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Film Review: Realistic, Difficult Lives Are Exposed in ‘Wiener-Dog’

20 July 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago –Director Todd Solondz has made a career out of not shying away from the most uncomfortable negativities of life. From extreme disconnection (“Happiness”) to pedophilia (“Life During Wartime”) to the sad rejection of pre-teen years (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”), Solondz pulls no punches. He achieves that harsh intent yet again in “Wiener-Dog.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is an anthology film, about a group of disparate people who somehow own the same female dachshund dog (the long bodied wiener dogs). It contains a quasi-sequel to “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (1995) – with Greta Gerwig portraying main character Dawn Wiener as an adult – and it tests the patience of any dog loving person as the pooch goes through a series of sorrowful circumstances. But this is what real life is, and Solondz to his credit is not afraid to expose it cinematically. It is tough stuff, and also tends toward the cynical dark side of human nature, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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All to play for by Anne-Katrin Titze

15 July 2016 7:21 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Nicolas Pariser, Alice Winocour, Melvil Poupaud, Mathieu Lamboley, uniFrance President Jean-Paul Salomé Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Melvil Poupaud walked the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema red carpet with The Great Game (Le Grand Jeu) director Nicolas Pariser, Disorder's Alice Winocour, Julie Delpy's Lolo composer Mathieu Lamboley, Bang Gang's Eva Husson, A Decent Man's Emmanuel Finkiel, John Waters, Cindy Sherman, James Ivory, Angélique Kidjo, Aurélia Thiérrée with Guillaume Nicloux and his Valley Of Love star Isabelle Huppert.

Joseph Paskin (André Dussollier) Pierre Blum (Melvil Poupaud)

Oscar Isaac in Jc Chandor's A Most Violent Year, Alain Delon in Valerio Zurlini's Indian Summer (Le Professeur), Benoît Jacquot's Closet Children (Les Enfants Du Placard), Marguerite Duras, Eric Rohmer, Xavier Dolan, Justine Triet, Fan Bingbing, and his Great Game co-stars Clémence Poésy and André Dussollier - these and more entered into a kind of Lacanian conversation with Melvil Poupaud at the Parker Meridien in New York. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Scott Reviews Richard Linklater’s Waking Life [Arrow Films Blu-ray Review]

13 July 2016 4:12 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Sure, Waking Life is in some ways Linklater’s metaphysical remake of Slacker, exploding the Gen-x barriers thrown up around that landmark work and bringing it closer to a transcendent plane that he’s trying trying trying to reach, especially in this era, but never quite grasping. That’s what appeals to a lot of us about Linklater’s work, that it’s never quite there. His curiosity has to be bound by the physical demands of cinema. But this, this weird film, shot-on-digital and animated by rotoscope on computers, comes closest. Those formats mean it never really “existed” in any physical space. Produced at the dawn of the 21st century, it’s the perfect summation of a moment in time when thought and curiosity might be enough to carry civilization, when restless unease was the result of an economic boom and not certain doom, when the popular cinema could still be a little wily, »

- Scott Nye

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From Clueless to Pulp Fiction, 10 of the best and worst dates on film

8 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.

This week, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates hits big screens, and Zac Efron and Adam DeVine get in over their heads with their own bad dates. Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza also star as the women that respond to an online ad looking for wedding dates. Needless to say, this movie looks like it will go down in the worst movie dates hall of fame. Check out the list below!

Good: Before Sunrise (1995)

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy partake in a feature-length first date in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. The two twenty-somethings, Jesse (Hawke) and Céline »

- Sasha James and Amanda Wood

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Wiener Dog – Review

7 July 2016 7:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wiener Dog, a four-story anthology from writer/director Tod Solondz, follows a little dachshund from one home to the next, finding masters who represent four stages of life –  childhood, young adulthood, middle age, and elderly. The pooch is but a linking device to introduce Solondz’s real subjects; the dark and despairing characters that we associate with the oddball director. With his output of deadpan black comedies like Welcome To The Dollhouse and Happiness, Solondz has specialized in human weakness and cruelty, awkward exchanges, and embarrassing confrontations. He continues this tradition with Wiener Dog, easily his finest film since Happiness and one which features a trio of human performances from Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, and Ellen Burstyn that are among the year’s best.

