Damsel: A Wholly Original Western

A wholly original film with a twist you never see coming, Damsel is a hysterical western from the minds of David Zellner and Nathan Zellner. Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) has tracked down the location of the woman he plans to marry, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska).  As he sets through in his journey, he hires Parson Henry (David Zellner) to officiate the wedding when he finds his future bride in addition to a gift, a miniature horse called Butterscotch.  Samuel…

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1941: Steven Spielberg’s War Spoof Full of Hysterics

Led by some of the biggest names in comedy at the time, 1941 is Steven Spielberg’s most underrated film of all time. Following the success of National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978, filmmakers were looking to capitalize on the success.  Why wouldn’t they?  The film brought in a lot of money!  Some of the comedies that would follow in 1980 included Caddyshack, The Blues Brothers, and the joke-a-minute Airplane.  One film that didn’t quite hit…

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – A Look at Fred Rogers

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary about Fred Rogers and viewers should be expected to be wildly emotional by the time the film ends. In 1967, Fred Rogers was quoted on camera as saying one of his jobs was “to help children through the difficult modulations in life.” Oh, did he ever.  It’s from here that Morgan Neville’s brilliant documentary goes straight into the theme song of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  This is where…

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From Me to You, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

To all the readers of Solzy at the Movies and those who follow my work on Cultured Vultures and The Young Folks, have a Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been a very busy few months and the next few weeks will be just as busy as I put together my year-end top ten and awards but it’s worth it.  Your support of my work means so much to me and I truly appreciate it. On this Thanksgiving,…

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My Favorite Films of Summer 2017

With an end to the 2017 summer movie season, it’s time to round up my favorite films of this summer.  While I was credentialed for both the Chicago Critics Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and remotely covered a few films selected for the Flyover Film Festival, I am not including any of those films unless they’ve been released in theaters, video on demand, or Digital HD. I’ll start with the documentaries.  I’ve seen…

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Bear with Us: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Bear with Us offers a take on the cabin-in-the-woods genre but it does so as a dark comedy. Directed by William J. Stribling from a screenplay that was co-written with Russ Nickel, Bear with Us stars Christy Carlson Romano, Mark Sullivan, Alex McKenna, Cheyanne Jackson, Collin Smith, Lea Delaria, with Curtiss Cook and Alice Ripley. How far would you go to preserve a relationship?  This is the question that Stribling and Nickel have decided to…

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Cisgender Woman plays Transgender Woman in Lola Pater

A cisgender woman was cast as a transgender woman in Lola Pater, a French film that screened recently at the Locarno Film Festival. The film is directed by Nadir Moknèche and stars Fanny Ardant, Tewfik Jallab, Nadia Kaci. The synopsis for the film: “When his mother dies, Zino decides to find his father, Farid. But 25 years ago, Farid became Lola…” From the review in The Hollywood Reporter: One could question director Moknech’s decision to not use a real trans person…

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