At long last, History of the World, Part II is finally seeing the light of day and the sketch comedy series is worth the 40-plus year wait. I never thought I’d see the day. I binge-watched the eight episodes almost as quickly as Hulu sent the screeners. Listen, I know the series is premiering on a Jewish holiday but try and fit in some time to watch the two episodes as soon as possible. Believe…"History of the World, Part II is Worth The Wait"
Month: February 2023
Marathon Man is a very disturbing thriller thanks to its dentistry scenes and makes its arrival on 4K Ultra HD by way of Kino Lorber. “Is it safe?” These three worlds would really elevate the film to the next level. Let me say that the dentistry scenes are very tortuous. It is certainly a very far cry from what we see in Little Shop of Horrors. I know that William Goldman wrote the book and…"Marathon Man: Disturbing Thriller Arrives on 4K Ultra HD"
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom arrives on Blu-ray after being remastered in HD by Paramount Pictures from a 4K scan of the original negative. I generally like both Shirley MacLaine and Richard Attenborough as actors. Given the subject of the film, I feel that I would do better by watching with an audience. When watching at home, the laughs can be hit and miss. Laughter is contagious and the biggest thing that gets lost when…"The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Gets Remastered Blu-ray"
Fitzwilly mixes up crime and romance in this 1967 comedy starring Dick Van Dyke and Get Smart‘s Barbara Feldon in leading roles. After the passing of Walter Mirisch over the weekend, I decided to watch a film he produced in tribute. While In the Heat of the Night would probably be the best choice, I made it a new-to-me film instead with the Dick Van Dyke comedy. It just so happened that I had the…"Fitzwilly Mixes Crime and Romance In Comedy"
Training Day earned Denzel Washington an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role and audiences can now bring the film home on 4K Ultra HD. This is a film that depicts two detectives over a single day of action. One of them just happens to be a rookie cop in training. When Training Day marked its 20th anniversary in 2021, the world was different and attitudes towards the cops had very much changed. Nowadays,…"Training Day Arrives On 4K Ultra HD"
We’re two weeks out from Oscar Sunday and Solzy at the Movies is back with a new Oscars Watch column following the SAG and PGA Awards. If there’s one thing that the PGA Awards and SAG Awards have shown us, Everything Everywhere All At Once is unstoppable. Of course, I’ve been very open about my one problem with the film. In any event, there’s no denying how original the film is and what it means…"Oscars Watch: What Do SAG and PGA Awards Mean?"
The road to Oscar continues as the 29th SAG Awards are taking place tonight in a ceremony broadcast online from the Fairmont Century Plaza. The SAG Awards will be broadcast live on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The ceremony will also be available on several partner social channels as well as Twitter and Facebook. Next year’s awards…"29th SAG Awards: The Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners"
After a pair of coastal events, the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards are taking place tonight at the Beverly Hills Hilton. The biggest award of the night, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, has historically been considered a strong prognosticator for the Best Picture Oscar each year. Tonight’s ceremony will also be honoring the following: Tom Cruise (David O. Selznick Achievement Award) Mindy Kaling (Norman Lear Achievement Award) Michael…"2023 Producers Guild Awards: The Winners"
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the passing of Walter Mirisch this past Friday at the age of 101. Mirisch was an Oscar-winning producer and former Academy President, having served four terms. He died of natural causes. The University of Wisconsin Press published his memoir, I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History, in 2008. “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is deeply saddened to hear of Walter’s passing,” noted…"Walter Mirisch: Former Academy President Dies At 101"
Writer-director Colin West spoke with Solzy at the Movies about his new film, Linoleum, opening in theaters this weekend. The sci-fi dramedy stars Jim Gaffigan, Rhea Seehorn, Katelyn Nacon, Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves, Roger Hendricks Simon, Elisabeth Henry, West Duchovny, with Michael Ian Black and Tony Shalhoub. The film is about Cameron Edwin (Jim Gaffigan), the host of a failing children’s science TV show called Above & Beyond. Cameron has always had dreams of becoming an…"Colin West talks Linoleum"