New York FF 2020: MLK/FBI

MLK/FBI becomes the first feature-length documentary to really examine the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Freedom of Information Act can be a wonderful tool when used.  In this instance, we’re allowed to see declassified files that show how longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover targeted the likes of Dr. King.  These files were declassified in 2017-2018 so it’s a quick production on that part.  That Hoover targeted King certainly…

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Toronto 2020: A Good Man Is Another Transface Film

A Good Man is yet another example of transface casting gunning for awards with cisgender actress Noémie Merlant in a transgender role. It would be one thing for a cisgender filmmaker to bring a trans story to the screen if they actually had a transgender actor in the trans role.  However, this certainly isn’t the case here.  Not by a long shot.  What’s even more insulting is that the film’s co-writer, Christian Sonderegger, has a…

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Glen Zipper talks Challenger: The Final Flight

Glen Zipper spoke with Solzy at the Movies on Monday morning about Challenger: The Final Flight, a documentary series now airing on Netflix. Zipper is also the co-author of a new science-fiction novel, Devastation Class. Challenger: The Final Flight launches September 16 on Netflix. How long have you been wanting to tell this particular story? Glen Zipper: I’ve been wanting to tell the story it seems like my whole life. I was one of those…

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Roman Holiday On Blu-Ray For First Time

William Wyler’s Roman Holiday, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, arrives on Blu-ray for the first time as a part of the Paramount Presents line. This is one of the few films issued on the Paramount Presents line to include a digital copy.  The collectible packaging also includes a fold-out poster and interior photo spread.  In any event, the limited edition Blu-ray is a worth addition to anyone’s collection. Paramount wanted William Wyler to film…

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Yuval Adler talks The Secrets We Keep

Yuval Adler spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone about his new thriller starring Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman, The Secrets We Keep. The Secrets We Keep opens in theaters on September 16 before going to VOD on October 16. How did you first learn about the project and what led you to sign on as a director and rewrite the script? Yuval Adler: What made me sign on is Noomi and made…

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Toronto 2020: 76 Days

While 76 Days certainly takes a look at Wuhan during the 76-day lockdown, it isn’t really explosive in terms of what we see on camera. As most of the film industry spent the last weekend of January attending the Sundance Film Festival and kicking off a new year for film, something else was happening in China.  On January 23, 2020, China made the decision to lock down Wuhan.  This city has some 11 million residents. …

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Blackbird Mixes Drama With Humor

A family spends one final weekend together at their Connecticut beach house in Blackbird before saying goodbye to a loved one. It’s never easy to say goodbye to family members when you know they are dying.  You don’t know if the next time you’ll see them is going to be the last.  This isn’t the case in Blackbird because everyone knows this will be the last time they see Lily (Susan Sarandon).  Paul (Sam Neill)…

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Toronto 2020: Emma Seligman talks Shiva Baby

Writer-director Emma Seligman spoke with Solzy at the Movies during the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival about Shiva Baby. Shiva Baby is holding the Canadian premiere during TIFF right after acquiring a distributor in Utopia. What were the some of the things you were looking for in terms of a distributor? Emma Seligman: I think that was the main focus was always wanting someone that had a track record of supporting independent film and films…

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Challenger: The Final Flight

Challenger: The Final Flight is a four-part documentary series that explores both the lead-up and the aftermath of the Challenger explosion. Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Dick Scobee were among NASA’s graduating class of 1978.  This was the most diverse class as the space program gave way to the 1980s.  Unfortunately, their lives would be lost in an accident that could have and should have been prevented.  As viewers learn during the program,…

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Keeps The Spirit

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows in the spirit of the 2015 Jurassic World film as the new series premieres on Netflix. Imagine being chosen for the opportunity of a life time.  If you love dinosaurs, it’ll be sure to be an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  After all, this is Jurassic World that we’re talking about!  Darius Bowman is a dinosaur-obsessed teen and an avid reader of Dr. Grant’s work.…

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