Amanda Crew and Lexy Kolker talk Freaks

Freaks stars Amanda Crew and Lexy Kolker sat down with me during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival to discuss the film. In addition to her role in Freaks, Amanda Crew may be best known from her role as Monica Hall on Silicon Valley.  She also appeared in Charlie St. Cloud, The Age of Adaline, and Race, among other titles. Lexy Kolker is an actress to keep your eyes on.  Not even ten years old,…

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Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky talk Freaks

Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky, a pair of writer-directors, sat down with me to discuss Freaks during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The duo wrote and directed Freaks, which premiered in the Discovery section.  The film stars Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew, and features a stand-out performance from Lexy Kolker. Both Stein and Lipovsky met during On the Lot eleven years ago.  They both finished in the top five and ultimately…

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The Report: Talking With The Cast

Jon Hamm, Annette Bening, and Adam Driver spoke about their characters in The Report during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Solzy at the Movies was one of a number of outlets to attend the press conference in September.  I first saw The Report during Sundance and it’s an important film with regards for American history.  In addition to the three actors, they were joined by writer-director Scott Z. Burns, producer Jennifer Fox, and former…

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Dolemite Is My Name: Eddie Murphy Is Back

Eddie Murphy is back in classic form with the release of Dolemite Is My Name whether or not it is intended to serve as a comeback vehicle. What you should probably know going into the film is that Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) decided to change up his comedy/music career because of Rico, a homeless man.  When the film starts out, Moore is working at Dolphin’s of Hollywood and begging a DJ (Snoop Dogg) to…

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Lucy in the Sky: On the Red Carpet

Solzy at the Movies had the privilege of being on the red carpet for the world premiere of Lucy in the Sky last month during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Lucy in the Sky serves as Noah Hawley’s feature directorial debut.  The debut for Hawley comes following his work on both Fargo and Legion. Natalie Portman–who still dreams of being an astronaut in real life–and Jon Hamm lead a cast that also includes Zazie…

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Yaron Zilberman, Yehuda Nahari Halevi talk Incitement

Incitement director/co-writer Yaron Zilberman and actor Yehuda Nahari Halevi sat down with Solzy at the Movies one day after the world premiere in Toronto. Not more than five minutes after the world premiere last month, the entire theater had to be evacuated.  This was due to a security concern.  The fact that the film originates in Israel means you have to take every security precaution when someone gets suspicious.  It took about another hour to…

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Shailene Woodley: What She Looks For In Scripts

During a free talk on the OLG Dream Deck in Toronto, Endings, Beginnings actress Shailene Woodley discussed what she looked for in a screenplay. Towards the end of the talk, I asked one of the final two questions. What do you typically look for in characters when you’re reading a screenplay? Shailene Woodley:  Nothing to be honest.  When I read a screenplay, it’s instinctual feeling that comes across me and I actually don’t notice my…

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Guest of Honour: Interview from Toronto 2019

Guest of Honour sat down with Solzy at the Movies for a roundtable interview during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.  Writer-director Atom Egoyan participated along with actors David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, and Luke Wilson. Atom, can you talk about reasoning behind giving Guest of Honour a non-linear structure in terms of the story? Atom Egoyan:  That’s just the way I write.  Given the subject matter and the prismatic, sort of effect of these…

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Abominable: An Emotional Journey

At one point or another, Abominable is the type of film that is going to come tugging right at your emotions whether you’re yeti or not. Yi (Chloe Bennet) is a self-proclaimed loner.  She’s been keeping busy and avoiding home as much as possible since the death of her father.  One night, she happens to climb up to the roof to discover a Yeti that escaped the clutches of Burnish (Eddie Izzard) and zoologist Dr.…

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Toronto 2019: Jungleland

Jungleland is a film about about a pair of brothers traveling across the country while also touching upon themes of toxic masculinity. Stanley Kaminski (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion Kaminski (Jack O’Connell) are a pair of brothers living in Massachusetts.  They’re down on their luck with the only hope of making money being a boxing match in San Francisco.  Easier said than done.  Lion is a boxer and Stanley acts as his manager.  If Stanley had…

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