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
A very welcome return for Solondz after the boring, tepid 'War During Lifetime'. This film eviscerates the popular "man child" comedies of the aughties and leaves the guts to rot in the sun. My only compliant is that Solodnz gives main character an easy out at the end. Selma Blair plays a role we have seem before, but she perfects it here. Christopher Walken plays one his best roles.
In contrast to the more successful efforts of Kaufman and Gondry, Dark Horse's fantasy elements feel inessential and grafted on, like slightly desperate attempts to develop narrative interest out of stubbornly inert materials. And in contrast to the more successful efforts of Apatow and his ilk, Dark Horse's stabs at the comedy of arrested surbanity rarely elicit more than a chuckle. The black hole of Selma Blair's face, however, delivers precisely the beauty and terror it promises.
Agreed, although it's probably not a fair comparison -- I'm not aware of Apatow essaying the kind of really cutting, curdled satire for which Solondz is known (and of which I have been a grateful fan for years.) I just felt that DH fell short both on Solondz' own terms and on those of the filmmakers it sends up.
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