Toronto 2020: A Good Man Is Another Transface Film

A Good Man is yet another example of transface casting gunning for awards with cisgender actress Noémie Merlant in a transgender role. It would be one thing for a cisgender filmmaker to bring a trans story to the screen if they actually had a transgender actor in the trans role.  However, this certainly isn’t the case here.  Not by a long shot.  What’s even more insulting is that the film’s co-writer, Christian Sonderegger, has a…

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Toronto 2020: 76 Days

While 76 Days certainly takes a look at Wuhan during the 76-day lockdown, it isn’t really explosive in terms of what we see on camera. As most of the film industry spent the last weekend of January attending the Sundance Film Festival and kicking off a new year for film, something else was happening in China.  On January 23, 2020, China made the decision to lock down Wuhan.  This city has some 11 million residents. …

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Toronto 2020: Emma Seligman talks Shiva Baby

Writer-director Emma Seligman spoke with Solzy at the Movies during the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival about Shiva Baby. Shiva Baby is holding the Canadian premiere during TIFF right after acquiring a distributor in Utopia. What were the some of the things you were looking for in terms of a distributor? Emma Seligman: I think that was the main focus was always wanting someone that had a track record of supporting independent film and films…

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Toronto 2020: One Night In Miami…

In her first turn as a feature film director, Oscar-winning actress Regina King hits a home run on the first try with One Night In Miami… A more than brief prologue sets the tone of the film before we ever see the title on screen.  One by one, we’re introduced to the major players Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.).  The main action…

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Toronto 2020: David Byrne’s American Utopia

David Byrne’s American Utopia is an absolute joy to watch no matter how familiar you are with Byrne or the Talking Heads. Before I go any further with my review, please make sure to watch the concert film to the very end. Thanks to the joys of technology, it took three attempts to watch this concert film.  After crashing twice on Thursday morning, I decided to make another attempt in the evening.  Rather than continue…

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Toronto 2020: I Care A Lot

J Blakeson’s I Care A Lot blends a mix of comedy and thrills to deliver a satire with another strong performance from actress Rosamund Pike. Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike) is a legal guardian and is the type who will take advantage of any loophole in the system.  If it means paying doctors off to have another ward of the state, so be it.  Marla is the type of woman who will rob her clients and…

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Toronto 2020: Akilla’s Escape

Akilla’s Escape weaves together two different timelines in Brooklyn and Toronto while tackling social issues that remain in the limelight. During a drug trade-gone-bad, Akilla Brown (Saul Williams) captures a teenage and mute Jamaican boy, Sheppard (Thamela Mpulmwana).  His youth comes back to him when Akilla learns that Sheppard is a affiliated with the Garrison Army.  It just so happens that Akilla’s grandfather founded the Jamaican crime syndicate.  Akilla left the life some time ago…

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Toronto 2020: No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man isn’t so much a documentary of musician Billy Tipton but a major contribution to the history of trans-masculinity. For me, the most important moment in the film came when activist Jamison Green meets Billy Tipton Jr.  It’s during this meeting that Green tells the musician’s son that nobody is alone in going through this.  For a long time, Tipton Jr. thought he was the only one with such a history. But again,…

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Toronto 2020: The Way I See It

The Way I See It goes behind the scenes through White House photographer Pete Souza’s eyes during the Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama administrations. How many people can say they worked at the White House for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.  Not many, I would assume.  However, Pete Souza could very well be the only one.  Souza comments in the film that if you thought he would work for both the most iconic…

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Nicole Riegel and Jessica Barden talk Holler

Nicole Riegel and Jessica Barden spoke with Solzy at the Movies for nearly half an hour over Zoom on Thursday about Holler. Holler was originally supposed to premiere this past March during SXSW in Austin. The film screened for the first time in front of an audience during the Deauville Film Festival in France. Tomorrow, Holler will screen for industry attendees during the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival in the Industry Selects program. Holler is…

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