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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Rocketman launches on Blu-ray, DVD

Fans of the Elton John musical fantasy can bring home Rocketman today on both Blu-ray and DVD with a massive amount of bonus content. For the lucky fans, there are limited quantities of the combo pack that will include a collectible booklet with a message from Sir Elton John.  As I wrote earlier this year for the theatrical release, the Oscar is going to be Taron Edgerton’s to lose. Synopsis Rocketman is an epic musical…

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The Lion King Is My Favorite Film This Year

The Lion King brings one of Disney’s most beloved animated films to life in visually stunning photo-realistic CGI adaptation. I’ve kept a close eye since Disney decided to update their library in a contemporary manner.  I remember how impressed I was with The Jungle Book‘s Oscar-winning visual effects in 2016.  Where these two Jon Favreau-directed films differ are that there is no motion-capture performances in The Lion King.  It would have surely made a difference…

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Cinderella joins Walt Disney Signature Collection

Cinderella is joining the Walt Disney Signature Collection with a new Blu-ray release in honor of the animated classic’s upcoming 70th anniversary in 2020. For the studio’s 12th animated feature film, Walt Disney and company turned to a fairy tale written by Charles Perrault.  This story would prove to be a solid choice in adapting.  I can point out the obvious with Cinderella fulfilling the Disney trope of a parent dying in the film.  The…

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Batman Collection Now Available on 4K Ultra HD

The four Batman films released between 1989-1997 are now available on 4K Ultra HD in honor of the Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the Dark Knight recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of his first appearance in Detective Comics.  Appropriately, four different titles are now available with remastered release in 4K UHD today.  The titles include 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton, and 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman & Robin,…

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SXSW 2019: The Rest of the Film Festival Lineup

The 2019 SXSW Film Festival announced the rest of the lineup, including the announcement that Pet Sematary would be closing the film festival.  Today’s announcement includes Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilot Competition, Virtual Cinema, Music Video and Title Design lineup, plus late-addition Features and the Closing Night Film for the 26th edition of the Festival, running March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. This year’s program encompasses 131 Feature Films including 101 World Premieres, 9 North…

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Sarah Tither-Kaplan talks Los Angeless

Sarah Tither-Kaplan joined me in an interview to discuss the crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark for the short film anthology series, Los Angeless. With just over a week left to raise money for the nine-part Los Angeless series of short films, why it’s so important to get funded? Sarah Tither-Kaplan: Getting our funding is so important, because from the inception of this project we made a commitment to pay everyone who works on our project…

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