Monday, June 28, 2010
I have been a big fan of the controversial filmmaker, Todd Solondz since his first film, "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (1995) and I have seen all of his work since then. I just love his strange and quirky sense of humor and how he's not afraid to tackle unpleasant subjects in his films. I think Mr. Solondz is the only person who could find levity in pedophilia.
His latest is called "Life During Wartime" which is supposed to be a part sequel and part variation of his great film ,"Happiness" (1998). It has new actors playing some of the characters from the original film. It looks really good and has an excellent cast which include Ally Sheedy, Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens and the always fascinating Charlotte Rampling. The film has already been seen in several prominent film festivals including the Telluride, Toronto, New York and Venice (where it won Best Screenplay) since last year.
"Life During Wartime"is due in U.S. theaters on July 23, 2010.