Tom Howe spoke to Solzy at the Movies about Shrinking, Daisy Jones and The Six, and Ted Lasso, all of which are currently streaming. It’s not often that a composer is working on three different series that happen to be released around a close timeframe. But for Tom Howe, it’s exactly what happened. Shrinking premiered in late January on Apple TV+. Daisy Jones and The Six premiered in early March on Prime Video. Ted Lasso…"Tom Howe talks Shrinking, Daisy Jones, and Ted Lasso"
Anchors Aweigh is the first of three 1940s musical buddy comedies that pair Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra together on the screen. Kelly and Sinatra starred together in Take Me Out To The Ball Game in 1945 and then again in On the Town in 1949. Funny enough, their first and last film together see them as a pair of sailors on leave from the U.S. Navy. One is set in California while the other…"Anchors Aweigh: Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra’s First Team-Up"
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is a laugh riot through and through in the newest big screen adventure based on the game. There is a mid-credit scene. I want to preface this review by saying that I have never played the game. My only knowledge of it is because of Freaks and Greeks and The Big Bang Theory. In any event, the Game Night filmmakers manage to crush it again with their latest outing.…"Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Is A Laugh Riot"
Spinning Gold has a rockin’ soundtrack and is a bigger-than-life biopic about record producer and Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart. There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Neil Bogart. After all, the record executive died before he turned 40 years old. He’s not one of the well-known figures like Berry Gordy, Jerry Wexler, Clive Davis, Sam Phillips, Leonard Chess, etc. Nor is he in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside the…"Spinning Gold: A Rockin’ Film About Neil Bogart"
In Chapter 21 of The Mandalorian, the episode offers a solid mixture of action and the future direction of the series going forward. Spoilers follow for the newest episode of The Mandalorian. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s Peter Ramsey directs the newest episode and it’s a delight. I’ll have more in-depth thoughts below the photo below because I do get into spoiler talk. In any event, his directing work on The Mandalorian has me really looking…"The Mandalorian: Chapter 21 – The Pirate"
The Birds–one of the most terrifying thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock–marks the 60th anniversary of the film’s 1963 release. The master of suspense is at it again. Over 20 years after winning an Oscar for Rebecca, Hitchcock turns to Daphne du Maurier once again. One element to appreciate is how Hitchcock uses comedy to build up to the eventual suspense. But even though there is no shortage of sheer terror on display in the thriller, it…"The Birds: Alfred Hitchcock Thriller Marks 60th Anniversary"
Black Sunday, the 1977 terrorism thriller directed by John Frankenheimer, gets a new Blu-ray release by way of Arrow Video. Arrow Video presents the thriller on the new Blu-ray in 1080p HD. There are two options for audiences to listen to the film. One is in its original restored lossless mono audio, which is being presented for the first time on Blu-ray. Audiences also have the option of choosing between restored lossless 5.1 and 2.0…"Black Sunday: Terrorism Thriller Gets A New Blu-ray"
The Oscar-winning All Quiet on the Western Front is now available for audiences to bring home in a Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Media Book. It’s not surprising that the film did so well during awards season, including the first-ever Best Picture nomination for a German film. When the first adaptation–directed by Lewis Mileston–was released by Universal Pictures in 1930, it won Best Picture at the Oscars. Of course, it also premiered to protests in…"All Quiet on the Western Front Arrives On 4K Ultra HD"
Schmigadoon! moves away from the 1940s and 1950s musicals and takes viewers into the grittier Schmicago of the 1960s and 1970s. The transition into the next pair of decades means not being as brightly colored like the 1940s and 1950s. That’s not to say that it’s not entirely gritty because of Schmicago’s take on musicals like Godspell and Hair. In any event, this season owes a lot to both Chicago, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. There’s…"Schmicago: Schmigadoon!’s Second Season Is Grittier"
Suspicion is one of four Alfred Hitchcock films to star Cary Grant but Joan Fontaine earns the only acting Oscar in Hitchcock’s filmography. While North by Northwest is my favorite Hitchcock film, Suspicion is where it all began for Grant’s relationship with the filmmaker. Their relationship might have started sooner but Grant’s schedule meant not being able to star in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Given their similar backgrounds from growing up in England, it’s no…"Suspicion: A Romantic Psychological Thriller"