Unhinged Goes Off The Road

While Unhinged prides itself on being one of the first films in theaters, it would have been better off going straight to VOD because it’s not good. A psychological thriller should be easy to get into but I struggled to get into Unhinged.  It isn’t for the lack of trying.  Russell Crowe absolutely does his best to sell himself as a psychotic driver.  The thing is: we’ve seen this film better and it was done…

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Singin’ in the Rain: The Best Movie Musical

Taking place at the start of the talking picture era, Singin’ in the Rain will go down in cinema history as the best movie musical of all-time. The late 1920s was an interesting time for the motion picture business.  Silent pictures were all the rave but things changed when Warner Brothers premiered The Jazz Singer.  Producing a movie musical about this era in time is a genius move on Arthur Freed’s part.  While many executives…

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Kevin Willmott talks The 24th

Oscar-winning screenwriter Kevin Willmott spoke with Solzy at the Movies in a phone interview about his newest film, The 24th. Vertical Entertainment is releasing in virtual cinemas, digital, and VOD today. Sunday, August 23 marks the 103rd anniversary of the Houston Riot of 1917. Willmott won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay as one of four writers that worked on 2018’s BlacKkKlansman.  Most recently, he co-wrote the script for Da 5 Bloods.  Both films were…

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The 24th Is Timely And Relevant

The 24th tells the true story of the all-Black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment and what happened during the Houston Riot of 1917. The film’s release from Vertical Entertainment comes on the weekend of the Houston Riot’s 103rd anniversary.  Like many other events in history, this is one of those historic events that I knew nothing about.  Regardless, there’s still a relevance to the events when we look at what’s happening across the United States. …

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Netflix: Everything Coming and Leaving in September

Netflix announced the list of narrative films, documentaries, specials, and TV series that are coming and leaving during the month of September. Coming Soon ARASHI’s Diary -Voyage- ep 12 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY  In the lead-up to their 20th anniversary, the guys open up about going digital and the challenges of launching their official social media accounts. GIMS: On the Record — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY Go backstage with beloved rap superstar Gims in the year leading up…

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The Sleepover Fits Well On Netflix

The Sleepover is the type of family adventure-comedy that fits perfectly well on the Netflix platform and should be able to find an audience. It’s hard to truly describe the type of film that The Sleepover is without giving it away.  It’s a fun film that honestly blends genres.  There’s something for everyone, really, unless comedies aren’t your thing.  I mean, who doesn’t love a solid family adventure-comedy?!? The gist of the film is that…

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The One and Only Ivan is Heartwarming

The One and Only Ivan is another heartwarming picture from The Walt Disney Studios and it is sure to be a solid winner for Disney+. By my count, this film marks the third of four films from Disney to skip theatrical release.  Given the pandemic, the studio is taking advantage of having Disney+ at their disposal.  At the same time, you also can’t help but feel bad for the theaters because it means a lesser…

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Emperor Shines A Light On A Forgotten Hero

Emperor adds insight to John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Fairy by shining a light on Shields Green, a hero that most Americans probably didn’t even learn about in American history books. When learning about the years before the Civil War, history books teach us about John Brown’s (James Cromwell) raid.  What they don’t do is teach us about Shields “Emperor” Green (Dayo Okeniyi).  In some ways, I feel like 2020 has been such an educational…

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Batwoman: The Complete First Season

Following a shortened first season, Batwoman: The Complete First Season is now available for fans to bring home on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. Fans that buy the first season on Blu-ray will also get a bonus disc featuring the entire Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over.  This limited disc–and the Crisis bonus content–are exclusive to the Blu-ray.  The set alone is worth it for those episodes although you’ll end up with multiple copies if you plan…

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George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones

Brian Jay Jones writes the definitive biography of the Star Wars filmmaker in George Lucas: A Life–published by Little, Brown in 2016. Lucas is one of the greatest world-builders of all time.  Even when he wasn’t officially directing The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi, he was still directing the film.  I mean, wouldn’t you want to be in charge of your own creation?  You can certainly understand why a filmmaker like Lucas…

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