LEMON: A Bizarre Tale of Race and Mediocrity

Every now and then, there comes a movie that’s really out there and unique. I mean beyond convention, a film that is an acquired taste. Lemon is one of those rare films. Written by husband and wife duo Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman, and solely directed by Bravo, Lemon documents the narcissism of bland protagonist Isaac…

Film Campaigns To Watch: THE ARTIST AND THE PERVERT

Recently, I decided to take upon a monthly film campaign challenge, and had searched multiple crowdfunding websites to find something that would pique my interest. There are a lot of campaigns that were pretty interesting, but when I stumbled across The Artist and the Pervert, I was immediately invested. It has everything I am interested in:…

Forbes’ Highest Paid Actresses List: WOC Still Have a Long Way to Go

Today, Forbes released a list of the top 10 highest paid actresses in Hollywood. This is the list as follows: Emma Stone ($26 million) Jennifer Aniston ($25.5 million) Jennifer Lawrence ($24 million) Melissa McCarthy ($18 million) Mila Kunis ($15.5 million) Emma Watson ($14 million) Charlize Theron ($14 million) Cate Blanchette ($12 million) Julia Roberts ($12…

Film Discovery: SWIMMING WITH SHARKS (1994)- Ridiculous But Sadly Grounded in Reality

Last week, a former assistant named Rosette Larson released a sexist email rant from her former boss, talent manager Michael Einfeld. She had requested a day off for a A Day Without a Woman, and in retaliation, Einfeld sent a raging email to his mail cohorts- and accidentally hit reply-all. In the outrageous email, Einfeld…

THE STORY OF 90 COINS: Shorts Showcase

Don’t let a promise become just a beautiful memory… Welcome to the first Shorts Showcase on the Cinema Soloist! We’re doing something new this week and I am starting to cover short films that have been released. For the first Shorts Showcase, the focus is on The Story of 90 Coins, a short by Beijing-based…

CONFEDERATE and BLACK AMERICA: Two Sides of a Hollywood Debate

There has been a lot of debate going on in Hollywood centered around two similar shows in development. Two series have been recently announced- both with identical premises, but from two entirely different perspectives. HBO has announced the show Confederate (Helmed by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)- a series that will…

LANDLINE: A 90’s Dramedy About Complex Adult Relationships

Days off are typically reserved for movie days! Today’s screening was Landline, a film by Gillian Robespierre that explores the complexities of adult relationships and growing up -with a 90’s New York City backdrop.!This film like many others entering theaters this summer, was a Sundance Selection (that I unfortunately didn’t see at Sundance). I patiently…

The Karate Kid is Getting a Sequel Series: I’m Not Sure How to Feel

It was announced yesterday that Youtube Red has recently greenlit a sequel series to the original eighties classic- The Karate Kid. The show has been dubbed Kobra Kai, and takes place 30 years after the events of the All Valley Karate Tournament. Original stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) are to…

WELCOME TO THE GLOW UP VERSION OF THE CINEMA SOLOIST!

Hello all! I have recently bought the domain for the Cinema Soloist- so now the blog has a new home! I am so excited to share the new website with you! After all the technical hullabaloo and transferring everything over- it is finished! I’ve been sitting on the idea of changing the blog for ages,…

DEADPOOL 2: Zazie Beetz’s Casting (and Natural Hair) Backlash

It was previously announced that Atlanta star Zazie Beetz is going to play Domino in Deadpool 2, but a couple of days ago, the first image of her as the character surfaced on Ryan Reynolds’ Twitter account- and people got to talking. As I read the comments, I found myself enraged. Of course came the…