C’mon C’mon: Mike Mills Delivers Two Films In One

Mike Mills finds a way to deliver two films in one with his newest drama, C’mon C’mon, switching between family and documentary. This is one of those films where it’s a mix of two different films. Writer-director Mike Mills finds a way to weave the stories together. It’s a case where there are two solid films in one. Part of me, however, would like to see more in terms of the documentary side where radio…

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Belfast Is A Personal Film For Kenneth Branagh

Belfast is the most personal film yet for writer/director Kenneth Branagh and could only be made after his parents died. August 15, 1969. Belfast. Riots. The city would never be the same. We’ve all heard about the fighting between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland but this film really puts in on display. Appropriately, Belfast focuses in on Buddy (Jude Hill), a nine-year-old boy. Buddy’s life in North Belfast is turned upside down right there in…

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The French Dispatch Is Short of Masterpiece Status

The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalism especially The New Yorker, is a mostly good film that’s well worth the wait. This film is a series of vignettes focusing on a travelogue, art, student protests, and a police kidnapping. The four stories come from the final issue of The French Dispatch, based in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. Outside of the city, nothing ties them together. Together, the vignettes do feature an…

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Mayor Pete – Chicago Film Fest 2021

Documentary filmmaker Jesse Moss brings audiences inside Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign in the new documentary, Mayor Pete. My first thought upon watching this film is that it’s amazing that Boys State was finishing up while Moss was hard at work on this film. But more than that, it shows the ins and outs of a presidential campaign. We get an inside look at the debate prep that comes with running for president. Getting elected to…

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Belushi: A Heartbreaking Must-Watch Documentary

Belushi is a heartbreaking must-watch documentary about late Saturday Night Live, Animal House, and Blues Brothers star John Belushi. This summer marked the 40th anniversary of The Blues Brothers hitting the big screen.  Sadly, this year also marked the 38th anniversary of the comedian’s tragic death at 33 years old.  And yet this film finds a way to capture what was going on in his head with newfound movie stardom.  Mind you, this was during…

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Zach Woods talks David, Improv, and More

Zach Woods spoke with Solzy at the Movies last week about his new short film, David, which was the only US short film selected for Cannes. David marks Zach Woods’s directorial debut and stars Will Ferrell, William Jackson Harper, and Fred Hechinger. The film recently screened during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It was just announced to screen during the upcoming Chicago International Film Festival. Your directorial debut, David, started screening during Toronto after…

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Chicago Film Fest 2019: The Truth (La Verite)

The Truth (La Verite) features some brilliant acting as director Hirokazu Kore-eda tackles a project that isn’t set in his home country of Japan. The root of the film is the mother-daughter relationship between Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) and Lumir (Juliette Binoche). Lumir’s relationship with her mom is tenuous at best.  The reason why she’s back in her native France is her mother’s memoir being published.  To say it’s a memoir would also be exaggerating the…

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Chicago Film Fest 2019: Once Upon A River

Haroula Rose’s feature film, Once Upon A River, features stunning performances and camerawork as the indie plays the festival circuit. Bonnie Joe Campbell’s novel comes to the big screen in this well-made feature.  Margo Crane (Kenadi DelaCerna, making her feature debut) is a Native American teenager living in rural Michigan.  What drives the teen in this coming-of-age story is the search for her estranged mother (Lindsay Pulsipher).  As Margo goes on this journey, she utilizes…

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The Twentieth Century Is A Strange Satire

Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century may be one of the strangest historical satires about Canada that one will ever see in theaters. This film is not going to make any sense to people who are unfamiliar with Canada’s political history.  Take it from this American.  My initial reaction following the film basically comes down to this:  I don’t know what to make of what I just saw.  This is certainly a satire that plays better…

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Mimi Plauché talks 2019 Chicago Film Fest

Mimi Plauché spoke with Solzy at the Movies about the 55th Chicago International Film Festival prior to the festival’s launch tonight. One of my favorite films this year was a small little indie film premiering during the Slamdance Film Festival: The Vast of Night.  When did this film first get on your radar? Mimi Plauché:  We were aware of it screening at Slamdance, but honestly didn’t catch it until after Amazon acquired it and shared…

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