During the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, multi-hyphenate Mary Neely sat down with Solzy at the Movies to discuss the short film, Pink Trailer, in addition to filmmaking influences. How much of a thrill is it to premiere Pink Trailer at SXSW? Mary Neely: It’s so amazing. It’s so cool. It’s actually our North American premiere. We had the world premiere in Iceland at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. That was really cool but I was…"SXSW 2018: Mary Neely talks Pink Trailer"
The Miracle Season is the type of film that requires a box of Kleenex heading into the theaters. It’s a film that falls under the categories of being both heartbreaking and devastating as director Sean McNamara tells the inspiring true story of the the Iowa City West High School volleyball team. It’s a team that hand to find a way to channel their feelings following the tragic accident of star setter Caroline “Line” Found (Danika…"The Miracle Season: Heartbreaking and Devastating"
Aaron Katz’s Gemini is a film that should be seen as offering social commentary on media in the digital age. When Heather (Zoë Kravitz) decides she doesn’t want to work on an upcoming movie, her assistant, Jill (Lola Kirke), soon finds herself in hot water. It’s not because of anything that Jill did. In fact, it’s because of coming back to Heather’s home and finding a dead body on the ground. It paves the way…"Gemini: Lola Kirke is A Star"
Don’t let the title fool you because A Quiet Place is a scary movie that is sure to induce flinching. Through Marco Beltrami’s score, the film is able to counteract the silence that comes from the cast. It’s because of the silence that the score is very much a character in its own right. While filmmakers were careful to stay silent during filmming so as to pick up the background noise, it’s the music that helps…"A Quiet Place is quiet but scary"
6 Balloons is a film that shows what a sibling is willing to give up in order to save the other sibling. Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco star as a pair of siblings, Katie and Seth. The latter of which has a two-year-old daughter, Ella, and is being sent off to detox yet again for his heroine problem. It’s July and when she could be doing anything else, she’s driving him around Los Angeles with…"6 Balloons: A Sincere Addiction Drama"
Love After Love is a family drama capturing an intimate portrayal of emotions while grieving. Russell Harbaugh directs the autobiographical family drama from a script that was co-written with Eric Mendelsohn. The script makes for a compelling film that explores a family going through the grieving process following the death of patriarch Glenn (Gareth Williams). He was a husband to Suzanne (Andie MacDowell) and the father to both Nicholas (Chris O’Dowd) and Chris (James Adomian). Everyone has their own…"Love After Love: Career Best for Andie MacDowell"
Chappaquiddick is a film that strives to take an even-handed look at the tragic events of July 1969 but it’s just not compelling enough of a film. It’s not so much a political film inasmuch as it is one that seeks to take an investigative look. John Curran, directing from a screenplay written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, takes us back to yet another cursed moment for the Kennedy family. It’s a sad moment for…"Chappaquiddick: Character Study Falls Short"
Mark Hamill’s Comic Book: The Movie is able to get away with poking so much fun at the industry because it’s satire so full of love. Hamill stars as Donald Swan, the self-professed #1 fan of Commander Courage. The comic book had been created by Jackson Whitney. Swan’s love of comics led him to start up Once Upon A Dime with Derek Sprang (Tom Kenney). The grade school teacher would also go on to open…"Comic Book: The Movie – A Satire of Love"
The very funny independent comedy, For a Good Time, Call…, still holds up nearly six years after its theatrical release in 2012. The biggest reason as to why the film still holds up is because of the strong lead performances from Ari Graynor and actress/screenwriter Lauren Miller Rogen. Graynor delivered one of the most unsung performances among 2012 releases. The two women, Lauren Powell (Rogen) and Katie Steele (Graynor), are as opposite of each other…"For a Good Time, Call… still holds up"