From the director of Happiness and Welcome To The Dollhouse.
College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
Cosas que no se olvidan
"Listen up because here's a lesson... Life's not fair." -Marty,
- Film Club Ranked: boxd.it/3M2sq
I love how Solondz does a story about two stories and criticizes the stories within the context of the story. It's an interesting exploration of the process, what works and what doesn't and how different takes on an experience can impact different groups.
I personally enjoyed Fiction, the first story, a bit more but really feel that both get at important things. I could've watched more students read their stories and get criticized by the group in Fiction, I found the vibe of those scenes to be interesting. Many reviews discuss how intense this film is but I don't find the intensity to be so bad... the film has a few shocking parts but it's fairly grounded for the duration, which I appreciated.
not even sure what to say about this its absurd and would probably never recommend this to anyone but it kinda???sorta???worked for me in the weirdest way. dont even want to delve into the politics to this as its all so convoluted and fucked but idk. just really want to have a long conversation with todd solondz with what the fuck is going on in his movies
dry and nasty with some irreconcilable moral conundrums. few films hate performative liberalism as much as this, and the utterly terrifying scenes between the kid and the maid consuelo underscoring the portrait of the middle-class nuclear family, showing what has to be upheld to ensure it, are a great rebuke to films like roma that gloss over the inherent exploitation in the homeowner-maid relationship for the sake of a whitewashed and uncomplicated nostalgia. i have no clue if some of what's in here is defensible but the way it consistently engages with itself as a text and deconstructs issues of ethics and exploitation while at the same time knowing it may also be perpetuating these things due to the failure oftentimes of satire as providing adequate cushioning means it's at least solondz's most interesting film to me.
Probably a masterpiece, but also relentlessly pessimistic and often even evil towards its characters, to the point where it was almost hard to digest. Brb gonna go rewatch Singin' in the Rain and My Neighbor Totoro a bajillion times.
One of the best and most maturely written films of the 21st century thus far.
Great. A career-best performance from Paul Giamatti. He plays a documentary filmmaker who is attempting to examine the life of the modern teenager, although he seemingly misses every important moment and manipulates the result into focussing more on himself than his supposed subjects. I can't help but see this as Todd Solondz's response to American Beauty - there is one delicious, deliberate reference - and it's infinitely more complex, insightful and meaningful. Also has music by Belle & Sebastian.
Isn't it funny that fiction sometimes seems like nonfiction, or vice versa? This is Solondz's most mature and honest work yet, peeling back the layers on misconceptions of American youth and adulthood. People treat others badly, sometimes forcefully, and other times in a subtle way. A brilliant masterpiece, and the endings of both segments hit me like a bullet. Todd Solondz makes even the harshest things ironic.
I'm blown away.
i will start by saying that a portion of “fiction” could be potentially triggering. luckily, there is a giant red box over the scene in question, not to dispel how potentially triggering the scene could be, but because the filmmakers wanted the R rating. i muted the scene and then unmuted when it was over because i didn’t need that image in my head.
storytelling is an anthology of sorts, consisting of two stories: “fiction” and “non-fiction”. “fiction” is about a group of college students in a creative writing class, while “non-fiction” is about the filming of a documentary about a high school student going through the college admissions process. the two stories aren’t explicitly linked, but trying to piece…
Solondz quite brilliantly prods and pokes at the often vacant, moral and intellectually bankrupt psyche of the subjects in question. Through his own spread of wry humour and pitch black wittiness he delivers sharp and amusing dialogue that examines themes of personal turmoil, youthful angst, racial and sexual taboos and even an entertainingly sad dissection of the American nuclear family, which for me doesn’t even seem like it’s that satirical at all. Void of all the quirky and comedic elements to the film, there’s also an underlying tragedy that courses through the veins of it; hopelessness. It’s a film which teeters on the precipice of awkwardness and sheer discomfort but remains engaging all the way through. I need to watch more of these Solondz films.
I haven't watched a Film Club movie in a while due to exams but I was delighted with this one. This weird, short little movie enthralled me almost immediately. I know that 'Storytelling' is about a lot of things and I'm not going to even try to dissect that. I did notice, however, the ironic labelling of parts 'Fiction' and 'Nonfiction' because their names seem to contradict their content (which is probably the point in this instance). I thought the Fiction portion felt a little out of place (or maybe I just didn't like it that much), I honestly would have preferred a movie just about Paul Giamatti making a documentary - I do see the value of having each section though. Really interesting, funny little movie. I'm naming my firstborn son Scooby and my firstborn daughter Consuela.
