Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story offers a fun time for all while giving audiences a taste for why this New Orleans festival is so popular. The documentary has the unfortunate luck of opening right after Summer of Soul won the Oscar for Best Documentary. I say this because comparisons between the two are inevitable as unfair as it may be. We ought to recognize this film for its own merits. Putting 50 years of…

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Eight Below Is Still Heartwarming 16 Years Later

It’s been sixteen years since the theatrical release in 2006 but Eight Below is a testament to the challenges of survival and friendship. After watching a number of disaster thrillers over MLK weekend in January, I was in the mood for a film about dogs. Upon noticing that I missed last year’s 15th anniversary, I figured it would be better late than never. Given the film’s themes of survival and friendship, I knew the adventure film…

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Picabo Profiles Skiing Icon Picabo Street

Lindsey Vonn makes her directorial debut by profiling skiing icon Picabo Street in the new documentary, Picabo, streaming on Peacock. Vonn joins veteran filmmaker and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Frank Marshall in the process of stepping behind the camera. That being said, we also see a good amount of Vonn in front of the camera, too. What makes Vonn a good filmmaker and interviewer in the film is her relationship with Picabo Street. You…

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Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name

Frank Marshall is back with another brilliant music documentary, Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name, to kick off 2022. The documentary opens with a montage featuring the late night hosts. This is before the film gets into the main focus: the 2010 Troubadour Reunion Tour featuring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members (Taylor-2000, King-1990 and 2021). The Troubadour shows took place over a series of days in November 2007…

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous – Season 3

The third season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous may be the most intense season as we worry about the fate of the campers. In a perfect world, we’d be getting Jurassic World: Dominion this summer. This might not happening but we can still return to Isla Nublar this week. I always have a fun time going back to the island. Strangely, I keep turning to these films and series for comfort viewing during the pandemic.…

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Camp Cretaceous: Season 2 Is Thrilling Escapism

The second season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous provides for thrilling and pure escapist entertainment as we return to Isla Nublar. I’m going to be honest here.  Because of everything going on, I needed to step away from the news two weeks ago on a Thursday evening.  There is no better way–at least for me during the pandemic–to have escapism than return to Isla Nublar.  It took almost three decades to get an animated Jurassic…

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The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, directed by Frank Marshall, is a career-spanning documentary on the Gibb brothers. Over 1,000 songs. Twenty #1 hits. Barry Gibb appears in new revelatory interviews but Robin and Maurice Gibb only appear in archival footage.  The film makes great use of the archives including footage from recording sessions, concerts, television appearances, and home videos.  This is in addition to interviews with other musicians and record…

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Keeps The Spirit

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows in the spirit of the 2015 Jurassic World film as the new series premieres on Netflix. Imagine being chosen for the opportunity of a life time.  If you love dinosaurs, it’ll be sure to be an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  After all, this is Jurassic World that we’re talking about!  Darius Bowman is a dinosaur-obsessed teen and an avid reader of Dr. Grant’s work.…

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Frank Marshall talks Laurel Canyon

Frank Marshall recently spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone about Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time and provided updates on Jurassic World and Indiana Jones. How did you first become attached to Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time? Frank Marshall: Well, this is an idea that Michael Wright, who runs Epix, and I came up with about four or five years ago when Michael was running Amblin. That’s where it first started…

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SXSW 2019: Talking The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Director Thom Zimny and producers John Carter Cash, Ryan Suffern, and Frank Marshall spoke with Solzy at the Movies about The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The interview took place on the Sunday that followed the world premiere of The Gift. SXSW is known for both film and music.  How thrilling is it to premiere the documentary at the festival? Frank Marshall:  It’s sort of meant to be. …

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