In the first story, the pooch is adopted by a high-strung couple (Julie Delpy and Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts) for their son Remi (Keaton Nigel Cooke »

- Tom Stockman

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Passes to ‘Wiener-Dog’ With Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy

4 July 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new Sundance Film Festival hit comedy “Wiener-Dog” starring Greta Gerwig and Julie Delpy from IFC Films and Amazon Studios!

Wiener-Dog,” which opens on July 15, 2016 in Chicago and is rated “R,” also stars Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts and Zosia Mamet from writer and director Todd Solondz. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Wiener-Dog” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Wiener-dog In St. Louis

4 July 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Welcome to the doghouse: the latest hilariously biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner—including the world’s worst mom, a beleaguered screenwriter, and the grownup incarnation of Welcome to the Dollhouse’s Dawn Wiener—whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.

Featuring an all-star cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Zosia Mamet, Wiener-dog is a tragically funny, wondrously warped look at the absurdity of life (and death) from one of contemporary cinema’s most fearless and unique voices.

Wiener-dog opens in St. Louis on Friday, July 8.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win a pass (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Wiener-dog on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:00 Pm in the St. Louis area.

We will contact the winners by email. »

- Movie Geeks

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‘Before’ Trilogy: Beautiful Video Shows Parallel Emotion From All Three of Linklater’s Films

28 June 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cinematic trilogies tend to be epic in scope: “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “A Fistful of Dollars.” Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy — 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight” — is an exception to that and many other rules, not least because it was never actually intended as a trilogy. The films simply come about one every decade or so, each of them feeling organic and necessary rather than tacked-on additions to a once-perfect story. In a new video, the parallels among the three films are laid out simultaneously.

Read More: ‘I Dream Too Much’ Exclusive Clip: Richard Linklater-Produced Coming-of-Age Film About Escaping Into Past Secrets

Lasting just over a minute long, “Three Chapters, One Lifetime” shows how any number of elements from the trilogy repeat themselves: shots of stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke walking and talking, shots of Delpy and Hawke…sitting and talking. »

- Michael Nordine

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Win Passes to See Wiener-dog

28 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of the new film from writer/director Todd Solondz, Wiener-dog, starring Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, and Zosia Mamet.

For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film Wiener-dog at the Landmark Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan on Wednesday, July 6th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because the contest ends at 11:00pm on Monday, July 4th!

About The Film

Wiener-dog: Welcome to the doghouse: the latest hilariously biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner—including the world’s worst mom, a beleaguered screenwriter, and the grownup incarnation of Welcome to the Dollhouse »

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (June 24, 2016)

24 June 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list here, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for June 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 24. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

Free State of Jones

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland

Synopsis: “In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy.”

Independence Day: Resurgence »

- Steve Greene

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‘Wiener-Dog’ Exclusive Clip: Todd Solondz’s Latest Film Follows a Dog On a Life Journey

21 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Todd Solondz’s eighth film “Wiener-Dog” follows a single wiener dog on a life journey as he enters four separate domestic traps rife with dysfunctional and chaos: An uptight mother (Julie Delpy) and her fragile nine-year-old son (Keaton Nigel Cooke), the return of Dawn Weiner (now played by Greta Gerwig) and her classmate Brandon (played by Kiernan Culkin), a disgruntled film school professor (Danny DeVito), and a grumpy old grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and her spoiled granddaughter (Zosia Mamet).

All of these stories explore Solondz’s recurring themes involving the futility of existence, the pain of suburban life, and the double punch of loneliness and regret. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Delpy’s character Dina teaching her son about spaying their new dog.

Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Wiener-Dog’ is Todd Solondz’s Angriest Movie

Todd Solondz first broke through with his 1995 film “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” about a shy, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Exclusive Special Feature Clip: See a Bonus Scene Not In The Movie

20 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Richard Linklater’s latest film “Everybody Wants Some!!” follows a group of college baseball players over the course of one weekend in 1980. Our audience surrogate is Jake (Blake Jenner), a hotshot high school pitcher, who soon meets his rambunctious teammates, who include the smooth-talker Finnegan (Glen Powell), cocky star pitcher Glen McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), stoner transfer student Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), and more. During his introduction to the campus lifestyle, Jake eventually meets Beverley (Zoey Deutch), an outgoing performing arts major, who shows him the ways of the artsy side of college life.

Amidst all the drinking and competition, Jake witnesses how a malleable environment can beget individual adaptation, and how the mix-and-match qualities of college all but beg a student to embrace their own fluidity of self. Watch an exclusive clip from the “Everybody Wants Some!! More Stuff That’s Not In The Movie” special feature off the upcoming Blu-ray »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Wiener-Dog’ Director Todd Solondz’s Nyu Short Film ‘Babysitter’: Watch It For Free

20 June 2016 7:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In honor of this Friday’s release of “Wiener-Dog,” Todd Solondz’s first directorial effort since 2011’s “Dark Horse,” Le Cinema Club is presenting the exclusive online premiere of Solondz’s 1984 Nyu short film, “Babysitter.”

The nine-minute short focuses on a boy’s recollection of the babysitter of his youth. Click here to watch the short film on Le Cinema Club’s website.

Read More: ‘Wiener-Dog’ Trailer: Greta Gerwig Befriends a Dachshund in Todd Solondz’s Dark Sundance Comedy

Solondz’s new film “Wiener-Dog,” follows a dachshund that goes from one strange owner to the next, serving as a central character in four stories that bring out the pointlessness of human existence. The offbeat comedy’s stellar cast includes Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Julie Delpy and “Girls’” Zosia Mamet. Amazon nabbed all domestic media rights to the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, while IFC Films is handling the theatrical release. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Wiener-Dog Movie Review

19 June 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Wiener-dog     Amazon Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Todd Solondz Written by: Todd Solondz Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, Zosia Mamet Screened at: Dolby 88, NYC, 5/31/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 There’s this Yiddish proverb Mann Traoch, Gott Lauch, meaning, loosely, “If you want God to laugh, tell him your plans.”  Todd Solondz, best known for “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (an unpopular seventh-grade girl finds her life miserable, taunted by the world), this time looks into several individuals and families whose plans may call for a happy future.  But life intervenes and dismay and depression follow.  Solondz’s picture  [ Read More ]

The post Wiener-Dog Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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12 Must-See Films at BAMCinemaFest 2016

13 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This month, Brooklyn plays home to the annual BAMCinemaFest, featuring both some tried and true festival favorites (imagine if Sundance just happened to take place in New York City in the summer) and some brand-new standouts. Here’s the best of what’s on offer, as curated and culled by the IndieWire film team.

Little Men” New York City-centric filmmaker Ira Sachs has long used his keen observational eye to track the worlds of the city’s adult denizens with features like “Love is Strange” and “Keep the Lights On,” but he’s going for a younger set of stars (and troubles) in his moving new feature, “Little Men.” The new film debuted at Sundance earlier this year, where it pulled plenty of heartstrings (including mine) with its gentle, deeply human story of two seemingly different young teens (Theo Taplitz as the worldly Jake, Michael Barbieri as the more rough and tumble Tony) who quickly bond when one of them moves into the other’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Jake and Tony become fast friends, but their relationship is threatened by drama brewing between their parents, as Jake’s parents own the small store that Tony’s mom operates below the family’s apartment.When Jake’s parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) are bothered by looming money troubles, they turn to Tony’s mom (Paulina García) and ask her to pay a higher rent, a seemingly reasonable query that has heart-breaking consequences for both families and both boys. It’s a small story that hits hard, thanks to wonderful performances and the kind of emotion that’s hard to fake. – Kate Erbland “Kate Plays Christine

