Matt Damon, Ben Affleck team up for Rape-focused Film

Oscar winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are reportedly teaming up on The Last Duel, a 14th century period piece with a focus on rape. The film, titled The Last Duel, is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 novel, The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.  Per Deadline, the novel is being adapted into a screenplay by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener.  Filmmaker Ridley Scott…

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Natalie Portman to Wield the Hammer of Thor

Marvel Studios revealed that Natalie Portman will be wielding Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder due out in November 2021. There is some basis in the comics for Portman’s Jane Foster taking over as Thor.  Following the Original Sin storyline, Thor Odinson witnesses an unidentified woman lifting his beloved Hammer and take the power of Thor.  Foster eventually throws Mjolnir into the sun during an attempt to destroy Mangog, sacrificing her life in…

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Shazam arrives on Blu-ray, DVD

Shazam! arrives onto Blu-ray and DVD today a few months after the Zachary Levi-starring DC installment was released into theaters. The critically acclaimed film did over three times its budget at the box office.  After a few failures for DC, they were in need of its.  I think what makes this particular film work so well is the studio went outside the box.  This character certainly isn’t the first that people usually think of when…

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Fast Color arrives on Blu-ray

Fast Color finally arrives home on Blu-ray and DVD over a year after its premiere during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and a limited theatrical release. There’s a lot to be said about Fast Color‘s super-limited theatrical release.  Suffice it to say, the theatrical release was very disappointing.  For a film that I highly recommended, it’s certainly sad when it’s screening in under 30 theaters.  I talked up this film a lot upon the theatrical…

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Halle Bailey cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Halle Bailey has been cast to portray Ariel in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures live-action adaptation of beloved animated classic, The Little Mermaid. The film is directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will feature beloved songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics). “After an extensive search, it was abundantly…

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Marvel: What do Spider-Man: Far From Home Post-Credits Mean?

As exciting as Spider-Man: Far From Home may be, the biggest question is what does this film mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I’m going to dive into spoiler territory here so please stop reading now if you haven’t seen the film.  No, really.  You need to stop reading unless you’ve already seen the film.  Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you because I warned you! Welcome back, J.K. Simmons!  During a mid-credits scene, Simmons…

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The Solzy Awards for 2019…So Far

As the calendar hits the halfway point of the year, Solzy at the Movies brings you the Solzy Awards contenders for the first half of 2019. Heading into the midway point, I’ve seen 229 narrative/documentary features and 29 short films (Letterboxd, 2019 releases only.  This comes up to a grand total of 258 films as we enter the month of July.  All films released before 2019 are not eligible.  My overall total for the year…

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Yesterday: You Can’t Just Plop The Beatles’ Music Into 2019

The premise behind Yesterday is so preposterous because one cannot simply erase The Beatles from existence and expect those same songs to become hits in 2019. I’ve touched on the film in my review published last month during the 2019 Chicago Critics Film Festival.  However, there are things that I didn’t say last month.  I’m going to dive into some of this right now.  The cultural context of these songs are a factor in why…

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Jon Favreau talks Technological Advances at Siskel Gala

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was on hand Saturday night in Chicago to receive the 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. Before accepting the award, Jon Favreau was joined in conversation by Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.  This made for a pleasant but entertaining evening as the two went down memory lane.  The two spoke about a lot of things–including how not directing Iron Man 3 would lay the groundwork for Chef.  This is because…

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Jon Favreau talks The Lion King at Siskel Gala

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was on hand Saturday night in Chicago to receive the 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. With Robert Downey Jr. on hand, it’s no surprise that Iron Man would be a matter of discussion.  There were certainly other films brought up throughout the evening.  These films would include Elf, Chef, and Swingers.  The latest film to be directed by Jon Favreau is Disney’s The Lion King.  Of all the films based…

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