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Film Review: ‘Permanent’

Film Review: ‘Permanent’
It’s hard to decide which era “Permanent” is most nostalgic for: 1982, when writer-director Colette Burson’s semiautobiographical coming-of-ager is set, or the turn of the millennium, when movies like “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Ghost World” set the template for the kind of twee, adolescent-angst stories that reached their apotheosis a few years later with Fox Searchlight releases “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” In either case, the movie does neither time period any real favors, being a funny-ish (but never outright funny) portrait of a high school girl whose biggest concern is her hair.

As such, the title “Permanent” refers to the chemical process (or “perm,” as the mainstream called it) made enviable by the likes of Meg Ryan, Stevie Nicks and Dolly Parton back when big hair and poodle-like ringlets were all the rage. It also describes the kind of damage that high school renders on teenagers everywhere, who carry the
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How Disney Star Ross Lynch Landed the Role of Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer

How Disney Star Ross Lynch Landed the Role of Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer became one of America’s most horrifying figures after he murdered 17 men and boys — killing and eating many of them to satisfy a twisted sexual kink — over the course of 12 years. But in writer-director Marc Meyer’s “My Friend Dahmer,” the future monster’s just a troubled teenage outcast. Meyer’s meticulous late-’70s period drama, based on the graphic novel by Dahmer’s old high school acquaintance John “Derf” Backderf, takes a revisionist approach to Dahmer epitomized by the casting of Disney star Ross Lynch in the lead role.

Read More:‘My Friend Dahmer’ Trailer: Anne Heche Is Unhinged in This Gripping Portrait of the Serial Killer as a Young Man — Watch

Lynch, best known for the Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally” and the “Teen Beach Movie” series, buries his pop-star stature in a messy mop of hair, thick wireframe glasses and a dull stare.
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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” what is the best coming-of-age movie ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Birth.Movies.Death.

While it may not fit the western paradigm of a traditional coming of age film (neither a high school setting nor teenage angst or confusion find themselves the focus), “Lion” holds the distinction of being a rare modern movie that gets to the root of key questions of dual identity, questions that will only become more prominent in the age of globalism. It’s the most extreme version of having your feet in two cultures; Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) finds himself
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How an Independent Filmmaker Went From Being the Farrelly Brothers’ Assistant to Making the Movies That Studios Wouldn’t

How an Independent Filmmaker Went From Being the Farrelly Brothers’ Assistant to Making the Movies That Studios Wouldn’t
Editor’s note: Nearly 20 years after making his feature directorial debut, Josh Klausner’s latest feature film, the musical “Wanderland,” is set for its world premiere. Klausner’s path from indie film and back again is a unique one, including stopovers in the studio world alongside big names like Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Paul McCartney, and Shrek himself.

We asked Klausner to reflect on his career so far, and what’s next for a filmmaker who has never taken the easy way.

My path to directing “Wanderland” was a bit like the rambling journey its main character Alex takes over the course of the movie. For me, it was about stepping off the path I was on as a studio screenwriter to reengage again as an independent filmmaker.

You’d never know it from “Shrek Forever After” or “Date Night,” but I always believed I’d primarily work in the world of independent film.
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New to Streaming: ‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Shin Godzilla,’ ‘Adaptation,’ ‘Slack Bay,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Adaptation (Spike Jonze)

It’s almost depressing to rewatch Adaptation in 2016, because it’s a reminder of how strong an actor Nicolas Cage is when he actually invests himself in good projects. It was soon after this that his career went off the rails, but he’s remarkably impressive here, playing the dual roles of Charlie Kaufman and his fictional twin brother, Donald. As much a mind-fuck as any other Kaufman screenplay,
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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Artificial Eye co-founder Pamela Engel dies aged 82

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Engel also co-founded UK distributor New Wave Films.

Art-house “trailblazer” Pamela Engel, known for co-founding distributor Artificial Eye and programming London cinemas including the Lumiere, Chelsea Cinema, Camden Plaza and the Renoir, has died aged 82.

A huge figure in the UK’s independent film business, Engel’s death has sparked messages of praise across the distribution and exhibition sectors.

Born Pamela Balfry in 1934, the UK executive started out in the late 1950s as a secretary for then Sight and Sound editor Penelope Houston.

