Lineup announced for 2017 Chicago Comedy Film Festival

The Chicago Comedy Film Festival unveiled their lineup on September 1st ahead of the long holiday weekend. Feature films: Everybody Has An Andy Dick Story (77 Min, USA) Special Unit (102 Min, USA) Room for Rent (89 Min, Canada) For the Love of George (89 Min, USA) Something Out of Nothing (45 Min, USA) Love in Moreno Valley (80 Min, USA) Shorts: Alyssa Needs Gay Friends (4 Min, USA) Bob and Vargus (Webisodes, USA) Breakdown…

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Matt Schrader talks Score: A Film Music Documentary

Director Matt Schrader spoke to Solzy at the Movies on Labor Day ahead of Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD release of Score: A Film Music Documentary. Thank you for joining Solzy at the Movies today. How are things treating you? Matt Schrader:  Doing pretty well. Thank you for taking time on your holiday Monday here. It’s very last minute but I’m glad the timing worked. I’m glad the timing worked too. I took a quick break…

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Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts uses anti-trans slur in tweet

The Doctor Who series is no stranger to transphobia as actor John Barrowman pulled a transphobic stunt at San Diego Comic Con in July and now news comes that Gareth Roberts has posted a tweet with an anti-trans slur. Gareth Roberts tweeted: “I [love] how trannies choose names like Munroe, Paris and Chelsea. It’s never Julie or Bev is it? “It’s almost like a clueless gayboy’s idea of a glamorous lady. But of course it’s…

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My Favorite Films of Summer 2017

With an end to the 2017 summer movie season, it’s time to round up my favorite films of this summer.  While I was credentialed for both the Chicago Critics Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and remotely covered a few films selected for the Flyover Film Festival, I am not including any of those films unless they’ve been released in theaters, video on demand, or Digital HD. I’ll start with the documentaries.  I’ve seen…

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Summer Winner: Original Summer Content

Another winner this summer was original summer content that came in the form of Baby Driver, The Big Sick, Dunkirk, and Girls Trip.  47 Meters Down also makes the list given how much it made at the box office against its budget. Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opened in late June to an opening of $20.5 million.  Wright’s film used a musical soundtrack in ways that the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise may never reach.  The…

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Summer Winner: Comic Book Movies

Yesterday examined the summer losers.  Today, I’m looking at the summer winners at the box office.  The first winner over the sumer movie season: Comic Book Movies. This summer saw quite a few comic book films: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man Homecoming.  Where many studio films suffered over the summer with the critics, these three films were hits with both the critics and fans alike. Through Labor Day weekend, all…

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Summer Loser: The Month of August

The next summer loser was the entire month of August.  In a month packed with so many independent films fighting for an audience, it was the studios that failed to offer a film that could appeal to the entire family or at least a few of the movie-going quadrants. The month started off with the release of The Dark Tower from Sony Pictures and Aviron’s Kidnap starring Halle Berry.  Nevermind the fact that Sony had…

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Summer Loser: The R-Rated Comedy

The R-rated comedy is going to need to be revamped heading into next year because aside from Girls Trip, they landed with a dud.  The best comedies this summer were all indie comedies and I’ll have more on that when I visit the summer winners on Monday. Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, opened against King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.  But a front-loaded opening weekend of $19 million wasn’t enough to keep it…

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Summer Loser: Franchise Fatigue

The summer movie box office was down this year and one of the reasons can be blamed on franchise fatigue. This summer saw the releases of Alien: Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Transformers: The Last Knight.  Unfortunately for the studios, audiences just really didn’t care to see them.  It didn’t help that several movies in the franchise preceded them. Despite the box office appeal of Tom Cruise and Russell…

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John Musker on Animation, Filmmaking, and Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers

Walt Disney Animation Studios director John Musker was in Chicago this week and addressed students of The Second City Training Center and Harold Ramis Film School.  I didn’t take a lot of notes during the Q&A session but here’s a recap of what I did jot down. Musker has an impressive resume over the years, having co-directed The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, The Princess and The Frog, and most…

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