The Afterparty: One Of The Best New Comedy Series

Launching on January 28 with its first three episodes, The Afterparty is one of the best new comedy series to arrive this year. My interest is automatically piqued whenever I hear that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are attached to a new project. Knowing their previous work, it also comes with an incredibly high bar of expectations. This comedy series is no exception especially with the talented cast. What I love about it isn’t just…

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum brings the 1962 stage musical to the screen in the 1966 feature directed by Richard Lester. I spent last night watching the classic musical comedy in honor of Richard Lester’s 90th birthday today. After all, we should pay tribute to them while they are alive instead of waiting until they pass away. I’ve watched a number of Dick Lester’s films recently: A Hard Day’s Night,…

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Palm Springs Cancels 2022 Fest–Is Sundance Next?

The Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Festival will not take place this year from January 7-17, 2022. Palm Springs fest organizers made the decision based on the current rise of Covid-19 cases. Many of these cases are tied to the recent arrival of the Omicron variant in the US. I might not be in California but speaking for the Chicago area, the positivity rate is double what it was from…

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Sarah Silverman Talks Casting Non-Jews As Jews

In her recent podcast, Sarah Silverman commented about the recent casting of Kathryn Hahn as the late Jewish comedian Joan Rivers. Speaking on her podcast, the comedian remarked: “There’s this long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews, and not just playing people who happen to be Jewish, but people whose Jewishness is their whole being. One could argue, for instance, that a gentile playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what is actually called ‘Jewface.’” Silverman…

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Melanie Lynskey talks Lady of the Manor

Melanie Lynskey spoke with Solzy at the Movies about the new buddy/ghost comedy that she’s starring in, Lady of the Manor. What was it about the script that attracted you to the role in Lady of the Manor? Melanie Lynskey: There was something so unapologetic about it. She was really a mess and they weren’t trying to make her not being a mess. You know what I mean? There was this one moment where she…

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Nurses: Antisemitic Charges Aimed at NBC, not Global TV

Charges of antisemitism were directed at NBC two weeks after the “Achilles Heel” episode of Nurses aired while Global TV in Canada gets no blame. Most people seem to be unaware that Nurses originated in Canada. The press releases I’ve seen from both the Simon Wiesenthal Center and B’nai Brith Canada direct the blame to NBC. B’nai Brith Canada, for what it’s worth, seems to be the only organization acknowledging the producers of the series…

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Isabel Sandoval talks Lingua Franca

Isabel Sandoval spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone about her new film, Lingua Franca, being released on Netflix by Array Releasing. The film opens in select theaters and Netflix on August 26, 2020. Lingua Franca is getting released on Netflix this month after a festival run that started last year in Venice. How does it feel to be able to end the festival run on a high note by taking home the…

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MLB Needs To Shut Baseball Down

Following an outbreak on the Miami Marlins and positive tests for other teams, Major League Baseball needs to show leadership and shut the season down. What we need right now is leadership from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.  We’re not seeing leadership at all.  Going into the start of the season, it wasn’t even sure if the season would happen.  And now, it’s looking like the season should be shut down. You’re probably wondering why I’m…

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Paul McCartney: High In The Clouds to Netflix

Paul McCartney, one of the greatest musicians of all-time, is heading to Netflix for an animated film, High In The Clouds, based on his book. McCartney co-wrote the children’s adventure novel with with Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh.  Oscar-nominated Timothy Reckart will take care of directing duties while Paddington screenwriter Jon Croker will adapt the screenplay.  Netflix and Gaumont are producing the animated film. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix.  They complement what…

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Toronto 2019: American Son

American Son makes the transition from the stage to screen with a powerful performance from Kerry Washington while still feeling theatrical in scale. Kendra Ellis-Connor (Kerry Washington) is a worried mother.  Her son, Jamal, has been missing for a few hours.  As she sits in the Miami police state, the anger begins to start flowing.  How is a mother expected to stay calm when the calms hardly tell her anything.  Forget a missing persons report…

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