Dolemite Is My Name: Eddie Murphy Is Back

Eddie Murphy is back in classic form with the release of Dolemite Is My Name whether or not it is intended to serve as a comeback vehicle. What you should probably know going into the film is that Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) decided to change up his comedy/music career because of Rico, a homeless man.  When the film starts out, Moore is working at Dolphin’s of Hollywood and begging a DJ (Snoop Dogg) to…

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Collection

It’s a holiday delight for comedy fans as Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Collection will soon be available on Blu-ray. This marks the first time that you will be able to bring home all of these titles in one box set.  You get not one but two different films featuring “Who’s On First?”  This is a comedy routine for the ages!  One version is performed in their 1940 debut film, One Night in the…

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Lucy in the Sky: On the Red Carpet

Solzy at the Movies had the privilege of being on the red carpet for the world premiere of Lucy in the Sky last month during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Lucy in the Sky serves as Noah Hawley’s feature directorial debut.  The debut for Hawley comes following his work on both Fargo and Legion. Natalie Portman–who still dreams of being an astronaut in real life–and Jon Hamm lead a cast that also includes Zazie…

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A Serious Man: A Very Jewish Film For The Coens

Drawing upon the biblical Book of Job, A Serious Man is easily the most Jewish film that writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen could make. The Coen Brothers were two years removed from taking home a trio of Oscars for No Country for Old Men.  The pair would follow it up with some lighter fare, Burn After Reading.  Okay, so the latter film didn’t quite hit in the same way so it was back to the…

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Yaron Zilberman, Yehuda Nahari Halevi talk Incitement

Incitement director/co-writer Yaron Zilberman and actor Yehuda Nahari Halevi sat down with Solzy at the Movies one day after the world premiere in Toronto. Not more than five minutes after the world premiere last month, the entire theater had to be evacuated.  This was due to a security concern.  The fact that the film originates in Israel means you have to take every security precaution when someone gets suspicious.  It took about another hour to…

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Shailene Woodley: What She Looks For In Scripts

During a free talk on the OLG Dream Deck in Toronto, Endings, Beginnings actress Shailene Woodley discussed what she looked for in a screenplay. Towards the end of the talk, I asked one of the final two questions. What do you typically look for in characters when you’re reading a screenplay? Shailene Woodley:  Nothing to be honest.  When I read a screenplay, it’s instinctual feeling that comes across me and I actually don’t notice my…

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Guest of Honour: Interview from Toronto 2019

Guest of Honour sat down with Solzy at the Movies for a roundtable interview during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.  Writer-director Atom Egoyan participated along with actors David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, and Luke Wilson. Atom, can you talk about reasoning behind giving Guest of Honour a non-linear structure in terms of the story? Atom Egoyan:  That’s just the way I write.  Given the subject matter and the prismatic, sort of effect of these…

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The Good Place Teaches Us Ethics For Last Time

The Good Place begins the final round of goodbyes when the fourth season premiere of the ethics-teaching series airs tonight on NBC. There’s no easy way to discuss this comedy series without fear of spoilers.  It’s also a series that you honestly need to start from the beginning.  There’s no up and jumping into the fourth season or you’ll be very lost.  Honestly, I feel that The Selection digital series will enhance the new season,…

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The Death of Dick Long Is Fargo-Esque

To say that The Death of Dick Long is reminiscent of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo wouldn’t be an unfair assessment to make about the film. Spoiler alert but Dick Long is dead.  Okay, so the film gives it away right there in the title.  What we know is that Dick died following band practice with Zeke (Michael Abbott Jr.) and Earl (Andre Hyland).  Neither of them want anybody to know what happened to led to…

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Stumptown: Cobie Smulders Leads Adaptation

Cobie Smulders leads Stumptown as the adaptation of the graphic novel series made its series premiere on Wednesday night. Through flashbacks, we learn that Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) used to serve in military intelligence.  Yet she also isn’t the easiest person to work with.  She has gambling debt up the wazoo with Sue Lynn Blackbird’s (Tantoo Cardinal) casino.  At the same time, Dex is the first person that casino owner Sue Lynn turns when grandaughter…

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