When it comes to traveling to all of the major film festivals, one almost has no choice but to turn to crowdfunding unless they have a day job that helps cover the costs. Sundance was an absolute blast and you can find the reviews of the films I saw linked under my Film Festival Movie Reviews page. There’s nothing like the absolute thrill of discovering new gems that I would likely have never even heard…"Crowdfunding for SXSW and Tribeca"
After so many author biopics in 2017, Peter Rabbit may seem like a breath of fresh air with bringing the children’s story to the big screen. It’s been over a decade since 2006 saw the release of the Renee Zellweger-starring Miss Potter. At the same time, there are so many comic gags in the film that it is over-bloated on that front. Filmmakers are clearly targeting the kids more so than their parents when it…"Peter Rabbit: Domhnall Gleeson is a riot but film falls short"
When the initial lineup for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival was released this week, there were a number of films and documentaries that drew my interest. Some of these were no-brainers like Blockers and The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man. Blockers is the feature directorial debut of Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon. The premise is simple: three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night. I’ve been…"SXSW 2018: A Few Films I Want To See"
The SXSW Film Festival announced the feature lineup and opening night selection for the 25th edition of the Film Festival, running March 9-18, 2018 in Austin, Texas. While more titles will surely be announced, what is known for now is that there are a 132 features confirmed with the lineup currently including 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres. SXSW selected these titles from 2,458 feature-length film submissions, with…"2018 SXSW Film Festival announces Feature Films, Opening Night title"
In the aftermath of the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, filmmaker Morrisa Maltz took some time to talk to Solzy at the Movies about her new film, Ingrid, which just premiered at the festival. Danielle Solzman: Thanks for joining us today. How are things treating you? Morrisa Maltz: Thanks Danielle! I’m great, mostly been catching up on sleep since I’ve been back from Park City which is a good thing 🙂 Danielle Solzman: You just got…"Slamdance 2018: Morrisa Maltz talks Ingrid"
Premiering at Sundance, Hal is a documentary that–break your heart as it may–offers closer a look at the career of the underrated director, Hal Ashby. In her directorial debut, editor-turned-director Amy Scott assembled a wide array of interviews, archival footage, and a soundtrack heavy on Cat Stevens over the last five years to give movie fans the long-overdue documentary on Hal Ashby. The documentary in itself is a reminder that many directors don’t get to…"Sundance 2018: Hal – The Life of Hal Ashby"
An official Sundance selection, The Queen of Fear features a stellar acting performance from actress Valeria Bertuccelli. Bertuccelli, who also wrote the film, co-directs the absurd comedy with Fabiana Tiscornia. For a film that comes off as an absurd comedy, The Queen of Fear is surprisingly so dark in terms of lighting–whether that’s due to cinematographer Matías Mesa or the co-directors, I don’t know. As with any foreign film, to truly be able to understand what’s going…"Sundance 2018: The Queen of Fear"
Because of the Disney/Freeform background of star Maia Mitchell, Never Goin’ Back has that Spring Breakers vibe to it but these two films couldn’t be any more different. Never Goin’ Back isn’t without drugs or vulgarity and there’s a lot of it throughout the film. A first feature from writer-director Augustine Frizzell, it’s another film in which one can show their support of a female director. Just as Sean Baker brought light to underrepresented low-income families with…"Sundance 2018: Never Goin’ Back"
An official Sundance selection, The Price of Everything is a documentary that goes into the art world and examines what art is worth, be it for the collector or the artist. The film is a fascinating documentary, directed by Nathaniel Kahn, and explores a world in which one may only hear about in the news in passing but outside of the die-hard art collectors, that’s just about it. Art collecting is a different world in…"Sundance 2018: The Price of Everything"
Ingrid tells the fascinating story of Ingrid Gipson, a fashion designer who left the comforts of life in Texas and escaped into the woods of Oklahoma. Directed by Morrisa Maltz, the documentary is just shy of an hour. Among the eight films selected as a Documentary Feature, Ingrid was the only one to be solely directed by a female filmmaker. This comes at a time in which it is so hard for the studios to…"Slamdance 2018: Ingrid (dir. Morrisa Maltz)"