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Deadline is reporting that Heather Matarazzo will be offering up a new take on the old “medical professional who doesn’t play by your rules, man,” genre of films, with the Welcome To The Dollhouse star signing on to play a maverick ER nurse in Stuck. After a run-in with the law, Matarazzo’s character ends up in the most hellish possible form of house arrest, locked in her house with her ex-boyfriend and his new fiance.
Stuck is being directed by Fresh Off The Boat actress Jillian Armenante, and will feature performances from a number of well-credentialed TV performers, including Felicia Day, Joel McHale, and Kate Flannery, a.k.a. Meredith from The Office. Meanwhile, Matarazzo has had a healthy career of her own over the last few years, including performances in Tina Fey’s Sisters and the upcoming indie drama Girl Flu.
- William Hughes
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Louis Garrel visits The Criterion Collection closet:
New York Film Festival 2016 has announced their Shorts line-up, along with Explorations, featuring Mimosas, The Death of Louis Xiv, The Ornithologist, and more.
I started writing Welcome to the Dollhouse around the time of that first film. I couldn’t think of any American films that dealt in any serious way with childhood. Children in American films were either cute like a little doll or evil demons. »
- The Film Stage
by Daniel Walber
Wiener-Dog is a deceptive movie. It is technically a sequel to Todd Solondz’s cult classic Welcome to the Dollhouse, but only for about a quarter of its running time. It’s actually an anthology, built around the often tragic life of an adorable, stoic dachshund. Each stop is totally separate from the last, each new character a slightly different riff on solitude and bitterness.
Yet even this structural diversity is deceptive. For while the film contains a variety of stories and locations, it is essentially one long expansion of a single set. The opening credits play over an anonymous animal shelter, where Wiener-Dog patiently waits to be adopted. One side has bars, the other a clear panel. The bright light highlights the sickly green walls, like the antiseptic glow of a dystopian hospital.
Wiener-Dog makes it out, but the cage lingers »
- Daniel Walber
“The Infiltrator,” which will be released in France by Arp Selection, turns on the true story of a U.S. customs official who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Pablo Escobar.
“The Infiltrator” will have its French premiere at the festival, along with David McKenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone” and Todd Phillips’s “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper.
Michael Moore will be honored at the festival, along with James Franco and Stanley Tucci. The homage to Moore, which underscores the festival’s willingness to have a greater political undertone than in previous years, will be followed by the French premiere of “Where to Invade Next.”
Spanning 14 films, the competition includes »
- Elsa Keslassy
American filmmaker Todd Solondz has made some of the most talked about films of the last few decades. From Welcome to the Dollhouse through to his latest film Wiener-Dog, his views as expressed in his work are confrontational, yet often hilariously accurate. The director sat down with HeyUGuys at Sundance London, to discuss his […]
- Cassam Looch
Mark Harrison Aug 1, 2016
Fed up of big blockbusters right now? Here are some smaller movie treats to be found in August in UK cinemas...
Around this time of the year, we like to shine a spotlight on the slightly smaller films coming out after most of the box office juggernauts have been and gone. But with each annual feature, we've noticed that the year is filling up with blockbusters more and more. The year's first comic book movie was February's Deadpool, a surprise box office smash and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice got 2016's blockbuster season started much earlier than usual.
We're late enough in this elongated season that August will find the blockbuster schedule repeating itself - Ben Affleck's Batman will be back on screen for a cameo in DC Movies' Suicide Squad, Disney follows The Jungle Book with a live-action remake of Pete's Dragon, and Ricky Gervais »
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.”
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Thanks to a well-reviewed movie star, Bleecker Street took “Captain Fantastic” to a now-rare, once-common $20,000-plus limited per theater opening. With all well-oiled cylinders at work, Bleecker filled the demand for older-audience films after two failed recent attempts by others at corralling the younger market (“Swiss Army Man” and “The Neon Demon”).
A wider Bollywood release, Salman Khan-starrer “Sultan” (Yash Raj), achieved something few specialized films have managed in recent months: a Top Ten placement despite playing at fewer than 300 theaters.
Meantime, The Orchard’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” expanded again to strong numbers close to last weekend’s. This word-of-mouth hit could play all summer and expand wider. There is still an audience out there: it’s just more selective.
“Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance, »
- Tom Brueggemann
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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“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.
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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.
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- Movie Geeks
Todd Solondz has been exploring his animal side. Granted, the films that first placed him at the forefront of independent American auteur cinema – Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Happiness (1998), Storytelling (2001), and Palindromes (2004) – were well-acquainted with the bestial side of human behavior, offering unflinching and sometimes repulsive examinations of bullying, pedophilia, abortion activism, racial fetishization and the adhesive properties of semen. Since 2009’s Life During Wartime, a theoretical sequel to Happiness, Solondz has toned down the bad-boy transgressions of his first few films, allowing his humanist sympathies to rise to the surface. Building on the structural aspects […] »
- Michael Sicinski
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.
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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 »
A24 is having a strong 2016. They started out winning Oscars for three films (“Room,” “Ex Machina” and “Amy”), took smart horror flick “The Witch” wide to great success, and now with “The Lobster ” and “Swiss Army Man,” can claim the two highest per theater average limited openings of the year. And they’ve done what other companies seem not to be able to do: reached a younger audience quite different from those that have elevated such adult hits as “Eye in the Sky” and “Hello, My Name Is Doris.”
Among the elevated number of prime openings fleshing out the summer specialized release schedule, the surprise second best was “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard), a New Zealand countryside story that could become a sleeper success with wider audiences.
- Tom Brueggemann
Spoiler warning! In season four, episode seven, of Orange Is the New Black, we finally delve into Lolly Whitehill's backstory. If you've watched the flashback scene where Lolly is an aspiring journalist, you'd be forgiven for thinking actress Lori Petty simply threw on a brown wig to play young Lolly. But in this scene, young Lolly is actually played by actress Christina Brucato, doing an eerily spot-on impression of Lori Petty's voice and mannerisms. Brucato's first role was as Cookie in 1995's indie cult film Welcome to the Dollhouse. You might also recognize Brucato from her recent role as Kitty Genovese in the film 37, which also starred Orange Is the New Black favorite Samira Wiley, aka Poussey. If Brucato's turn as Lolly impressed you, keep your eyes peeled for her! She'll be appearing in the upcoming drama Sidney Hall alongside Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning. »
- Megan Kallus
We’re introduced to the sweet-faced dachshund star of the mordantly funny “Wiener-Dog” as she waits patiently, in a cage, for whatever might come next. No cushion to get comfortable on, she awkwardly shifts her weight on the metal grid, never finding her footing. In any other context, the adorable pup’s next station in life would be that of happy adoptee, sentenced to cuddles, petting and Instagram likes. Unfortunately, this charming, ergonomically challenged dog is the subject of a bleak comedy from Todd Solondz (“Happiness,” “Welcome to the Dollhouse”), a filmmaker whose work never fails to dive deeply into the unhappiest. »
- Dave White
Writer and academic W.G. Sebald once said: “Men and animals regard each other across a gulf of mutual incomprehension.” In truth, an animal understands nothing of its place in the world, their mind focused merely on food and the prospect of comfort, if available. In cinema, there is an old actor’s adage that states: “Never work with children or animals. They will always upstage you.” When an animal performs successfully in a film, it’s undeniably captivating because we know that animal is unaware of its role in the overall story. The camera has recorded some beautiful cosmic miracle, appearing from the outside to somehow defy Sebald’s words.
Whether fictional friend or foe, the relationship between humans and animals in cinema has always captured our imaginations. These sometimes expand beyond the borders of the normal, and, beyond the Bourgeoisie pooper-scoopers and barked-out cry conveying that some hapless child has fallen down a well, »
- Tony Hinds
Todd Solondz has been making movies since 1989, and became the toast of Sundance and American art-houses with just his second film, 1995’s “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” But the writer-director hasn’t been all that prolific throughout his career, producing only eight features in just over a quarter-century. In part that’s due to the ups and […]
- Noel Murray
Plot: An adorable dachshund goes from owner to owner. On her journey, she finds that each family she encounters is dealing with their complicated lives impacted by their new pet. Review: If you are walking into a Todd Solondz movie, don’t expect to have a ton of sweet-natured and heartfelt movie moments. Ever since Welcome To The Dollhouse, the indie filmmaker enjoys the strange... Read More »
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.
- Vikram Murthi
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