An initial 82 films, eight episodic titles, and a New Frontier interactive experience have been selected for the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will take place January 18–28, 2024, in person in Park City and Salt Lake City, with a selection of titles available online nationwide from January 25–28, 2024. This year’s festival will be the 40th edition as audiences take part in person or join virtually. In-Person Ticket Packages and Passes and Online Ticket…"2024 Sundance Film Festival: Initial Lineup Announced"
John Carney spoke with Solzy at the Movies about the crowd-pleasing Flora and Son, which is now streaming on Apple TV+. Flora and Son marked the third time that Carney world premiered a film at Sundance following Once and Sing Street. Begin Again played at both TIFF and Tribeca ahead of its 2014 release. Apple quickly acquired the rights following the Sundance premiere. It’s so nice to see you for the first time since Sundance.…"John Carney talks Flora and Son"
Composer Gary Clark spoke with Solzy at the Movies about Flora and Son and working with John Carney over the years. Flora and Son follows a single mother, Flora (Eve Hewson), who is struggling with what to do about her rebellious teenage son, Max (Orén Kinlan). She takes advice from the police in finding Max a hobby. Unfortunately, he wants nothing to do with a beat-up acoustic guitar. He’d rather be coming up with beats.…"Gary Clark talks Flora and Son, John Carney"
Aleeza Chanowitz, Aaron Geva, and Mickey Triest sat down with Solzy at the Movies to discuss Chanshi during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Chanshi offers a glimpse into the lives of Olim in Israel through the lens of the titular Orthodox Jewish woman from Brooklyn. As I wrote in my review during Sundance, Chanshi feels rather cathartic in a way and presents Israeli life through an Olim lens that we rarely see in episodic television…"Chanshi: Interview with Aleeza Chanowitz, Aaron Geva, Mickey Triest"
Documentary filmmaker Lana Wilson returned to Sundance with a powerful two-part documentary, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields. Each part of Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields runs 68 minutes for a combined run time of 2 hours, 16 minutes. When I was growing up, I didn’t know Brooke Shields from her work as a child star. No, I mainly knew her from the NBC sitcom, Suddenly Susan. A lot of what happens in the film came as news…"Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields – Sundance 2023"
Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Kinda Feel Left Out is a comedy that could have very well been released by Amblin in the 1980s. I feel like there’s some sort of rule where everyone must try their hand at paying homage to Steven Spielberg at some point in their career. Or, at the very least, films paying homage to the films that inspired filmmakers to get into filmmaking. The Spielbergian sort of movies…"Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Kinda Feel Left Out – Sundance 2023"
A teenager struggles within her fundamentalist community in The Starling Girl but things change when she’s drawn to the youth pastor. If not for its Kentucky setting, I might not have watched The Starling Girl during Sundance. This is more or less because of the fundamentalist aspect. At the end of the day, I am glad that I gave it a chance. I’ll likely end up watching on the big screen when it is time…"The Starling Girl – Sundance 2023"
Jonathan Majors is on a role as the actor made his return to Sundance with a strong performance in the very intense Magazine Dreams. I’m not kidding around when it comes to the intensity of the film. It is not an easy film to watch. There are many times when the lead character loses his temper. At the same time, there are instances where it appears that his temper gets the rest of him, only…"Magazine Dreams – Sundance 2023"
Daisy Ridley returned to Sundance in a starring role in the feature-length adaptation of Sometimes I Think About Dying. It’s not often that a fellow Louisville native directs the first feature film I watch on the ground during Sundance but here we are. Lambert previously premiered her first narrative feature, In the Radiant City, in Toronto back in 2016. Anyway, Lambert’s newest film–a feature adaptation of Stefanie Abel Horowitz‘s short film–premiered on Sundance’s opening night…"Sometimes I Think About Dying – Sundance 2023"
The Pod Generation entered the 2023 Sundance Film Festival as an award winner but the sci-fi film falls short in its execution. I needed over a week after the premiere to think about my feelings on the film. The more that I think about it, the more I end up not liking it. It’s a shame because this is a high-concept idea with an intriguing premise. Plus, it was a film that I anticipated going…"The Pod Generation – Sundance 2023"