Fantasia 2019: Lake Michigan Monster

Lake Michigan Monster, a small Wisconsin-made indie adventure comedy, is destined to be one of the weirdest films that anybody will see this year. Captain Seafield (Ryland Tews) is putting together a “team of the century.” Their mission is to find the Lake Michigan Monster.  Team members include Nedge Pepsi (Beulah Peters), Sean Shaughnessy (Erick West), and Dick Flynn (Daniel Long).  Along the way, Seafield comes up with various operation names including Annihilation, Nauty Lady,…

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Bottom of the 9th: Redemption in Baseball

Bottom of the 9th gives us a film that seeks to tell us the classic redemption story while placing it in the wide world of baseball. When we first meet Sonny Stano (Joe Manganiello), he’s playing a baseball game in prison.  While we don’t know how he got there, what we do know is that he can hit the ball.  He certainly could have had a nice big league career ahead of him.  But for…

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: I Have Words

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes us back to 1969 in a way that only Quentin Tarantino can do so, while completely wasting Margot Robbie. After viewing the film, I can safely say that Inglorious Basterds remains my favorite Quentin Tarantino film.  While the third act of Hollywood is entertaining, I really wish I could say more about the rest of the film.  For the large majority, we’re viewing the film through actor Rick…

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Toronto 2019: First Wave of Galas and Special Presentations

The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films playing in the Gala and Special Presentations program in September.  The announcement was made by Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente. “Some of the year’s biggest films will land in Toronto this September,” said Bailey, Co-Head and Artistic Director of TIFF. “We’re thrilled to unveil Galas and Special Presentations that bring the brightest lights in film to our Festival audience. Our new programming team has…

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It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a Classic

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is one of the best ensemble comedies and the star-studded film remains a classic to this day. Imagine yourself being surrounded by some of the best comedy stars of the day.  It sounds possible, right?  Think gain because this film doesn’t have a few of them but brings everyone together in an epic race to find the Big W.  Let’s get one thing straight though.  This isn’t a…

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Matt Damon, Ben Affleck team up for Rape-focused Film

Oscar winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are reportedly teaming up on The Last Duel, a 14th century period piece with a focus on rape. The film, titled The Last Duel, is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 novel, The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.  Per Deadline, the novel is being adapted into a screenplay by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener.  Filmmaker Ridley Scott…

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Natalie Portman to Wield the Hammer of Thor

Marvel Studios revealed that Natalie Portman will be wielding Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder due out in November 2021. There is some basis in the comics for Portman’s Jane Foster taking over as Thor.  Following the Original Sin storyline, Thor Odinson witnesses an unidentified woman lifting his beloved Hammer and take the power of Thor.  Foster eventually throws Mjolnir into the sun during an attempt to destroy Mangog, sacrificing her life in…

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The Orville moves to Hulu for Season 3 in 2020

Seth MacFarlane announced during San Diego Comic Con 2019 that The Orville will be moving exclusively to Hulu, starting with season 3. “The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and FOX Broadcasting Company, now FOX Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for…

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Marvel Presents Phase Four Titles at Comic Con

Marvel Studios presented their Phase Four titles during San Diego Comic Con 2019 and this announcement didn’t come without some surprises. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was on hand in Hall H for the big event and had a lot of announcements on hand.  The biggest surprise is that Blade will be making his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  No date was announced for Blade’s MCU debut but Mahershala Ali has been cast…

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Mike O’Brien talks Sword of Trust, AP Bio

Mike O’Brien spoke with Solzy at the Movies this week to discuss the the renewal of AP Bio and co-writing and performing in Sword of Trust. Between Sword of Trust opening and becoming available on VOD today and AP Bio being renewed for a third season, how exciting is it at the moment? Mike O’Brien:  Extremely exciting!  It’s funny how things come in waves. It was very quiet for several months there. But I’m really…

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