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 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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Film Independent Spirit Awards: Nominations

The nominations were announced for the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards to be held in Santa Monica on February 8, 2019. Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Marriage Story was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008…

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Blinded by the Light Is Now Available

Blinded by the Light, featuring a heavy Bruce Springsteen soundtrack, is now available for fans to bring home following January’s Sundance premiere. Going into Sundance this year, I knew that I wanted to see the Gurinder Chadha-directed film.  It was just a matter of finding time in my schedule.  The beauty of staying the entire time at Sundance is being able to see as many films as possible.  By the end of the week, I…

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Sundowners: Sundance Short Film Is Now Online

Sundowners, a nine-minute short film that premiered at Sundance in January 2019, is now available for viewers to watch online. I spoke with both Jessy Hodges and Anna Greenfield about the short film heading into the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.  Since Sundance, the core trio involved with the film have had a strong year.  Not only would Hodges be seen in HBO’s Barry but NBC picked up Indebted to series, which will premiere on February…

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Disney+: The Streaming Wars Are Here

With today’s launch of Disney+ and Disney unleashing their film vault, it marks the real start of the streaming war with the likes of Netflix and Apple TV+. The key difference between Disney+ and Apple TV+ is that Disney has more options available.  It’s that simple.  They have an entire film vault unopened and then some.  Nobody is really subscribing to Disney+ because they want to watch some of the new things.  Well, they might. …

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4th Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Apollo 11 won big during Sunday night’s 4th annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards ceremony taking place in Brooklyn, N.Y. Presenters at the star-studded event included Jim Gaffigan (The Pale Tourist Comedy Tour), Zooey Deschanel, Rose McGowan (Citizen Rose), Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Wyatt Cenac (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas), Lou Diamond Phillips, Gloria Reuben (Mr. Robot), Erich Bergen (Madam Secretary), Nicole J. Butler and Reggie Currelley (She Shed State Farm commercial), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show), Ryan Serhant (Million…

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