20 Years of The Fifth Element: Rediscovering a Favorite Film in Theaters

Back in 1997, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element premiered at the glitzy Cannes Film Festival in France. It's grand debut was accompanied by a fashion show by Jean Paul Gaultier (The film's costume designer), fireworks, and a ballet. Shortly afterward, the film was released worldwide. The film was a critical and financial success, grossing over $260 …

Thoughts About Streaming Services Releases and Traditional Theatrical Releases

Cannes recently made a rule- to begin at next year's festival, that any film that is going to be in the festival should have a theatrical release in France. This rule was created after many French exhibitors voiced their distaste of screening Netflix's upcoming releases- Joon Ho Bong's Okja and  Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories. Here's a …

How “Perpetual Singleness” Lead Me to Liberation and a Journey to Self Acceptance

This isn't a movie or entertainment post today, but I think it is very fitting with the name of my blog- The Cinema Soloist. It's been on my mind, and I decided to share it. My blog was founded on my solo adventures in film and life, and I've often thought about the fact that there …

“Dear White People” is a Letter to the Black Community- Especially its Outsiders

I'm back! I'm so sorry for the lack of posts. I finally have a new laptop, and I have been bombarded with content, and wasn't quite sure where to start. This post is a bit late, but it's powerful nonetheless. Back in 2014, I saw the original movie for Dear White People. I really loved …

What the Success of “Get Out” Tells Us About the Long Ignored American Audience

I was fortunate enough to be part of the first audience- EVER to see Get Out while I was at Sundance. It was the highly anticipated Surprise Midnight screening of the year, and I had no idea what to expect since I played movie Russian Roulette while purchasing the ticket and had never been to …