She would go on to work as an assistant to Richard Roud at the London and New York Film Festivals before joining Derek Hill’s art-house venue Essential Cinema in the late 1960s.


Balfry and first husband Andi Engel established distributor Artificial Eye in 1976, thus “beginning an odyssey of distribution and exhibition unlikely ever to be surpassed,” in the words of former London Film Festival director Sheila Whitaker.

Despite separating
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Lovers’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Lovers’
It’s been painful in recent years to see Todd Solondz, the once-inspired director of “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Happiness,” making his characters so lowly and pathetic they no longer seem real. If Solondz had kept his empathy for life’s everyday losers but put aside his compulsion to punish them for it, he might have made a comedy of barbed humanity like Azazel Jacobs’ “The Lovers.”

It stars Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as Mary and Michael, a couple in their late 50s who have entered the dead-zone phase of marriage. Their passion has left the building, but more than that, they’ve stopped pretending they have anything to say to each other. Their relationship is a glumly polite series of going-through-the-motions rituals (even when they sit in front of the TV having a glass of red wine, they’re drinking alone…together), yet the movie observes their
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'Alien' to Get Live Music Treatment for Film Independent at Lacma

'Alien' to Get Live Music Treatment for Film Independent at Lacma
Following December's showing of Welcome to the Dollhouse, the screening-meets-live-music series Film Independent at Lacma: Bring the Noise will present Alien in partnership with dance-pop band Yacht.

The organization has just debuted the cover art — designed by Matt Owen — for the special event screening of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic, scheduled for March 9 at Lacma's Bing Theater.

In the vein of Film Independent at Lacma's "Live Read" from filmmaker Jason Reitman, Bring the Noise has an acclaimed musician or band select a film of their choosing, remove the score and put together a new accompaniment for the film. Hunx and His Punx...
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Newswire: Todd Solondz to have a Love Child with Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez

According to Deadline, Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez have signed on to star in Love Child, a new film from Wiener Dog and Welcome To The Dollhouse director Todd Solondz. Billed as a “dark and hilarious twist on the classic Oedipal theme,” the movie is about an 11-year-old boy with an “inappropriate obsession” with his mom who comes up with a scheme to try to kill his abusive dad so he can get more attention from his mom. Also, he convinces a “handsome man” named Nacho to fall in love with his mom so he can frame that man for killing his father, which sounds dark and hilarious.

Assuming Cruz plays the mom, Ramírez will probably play the abusive father or the handsome man named Nacho. It doesn’t sound like the kid has been cast yet, but Jacob Tremblay is probably waiting by his phone.
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Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez to Lead Todd Solondz’s ‘Love Child’

Although it was one my favorite films of last year, Todd Solondz‘s peculiar, touching Wiener-Dog sadly went overlooked. Thankfully, the director looks to be back in record time as his latest project has already been announced and he’s secured two unexpected, talented stars, which also doubles as The Counselor re-team we’ve been waiting for. Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez are set to lead this new film, titled Love Child, according to Deadline.

The Welcome to the Dollhouse director’s own spin on the Oedipus complex will follow “11 year-old Junior, a delusional aspiring Broadway star with an inappropriate obsession with his mother Immaculada (Crus). After orchestrating an accident that nearly kills his abusive father, he encourages Nacho (Ramírez), the handsome man living in the family’s guesthouse to court his mother and become his new dad. But when the two fall in love, Junior becomes so jealous that
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Penélope Cruz & Edgar Ramírez Have Todd Solondz’s ‘Love Child’ – Berlin

Penélope Cruz & Edgar Ramírez Have Todd Solondz’s ‘Love Child’ – Berlin
Exclusive: Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez are attached to Todd Solondz's new project Love Child, which Imr International, the joint venture between MadRiver Pictures and Insiders, is bringing to market in Berlin next week. Solondz, the brains behind Wiener Dog and Welcome To The Dollhouse, writes and directs the project, which is described as a dark and hilarious twist on the classic Oedipal theme. Story follows 11-year-old Junior, a delusional aspiring Broadway star…
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Watch This: At Sundance ’96, Nicole Holofcener made an endearing (and enduring) debut

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: With Sundance in full swing, we’re looking back at some of the best directorial debuts that premiered at the festival.

