Solondz has an acerbic eye for the dark underbelly of suburbia. Another tragicomic blend of suburban hell, bound to leave a sour taste. Despite the bleakness, Solondz steers clear of fully dehumanising these dysfunctionals.
Part 1 "Fiction" was flawless. Part 2 wasn't as enthralling, but it was worth it for the ending. It also made fun of American Beauty, which was spot on. I loved the intensity, the horrible white characters, and the undeniable evil of white privilege. Smart, perceptive, ultimately depressing. Blackest of comedies. For fans of mockumentary and Haneke.
Again, haunting stories of real life. Losers, loners, little tyrants and dining/interrogation rooms. The soundtrack is perfect, from the exciting house music from late 90's, coloring things up in the suburbs, to the sad B&S songs that remind us of fucked up lonely teenage time. This one is not less provocative, it's just not so obvious.
Todd Solondz parece querer repetir la fórmula de "Happiness", solo que con menos ingenio. La comedia sigue siendo ácida y sutilmente prejuiciosa. Son esas dosis la que de todas formas hacen simpático y provocativo el cine de este director.
People see Storytelling as mainly a self-critique on just Solandz. This is very true, but I see it as partly. Solandz self-critique is a critique on everybody involved, him as a filmmaker and us, as an audience. Though I almost feel "Fiction" is stronger than "Non-Fiction", both seem equal. Much like Solandz's other films, this one doesn't let you walk away without clawing its way into your brain. Excellent.
"Fiction" is way better than "Non-Fiction", which is OK bu unfortunately takes 2/3 of the film. "Fiction" also helps to officialize my crush on Selma Blair, even in a "against the wall" scene like that.
much better this time around having seen it when it came out in the theater...DEF. full of cliches but that was the point. From the sitcom style scene intros to the over characterization of every role, it was sad and hard to watch at times...