Thirtysomething guy with Arrested Development falls for thirtysomething girl with Arrested Development, but moving out of his junior high school bedroom proves too much. Tragedy ensues. –Venice Film Festival
Solondz’s first color film with sync sound was the short “Schatt’s Last Shot” (1985). Solondz played a high schooler who wants to get into Stanford, but cannot because his sadistic gym teacher fails him. He also has no luck seducing the girl he desires. It was a student film, and is still screened at NYU, where Solondz made it.
Solondz’s first feature was Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989), a piece about a writer (Solondz) writing a play and sending it to Samuel Beckett.
Solondz found great critical acclaim with his second feature, Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), a film about the cruelty of junior high school, parents, adult figures, and suburban life. The film won awards at Sundance, Berlin, and countless other festivals for its cruel realism, bitter humor, and unflinching portrayal of adolescence.
His third feature effort, Happiness (1998), was a wildly edgy and provocative film. The film revolves around a group of people who are miserable in their conventional… read more
Mia Farrow's face melted off. However, this is a nice return to form for Solondz. A little more tender than most of his films, but still stands as a scathing and biting portrayal of a pathetic character brought into a pathetic life, influenced by a pathetic culture.
Strong films by Karim Aïnouz, Julia Loktev, and Alejandro Landes, and disappointments from Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, and Guo Xiaolu.
Dark Horse “might just represent the warmest film Solondz is capable of making.”
Title: Dark Horse
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Todd Solondz
Writer: Todd Solondz
Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector and a woman who is the dark horse of her family.
The film is perfectly titled which teaches us in… read review
This is the first Todd Solondz film in 10 years that isn’t connected to any of his previous work (Palindromes being the sequel to Welcome To The Dollhouse and Life During Wartime being the sequel to… read review