Walking And Talking (1996)

In the mid-’90s there was a boomlet of independent movies about young-ish, usually urban-dwelling neurotic types making small talk, cracking wise, and often making pop-culture references. Two of the very best of this batch had the misfortune to come out within about a year of each other with extremely similar titles: Noah Baumbach’s Kicking And Screaming and Nicole Holofcener’s Walking And Talking. Holofcener’s first film premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, in a terrific class that included Welcome To The Dollhouse, Citizen Ruth, and Big Night.

Holofcener, a smart and perceptive writer, would go on to tell more complex stories ...
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DVD Review – Wiener-Dog (2016)

Wiener-Dog, 2016.

Directed by Todd Solondz.

Starring Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Zosia Mamet, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Tracy Letts.

Synopsis :

A sprightly dachshund provides the connecting link between four tales of e/ccentricity, disenchantment and dysfunction.

A Weiner-dog (or sausage dog in the UK) is another name for a dachshund, and the variously monikered creature is the common feature in this anthology film of four overarching chapters. Brought to the screen by indie-stalwart Todd Solondz, known for acerbic dark comic dramas Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness, Wiener-Dog is an oddly unfulfilling affair. Given the themes of depression and disillusionment, this is not entirely surprising, but the project also has the sense of being slightly under-cooked. Without giving too much away, for many the ending will leave a bitter taste, which again, is not too much of a surprise given Solondz’s previous work. It also leaves
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Win Wiener-Dog poster and DVD

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To mark the release of Wiener-Dog on 23rd January, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD along with a Wiener-Dog poster for each winner.

In this deliciously melancholy and offbeat indie comedy, iconic director Todd Solondz resurrects Dawn Wiener, the awkward lead from his 1995 breakout hit Welcome To The Dollhouse, to deliver one of his funniest films to date. Here played beautifully by Greta Gerwig, Dawn appears in just one of four interlinked stories of American life that connect an affluent suburban family, a frustrated screenwriting teacher, an elderly depressive and Dawn herself. A bracingly funny, often moving film, Wiener-Dog sees Solondz tackle typically bold and tricky themes with caustic wit and shrewd observation – and better yet, he does so with the generosity and optimism to ultimately let the dog steal the show.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Welcome to the Dollhouse's Heather Matarazzo on rejection, suicide and ayahuasca

The indie star talks about going from award wins to struggling for work and considering being a Lyft driver: ‘All I want to do is be able to pay rent and create’

When I look up Heather Matarazzo online, the top results remember her as the “dorky” or “geeky” girl from the cult 1995 indie comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse. The actor, who shot to fame soon after the film, and also as Anne Hathaway’s eccentric best friend in The Princess Diaries and its sequel, has often found herself reduced to those labels.

Related: How we made Welcome to the Dollhouse

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Exclusive: Greta Gerwig Doesn’t Want Female Filmmakers to Be Ignored

Exclusive: Greta Gerwig Doesn’t Want Female Filmmakers to Be Ignored
Greta Gerwig is something of a millennial indie darling, known for her string of mumblecore films -- low-budget movies with an emphasis on naturalistic acting and dialogue -- that have become popular over the past decade. But it’s her work with director and boyfriend Noah Baumbach that’s pushed her to the front of the pack, thanks to a Golden Globe-nominated role in 2013’s Frances Ha and the well-received Mistress America in 2015.

“I really choose movies based on filmmakers more than anything else,” Gerwig tells Et about working with Baumbach. That’s also how she ended up starring in the charming Maggie’s Plan by Rebecca Miller and Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Dollhouse spin-off Wiener-Dog, as well as appearing opposite Annette Bening in Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, which is in theaters on Dec. 28.

When it came to 20th Century Women, about Dorothea (Bening), a single mother who turns to two younger women to help
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Newswire: Heather Matarazzo, Joel McHale, and Felicia Day to star in indie drama Stuck

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.
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Louis Garrel and Tunde Adebimpe’s Criterion Picks, ‘Ghostbusters’ VFX Reel, ‘Akira’ Ost, and More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

In scoring news, Jóhann Jóhannsson will reteam with Denis Villeneuve to score Blade Runner 2, while Carter Burwell will reteam with Todd Haynes to score Wonderstruck.

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.

Todd Solondz recounts the making of Welcome to the Dollhouse at The Guardian:

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.
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The Furniture: Wiener-Dog's Sickly Green Cages

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...
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