Wonka ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½ With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a […]
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
The Truman Show ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. Chiswick Cinema is screening The Truman Show for Andrea’s next film club night […]
Maestro ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A love story – A biopic which chronicles the lifelong relationship of conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein and actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. Out in cinemas now. A film that […]
Wish ⭐⭐ ⭐ A young girl named Asha wishes on a star and gets a more direct answer than she bargained for when a trouble-making star comes down from the […]
Saltburn ⭐⭐⭐ A student at Oxford University finds himself drawn into the world of a charming and aristocratic classmate, who invites him to his eccentric family’s sprawling estate for a […]
Anatomy of a Fall ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ A woman is suspected of her husband’s murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the main witness. On in cinemas at the […]
The Long Goodbye (50th anniversary) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam, but in doing so becomes implicated in his wife’s murder. There will be […]
The Killer ⭐⭐⭐⭐ After a fateful near-miss, an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn’t personal. I should probably start by stating the obvious: […]
Killers of the Flower Moon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When oil is discovered in 1920s Oklahoma under Osage Nation land, the Osage people are murdered one by one – until the FBI steps […]
Dumb Money ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The story of a group of ordinary people who get rich by turning a video game store into the world’s hottest company. Out in cinemas now. Dumb Money […]
Past Lives ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ Nora and Hae Sung are childhood sweethearts separated by fate and thousands of miles, wrested apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Twenty years later, they are reunited […]
A Haunting in Venice ⭐⭐ In post-World War II Venice, Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of […]
Jurassic Park ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½ A group of scientists cloned dinosaurs, and are about to open an amusement park where people can see them. What could possibly go wrong? Chiswick Cinema will be screening Jurassic […]
The Great Escape ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. The Great Escape is being […]
Oppenheimer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. Out in cinemas now. As I sat down to watch […]
Barbie ⭐️⭐️½ Barbie suffers a crisis that leads her to question her world and her existence. Out in cinemas now. I had been waiting to see this film since the […]
Elemental ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ember and Wade live in a city where fire, water, land and air residents all live together. Elemental is out in cinemas now. The fact that I waited […]
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands. Out in cinemas […]
Boy Erased ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The son of a Baptist preacher unwillingly participates in a church-supported gay conversion programme after being forcibly outed to his parents. Available to buy or rent on the […]
WHAM! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ½ Using archive material – interviews and recordings of their performances – George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley relive their Wham career from teenage best friends to ’80s pop icons. […]
Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ During the war in Afghanistan, a local interpreter risks his own life to carry an injured sergeant across miles of gruelling terrain. Streaming on Amazon […]
Sharper ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A con artist takes on Manhattan billionaires. Available to watch on Apple + Right, let me come out straight away, before you tell me off, this film is […]
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐- Review by Andrea Carnevali Archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary artefact that can change the course of history. Indiana […]
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ⭐⭐⭐ – Review by Andrea Carnevali In 1957, Indiana Jones becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind […]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Review by Andrea Carnevali In 1938, after his father goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones finds himself up against the Nazis […]
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Review by Andrea Carnevali I can hear some of you moaning already. What!? Five stars to this sequel?! (Yes I know […]
Raiders of the Lost Ark ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐– Review by Andrea Carnevali In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant […]
Stand By Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Review by Andrea Carnevali After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body […]
Triangle of Sadness ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – Review by Andrea Carnevali A fashion model celebrity couple join an eventful cruise for the super-rich. Triangle of Sadness is now streaming on Amazon Prime. For […]
Spiderman: Across the Spiderverse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – Review by Andrea Carnevali Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes […]