QT8: The First Eight Honors Quentin Tarantino

QT8: The First Eight is a feature-length documentary paying tribute to Oscar-nominated filmmaker and cinephile Quentin Tarantino. Everything started with Reservoir Dogs in 1992. After its midnight premiere during Cannes, history would forever change.  This was the breakthrough.  Michael Madsen shares some interesting insight into the film’s wardrobe especially with the all-black clothing. The film is told in three distinct chapters: The Revolution, Badass Women and Genre Play, and Justice.  It’s a reminder of the…

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Sundance 2020: First Wave of Titles Announced

The first wave of 118 titles have been announced for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 23-February 2, 2020 in Park City, Utah. Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “Independent artists create and enrich global culture. Their art, which we’re proud to present, can entertain – and much more: it can, illuminate, agitate, and empower. This year’s Festival is full of films that showcase myriad ways for stories to drive…

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AFI Honors Top Films, TV of 2019

The American Film Institute marked their 20th year of honoring excellence by announcing top AFI honorees in both film and television. AFI AWARDS honorees include 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognizes PARASITE and FLEABAG with an AFI Special Award, designated for a work of excellence outside the…

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The Aeronauts: Tom Harper and Eddie Redmayne

Tom Harper and Eddie Redmayne spoke briefly to Solzy at the Movies about The Aeronauts while on the red carpet this past October. What was it that attracted you to the screenplay? Eddie Redmayne:  Well, he wrote the screenplay.  For me, I was reading it while I was making the Fantastic Beasts films.  I found the mixture between the adventure and the thrill of the piece and kind of the visual stuff that just as…

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Hannah Pearl Utt talks Before You Know It

Actress-writer-director Hannah Pearl Utt spoke with Solzy at the Movies about Before You Know It, which is now available on Digital and VOD. Before You Know It premiered this year at Sundance prior to being acquired by 1091 Media. Before You Know It comes out on digital this week after almost a year following the premiere at Sundance. How did you react when you heard the film was selected? Hannah Pearl Utt:  I fell over…

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The Rocketeer Gets A New Life On Disney+

The Rocketeer is the type of film that should certainly benefit from being able to gain a new life that that it’s available on Disney+. Stunt pilot Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) happens to come across a rocket-powered jet pack after crashing his Gee Bee racer.  The discovery was made alongside mechanic A. “Peevy” Peabody (Alan Arkin).  Little do the two of them know just how much trouble this rocket will get them in.  The rocket…

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The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2019

Rather than wait a few more days until the month of December, The Solzy Awards for Documentaries are being honored this month for 2019. Earlier this month, I voted in my first-ever Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards. Some of these awards do match how I voted during the CCDA. However, there were some instances in which my preferred documentary was not a nominee earlier this month.  In other instances, some of my categories were not a…

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Thanksgiving: A Few Movie Essentials

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a Thanksgiving staple but a few other films deserve to be included when it comes to Thanksgiving viewing. Moviegoers got lucky in 2018 because not one but two Thanksgiving options were released: Most Likely To Murder and Lez Bomb.  The two films may be comedies but they couldn’t be more different.  However, what is important is that both films take place during Thanksgiving weekend. In Most Likely To Murder, concierge…

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The Solzy Awards for Short Films in 2019

Sticking more or less to last year’s schedule, I’m presenting the Solzy Awards for Short Films prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It’s been a great year for film.  When it comes to short films, I’ve seen some films that have blown me away.  I’ve seen some films that I don’t think that anyone could have possibly imagined.  Without any further adieu, here are the winners of this year’s Solzy Awards for Short Film. Best…

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The Two Popes: Tradition vs. Reform

The Two Popes takes a look at tradition verses reform in this look at the differences in approach from Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. This is a film that features top-notch acting performances from both Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.  Even for a Jewish person such as myself, I didn’t feel that this was a film looking to teach us about religion.  Instead, it’s an examination of two people with a differing approach to issues…

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