An American Pickle: Seth Rogen In Dual Roles

An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen in dual roles, is the latest planned theatrical release to bypass theaters and go straight to streaming. It would have been really interesting to see how this sort of film plays with an audience.  However, we’ll never know because of the pandemic.  Moreover, and this is truly unfortunate, I should note here that there has yet to be a HBO Max agreement in place for Roku and Amazon users. …

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Picturing Peter Bogdanovich by Peter Tonguette

Peter Tonguette’s Picturing Peter Bogdanovich: My Conversations with the New Hollywood Director is a critical breakdown of the filmmaker’s career. Tonguette’s relationship with the critic-turned-filmmaker started with a phone call for an article in 2003.  The initial phone call has turned into a lengthy relationship including a meeting at an AFI Silver screening. The first half of the book plays as a biography with Tonguette breaking down the director’s filmography.  What follows in the second…

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Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride

Steven Spielberg: A Biography (2nd Edition) by Joseph McBride takes a critical look at the filmmaker while updating the Spielberg story through 2010. Spielberg is my favorite filmmaker of all time.  If not for Jurassic Park, there’s a good bet that I wouldn’t even be doing what I do–whether that’s write about film working to transition into filmmaking.  One of the things I’ve been doing of late when watching Spielberg films is watch the bonus…

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MLB Needs To Shut Baseball Down

Following an outbreak on the Miami Marlins and positive tests for other teams, Major League Baseball needs to show leadership and shut the season down. What we need right now is leadership from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.  We’re not seeing leadership at all.  Going into the start of the season, it wasn’t even sure if the season would happen.  And now, it’s looking like the season should be shut down. You’re probably wondering why I’m…

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The Shadow of Violence: Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar Talk Film, Process

Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar spoke with Solzy at the Movies about The Shadow of Violence following the 2019 world premiere in Toronto. The Shadow of Violence was one of the sleeper hits when the film premiered last year in Toronto.  If you attended TIFF in 2019, you probably know the film by its original name: Calm With Horses.  There’s a Coen Brothers-esque vibe to The Shadow of Violence but I like that this film…

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Gentleman’s Agreement Discusses Anti-Semitism

Gentleman’s Agreement offers poignant commentary about anti-Semitism on its way to a Best Picture win at a time when studios didn’t want this film getting made. Other studios didn’t want this film to be made because of the subject matter.  The fact that it took a non-Jewish producer to get the film made is very telling.  And yet, the prejudice was still showing in the years that followed World War 2. A New York City…

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Toronto 2020: TIFF Announces Film Festival Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival announced a smaller lineup this morning for the annual film festival taking place north of the border. “We began this year planning for a 45th Festival much like our previous editions,” said Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head of TIFF, “but along the way we had to rethink just about everything. This year’s lineup reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s…

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Nick Rowland, Barry Keoghan on The Shadow of Violence

Nick Rowland and Barry Keoghan spoke with Solzy at the Movies about The Shadow of Violence, opening in select theaters on July 31. The conversation took place shortly after the film’s world premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival under the former title of Calm With Horses.  The Shadow of Violence also stars Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar, and Ned Dennehy. The film also marks Rowland’s feature directorial debut. Screenwriter Joe Murtagh also marks his feature screenplay…

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James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction

James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction arrives home on Blu-ray and DVD after the six-part documentary series aired in 2018. This limited documentary series, which originally aired on AMC, features just about every major person ever associated with the genre.  Whether it’s filmmakers, visual effects designers, actors, or commentators, there is no shortage of commentary.  The commentary, of course, is expertly weaved in with montage of film clips or archive footage.  Most importantly, James Cameron’s…

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Comic Con At Home Wraps Up

Comic Con At Home, the virtual edition of the long-runnning San Diego Comic Con wrapped up on Sunday as the four-day convention ended. There were a number of panels worthy of Hall H over the weekend–most notably An Evening With Kevin Smith, A Conversation with Nathan Fillion, and Bill and Ted Face the Music to name a few.  A number of TV networks and streaming providers also brought their content to the four-day virtual convention. …

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