Kalevi Kolttonen movie page


A gateway to action movies (a nice article by Risto Kolttonen, my younger brother)

Thoughts on the art of Lucio Fulci

The New York Ripper movie versus its English trailer

Lucio Fulci and duck themes

Fabio Frizzi's You Are Not The Same from Lucio Fulci's film Luca Il Contrabbandiere


Please note that I have intentionally omitted all kinds of "goodness indicators" that use stars or numbers to rate a movie's quality. You also will not find any "popularity indicators" either - this is not a site for those who like to follow current trends, i.e. those who mindlessly ape the decisions made by others. I could not care less about the movie popularity trends, or any other trends, for that matter. The creative drive behind this site is not at all commercial. I am not paid to promote anything. The things you see and read here come from the heart, and they have been done because I wanted to, not because someone gave me money to do them. This fact is very important to me, and reflects the unlimited free spirit of the whole www.kolttonen.fi site.

All the reviews presented here on www.kolttonen.fi are meant to be read in their entirety. I repeat: they do not, and never will, contain any kind of symbolic or numeric ratings. I think using stars or numbers to rate movies is meaningless at best, and distorting at worst. You should be able to watch and review a movie without resorting to discrete rating systems. I am skeptical even of the meaningfulness of the grading that is done at school, and all the more so when it comes to evaluating pieces of art. How do you assign the numbers without all kinds of prejudices and personal biases? Believe me: you cannot. It just will not work.

Why don't you free your mind and take a new look at the sites like www.imdb.com? The positive part is that they do contain lots of valuable information. The negative part is that the numeric ratings are seriously distorted. Some great but not so well known movies get ridiculously low ratings. Some inferior, but for some reason well known, movies get ridiculously high ratings. The numbers just do not mean a thing. I also would not be in the least surprised if it turned out that movie companies push their own releases up on the numeric scales, and downplay the competitors.

There are probably hordes of relatively unknown, good films, sometimes even carrying important messages, that are not, for one reason or another, considered "politically correct" or "desirable". In those cases the deplorable authorities, often political or religious, will do their best to supress the movies that criticize their ideologies. One such example is Lucio Fulci's fantastic 1972 giallo Non Si Sevizia un Paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling). It is clear that the catholic church intensely loathes this great film, and has done everything in its power to prevent people from seeing it. But now that the Internet is here to stay, nobody can supress our right to free speech. We can freely express our views and feelings. The conservative old media, such as radio, television or newspapers, would never grant us this kind of freedom. The huge importance of the Internet just cannot be overestimated.

In the end all I am asking from you is to reject your need for a "quick fix". Get used to the fact that I offer no numeric ratings, and when you go to the many other movie sites that use stars or numbers, try to ignore their ratings - or at the very least - take them with a grain of salt. To be on the safe side you should focus on the written content and think for yourself.

Never say: "I will not watch this movie, simply because its numeric rating is too low". You might miss a good movie.

Never say: "I will watch this movie, simply because its numeric rating is so high". You might step into a pile of crap.

It should go without saying that the numeric rating problems concern many other disciplines besides movies. For example music, painting, drawing, literature, comics, scientific enterprises, etc. So don't ever forget to use your brain when evaluating the "goodness" of anything.

Okay, on with the movie reviews. Enjoy.

Javier Aguirre

Ottavio Alessi

Silvio Amadio

Dario Argento

Carlos Aured

Pupi Avati

Ferdinando Baldi

Francesco Barilli

Lamberto Bava

Mario Bava

Luigi Bazzoni

Giuseppe Bennati

Sergio Bergonzelli

Andrea Bianchi

Antonio Bido

Juan Bosch

Miguel Iglesias Bonns

Tinto Brass

Mario Caiano

Giuliano Carnimeo

Enzo G. Castellari

Paolo Cavara

Tano Cimarosa

Osvaldo Civirani

Helia Colombo

Luigi Cozzi

Wes Craven

Armando Crispino

Massimo Dallamano

Damiano Damiani

Robert Day

Alberto De Martino

Ruggero Deodato

Giovanni d'Eramo

Fernando Di Leo

Rino Di Silvestro

Enrique López Eguiluz

Luciano Ercoli

Corrado Farina

Abel Ferrara

Demofilo Fidani

Terence Fisher

Jose Maria Forque

Jess Franco

Riccardo Freda

Hugo Fregonese

Lucio Fulci

Terry Gilliam

Marino Girolami

Romolo Girolami

James Glickenhaus

Jean-Luc Godard

Jorge Grau

Leon Klimovsky

Aldo Lado

Mario Landi

Umberto Lenzi

Giampaolo Lomi

Maurizio Lucidi

Michele Lupo

Jose Luis Madrid

Antonio Margheriti

Eugenio Martin

Sergio Martino

Aristide Massaccesi

Stelvio Massi

Francesco Mazzei

Ferdinando Merighi

Jose Luis Merino

Enzo Milioni

Emilio Miraglia

Flavio Mogherini

Jacinto Molina

Roberto Bianchi Montero

John Moxey

Alberto Negrin

Sergio Pastore

Dario Piana

Gianfranco Piccioli

Francisco Lara Polop

Renato Polselli

Maurizio Pradeaux

Giulio Questi

Filippo Walter Ratti

Alfredo Rizzo

William Rose

Renzo Russo

Romano Scavolini

Vittorio Sindoni

Duccio Tessari

Camillo Teti

Tonino Valerii

Carlo Vanzina

Mel Welles

Michael Winner

José María Zabalza