Unsung heroes get their due in 12 Strong as another declassified story comes to the screen. Nicolai Fuglsig makes an impressive feature directorial debut by giving audiences a thrilling drama based on the book Horse Soldiers by author Doug Stanton that revisits the beginning years of the War on Terror with soldiers traveling on horseback. In no easy feat, Ted Tally and Peter Craig adapted the book as a screenplay. Perhaps because of this, it…"12 Strong: Unsung Heroes Get Their Due"
Ahead of the Slamdance Film Festival, Do I Have Boobs Now? filmmakers Milena Salazar and Joella Cabalu spoke with Solzy at the Movies about the short film. Thank you for joining Solzy at the Movies today. How are things treating you? Milena Salazar: Hi Danielle, thanks for chatting with us! Things are going well. My co-director Joella Cabalu and I are very excited about our Slamdance screenings, as well as others coming up at Indiana Bloomington Pride and…"Slamdance: Interview with Do I Have Boobs Now? Filmmakers"
Mom and Dad may be crazy but the indie horror comedy features one of the finest performances from Nicholas Cage in recent years. Written and directed by Brian Taylor, the film stars Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, and Zackary Arthur. Mom and Dad feels as if it is the comedic response to The Purge franchise. Instead of the whole country being allowed a single day to commit crimes, it’s parents who turn on their children…"Mom and Dad is All Kinds of Crazy"
The upcoming musical drama, Saturday Church, can best be described as Moonlight meets La La Land. This is said with the best of intentions as the lead character is both questioning their sexuality and gender identity. Written and directed by Damon Cardasis, the musical stars Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Alexia Garcia, Kate Bornstein, and Jaylin Fletcher. Ulysses (Kain) is a 14-year old boy who is now the…"Saturday Church: Moonlight meets La La Land"
Driftwood is going to be hit-or-miss for audiences as the performances drive the silent film. Driftwood is a film that plays to the short side with a running time of just under 80 minutes. For those audiences who love their films with dialogue, this isn’t the film for you. There aren’t any words spoken in this film as it is completely driven by the silent action taking place on screen. Driftwood made it’s world premiere…"Driftwood: Performances drive Silent Film"
It’s time for Animaniacs! Today came word that Hulu, Amblin Television, and Warner Brothers Animation teamed up to announce a new version of the iconic cartoon franchise. The new episodes, which won’t air until 2020, come with a two-season straight-to-series order. This isn’t the only piece of news that comes with today’s announcement. Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution also agreed to a new deal that makes Hulu the exclusive streaming home to the complete…"Hulu orders new Animaniacs series, becomes exclusive home"
Out of the Blue celebrates the 1997-98 Kentucky Wildcats NCAA championship team but with a running time of under an hour, the documentary is too short. This isn’t to say that there’s not much to love because any Kentucky fan will take whatever opportunity exists to see these guys. Of all the Kentucky Wildcats teams to have won a championship, the 1997-98 squad that was considered the unlikeliest of all teams. Then-Georgia Bulldogs head coach…"Out of the Blue: The 1998 Kentucky Basketball Documentary"
As is the case every year, there’s a number of films premiering during the festival circuit but don’t see a release until the following year. In some instances, this could be because of how long it takes to acquire a distributor. If some of these films had gotten an official theatrical release, make no mistake that they’d have found a spot in my top 20 films of the year and maybe even the top ten.…"The Top Unreleased Films of 2017"
I never got around to posting The Solzy Awards in 2015 as I was dealing with a lot of shit at the time, mostly coming out as transgender while living under the roof of my in-denial parents. As 2017 comes to a close, I decided that I should finally get around to posting the awards. Better late than never, am I right? I didn’t see Star Wars: The Force Awakens under the best of circumstances–major…"The Long-Overdue Solzy Awards for Film in 2015"
While the year 2015 may have ended with a film starring a cisgender male playing a trans women, there were two films that starred transgender women in leading roles and one of those was Sean Baker’s Tangerine. Baker has this mysterious ability at finding unknowns with the potential for on-screen talent. He did it with The Florida Project and this was no different with Tangerine with the casting of newcomers Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya…"Tangerine: Essential Cinema for 2015"