The Solzy Awards for 2018

It’s the end of the year so that means that it’s the time of year to announce the Solzy Awards for 2018. This has been another great year for film.  As a result of film festivals more so than living in Chicago, I’ve seen more films than ever before.  This comes after setting a personal best in 2017 with 264 films.  At the end of November, I had seen 422 feature films–all first viewings! While…

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The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2018

In presenting the Solzy Awards for Documentaries, this year has proven to be the toughest year ever.  It’s so tough that I’m not issuing just one award as I’ve done in years past.  As you can see from many of the below winners, Sundance truly kicked off the Year of the Documentary.  While it tends to be the case every year, this year proved to be harder than most.  I wish I could honor every film…

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The Solzy Awards for Short Films

I’m changing it up this year with how I present my awards and as such, I’m presenting the Solzy Awards for Short Films prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It’s been a great year for film.  When it comes to short films, I’ve seen some films that have blown me away.  I’ve seen some films that I don’t think that anyone could have possibly imagined.  Without any further adieu, here are the winners of this…

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The Solzy Awards for 2018…So Far

We’re at the halfway point of the year and here are the Solzy Awards contenders for the first half of the year.  Heading into the midway point, I’ve seen 230 narrative/documentary features and 40 short films.  This comes up to a grand total of 269 films as we enter the month of July.   It’s a new personal best having set my old record of 264 films during the last calendar year. I’ve been privileged to…

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The Long-Overdue Solzy Awards for Film in 2015

I never got around to posting The Solzy Awards in 2015 as I was dealing with a lot of shit at the time, mostly coming out as transgender while living under the roof of my in-denial parents.  As 2017 comes to a close, I decided that I should finally get around to posting the awards.  Better late than never, am I right? I didn’t see Star Wars: The Force Awakens under the best of circumstances–major…

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The Solzy Awards for 2017

In selecting The Solzy Awards for 2017 in Film, some of the categories were so competitive in which they forced a tie because I wasn’t able to select just one. Rather than select just a top ten, I decided to go for twenty in choosing the Solzy Awards for 2017.  I saw over 250 films this year so limiting my list to just a top ten didn’t seem right because there’s a solid ten films…

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The Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far

We’ve reached the halfway point of 2017 so that means it’s time to issue the Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far. The two films that really stand out to me at this point in the year are The Big Sick and Baby Driver.  I started writing this article prior to seeing The Beguiled when it opened in Chicago on Friday.  I debated a lot to myself about whether or not I should include…

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The Solzy Awards for Film in 2016

Just as in prior years, all movies released that I have seen during the calendar year are eligible. Thankfully, I am in Chicago now so films that otherwise would not have opened up in Kentucky until after the new year starts have been seen such as Hidden Figures. Movies going wide after the new year, such as Patriots Day, Silence, Paterson, and 20th Century Women are not eligible for consideration. In prior years, I’ve divided…

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