It’s usually easy enough to find common themes cropping up at various film festivals, but few people could have anticipated that this year’s Sundance would play home to two stories about Christine Chubbuck, a tragic tale that had been previously unknown by most of the population (the other Chubbuck story to crop up at Sundance was Antonio Campos’ closely observed narrative “Christine,” a winner in its own right). In 1974, Chubbuck — a television reporter for a local Sarasota, Florida TV station — killed herself live on air after a series of disappointing events and a lifetime of mental unhappiness. Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” takes an ambitious angle on Chubbuck’s story, mixing fact and fiction to present a story of an actress (Kate Lyn Sheil) grappling with her preparations to play Chubbuck in a narrative feature that doesn’t exist. Sheil is tasked with playing a mostly real version of herself, a heightened version of herself as the story winds on and even Chubbuck in a series of re-enactments. The concept is complex, but it pays off, and “Kate Plays Christine” is easily one of the year’s most ambitious and fascinating documentaries. – Ke

“Suited”

This eye-opening documentary focuses on Brooklyn-based tailoring company Bindle & Keep, which designs clothes for transgender and gender fluid clients. Produced by Lena Dunham and her “Girls” producer Jenni Konner, the HBO Documentary looks at fashion through the eyes of several people across the gender identity spectrum, including a transitioning teen in need of a suit for his Bar Mitzvah and a transgender man buying a tuxedo for his wedding. The film has a deep personal connection to Dunham, whose gender nonconforming sister Grace has been a vocal activist within the transgender community. “Suited” is the first solo-directing effort from Jason Benjamin, who previously co-directed the 2002 documentary “Carnival Roots,” about Trinidad & Tobago’s annual music festival. – Graham Winfrey

Wiener-Dog

Todd Solondz’s first directorial effort since 2011’s “Dark Horse” is literally about an animal this time. “Wiener-Dog” follows a dachshund that goes from one strange owner to the next, serving as a central character in four stories that bring out the pointlessness of human existence. The offbeat comedy’s stellar cast includes Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Julie Delpy and “Girls’” Zosia Mamet. Amazon nabbed all domestic media rights to the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, while IFC Films is handling the theatrical release. Financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and produced by Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, the film marked Solondz’s first movie to play at Sundance since 1995’s “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” – Gw

Last Night at the Alamo

Eagle Pennell has become lost to film history, despite making two of the most important films of the modern indie era. His 1978 film “The Whole Shootin’ Match” inspired Robert Redford to start Sundance and his 1984 classic “Last Night at the Alamo” has been championed by Tarantino and Linklater, who along with IFC Films and SXSW founder Louis Black is responsible for the restoration that will be playing at Bam. “Alamo,” which tells the story of a cowboy’s last ditch effort to save a local watering hole, is credited for having given birth to the Austin film scene and for laying the groundwork for the rebirth of the American indie that came later in the decade. Pennell’s career was cut short by alcoholism, but “Alamo” stands tribute to his incredible talent, pioneering spirit and the influence he’s had on so many great filmmakers. – Chris O’Falt

Read More: Indie Legend Who Inspired Sundance, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ And More Will Have Classic Films Restored

“Author: The J.T. LeRoy Story”

J.T. Leroy was an literary and pop culture sensation, until it was revealed that the HIV-positive, ex-male-prostitute teenage author was actually the creation of a 40 year old mother by the name Laura Albert.  Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary, starring Albert and featuring her recorded phone calls from the hoax, is the best yarn of 2016. You will not believe the twist-and-turns of the behind the scenes story of how Albert pulled off the hoax and cultivated close relationships (with her sister-in-law posing at Jt) with celebrities like filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Smashing Pumpkins’ Bill Corgan, both of whom play key supporting roles in this stranger-than-fiction film. Trust us, “Author” will be one of the most entertaining films you see this summer. – Co

