Conclusion: There has always been a Diane Arbus quality to Solondz's work, and the screenshots accompanying this review should confirm its continuation in Dark Horse . The hair and make-up for Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow, and the hollow-eyed affect of Selma Blair (to take the most obvious examples) are visual grotesques that would have fit easily into an Arbus portfolio.
Excerpt: Todd Solondz does not make nice movies. If you are already familiar with his work, you don't need me to tell you, and chances are if you're still unfamiliar with his work after his second decade of American independent stardom, then his movies aren't for you. However, it's a point worth making, because despite the fact that Solondz doesn't make nice movies, his movies have usually been pretty defensible.
Excerpt: How pathetic is the lead character of Todd Solondz ’s new movie? And what music cue will be used to underline the point? Those are the questions expected of Dark Horse , and here are the answers: He’s in his late 30s, lives at home, works for his father, drives an absurd yellow Hummer, and collects action figures—a practice that leads to many belligerent outbursts, both real and imagined, directed at a Toys R Us customer-service flack.
Excerpt: Islänningen Dagur Káris förra film, debuten Nói albínói från 2003, var en egensinnig pärla om en uppgiven tonåring utan pigment, infryst i en liten deppig fiskeby. När han, Nói, till sist lyckas bryta sig loss är det till ett för högt pris. Det finns komiska övertoner men framförallt handlar det om ensamhet. Dagur Kári är utbildad vid Danska filmskolan, och efter indiesuccén med Nói albínói ville han göra film i Köpenhamn.