Ninotchka: Greta Garbo’s Penultimate Film

Ninotchka, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, stars Greta Garbo in her first screen comedy in the era of sound but it would be her second-to-last film. The film is notable for a few reasons.  For one, it teams Lubitsch with Garbo.  Two, it’s the second of two Lubitsch films that featured the writing team of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder. All in all, the film would go on to earn four Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best…

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9to5: The Story of a Movement

Oscar-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar look back at the history of the Working Women’s Movement in 9to5: The Story of a Movement. Make no mistake that the American Factory filmmakers are contenders once more.  The movement inspired hit film 9 to 5, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in December.  Appropriately, Dolly Parton’s song is played during the closing credits. It’s often said that you can’t know where you’re going until you know where…

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Field of Dreams: The Quintessential Baseball Movie

Field of Dreams, the 1989 classic starring Kevin Costner, is the quintesssential baseball film and the perfect baseball movie to watch on Father’s Day. “If you build it, he will come.”  These seven words are among the most famous lines in cinematic history.  “Ease his pain.”  “Go the distance.”  “Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.”  And there’s the Terrence Mann monologue about why people will come. Field of Dreams takes it’s basis from perhaps one…

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The Blues Brothers Celebrates 40 Years with 4K

An iconic musical comedy classic, The Blues Brothers, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a recently released upgrade to 4K Ultra HD. When it comes to 1980, it was a seminal year for comedies on the big screen.  In just a few months, the year saw the likes of The Blues Brothers, Airplane, Caddyshack, and 9 to 5.  National Lampoon’s Animal House had been a big hit in 1978.  It’s no surprise that everyone wanted to…

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Dads: Humorous Doc Celebrates Fatherhood

Dads is a humorous documentary that celebrates modern fatherhood and it marks the feature directorial debut of Bryce Dallas Howard. The apple does not fall far from the tree.  While we already knew acting ran in the family, directing does as well.  The film might be getting released now but it was filmed before Howard’s stint as a director of The Mandalorian.  Of course, she’s no strangers to movie sets with her father being Ron…

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Spike Lee On Not CGI De-Aging in Da 5 Bloods

During a virtual roundtable with Critics Choice members, Spike Lee spoke about not using younger actors or de-aging during flashbacks in Da 5 Bloods. The roundtable session lasted slightly over an hour.  WDAF-TV film critic Shawn Edwards, a Critics Choice board member, moderated.  Spike Lee, Delroy Lindo, and Jonathan Majors joined from Da 5 Bloods.  When thinks were set to wrap up after almost 45 minutes, Spike Lee decided to answer one more question. There…

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Daniel Karslake talks For They Know Not What They Do

Daniel Karslake spoke with Solzy at the Movies about For They Know Not What They Do, which just started its run in virtual cinemas on June 12. For They Know Not What They Do opened in virtual cinemas over the weekend. In an ideal world, the documentary would be screening in physical theaters. How excited are you about getting the film out there for a wider audience? Daniel Karslake: I’m extremely excited to get it…

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Remains A Classic

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington remains a classic over 80 years following its theatrical release and is a part of the Columbia Classics: 4K Ultra HD Collection. While the film has beautifully aged, the same couldn’t be said for its theatrical release in 1939.  It was slammed by many politicians.  Democratic Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley wasn’t among the fans.  Nor was Joseph P. Kennedy, then the American Ambassador to Great Britain.  He was…

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Lilah Vandenburgh, IR Bell-Webb talk Heart to Heart

Director Lilah Vandenburgh and screenwriter IR Bell-Webb spoke with Solzy at the Movies just before SXSW about Heart to Heart. Originally set to premiere during the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and the BFI Flare Festival, both festivals ended up getting canceled. As a result, Heart to Heart recently made its premiere virtually during OUTFest.  This weekend, the episodic will hold another virtual screening during Series Fest.  The large bulk of this interview was done over…

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Flashdance: Paramount Presents A New Blu-ray

Flashdance, the cultural sensation starring Jennifer Beals, is given life once again thanks to a new Blu-ray by way of the new Paramount Presents line. The Blu-ray is newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by director Adrian Lyne.  It’s the second film directed by Lyme get the Paramount Presents treatment with the other film being Fatal Attraction.  There’s only one new feature and the set comes with an exclusive collectible packing. Jennifer Beals stars…

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