Kalevi Kolttonen movie page

Articles

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


Reviews

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


Silvio Amadio


Dario Argento


Carlos Aured


Pupi Avati


Francesco Barilli


Lamberto Bava


Mario Bava


Luigi Bazzoni


Giuseppe Bennati

Sergio Bergonzelli


Andrea Bianchi


Antonio Bido


Juan Bosch


Miguel Iglesias Bonns


Mario Caiano


Giuliano Carnimeo


Enzo G. Castellari


Paolo Cavara


Tano Cimarosa


Osvaldo Civirani


Helia Colombo


Luigi Cozzi


Armando Crispino


Massimo Dallamano


Robert Day


Alberto De Martino


Enrique López Eguiluz


Luciano Ercoli


Corrado Farina


Terence Fisher


Jose Maria Forque


Jess Franco


Hugo Fregonese


Lucio Fulci


Riccardo Freda


Terry Gilliam


Marino Girolami


Romolo Girolami


James Glickenhaus


Jean-Luc Godard


Jorge Grau


Leon Klimovsky


Aldo Lado


Umberto Lenzi


Maurizio Lucidi


Michele Lupo


Antonio Margheriti


Eugenio Martin


Sergio Martino


Aristide Massaccesi


Stelvio Massi


Ferdinando Merighi


Jose Luis Merino


Enzo Milioni


Emilio Miraglia


Flavio Mogherini


Jacinto Molina


Roberto Bianchi Montero


Alberto Negrin


Sergio Pastore


Gianfranco Piccioli


Francisco Lara Polop


Renato Polselli


Maurizio Pradeaux


Giulio Questi


Filippo Walter Ratti


Renzo Russo


Alfredo Rizzo


Duccio Tessari


Camillo Teti


Tonino Valerii


Michael Winner


José María Zabalza