Directors MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #236 - The Films of TODD SOLONDZ

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  1. Brook K

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    Volume #236 - Todd Solondz

    Palindromes (2004)
    Storytelling (2001)
    Happiness (1998)
    Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
    Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)
    Schatt's Last Shot (1985)
     
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    Palindromes ***
    Storytelling **[​IMG]
    Happiness ***
    Welcome to the Dollhouse ***[​IMG]
     
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    An independent filmmaker of black comedies and biting societal critiques, Solondz' films have often aroused controversy for their content.

    1. Happiness - A (biting comedy attacking societal conventions and perceptions that was controversial for portraying a pedophile as a three-dimensional character)
    2. Welcome to the Dollhouse - A (Both darkly cynical and hopelessly optimistic, it delivers a sadly realistic depiction of highschool and adolescence.)

    3. Life During Wartime - B+
    4. Palindromes - B (I need to see this again and sort out my feelings. There were a number of things I liked about it but the tone shifts so frequently I could never tell when he was trying to be comic or trying to be serious.)
    5. Storytelling - B (A two part film in which I loved the first part about how storys reflect on their creators but I thought he undermined the 2nd half with silly self-parody and bits of business like throwing in the American Movie gang that were funny but didn't seem right for this movie.)

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    Dark Horse (2011) (Own the DVD)
    Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)
    Schatt's Last Shot (1985)

    Seen 6
    Own 5

    Todd Solondz is the 15th director in this series that I've seen/met in person.
     
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    And he's at least the 15th that I've never heard of, never seen. [​IMG]
     
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    Maybe you should just give it up George, and try knitting or making things out of matchsticks instead! [​IMG]
     
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    Happiness (1998)
    Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
    Storytelling (2001)
    Palindromes (2004)

    Seen the above, in order of ranking. ("Happiness" is far and above my favorite.)
     
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    Do they have newspapers in San Antonio? [​IMG]
     
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    Just seemed worthy of repeating.


    Out of [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Palindromes (2004)
    Storytelling (2001) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - Maybe too abstract for me to grasp in one viewing.
    Happiness (1998) - This one sounds interesting
    Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - Just doesn't hit as much with as a several others.
    Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)
    Schatt's Last Shot (1985)


    I could have sworn I'd seen a couple more Solondz movies. I may have only given him [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] on the two I have seen, but he is definitely interesting.
     
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    I'm not sure what I should give up exactly. As for knitting, etc., I'm far, far too busy watching mainstream (i.e., good) films, to do that!
     
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    Out of 4 stars:

    Welcome to the Dollhouse [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]1/2
    A subtly disturbing film that I'm glad I saw, but don't know if I'd sit through again. The use of hyperbole, sort of an extreme version of Murphy's Law, does a good job of conveying what it must feel like to be an outcast, pre-teen girl.

    I am interested in seeing Solondz' other films.
     
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    Palindromes (2004) - 8/10
    Happiness (1998) - 8/10
    Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) - 8/10
     
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    FINALLY got around to watching these:

    Welcome to the Dollhouse ***1/2 out of ****
    Storytelling **1/2 out of ****
     
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    ALL RATINGS OUT OF [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (FIVE) STARS

    Life During Wartime (2010) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Palindromes (2004) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Storytelling (2001) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Happiness (1998) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
    Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)
    Schatt's Last Shot (1985)
     
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    Ratings on a scale of * to *****:

    1: Happiness (1998) ****

    Own 1
     
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    Life During Wartime (2009) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seen 5
    Own 3
     
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    Updated: Life During Wartime - B+
     
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    Updated with Life During Wartime (2010) :star::star:
     

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