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Review: Matteo Garrone's Lightweight & Lifeless 'Reality' Is A Disappointment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 9:59 AM
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The relationship between audiences and reality television has shifted to some degree over the past decade (or longer). Where early shows were once positioned as voyeuristic/documentary style looks at Real People, it quickly became clear to those in front of the camera, behind it and at home watching, that reality television is just a different kind of performance. While these programs are ones ostensibly rooted in Real Life, the people selected for these shows -- as well as the writers, producers and directors -- have become increasingly aware of the audience, playing directly to them. Simply put, most people know reality television is actually not that real at all, but in case you forgot, Matteo Garrone's "Reality" is here to remind you.

Contest Giveaway: Win Movie Tickets & Signed Poster For Matteo Garrone's 'Reality'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 14, 2013 6:08 PM
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"Reality" filmmaker Matteo Garrone's follow-up to the 2008 critically acclaimed crime drama "Gomorrah," hits the Angelika theater in New York City tomorrow, March 15th. Centering on a man who becomes obsessed with starring on "Big Brother," to the point of driving himself into isolation and detaching himself from, well, reality, the film stars Claudia Gerini, Aniello Arena and Loredana Simioli. "Reality" premiered at last year's Cannes International Film Festival before finding distribution with Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Watch: Trailer For 'Gomorrah' Director Matteo Garrone's 'Reality'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 29, 2013 11:21 AM
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When Matteo Garrone burst onto the international scene with the 2008 critically-acclaimed crime drama “Gomorrah,” few would have guessed that his follow-up would revolve around the reality TV show “Big Brother,” but that’s exactly what the Italian director did with “Reality.” And after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, Oscilloscope Laboratories has released a brand new trailer for the film as it gears up to finally hit theaters.

Matteo Garrone Accused Of Getting Mixed Up In The Mob To Make 'Gomorrah'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 12, 2012 11:19 AM
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Now this is a strange, strange story. You may remember Matteo Garrone’s 2009 film “Gomorrah.” The title is a play on words which crosses the Biblical city of Gomorrah and the name of the Neopolitan mafia ‘Camorra’, and was a damning indictment of the activities of the Camorra and the often unexpected areas their illegal activities have stretched to and influenced. On the surface it’s a powerful and brave film which dares to take on the Camorra – Roberto Saviano, whose non-fiction book the film was based on, had already been forced to flee into police protection.

Cannes Review: Matteo Garrone's Lightweight & Lifeless 'Reality' Is A Disappointment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2012 11:50 AM
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The relationship between audiences and reality television has shifted to some degree over the past decade (or longer). Where early shows were once positioned as voyeuristic/documentary style looks at Real People, it quickly became clear to those in front of the camera, behind it and at home watching, that reality television is just a different kind of performance. While these programs are ones ostensibly rooted in Real Life, the people selected for these shows -- as well as the writers, producers and directors -- have become increasingly aware of the audience, playing directly to them. Simply put, most people know reality television is actually not that real at all, but in case you forgot, Matteo Garrone's "Reality" is here to remind you.

First Look At Cannes Competition Entries Matteo Garrone's 'Reality' & Im Sang-soo's 'The Taste Of Money'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 9:24 AM
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Cinephiles have unwrapped the presents put under the Cannes Film Festival Christmas tree this morning, with organizers unveiling their impressive lineup for the 2012 festivities. And this is the gift that will keep on giving. Over the next four weeks in the lead up to the fest, an array of stills and footage will be released for the films headed to the south of France, and things are off to a good start already. The brand new trailer for David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" arrived a few hours before it was officially confirmed for Cannes, and now a couple of fresh images for some In Competition movies are out of the gate.

'Gomorrah' Director Matteo Garrone Starts Lensing Next Film 'Big House'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 2:51 AM
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Italian director Matteo Garrone made a big wave in 2008 with his crackling, layered gangster epic "Gomorrah," which earned the support of Martin Scorsese and wound up with a Criterion Collection edition as well. Not too shabby at all. Well, for his next film, he's turned his eye from crime to the media.

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