Author: Danielle Solzman

About Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is a film critic and aspiring filmmaker living in Chicago. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Online Association of Female Film Critics, Online Film Critics Society, and the Online Film & Television Association.

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Warner Bros. Releases a New Batch of "Joker" Promotional Images

Todd Phillips Says His Joker Might Not Even Be the Joker

WARNING FOR MINOR SPOILERS In a recent interview Joker director/co-writer Todd Phillips said that the Joaquin Phoenix version might not even be the actual Joker who will eventually face off against Batman. It’s bad enough that the discourse already reached a disturbing level but Phillips is doing nobody any favors. Historically, Arthur Fleck becomes the […]

Marc Maron goes after Todd Phillips' Comedy Comments

Marc Maron Goes After Todd Phillips’ Comedy Comments

Comedian Marc Maron wasn’t shy about having comments for Todd Phillips in light of the Joker director saying he quit comedy because of “woke culture.” Maron’s addressed the comments in an episode of his podcast, WTF With Marc Maron (via The Playlist). “There’s plenty of people being funny right now. Not only being funny but […]

Jojo Rabbit Shouldn't Be A Problematic Film For Disney

“Jojo Rabbit” Isn’t A Problem For Disney

Shortly before the world premiere of Jojo Rabbit took place in Toronto, it was reported that Disney executives were worried about the film. It turns out that there was nothing here to worry about according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comments from Fox Searchlight co-chairs Stephan Gilula and Nancy Utley came during a panel celebrating […]

Woke Culture Didn't Kill Comedy

Sorry Todd Phillips But Woke Culture Didn’t Kill Comedy

When it comes to being woke, the “woke culture” has yet to kill comedy. If anything, it’s shown that comedians can survive if they’re able to adapt with modern times. Taika Waititi joined the conversation when he called out fellow filmmaker Todd Phillips‘ on Twitter.  During an interview with Vanity Fair, Phillips said said he […]

Natalie Portman on Lucy in the Sky criticism

Natalie Portman on Lucy in the Sky criticism

Lucy in the Sky actress Natalie Portman opened up with the Los Angeles Times about the film’s negative reaction following the world premiere in Toronto. What is surprising is that Portman isn’t surprised by the universal panning. The movie isn’t, as she calls it, “easy.” It’s about a complicated woman who is neither hero nor […]

Four Directors Tapped To Helm Disney Animation Projects

Four Directors Tapped To Helm Disney Animation Projects

It was reported on Tuesday that four directors were given the responsibility of directing future projects for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Carlos Lopez Estrada and Suzi Yoonessi will be joining Disney veterans Josie Trinidad and Marc Smith in developing films for theatrical release. The move is great for those who are pushing for inclusion and […]

Please Let A Woman Direct A Star Wars Film

It was reported on Wednesday night that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige would be developing a Star Wars film for Lucasfilm. Listen, I’m all for Kevin Feige wanting to develop a Star Wars film. After everything he’s done at Marvel Studios, he’s a guy who has certainly earned it. That said, would it hurt Lucasfilm […]


George Lucas Felt Betrayed by Disney's Direction on Star Wars

George Lucas Felt Betrayed by Disney’s Direction on “Star Wars”

With the release of Bob Iger‘s memoir today, some new comments from George Lucas about the direction of the Star Wars franchise have been made public. What we knew before the book’s publication was that Lucas delivered some story ideas to Disney when they purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. There’s always the worries […]

Frozen 2 Lets It Go With A New Trailer

“Frozen 2” Lets It Go With A New Trailer

Disney released a new trailer this morning during Good Morning America for Frozen 2, the 58th film to be produced by the  Walt Disney Animation Studios. Frozen 2 re-teams Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven as they head out on a new adventure.  The new trailer introduces some new elements that extend beyond the Kingdom […]

HBO Picks Up Hugh Jackman-Starrer Bad Education Out Of TIFF

HBO Picks up Hugh Jackman-Starrer “Bad Education” out of TIFF

HBO has acquired Cory Finley‘s Thoroughbreds follow-up, Bad Education, following the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The acquisition by HBO is said to be for $17.5 million–a record-breaking purchase for any film to screen in Toronto. The film team had been looking for $20 million and an Oscar push. This isn’t to say that theatrical […]

No One Needs a Remake of “The Princess Bride”

The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes has spoken out in light of news that there are people who wish to remake the classic film. “There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world,” Elwes wrote in a quote-tweet. “It would be a pity to damage this one. There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this […]

The Vast of Night Acquired By Amazon Studios

Before Its TIFF Premiere “The Vast of Night” Was Acquired by Amazon Studios

The Vast of Night was acquired by Amazon Studios ahead of the film’s Canadian premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. This is the first film in years–if not ever–to premiere during the Slamdance Film Festival and go on to screen during Toronto. The film, directed by Andrew Patterson, would go onto become a […]

Jojo Rabbit Shouldn't Be A Problematic Film For Disney

“Jojo Rabbit” takes home Grolsch People’s Choice Award in Toronto

The recently premiered Jojo Rabbit has taken home the Grolsch People’s Choice Award as the 44th Toronto International Film Festival comes to an end. Following Sunday night’s world premiere, the Taika Waititi-directed film received quite the standing ovation. One that would go on to last more than a few minutes. In receiving the 42nd Grolsch […]

Kristen Stewart On How Her Sexuality Can Lose Her Roles

Actress Kristen Stewart, who will next be seen in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels, opened up about the discrimination she faces in a new interview. The comments came in a cover story for Harper’s Bazaar.  It’s disappointing because the actress has been on a tear lately with her selections of independent films. This may be the […]

It Was Always the Plan to Bring Back Palpatine for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Could This Star Wars Theory About Emperor Palpatine Be True?

There’s a fascinating fan theory going around the internet with regards to Emperor Palpatine’s upcoming appearance in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This particular theory will make zero sense if you haven’t watched Star Wars Rebels. If you have watched the late animated series, you should be familiar with the World Between Worlds. First […]

“The Irishman” a Scorsese Mob Powder Keg Reunion for DeNiro, Pesci and Pacino [TRAILER]

Netflix Can’t Give Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” a Wide Theatrical Release

Netflix is unable to give Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman a wide theatrical release before hitting their platform as agreements haven’t been reached. Martin Scorsese is a big-name director with multiple Oscar nominations under his belt. Moreover, the production budget for the film is well north of $150 million because of the visual effects. Because of […]

Kevin Conroy talks Arrowverse crossover, advice for Robert Pattinson

Kevin Conroy, the longtime voice of Batman, spoke about the Arrowverse crossover and advice for Robert Pattinson during a fan panel at Wizard World Chicago. While I didn’t have the opportunity for a one-on-one interview, I asked Conroy a pair of questions during the fan panel on Sunday afternoon. Can you talk about the opportunity […]

14 New Images from Spider-Man: Far From Home Tease a High Flying Adventure

[OP-ED] Spider-Man: What Happens Now?

Reports on Tuesday suggested that Sony and Disney were breaking up their relationship and thus Spider-Man will be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the news was reported, the internet went into an outrage. If you’re Marvel Studios, the outrage is what you want. If you’re Sony Pictures, not so much. Some of the Avengers […]

Will Disney+ Bring Back More Star Wars Characters?

Will Disney+ Bring Back More Star Wars Characters?

Heading into the weekend we heard that Ewan McGregor was in talks to reprise his role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Star Wars Disney+ series. This is both good and bad news. The good news is that McGregor can finally reprise his role. The bad news is because of Solo underperforming, it won’t […]