CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine

CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine manages to dive into the history of the magazine in a brisk but informative 75 minutes. When I think of music-focused magazines, Rolling Stone and Billboard are among the first that come to mind.  CREEM, however, does not.  This could possibly be because of when I came of age and started listening to rock and roll.  I didn’t get into music until the mid-90s, a few years after…

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Jerry Maguire: Show Me The Money!

Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire recently got an upgrade to 4K Ultra HD this past June as a part of the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection. “Show Me The Money!”  “Help me help you.”  “You complete me.”  “You had me at hello.”  “The human head weighs eight pounds?”  “Kwan.”  These are just a few of the phrases that Crowe helped bring into the lexicon. It’s not unfair to say that Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is…

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Max Reload and the Nether Blasters

Max Reload and the Nether Blasters is a wonderful throwback to the 1980s adventure films we love but with an added mix of gaming. What do The Lord of the Rings, Ghostbusters, and The Mighty Ducks all have in common.  They were a group of people who “relied on each other to succeed against a greater evil.”  Or so Reggie tells Max.  This doesn’t even take into account the Top Gun and Batman references. Fallout…

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Dr. Strangelove Remains A Genius Political Satire

Stanley Kubrick’s classic black comedy, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, remains a genius political satire. This is a film that is surprisingly still relevant even some 20 years into the 21st century.  Obviously, the film features one of the most iconic lines in cinema history but that’s beside the point.  You could still make this film today. There is a lot happening in the span of 94…

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Kelly Blatz talks Senior Love Triangle

Kelly Blatz spoke with Solzy at the Movies this week about his newly released film, Senior Love Triangle, launching on Digital and VOD today. Senior Love Triangle is getting released on August 4. How excited are you to get the film out in front of a wider audience? Kelly Blatz: This has been a project almost 5 years in the making, so I kind of feel like I am sending my first child to Kindergarten.…

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An American Pickle: Seth Rogen In Dual Roles

An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen in dual roles, is the latest planned theatrical release to bypass theaters and go straight to streaming. It would have been really interesting to see how this sort of film plays with an audience.  However, we’ll never know because of the pandemic.  Moreover, and this is truly unfortunate, I should note here that there has yet to be a HBO Max agreement in place for Roku and Amazon users. …

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Picturing Peter Bogdanovich by Peter Tonguette

Peter Tonguette’s Picturing Peter Bogdanovich: My Conversations with the New Hollywood Director is a critical breakdown of the filmmaker’s career. Tonguette’s relationship with the critic-turned-filmmaker started with a phone call for an article in 2003.  The initial phone call has turned into a lengthy relationship including a meeting at an AFI Silver screening. The first half of the book plays as a biography with Tonguette breaking down the director’s filmography.  What follows in the second…

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Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride

Steven Spielberg: A Biography (2nd Edition) by Joseph McBride takes a critical look at the filmmaker while updating the Spielberg story through 2010. Spielberg is my favorite filmmaker of all time.  If not for Jurassic Park, there’s a good bet that I wouldn’t even be doing what I do–whether that’s write about film working to transition into filmmaking.  One of the things I’ve been doing of late when watching Spielberg films is watch the bonus…

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MLB Needs To Shut Baseball Down

Following an outbreak on the Miami Marlins and positive tests for other teams, Major League Baseball needs to show leadership and shut the season down. What we need right now is leadership from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.  We’re not seeing leadership at all.  Going into the start of the season, it wasn’t even sure if the season would happen.  And now, it’s looking like the season should be shut down. You’re probably wondering why I’m…

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The Shadow of Violence: Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar Talk Film, Process

Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar spoke with Solzy at the Movies about The Shadow of Violence following the 2019 world premiere in Toronto. The Shadow of Violence was one of the sleeper hits when the film premiered last year in Toronto.  If you attended TIFF in 2019, you probably know the film by its original name: Calm With Horses.  There’s a Coen Brothers-esque vibe to The Shadow of Violence but I like that this film…

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