Tropic Thunder: War Satire Goes To Extremes

Tropic Thunder, the Vietnam War satire directed by Ben Stiller and released in 2008, goes to extremes with all sorts of surprises. This year marks the 13th anniversary and while Tropic Thunder may be one of the edgiest satires I’ve ever seen, it certainly hasn’t aged well. There is language in this film that we don’t use anymore. A whole sequences in the film features a derogatory slur repeated at a mile a minute. The…

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is Awesome

Think of The Mitchells vs. The Machines as Her meets The Terminator in this all new star-studded comedy launching on Netflix. The Mitchells are an ordinary family doing ordinary things. They’re certainly like any other family. And yet, they’re going to find themselves having to save the world during the robot apocalypse (Ted Moseby voice: Kids, nobody ever learned anything while watching The Terminator). Anybody with a love of film will also find themselves resonating…

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Up in the Air: One of 2009’s Best Films

Over a decade following its theatrical release, Up in the Air remains one of the best films to have been released in 2009. With the exception of 2014’s Men, Women, and Children, Jason Reitman can do no wrong. Heading into Up in the Air, Reitman was hitting home run after home run.  This was his third feature following both Thank You for Smoking and Juno.  Basing the film on Walter Kirn’s 2001 novel of the…

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Arizona: The Housing Recession Gets Bloody

The wildly outrageous Arizona is the result of what happens when a disgruntled client takes matters into his own hands during the housing crisis. Real estate agent Cassie (Rosemarie DeWitt) is working to make ends meet while raising her daughter, Morgan (Lolli Sorenson).  It’s among the worst times in modern history to be a real estate agent but somebody has to do the job.  She shares custody with her ex-husband, Scott (Luke Wilson).  He’s since…

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Fantasia 2018: Four Films I Want To See

The 2018 installment of the Fantasia International Film Festival is just around the corner.  Here are some of the picks that Solzy at the Movies anticipates. One of the films I’m most looking forward to is The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot.  The film stars Sam Elliott, who delivered an astonishing performance in The Hero last year, as a World War 2 veteran.  Not just any old veteran but the one who…

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