Oscar-winning filmmaker Ben Affleck is right when he talks about movie theaters trending in the direction of Marvel and event films. Affleck’s comments came recently as the actor was the subject of an Entertainment Weekly cover story. In an interview with Matt Damon asking questions, the two were discussing the failure of The Last Duel at the box office. I’m not going to post a paragraph excerpt because it would just display the quote out…"Ben Affleck Is Right About Movie Theaters, Marvel"
While the 2022 Sundance Film Festival currently presses forward with in-person, Solzy at the Movies will be covering the festival from home. In light of the Omicron surge and after listening to medical professionals in my circle, I’ve decided against attending the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in person. I’ll still cover the festival virtually and hope to get back to Park City in 2023. (Edit on January 5: The Sundance Institute announced that in-person portion…"Sundance 2022: I’m Staying Home Due To Omicron"
Solzy at the Movies did not publish a list of worst films in 2020 and is continuing this trend in 2021 after another dumpster fire year. Maybe it is the fact that Jews are taught to be a light unto the nations or the fact that 2021 is another dumpster fire year but I don’t feel this need to rain on anybody’s parade at the end of the year. Not any more. I’m not going…"Worst Films of 2021: Why You Won’t Find Them Here"
As the Omicron variant disrupts awards season and closes Broadway, the 2022 Sundance Film Festival is lowering capacity and requiring boosters. (Edit on January 5: The Sundance Institute announced that in-person portion of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival is now cancelled.) But should they? I get lowering theatrical capacity out of an abundance of caution but with all the disruptions, is it even a good idea to hold a physical film festival? Look at the…"Sundance 2022 Needs To Pivot To A Virtual Film Fest"
At midnight ET, YouTube TV yanked ABC, Disney, ESPN, SEC Network, Freeform, National Geographic and the other Disney-owned networks. (Sunday PM update: An agreement was reached.) When I moved apartments in 2018, I made the decision to cut the cord after seeing how high the RCN bill was at the time. I don’t ask a lot of cable providers except for two things: the ability to watch the MLB Network and Kentucky Wildcats. And now,…"YouTube TV Yanks Disney, ESPN, SEC Network"
Jon Stewart and Bill Maher are among the latest comedians to wade into the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s transphobic special. Stewart’s comments came in an interview with TMZ while appearing on Capitol Hill. Maher’s comments came during his HBO series, Real Time with Bill Maher. The comments from Maher are no surprise since he blamed transgender rights for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton falling to Trump in November 2016. Stewart on Chappelle: “I know…"The Problem With Jon Stewart, Bill Maher"
Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down in response to the backlash claiming that it won’t “translate to real-world harm.” Here’s an excerpt from his staff memo: With The Closer, we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.) Last year, we heard similar concerns about 365 Days and violence against women. While some employees disagree,…"Ted Sarandos Doubles Down And I Have Words"
It gives me great pain to write this open letter to Netflix but not even stand-up comedy is an excuse to defend transphobia on the platform. I should be writing my review of Dune following this afternoon’s press screening. Instead, I turned on my phone and have been incensed with Netflix since shortly after the screening. Upon checking one friend’s Twitter, I learned from The Verge that a transgender employee was suspended for tweeting. If…"Netflix: An Open Letter From A Transgender Critic"
Netflix keeps supporting not-funny transphobic comedy by way of releasing a new Dave Chappelle special every so often and it’s exhausting. Enough is enough. I’m so tired of having the same conversation every fricking time that a new special gets released. Netflix can say they are an LGBTQ ally–it’s great that they acquired Disclosure–the allyship feels performative when they keep releasing Chappelle specials KNOWING he’s a transphobic bigot. In the newest special, which I did…"Dave Chappelle And His Transphobic And Antisemitic Comedy"
Netflix recently decided to get in bed with antisemitic author Roald Dahl but this critic will not be watching any work coming from the deal. It really hurt me to read the news about Netflix acquiring the Roald Dahl Company within the past few weeks. You want to know how to dampen the enjoyment of the Jewish holidays? This sort of news will do it. I didn’t just roll my eyes but felt a pit…"Netflix Gets In Bed With Antisemite Roald Dahl"