Sundance 2021: Playing with Sharks

Right when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Sally Aitken gives fans a documentary of Valerie Taylor in Playing with Sharks. Listen up, Jaws fans.  This film should certainly capture your attention.  I know you watch Jaws every summer because I do the same thing, too.  After all, the Steven Spielberg film is a cinematic classic.  What Playing with Sharks does is take viewers where the Jaws bonus features (sorry,…

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Sundance 2021: Son of Monarchs

Son of Monarchs holds its international premiere this Sundance as the winner of this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. A Mexican biologist, Mendel (Tenoch Huerta Mejía), calls New York home for the moment but he returns home upon his grandmother’s death.  Family relationships have changed since leaving for New York.  You can sense some bitterness coming from older brother Simon.  The two of them were left as orphans following their parents death in…

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Sundance 2021: Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It is an eye-opening documentary exploring the life of EGOT winner Rita Moreno. Rita Moreno is among the select few to receive the EGOT.  She also is a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and many more.  The list of honors goes on and on.  But awards are not all there is to her story.  She persevered in the industry…

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Sundance 2021: Sally Aitken talks Playing with Sharks

Sally Aitken spoke to Solzy at the Movies earlier this week about her new documentary, Playing with Sharks, launching at Sundance. How honored were you to have Playing with Sharks selected for Sundance? Sally Aitken: Are you kidding? It’s the email that you don’t want to go to your junk mail, right?!? It’s such a great thrill for all of us. A lot of us are going to be watching from home. Is there some…

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Sundance 2021: CODA

CODA is a crowd-pleasing film that will bring about tears and laughter by the end in telling a heartwarming story on screen. I regret that I almost didn’t even watch this film on Opening Night.  In glancing at the comedy listings, I saw CODA listed and the rest is history.  But in all fairness, this isn’t only a comedy but mix of drama and coming-of-age story, too.  At the end of the day, it’s still…

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Sundance 2021: Summer of Soul

Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) makes for a rocking good time while revisiting the late 1960s. Please stay through the credits for a clip at the end of the film. A lot was taking place in the summer of 1969.  Man went to the moon when the Apollo 11 mission made history.  A happening took place at Woodstock.  But at Mount Morris Park, the Harlem Cultural Festival was taking…

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Sundance 2021: These Days

These Days is a half-hour pandemic-set comedy but whether it will be appealing to audiences or not is something that remains to be seen. Mae (Marianne Rendón) is a professional dancer so the pandemic has not been kind in terms of work.  We don’t know much about her when we first meet her.  What we do know is that she’s trying the whole online dating over Skype.  Guy #1 is an epic disaster.  Seriously, you…

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Sundance 2021: First Wave of Titles Announced

The first wave of titles have been announced for the upcoming 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which will be held in theaters and living rooms. This year’s festival will include 72 features, 50 shorts, 4 indie series, and 14 New Frontier projects. The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the showcase of new independent work selected across the Feature Film, Short Film, Indie Series and New Frontier categories for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will…

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The Social Dilemma: The Dark Side of Social Media

The Social Dilemma, which premiered during Sundance in January, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the dark side of social media. It’s no secret by now that social media can come with negative consequences.  People choose what they want to share.  For me, I choose to share links to what I write, news articles, and photos.  But even then, I won’t share something that I wouldn’t want to say in public.  The question…

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Max Barbakow and Andy Siara talk Palm Springs

Max Barbakow and Andy Siara spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone about Palm Springs, which launches July 10 on Hulu. Palm Springs premiered in January during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin, and Peter Gallagher.  Max Barbakow directs from a script written by Andy Siara. Palm Springs will be released on Hulu while also playing briefly at drive-in…

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