SXSW 2019: The Day Shall Come

The Day Shall Come may be a thrilling satirical look at America’s law enforcement community but it just might leave viewers angry. Set in Miami, Moses Al Shabaz (Marchánt Davis) runs The Star of Six Farm with his wife Venus (Danielle Brooks).  Shabaz has big dreams ahead for the mission including overthrowing the American government.  Him and what army?  Oh, right–his army of four.  This is an army that includes Farmer X (Malcolm Mays), Farmer…

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SXSW 2019: It Started As A Joke

It Started As A Joke celebrates the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival as well as offering some insight into the life of comedian Eugene Mirman. The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival started in 2008 as a joke.  It came to be as Mirman, Julie Smith Clem, and Mike Birbiglia were drinking one night.  What’s funny is that the festival was originally supposed to be a one-off.  Nobody could possibly foresee what would become of it.  Next thing you…

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Sundance 2019: Troop Zero

A young Georgia girl aims for the stars in the funny and poignant Troop Zero despite the odds being set against her every single step along the way. Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace)–daughter of attorney Ramsey Flint (Jim Gaffigan)–has big dreams that lead to outer space.  We see this in the way that she looks up to the stars at night in 1977.  For now, she has to settle for just being a small town girl…

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Sundance 2019: Them That Follow

From the outside looking in, the religious community that is depicted in Them That Follow could otherwise be understood to be a cult. Mara (Alice Englert) and Dilly (Kaitlyn Dever) are friends.  They live in a snake-handling Pentecostal community run by Mara’s dad, the fiery Pastor Lemuel (Walter Goggins).  Every now and then, they go to the local convenient store where Hope (Olivia Colman) works.  Much against her dad’s dismay, Mara has an interest in…

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Sundance 2019: Light from Light

The important thing to know going into Light From Light is that it is not a horror movie despite the fact that a character is a paranormal investigator. Sheila (Marin Ireland) has been having dreams since she was a child.  These dreams aren’t just any ordinary dreams as she is sometimes able to see the future.  Sheila works behind the counter at a car rental service by day while also working as a paranormal investigator. …

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Sundance 2019: Jim Gaffigan talks Sundance Trio

Jim Gaffigan spoke with Solzy at the Movies this week about three films appearing during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: Them That Follow, Light from Light, and Troop Zero. When we last spoke, You Can Choose Your Family had just premiered at SXSW.  This year, you appear in a trio of films during Sundance.  How thrilled are you for the opportunity? Jim Gaffigan:  It’s amazing. It’s amazing that I’ve also been kicking around long enough.…

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Chappaquiddick: Character Study Falls Short

Chappaquiddick is a film that strives to take an even-handed look at the tragic events of July 1969 but it’s just not compelling enough of a film.  It’s not so much a political film inasmuch as it is one that seeks to take an investigative look. John Curran, directing from a screenplay written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, takes us back to yet another cursed moment for the Kennedy family.  It’s a sad moment for…

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SXSW 2018: Being Frank (You Can Choose Your Family)

With its mix of comedy and drama, Being Frank (formerly You Can Choose Your Family) delivers the goods in filmmaker Miranda Bailey’s narrative feature directorial debut. Frank Hansen (Jim Gaffigan) is a awful human.  He’s perhaps the worst human of the world even if he isn’t willing to admit it.  Frank’s problem is that he has two sets of everything but nothing is more secretive than his having two families.  All his trips for work…

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