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…"Toronto 2019: American Son"
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…"Rocketman launches on Blu-ray, DVD"
When the 71st Emmy Award nominations were announced, a number of Oscar-nominated documentaries received several nominations. While I am excited for some of the Emmy nominations this year, I remain disappointed in the continued documentary overlap between the Oscars and Emmys. This is also one of those areas in which I find myself in high agreement with Steven Spielberg. The director has certainly let his feelings be widely known when it comes to Netflix. This is…"Emmy Awards Have A Documentary Problem"
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…"The Lion King Is My Favorite Film This Year"
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…"Cinderella joins Walt Disney Signature Collection"
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,…"Batman Collection Now Available on 4K Ultra HD"
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…"SXSW 2019: The Rest of the Film Festival Lineup"
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…"Sarah Tither-Kaplan talks Los Angeless"
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,…"From Me to You, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!"