I never saw this movie and I still remember seeing a trailer for it when I saw Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring back in 2001. It was one of those movies that I wanted to see, but I never had the chance to. Better late than never, I finally got the chance to watch this movie. I also know nothing about this movie, so I went into this movie blind without reading anything about the plot. After watching this movie for the first time, I thought it was not bad. Storytelling is an interesting indie movie from the early 2000s.
I thought the acting was solid and I did like the general…
Wow 20 years ago this edgelord nonsense disguised as a thinkpiece was considered provocative lmao
this is not a film that should ever be watched with a family member....and if you are watching it highly recommend turning down the sound and or using headphones otherwise it will definitely sound like you are watching a specific kind of movie....if you know what i mean
this is such a strange movie but that is kind of its appeal? it is so uncomfortably awkward that it serves its exact purpose??? i would never watch this again personally but I can definitely appreciate it in all of its dysfunctional-ness.
the discussion the relationships between the upper middle class and the poor + the racism in the fiction part really was not depicted as well as it could have been in my opinion but i appreciated that it was there i guess
the ending of this film also was not it
but selma blair with pink hair uhmm YES
I'm very conflicted by this because firstly, I entered this movie expecting to be, in some way, enlightened by it, which it wasn't. Secondly, the themes and some of the scenes that happened here (even if they have meaning and a clear analysis of it) were disturbing, sad, and I really didn't want to see them.
I also really hated the first "fiction" part. And I think I liked the "nonfiction" much more because of the documentary part and some of the storylines. Although that kid, oh boy Mickey... I need to throw hands...
A decent and quite ambitious satire. It’s pretty absurd and shocking for most of the part. The film is divided into two halves , one is “ficton” and the other is “non-fiction”. I liked the first one a bit more despite being short, the second one is just pure chaos. Nonetheless, both stories are provocative and uncomfortable to watch, while having lots of things to say.
Film Club #67
I uh, hmm
No. I think I'll just go with no.
Hating that little kid is the only thing that kept me going. I wasn't even offended, just bored and unsure what the point was
Objectively flawed, scattershot, even crippled in its final form and way too short. The result hangs together in a way that bemuses me each time. Somehow manages in 50 minutes to outdo what took American Beauty nearly 2 hours to as well.
In the other section, we get a scathing defense of Todd's earlier film Happiness, and a kind of mission statement about writing and its purposes/limits. Watch Todd increasingly going out on a limb himself with a medley of new themes to tackle, and himself personally going to the bathroom in a school for teens to find his new subject.
How many themes can we get up to in less than 90 minutes? It turns out a lot. Definitely in the vein of a kind of movies made for people who love Haneke, yet also feeling like an episode of Strangers With Candy. If the third chapter was bad, maybe it shouldn't be here.
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There's some smart(?), or at least clever, ideas going around about the blurred or non-existent lines between fiction and non-fiction but it's buried DEEP underneath layers of cruelty, misanthropy, and nasty humor that's gonna be impenetrable to most people, perfectly understandably. I swear after every Solondz movie (still just my third) I wanna report him to the FBI.
What a weird fucking pick for film club. I respect the hell out of a Todd Solondz flick getting chosen, but literally no one under 18 should watch this, that’s for fucking sure.
That being said, this a really unique and unnerving film. I think I described it as like “crying during sex” during our viewing and the group tended to agree. You gets weirdly invested, and you think you’re enjoying, but you don’t really know if you should be? If that makes any sense at least.
My only complaint is that I think I don’t see the bigger picture. Like what was the point of all this? I get some of the minor themes sprinkled…
Leo Fitzpatrick is basically everyone in my feed for the last five years now.
Film Club 67:
Telling what could be considered a "good" or "compelling" story is so strangely subjective that it almost is more of a matter of how the story is told rather than what the subject material actually is. Depending on your angle and how you going about telling the story greatly alters how many people will be compelled.
There are only two parts to this "anthology" story. It was at first confusing seeing one being titled "Fiction" and the second "Nonfiction". Supposedly there was supposed to be a third part that was cut as well but instead we have two fractured stories with one being considerably longer than the other. The only real connection is that core characters are…
Here’s another film club pick. I thought it was fine. It felt very early 2000s but it was still interesting. I still want to see Happiness but maybe soon. I know Todd Solondz is a pretty messed up director but this seemed pretty tame compared his other films. So maybe this was a good start. Also thanks Derek for the pick.
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