William Friedkin discussed his future in a recent interview as The French Connection recently marked its 50th anniversary. Friedkin’s comments about his future came while discussing the Oscar-winning film with NBC News. The NBC interview alone is worth it for his comments on shooting the film. He would not make some of the same decisions today. Of course, Friedkin also touches on his filmmaking future as well as the future of cinema. It’s possible that…"William Friedkin Likely Done Directing Films"
Last Night in Soho might have a 60s soundtrack but it is a horrifying psychological thriller starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy. The film is classified in the synopsis as a psychological thriller. Let’s get it out of the way right now: Last Night in Soho is more than a psychological thriller. There are aspects of horror in this film. Put it this way: there’s enough horror in the film where I had to close…"Last Night in Soho: A Horrifying Thriller"
Writer-director Joanna Hogg follows up on her critically acclaimed 2019 coming-of-age drama, The Souvenir, with The Souvenir Part II. Julie Harte’s (Honor Swinton Byrne) story continues where it left off in 2019 with Julie seeking to know more about Anthony’s last days. In many ways, the sequel improves on its predecessor. Julie no longer sees the world as she did during the earlier film. She’s changing for better or worse. Like many artists in real…"The Souvenir Part II Continues Where It Left Off"
Stripes, which marked its 40th anniversary in June, recently got an upgrade in the recent Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Vol 2. John Winger (Bill Murray) turns to enlisting in the army after losing his job, girlfriend, and apartment in the single span of one day. He’s a slacker so it’s no surprise to see Anita leave him. Best friend Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis), who teaches English as a second language, joins him in…"Stripes Celebrated 40 Years In June"
James L. Freedman spoke with Solzy at the Movies this week ahead of Wednesday night’s TCM broadcast of Carl Laemmle: The Film. Laemmle was a German-Jewish immigrant that went on to found Universal Pictures. This came as a result of Laemmle’s Independent Moving Pictures (IMP) merging with other companies to form the Universal Film Manufacturing Company in 1912. Originally founded in Fort Lee, N.J., Laemmle would open the largest motion picture production facility, Universal City…"James L. Freedman talks Carl Laemmle Film"
Eternals is an epic sci-fi adventure and different from other Marvel Studios films as Chloé Zhao puts her own mark on the MCU. If you do not read any further, there are mid-credits and post-credit scenes. When it comes to the mid- and post-credit scenes, I have questions. I will not get into those questions right now in case you still need to see the film. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 previously introduced Marvel…"Eternals Is An Epic Unlike Any Marvel Film"
DC’s recent outing, The Suicide Squad, is now available for fans to bring home and watch on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. Guardians of the Galaxy‘s James Gunn stops by the DC universe to helm The Suicide Squad and put his own hysterical spin on things. I should not have to warn you but I am: PLEASE STAY FOR THE END OF THE CREDITS. Belle Reve plays home to the highest mortality rate…"The Suicide Squad Arrives on Home Video"
Joy Ride, the new comedy documentary from Bobcat Goldthwait, features two comedians reflecting on where they are in their lives. This film doesn’t happen without Goldthwait and Dana Gould previously getting into a near-fatal car accident. The two comedy veterans are frenemies and here they are getting back on the road throughout the American South. It goes without saying that the film features a mix of reflection and stand-up performances. Every now and then, we’ll…"Joy Ride: Bobcat Goldthwait, Dana Gould Reflect"
For one young descendant of Holocaust survivors, trauma becomes real in Alana Waksman’s personal film, We Burn Like This. When Rae (Madeleine Coghlan) becomes a target of Neo-Nazis in Billings, Mont., the trauma her ancestors faced becomes all too real. Eventually, she hits her lowest and returns home. This is where Rae learns the truth about an accident during her childhood. Meanwhile, the rising antisemitism in Billings leads Rae on a journey in her own…"We Burn Like This – Tallgrass 2021"
Jon Stewart and Bill Maher are among the latest comedians to wade into the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s transphobic special. Stewart’s comments came in an interview with TMZ while appearing on Capitol Hill. Maher’s comments came during his HBO series, Real Time with Bill Maher. The comments from Maher are no surprise since he blamed transgender rights for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton falling to Trump in November 2016. Stewart on Chappelle: “I know…"The Problem With Jon Stewart, Bill Maher"