Dark Night

Loosely based on the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado during a multiplex screening of “The Dark Knight,” Tim Sutton’s elegantly designed “Dark Night” contains a fascinating, enigmatic agenda. In its opening moments, Maica Armata’s mournful score plays out as we watch a traumatized face lit up by the red-blue glow of a nearby police car. Mirroring the media image of tragedy divorced from the lives affected by it, the ensuing movie fills in those details. Like Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant,” Sutton’s ambitious project dissects the moments surrounding the infamous event with a perceptive eye that avoids passing judgement. While some viewers may find this disaffected approach infuriating — the divisive Sundance reaction suggested as much — there’s no doubting the topicality of Sutton’s technique, which delves into the malaise of daily lives that surrounds every horrific event of this type with a keen eye. It may not change the gun control debate, but it adds a gorgeous and provocative footnote to the conversation. – Eric Kohn

A Stray

Musa Syeed’s tender look at a Somali refugee community in Minneapolis puts a human face on the immigration crisis through the exploits of Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman), a young man adrift in his solitary world. Kicked out by his mother and unwelcome at the local mosque where he tries to crash, Adan meets his only source of companionship in a stray dog he finds wandering the streets. Alternating between social outings and job prospects, Adan’s struggles never strain credibility, even when an FBI agent tries to wrestle control of his situation to turn him into a spy. Shot with near-documentary realism, Syed’s insightful portrait of his forlorn character’s life recalls the earlier films of Ramin Bahrani (“Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop”), which also capture an oft-ignored side of modern America. With immigration stories all too frequently coopted for political fuel, “A Stray” provides a refreshingly intimate alternative, which should appeal to audiences curious about the bigger picture — or those who can relate to it. – Ek

Goat

After making a blistering impression at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Andrew Neel’s fraternity psychodrama “Goat” comes to Bam with great acclaim and sky high anticipation. Starring breakout Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas, the film centers around a 19-year-old college student who pledges the same fraternity as his older brother, only to realize the world of hazing and endless parties is darker than he could ever imagine. In lesser hands, “Goat” would be a one-note takedown of hedonistic bro culture, but Neel’s slick direction brings you to the core of animalistic behavior and forces you to weigh the clashing egos of masculinity. By cutting underneath the layers of machismo, Neel creates a drama of insecurities buried beneath the war between predator and prey. It’s an intense and intelligent study of a world the movies have always been obsessed with. – Zack Sharf

Read More: Sundance: How Robert Greene and Kate Lyn Sheil Made the Festival’s Most Fascinating Documentary

The Childhood of a Leader

Brady Corbet has been one of the most reliable supporting actors in films like “Funny Games,” “Force Majeure,” “Clouds of Sils Maria” and more, and he even broke through as a lead in the great indie “Simon Killer,” but it turns out Corbet’s real skills are behind the camera. In his directorial debut, “The Childhood of a Leader,” the actor creates an unnerving period psychodrama that evokes shades of “The Omen” by way of Hitchcock. Set in Europe after Wwi, the movie follows a young boy as he develops a terrifying ego after witnessing the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. Cast members Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo deliver reliably strong turns, but it’s Corbet’s impressive control that makes the film a tightly-wound skin-crawler. His ambition is alive in every frame and detail, resulting in a commanding debut that announces him as a major filmmaker to watch. – Zs

The Love Witch

Meet your new obsession: A spellbinding homage to old pulp paperbacks and the Technicolor melodramas of the 1960s, Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch” is a throwback that’s told with the kind of perverse conviction and studied expertise that would make Quentin Tarantino blush. Shot in velvety 35mm, the film follows a beautiful, sociopathic, love-starved young witch named Elaine (Samantha Robinson, absolutely unforgettable in a demented breakthrough performance) as she blows into a coastal Californian town in desperate search of a replacement for her dead husband. Sex, death, Satanic rituals, God-level costume design, and cinema’s greatest tampon joke ensue, as Biller spins an arch but hyper-sincere story about the true price of patriarchy. – David Ehrlich

