The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has come and gone but a number of films left their impression on me by the time that the film festival ended. The altitude hit me a bit more than expected this year. As such, I didn’t get to see as many films as I would have preferred to see. There were times this year that required sleeping in if it meant staying as healthy as I possibly could during…"Sundance 2020: The Solzy Awards"
With December 31, 2019 bringing the 2010s to a close, it’s time to present the best movies of the 2010s as we head into the 2020s. It’s never easy putting together these lists. Hell, some films improve with time while other films are long forgotten. Take a look at this year, for instance. What films will we be talking about in a decade from now. Will the best movies of the 2010s still be the…"The Best Movies of the 2010s"
An annual tradition, Solzy at the Movies presents the Solzy Awards for 2019 as a way of honoring the best achievements this year in film. When it comes to the Solzy Awards, my criteria are the same as the Oscars with the traditional 7-day minimum release in Los Angeles and New York. Basically, it isn’t eligible if I don’t have a way of seeing it before the end of the year. My first-watch viewings this…"The Solzy Awards for 2019 – The Best In Film"
Rather than wait a few more days until the month of December, The Solzy Awards for Documentaries are being honored this month for 2019. Earlier this month, I voted in my first-ever Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards. Some of these awards do match how I voted during the CCDA. However, there were some instances in which my preferred documentary was not a nominee earlier this month. In other instances, some of my categories were not a…"The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2019"
Sticking more or less to last year’s schedule, 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 year’s Solzy Awards for Short Film. Best…"The Solzy Awards for Short Films in 2019"
As the calendar hits the halfway point of the year, Solzy at the Movies brings you the Solzy Awards contenders for the first half of 2019. Heading into the midway point, I’ve seen 229 narrative/documentary features and 29 short films (Letterboxd, 2019 releases only. This comes up to a grand total of 258 films as we enter the month of July. All films released before 2019 are not eligible. My overall total for the year…"The Solzy Awards for 2019…So Far"
The 2019 SXSW Film Festival has come and gone but some films and performances have left a lasting impression on my mind. TOP NARRATIVE FEATURES Long Shot Booksmart Good Boys The Garden Left Behind Saint Frances Olympic Dreams Pink Wall Villains Go Back to China The Day Shall Come Extra Ordinary I naturally gravitate towards comedies so it should come as no surprise that many of the films that found their way to the top…"The Best of SXSW 2019: Solzy Awards Edition"
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has come and gone but some films and performances have left a lasting impression on my mind. TOP NARRATIVE FEATURES Brittany Runs A Marathon Late Night To The Stars Little Monsters Corporate Animals The Report Greener Grass Blinded by the Light Adam Luce TOP DOCUMENTARIES Apollo 11 Sea of Shadows Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire Mike Wallace Is…"The Best of Sundance 2019: Solzy Awards Edition"
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…"The Solzy Awards for 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…"The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2018"