Two Cents Worth of Hope (Renato Castellani) *** - A young man and a young woman from a small Italian village fall in love but due to the fact of their respective social statuses and the fact that marrying for money is a common practice, circumstances always pull them apart. This film feels like an Italian neorealist film with a sense of humor. There are some really funny scenes here and I'm not sure but it seems to be parodying Italian neorealist films as well. It didn't blow me away but it's a really fun little slice-of-life, fluffy film.
The Avengers (Joss Whedon) ***1/2 - A million different things could have gone wrong with a film adaptation of The Avengers.
It could have easily have been a ridiculous, bloated, silly train wreck
of a film. Even after the news that Joss Whedon, a man whose works I
have loved and admired in the past, is gonna be writing and directing
it, I was at best cautiously optimistic. What he managed to do with this
film is short of being truly miraculous. He took multiple
larger-than-life characters and created a cohesive and compelling,
near-perfect narrative while putting on a spectacular, exciting piece of
popcorn entertainment where nearly every element works well. It's got
great dramatic character moments but a the same time an organic sense of
humor about it. It's the first Marvel film that I truly want to see