Morris From America

Coming-of-age movies are a dime a dozen (and the going rate is even cheaper at Sundance), but Chad Hartigan’s absurdly charming follow-up to “This Is Martin Bonner” puts a fresh spin on a tired genre. Played by lovable newcomer Markees Christmas, Morris is a 13-year-old New Yorker who’s forced to move to the suburbs of Germany when his widower dad (a note-perfect Craig Robinson) accepts a job as the coach of a Heidelberg soccer team. It’s tough being a teen, but Morris — as the only black kid in a foreign town that still has one foot stuck in the old world — has it way harder than most. But there’s a whole lot of joy here, as Hartigan’s sweet and sensitive fish out of water story leverages a handful of killer performances into a great little movie about becoming your own man. – De

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Sundance London 2016 Review – Wiener-Dog (2016)

3 June 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Wiener-Dog,2016.

Directed by Todd Solondz.

Starring Greta Gerwig, Brie Larson, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Zosia Mamet, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Tracy Letts.

Synopsis:

Four stories linked by a single dog.  The affluent family who takes in the dog but can’t look after it.  The veterinary nurse who takes it on a road trip. The university lecturer who sees it as his last chance of companionship.  And the grumpy old woman who has given up on life.

Don’t be confused.  There are two films at this year’s Sundance London with remarkably similar names.  There’s Weiner, the documentary about the man of the same name who’s ambitions to be Mayor of New York were dashed by a sex scandal.  And there’s this one, Wiener-Dog.

The dog of the title is what Brits call a dashchund – a sausage dog, if you like – and it’s the »

- Freda Cooper

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First trailer for Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog

29 May 2016 2:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its Us released next month, the first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Todd Solondz’s new film Wiener-Dog which stars Greta Gerwig, Brie Larson, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Zosia Mamet, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Tracy Letts. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

From director Todd Solondz (Welcome To The Dollhouse, Happiness), Wiener-dog is a dark, starkly funny story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip. After leaving Dawn, Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more. Solondz’s perversely dark comedy offers »

- Amie Cranswick

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Get ready for the weirdest and most disturbing movie about pets

27 May 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Many disturbing films will be released this year, some will be quite weird. But only one will be both and feature the most adorable "hot dog" you ever did see. From Welcome to the Dollhouse director Todd Solondz, Weiner-Dog is described as: A twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner—including the world’s worst mom, a beleaguered screenwriter, and the grownup incarnation of Welcome to the Dollhouse’s Dawn Wiener—whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Zosia Mamet, Weiner-Dog may not be the oddest film to come out of Sundance, but it is the one most likely to piss off animal lovers. Take a look at the trailer below.   Weiner-Dog hits theaters on Jun 24. »

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Trailer: Todd Solondz' "Wiener-Dog"

27 May 2016 11:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Amazon Studios and IFC Films have released the trailer for "Wiener-Dog," the new ensemble dark comedy from "Happiness" director Todd Solondz. The film, which opens June 24th, follows the story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. The cast includes Ellen Burstyn, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, Kieran Culkin and Zosia Mamet.

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First Trailer for Todd Solondz's Highly Disliked New Film 'Wiener-Dog'

27 May 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

IFC has debuted an official trailer for Todd Solondz's new film Wiener-Dog, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Unfortunately the film was hated by pretty much everyone who saw it, including everyone I know with maybe one or two exceptions. Then again, this is kind of filmmaking that Solondz is known for, with deadpan dark humor and melodramatic scenes that don't amount to much. The cast of Wiener-Dog includes Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, and Zosia Mamet. However, the film's real star is the adorable dachshund dog, who changes the lives of all the various people she meets throughout her life. As charming as that synopsis sounds, don't be fooled by it. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Todd Solondz's Wiener-Dog, in high def from Apple: Man's best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before »

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