Casablanca: One of the Greatest Films Ever Made

Almost 80 years after Warner Bros. released the film in theaters, Casablanca remains one of the greatest films of all time. Bogart and Bergman in performances that would also define both of their careers.  It was a match made in heaven in casting the film.  A love story that was also doomed from the very beginning. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who remains neutral, runs Rick’s Café Americaine.  It’s December 1941 and this is before the…

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy: A Huge Risk

Confessions of a Nazi Spy was seen as a huge risk for Warner Bros. at the time because it dared speak out against Nazi Germany at the time. When Dr. Karl Kassel (Paul Lukas) makes his way to the United States, his main goal is to persuade German Americans to support the Nazi cause.  Kurt Schneider (Francis Lederer), unemployed at the time, ends up joining the cause and becomes a spy.  Schneider sends a letter…

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The Brothers Warner: A Warner Bros. Documentary

The Brothers Warner is the companion documentary to Cass Warner Sperling’s book and the film examines the Warner Brothers family and the studio’s legacy. If there’s someone who can tell the Warner story, it’s Cass Warner Sperling.  The fact that she’s Harry Warner’s grandaughter doesn’t hurt.  This relationship helps to lend the film more of the personal story it needs.  We get Cass’ personal stories about not only Harry but growing up within this famous…

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The Brothers Warner by Cass Warner Sperling

The Brothers Warner, written by Cass Warner Sperling, tells the definitive story of the Warner Brothers, their family, and the studio. If you want to learn more about how the studio came to be, this is the book for you.  This is the book that shows how Harry, Abe, Sam, and Jack Warner would come together to start a studio.  They took a similar motto from The Three Musketeers in that they were all for…

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Warner Bros by David Thomson

Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by David Thomson tells an abbreviated history of the studio’s founding and filmography. The book was published through the Jewish Lives series at Yale University Press in 2017.  A paperback came out in the fall of 2019.  Compared with The Brothers Warner, which I’m writing about tomorrow, it’s only a snippet into their lives.  If you want a look into their lives without all the in-depth…

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Christian Kane talks Almost Paradise

Christian Kane spoke over the phone with Solzy at the Movies to discuss his upcoming role in the upcoming WGN America series, Almost Paradise. Almost Paradise premieres March 30 on WGN America and marks your third collaboration with Dean Devlin following Leverage and The Librarians. What was it that attracted you to the project? Christian Kane: Well, first of all, like you said, Dean Devlin was involved with it. I’ve worked him for 13 years.…

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Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections

Whether you’re concerned or not, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections will have you think twice the next time you enter the ballot booth. I’ve been a longtime proponent of the paper ballot provided there are no hanging chads.  I’m looking at you, Election 2000.  Don’t think we haven’t forgotten the mess.  The fact of the matter is that we cannot depend on using electronics when it comes to voting.  Only a paper…

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Resistance Tells Marcel Marceau’s Story

Resistance tells the true story of how actor Marcel Marceau ended up joining the French Resistance and saved children during World War 2. The film only focuses on this portion of the famous mime’s life.  Years later, he would become the person who recited the only spoken word in Mel Brook’s Silent Movie.  Yet this isn’t a film that focuses on his life as a performer.  Born Marcel Mangel (Jesse Eisenberg), he turned to a…

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SXSW 2020: Once Upon a Time in Uganda

Once Upon a Time in Uganda takes us behind the scenes of Wakaliwood by way of a friendship between two people from across the globe. As the documentary opens with the camera pulling back in thrilling fashion, Andrew Hollander’s score would have us believe we’re watching a thriller.  The truth is that this film is not a thriller.  There are some portions of the story that do manage to give off an action vibe.  However,…

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Dolittle Is Now Available On Home Video

Dolittle, the latest incarnation of everybody’s favorite doctor to talk to pets, is now available for audiences to purchase on Digital/VOD. Hugh Lofting published 14 books about Dr. Dolittle between 1920-1952.  There have been a few feature films about the character but Dolittle is based on the 1922 book, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle.  Robert Downey Jr. leads the star-studded cast as the famous doctor who can understand and talk to animals.  For all of…

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