A Bad Idea Gone Wrong offers Matt Jones the chance to show what he can do in a feature film as a major supporting player. The film marks the feature film directorial debut for writer/director Jason Headley. It went on to take the Grand Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast for a Narrative Feature at the SXSW Film Festival. As feature debuts go, this one is pretty solid. Headley works with a very minimal cast…"A Bad Idea Gone Wrong: A Heist Comedy"
The lineup for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival was just announced this afternoon. The Festival will be hosting screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 18–28, 2018. Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities. This year’s Festival is full of artfully-told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the…"2018 Sundance Film Festival: Lineup Announced"
Yesterday, the National Board of Review announced the winners of their 2017 awards for film. “The Post is a beautifully crafted film that deeply resonates at this moment in time. We are so thrilled to award it our best film as well as to honor the wonderfully talented Greta Gerwig as our Best Director.” National Board of Review President Annie Schulhof said in a statement. Willie Geist will host the National Board of Review Awards Gala…"National Board of Review names 2017 Award Winners"
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is not a comedy but a psychological thriller that–if anything–delves into satirical territory. The whatever-genre-film-it-is stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener. The film kicked off a hell of a year for Caleb Landry Jones, who can also be seen in American Made; The Florida Project; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and a few episodes of Twin…"Get Out is a Psychological Thriller, not a Comedy"
The 24th Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for the 2018 installment of the film festival taking place Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, 2018, in Park City, Utah. Next year’s festival will feature 18 movies (10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres). The fest will also see the inaugural Russo Fellowship named for festival alumni Joe and Anthony Russo. It includes $25,000 cash prize and mentorship from the brothers. “The Russo brothers exemplify our…"Slamdance Film Festival: The 2018 Lineup"
Actress Jessica Chastain delivers a commanding performance in Molly’s Game as Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut. Chastain is joined by a strong ensemble cast that includes Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Bill Camp, Chris O’Dowd, Brian d’Arcy James, and Graham Greene. In taking a stab at directing, Sorkin brings the true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain) to the big screen. Bloom grew up with Olympic dreams at skiing and the…"Molly’s Game: Chastain commands in Sorkin debut"
Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a new documentary from filmmaker Morgan Neville about the life and work of Mister Fred Rogers. The film has a release date of June 18, 2018. According to a statement released this afternoon from the studio, the emotional and moving documentary will take an intimate look at the man who asked us if we would be his neighbor. “Morgan once again avoids…"Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: Focus acquires Mister Rogers Documentary"
Sylvio is perhaps the most absurd buddy comedy that’s ever been made. Co-directed by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley with a screenplay co-written with Meghan Doherty, Sylvio’s big-screen story is the result of a half-a-million following on Vine. What sets Sylvio apart from other gorillas is that rather than be stuck in a zoo, he’s stuck at a dead-end job making phone calls for Chester Debt Collection until a supervisor assigns him the case of Al Reynolds…"Sylvio: The Most Absurd Buddy Comedy Ever"
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story celebrates the life of the actress-turned-inventor and helps to set the record straight. The actress, who was recently depicted in the “Helent Hunt” episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, was more than just a Hollywood talent. One could make the argument that Lamarr had also lived a double life while working on inventions when she wasn’t in front of the camera. At the peak of her career, Lamar was iconic…"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Sets The Record Straight"
To all the readers of Solzy at the Movies and those who follow my work on Cultured Vultures and The Young Folks, have a Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been a very busy few months and the next few weeks will be just as busy as I put together my year-end top ten and awards but it’s worth it. Your support of my work means so much to me and I truly appreciate it. On this Thanksgiving,…"From Me to You, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!"