Sundance 2020: The Shorts Program

Solzy at the Movies previewed a number of shorts that screened in the shorts programs during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Meats Ashley Williams certainly couldn’t have picked a better project for her directorial debut.  Imagine being a vegan but finding yourself having strong cravings for eating meat.  What would you do in such a predicament?  For Lane (Ashley Williams), it’s eat as much meat as you possibly can.  Lane considers herself to be an…

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Sundance 2020: Jumbo

Jumbo is one of the stories that are stranger than fiction and yet this coming-of-age drama is surprisingly inspired by a true story. Jeanne (Noémie Merlant) is a shy young woman that works late nights at the local amusement park.  While Jeanne’s mom would prefer that she meet a man already, she’d rather be doing other things.  For instance, Jeanne is always building miniature theme park rides in her bedroom. When the park gets a…

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Sundance 2020: Happy Happy Joy Joy

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story takes us through the journey of Ren & Stimpy while also touching on creator John Kricfalusi’s dark side. Ren & Stimpy was a hit for Nickelodeon when it first hit the airwaves.  Outside of those working on the series, nobody could have ever guessed what happened beyond the scenes.  No, not creator John Kricfalusi performing the storyboards while pitching his ideas.  It’s worse than this to…

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Sundance 2020: Aggie

Aggie shows how far one art collector and philanthropist will go when it comes to criminal justice and having a dialogue on social action. Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life has been rather impressive.  By serving as a longtime president of the Museum of Modern Art, Gund has an important name in the industry.  And yet, she’s not afraid of using her name when it comes to important causes.  As one should, of course.  However, some of…

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Sundance 2020: Miss Americana

Miss Americana presents a very open look at singer-songwriter Taylor Swift with raw conversations and new insight into Swift as a person. Taylor Swift is one of the most popular singers in the world.  It’s no surprise that a documentary starring Swift would premiere on opening night at Sundance.  However, audiences were allowed into see a side of Swift that we don’t usually see on social media or her TV appearances.  Here’s a musician who…

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Sundance 2020: The Painter and the Thief

The Painter and the Thief documents the friendship between a Norway artist and the man who ended up stealing her artwork. This film reminds me of the Neo-Nazis who reform their lives and start speaking out against hate.  Here we have Oslo-based artist Barbora Kysilkova choosing to become an ally to Karl-Bertil.  Of all friendships to happen in the history of the world, this is among the oddest of couplings.  The fact that she chooses…

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VHYes: Don’t Tape Over Important VHS Tapes!

VHYes certainly brings back the nostalgia by taking us back to a time when television viewing was very different in a pre-digital era. To say that they don’t make films like they used to would not be an understatement.  When was the last time that you watched a VHS tape let alone filmed anything on cassette?  Don’t answer that.  It’s a rhetorical question.  While most films are shot in digital in this era, VHYes goes…

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Bad Boys for Life Still Has Gas In The Tank

Bad Boys for Life reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the Miami-set action-comedy and doesn’t stray too far from Bayhem. If you read nothing more, please know that there is only a mid-credits scene.  Outside of that, there is no scene at the end of the film. Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back for what is being marketed as their last ride.  Will it actually be their last ride? …

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The Graduate: A Cinematic Classic

Over fifty years after its theatrical release, comedy-drama The Graduate manages to hold up as one of the best films of all time. Imagine graduating college and not knowing what you’re going to do with the rest of your life.  Is your future going to be in plastics as Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke) suggests?  Twenty-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) grows increasingly uncomfortable at his own graduation party.  Question after question until none other than his…

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Like A Boss: A Predictable January Comedy

Like A Boss pits friend against friend when an industry giant expresses an interest in buying an interest in their start-up cosmetics company. Money changes everything.  It’s a good rule to know and you probably should never forget this.  Mel Paige (Rose Byrne) and Mia Carter (Tiffany Haddish) are best friends.  They’re also the inseparable type.  The duo are living together years after they first met.  Whether it is healthy or not is another question. …

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