prime. I know this one came out […]
The House ⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali Across different eras, a poor family, an anxious developer and a fed-up landlady become tied to the same mysterious house in this animated dark comedy. Available to watch on Netflix. This stop motion animated feature is being advertised as a film, but it is actually an anthology of three […]
Scream (2022) ⭐⭐⭐ Review by Andrea Carnevali Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new Ghostface emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth. Out in the cinemas from today. On paper I’m the target audience for this film. Not only I’m a horror geek (yes, guilty as charged!), but I’m […]
Quo Vadis Aida? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. Released in 2021 and just made available on Netflix. A profoundly tense […]
Cow⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Review by Andrea Carnevali A close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows. Out in selected cinemas now and on MUBI. I never thought I would be so mesmerised by watching cows going about their daily lives for 90 minutes (because that’s essentially what this documentary is all about). Cow might possibly […]
Memoria – Review by Andrea Carnevali A woman from Scotland, while traveling in Colombia, begins to notice strange sounds. Soon she begins to think about their appearance. On at Chiswick Cinema this week. Even if you’re not familiar with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “conceptual films”, you’ll be able to tell exactly what sort of thing you’ve stumbled into […]
Munich – The Edge of War ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali A British diplomat travels to Munich in the run-up to World War II, where a former classmate of his from Oxford is also en route, but is working for the German government. In cinemas right now and on Netflix from 21 January. This is one of […]
The Death of Mr. Lãzãrescu (2005) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis. Available on Netflix. This Romanian movie from 2005 is definitely a pretty grim watch; it is a deeply […]
Boiling Point ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Enter the relentless pressure of a restaurant kitchen as a head chef wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year. Out in selected cinemas right now or available to buy/rent on streaming platforms such as Virgin TV Go, Apple iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI […]
A Hero ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don’t go as planned. In selected cinemas right now and on Amazon Prime […]
The Lost Daughter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali A woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past. On Netflix and selected cinemas, including Chiswick Cinema. Sometimes the quietest films are the ones that touch you in the most unexpected ways. I usually write my little reviews straight after […]
The King’s Man ⭐️Review by Andrea Carnevali In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions. On at Chiswick Cinema, This is the third instalment in the Kingsman film series based on the comic book The Secret Service. It […]
Titane ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. (Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys). Out in cinemas now. This French-Belgian film is a hard one to recommend, unless you’re […]
Val ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ Review by Andrea Carnevali Documentary on the daily life of actor Val Kilmer featuring never-before-seen footage spanning 40 years. Currently on NOW TV and Sky. I never really cared too much about Val Kilmer as an actor even though I was a teenager during the 80s, at the height of his “power”… or at least […]
Hawkeye ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali Series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, focusing on the adventures of Young Avenger, Kate Bishop, who took on the role after the original Avenger, Clint Barton. On Disney + I hate to say this, but all the nerdy and geeky online criticisms about this latest Marvel series on Disney+ […]
The electrical Life of Louis Wain ⭐️⭐️⭐ Review by Andrea Carnevali ️The English artist Louis Wain rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings that seemed to reflect his declining sanity. Out in the cinema now and on Amazon very soon. If ever there was a manual with a […]
Licorice Pizza ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. On at Chiswick Cinema now. With nine films under his belt in the last 25 years – Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Phantom Thread, […]
The Matrix Resurrections ⭐⭐ Review by Andrea Carnevali Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. Showing at Chiswick Cinema. First of […]
Nightmare Alley ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review by Andrea Carnevali An ambitious travelling carnival worker with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is. Out in cinemas early 2022. Director Guillermo del Toro’s follow up from his Oscar-winning The Shape of Water is […]
A Boy Called Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali In this origin story of Father Christmas, an ordinary boy (with a loyal pet mouse and a reindeer at his side) sets out on an extraordinary adventure to find his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of Elfhelm. Available to watch […]
Swan Song ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali In the near future, a terminally ill man explores a heart wrenching, emotionally complex solution to save his wife and son from grief by duplicating himself without them knowing. Available to watch on Apple + Get some tissues out for this one, because Swan Song is a real tearjerker […]
CODA ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review by Andrea Carnevali As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music by wanting to go to Berkeley and her fear of abandoning her parents. Available to watch […]
Spider-Man – No Way Home ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, Peter asks Doctor Strange for help. When a spell goes wrong, dangerous foes from other worlds start to appear, forcing Peter to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man. Out in the cinema from today. The fact that this […]
The French Dispatch ⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch Magazine”. Out in selected cinemas. Let me just start by saying that I really think […]
Clifford the big red dog ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali A young girl’s love for a tiny puppy named Clifford makes the dog grow to an enormous size. Showing at Chiswick Cinema. The stories of Clifford, a red oversized dog – and I really mean a giant 10 feet tall and 25 feet long dog – […]