Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Is An October Surprise

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm joins a list of politically charged films that must be watched prior to the Election Day in November. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan–hereafter Borat Subsequent Moviefilm or Borat 2–features some scenes that will certainly shock you.  If you’ve been paying attention to news articles, some appearances will not come as a surprise.  That being said, I’ve been asked not…

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AFI FEST 2020: Uncle Frank

Uncle Frank is a period piece following a closeted gay man who is reluctantly returning home for his father’s funeral and unresolved trauma. While conditions have improved to an extent for the LGBTQ community, things are certainly better than they were in 1973.  This is when South Carolinian teenager Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) heads off to New York University.  The move leads to a reunion with literature professor and Beth’s uncle, Frank (Paul Bettany).  What…

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AFI FEST 2020: Sound of Metal

Riz Ahmed delivers a captivating performance as a heavy metal drummer that is beginning to lose his hearing in Sound of Metal. Within the film’s opening minutes Ruben (Riz Ahmed) is experiencing hearing loss.  At the beginning, the loss is intermittent but as any musician knows from experience, it will only get worse.  This is exactly what happens as the plot moves forward.  However, technology has advanced to where Ruben is set on pursuing a…

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AFI FEST 2020: I’m Your Woman

I’m Your Woman, directed by Julia Hart and starring Rachel Brosnahan, owes its influence to the 1970s classic crime dramas. Here’s the thing about the classic crime dramas: they were told from a man’s point of view.  What Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz do with their script is change up the genre.  Surburban housewife Jean (Rachel Brosnahan) is front and center in this throwback thriller.  You know it’s a throwback as soon as you see…

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Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés talk All In

Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone about their voting rights documentary, All In: The Fight for Democracy. Headlined by Stacey Abrams, this is one of the most essential documentaries of the year.  Amazon opens the film in theaters on September 9 before releasing September 18 on Amazon Prime. All In: The Fight for Democracy is one of the best documentaries this year and especially one of the…

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All In: The Fight for Democracy Is Essential Viewing

All In: The Fight for Democracy is a must-watch documentary–headlined by Stacey Abrams–that explores the history of voter suppression in the United States. “Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote,” President Lyndon Baines Johnson once declared in a Special Message to Congress. The fact that All In is focused on Stacey Abrams is especially telling.  All eyes were on the governor’s race in Georgia back in 2018.  Sure, the election was close…

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My Spy: Action Comedy Is Mediocre At Best

My Spy, the action comedy starring Dave Bautista, is set to launch on Amazon Prime Video after bypassing theaters because of the pandemic. After a few releases delays, the film is finally getting released.  If you’re looking forward to catching this on the big screen, I’m sorry to say that this won’t be happening.  Maybe it’s for the best because the spy comedy is a mediocre installment to the genre.  I was fortunate enough to…

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Blow the Man Down – A Coen-Esque Dramedy

Blow the Man Down, hitting Amazon Prime Video this weekend, is a Coen-esque dramedy from filmmakers Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy. While the film starts out with a group of recurring singers, we learn that Mary Margaret Connolly has recently died.  Her two daughters, Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor) & Priscilla Connolly (Sophie Lowe), are grieving her passing.  Neither one knows what the future may hold.  Their mom didn’t leave them with much unless you count…

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SXSW: An Online Film Festival Isn’t The Same

Some of the suggestions following the cancellation of SXSW this month is to hold an online film festival but there are some problems with this idea. While the headlining films will survive the SXSW cancellation, make no mistake that they would have benefited from the marketing that comes with playing SXSW.  These films are also secure in having a distributor and a release date.  Other films aren’t so lucky. There have been a few suggestions…

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Hunters: This Series Isn’t For Everyone

Amazon’s newest television series, Hunters, follows a team of Nazi Hunters–led by Meyer Offerman–living in New York City in 1977. To say that the first half of the series didn’t sit well with me would not be an understatement.  The tone is somewhere closer to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds than Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.  Don’t even think about comparisons to Best Picture nominee Jojo Rabbit because the two couldn’t be more different in tone. Where…

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