Michael Lehmann talks Airheads at Cinepocalypse

Filmmaker Michael Lehmann spoke with Solzy at the Movies in a phone interview prior to Thursday night’s screening of Airheads to close out Cinepocalypse. Airheads will screen as the closing night selection of Cinepocalypse in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.  How honored are you to be screening a 35mm print of the film? Michael Lehmann:  I am really jazzed about it.  I think that it’s a great way to see a movie.  Obviously, it…

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Holy Lands: Family drama falls quite short

Holy Lands seeks to explore the dysfunction within one family but this story ultimately falls short in being a compelling film. When Jewish-American cardiologist Harry Rosenmerck (James Caan) sets off to become a pig farmer, the very move shakes up his entire family.  It’s not a shock to say that this move is very upsetting for his family.  His neighbor, Rabbi Moshe Cattan (Tom Hollander), is equally unhappy with the move to Nazareth, Israel.  Harry…

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The Quiet One: Bill Wyman Documentary Disappoints

The Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman manages to open up in The Quiet One but the documentary as a whole is sadly not as compelling as it should be. There may have been five members of The Rolling Stones but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have always been more popular.  Perhaps that’s the problem in viewing the documentary.  While Wyman opened up his vast archive starting in 2014, his personal story doesn’t come off as…

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Cinepocalypse 2019: Tammy and the T-Rex

The entire premise of Tammy and the T-Rex is one of the most preposterous ideas ever but one cannot help but be entertained. What we know at the start of the film is that Tammy (Denise Richards) and Michael (Paul Walker) are dating.  Tammy’s ex, Billy (George Pilgrim), is the type of ex-boyfriend who thinks he owns her.  He doesn’t give a shit that Tammy is now with Michael.  Billy’s grand plan turns up to…

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Jon Favreau talks Technological Advances at Siskel Gala

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was on hand Saturday night in Chicago to receive the 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. Before accepting the award, Jon Favreau was joined in conversation by Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.  This made for a pleasant but entertaining evening as the two went down memory lane.  The two spoke about a lot of things–including how not directing Iron Man 3 would lay the groundwork for Chef.  This is because…

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High Life: Too Art House For My Liking

High Life may have come with a lot of hype but I left the film feeling like it was a bit too much art house for my liking. Going into my Sunday afternoon screening, I knew that Robert Pattinson would play an astronaut.  This was pretty much all I knew going into the film.  While we’re getting to know Monte (Robert Pattinson), Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau’s script digs into the film’s backstory.  It turns…

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Jon Favreau talks The Lion King at Siskel Gala

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was on hand Saturday night in Chicago to receive the 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. With Robert Downey Jr. on hand, it’s no surprise that Iron Man would be a matter of discussion.  There were certainly other films brought up throughout the evening.  These films would include Elf, Chef, and Swingers.  The latest film to be directed by Jon Favreau is Disney’s The Lion King.  Of all the films based…

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Ice on Fire: Climate Crisis Doc is a Horror Film

It would not be unfair to state that the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Ice on Fire documentary is a horror film because the global climate is at a crossroads. This is yet another climate change film.  However, there’s something that is strikingly different about this film.  I’ll get to more on this later.  There’s some beautiful imagery–don’t get me wrong–but it’s unfortunate the reason.  While Leonardo DiCaprio is a brilliant actor, he’s found a way to blend…

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Framing John DeLorean: A Docu-Drama Hybrid

Framing John DeLorean serves as a way of telling the story of the car inventor while pointing out all the failed attempts to make a biopic. In making a doc-drama hybrid, we’re able to learn quite a bit about the automaker.  This may depend on what you already know about him going into the film.  Through interviews, we learn about how his downfall affected his family.  We already know that his legacy lives on by…

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Toy Story 4 Could Be A Satisfying Conclusion

Toy Story 4 could very well be a satisfying conclusion and the end of the line for the 24-year-old Disney-Pixar franchise. The opening prologue starts out some nine years ago when the team comes together to save a toy.  Unbeknownst to them, Bo Peep (Annie Potts) is set to be given away.  It’s not an easy farewell for Woody (Tom Hanks) after all they’ve been through but all one can do is move forward in…

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