I thought "Weiner-Dog" was great. I think Solondz continues to be one of the most original filmmakers in the country. Once again the description of the movie gets it all wrong. This story is about despair and death! The wiener dog is just a constant in the film because it has the last word. Wiener Dog is divided into four stories and the Wiener dog dachshund happens to be the pet in each story.The "Weiner-Dog" movie divided into four parts and every parts have same Weiner-Dog as a pet. The Remi have gift who is Weiner-Dog from his father "Danny"; however, his <more>
mom did like a dog and his father convinced Weiner-Dog who was smart dog and his family will love it. Remi's mother brings Wiener-Dog to the vet to get spayed, and on their way, Remi becomes upset. During Dina "Remi's mother" and Danny's yoga class, Remi and Wiener-Dog tear up the couch cushions and cover the living room in feathers and Remi feeds her a chocolate chip granola bar. Wiener-Dog becomes sick and has diarrhea and throws up all over their home and becomes very ill. The next day Danny brings Wiener-Dog to the vet to be killed.The second part is veterinary nurse Dawn brings Wiener-Dog home with her, where she nurses the dog back to life. One day while shopping for pet food, she runs into her old school acquaintance Brandon, who invites her to visit his brother Tommy and his wife April in Ohio. Once they arrive in Ohio, Brandon informs his brother that their father had died due to alcoholism. Tommy asks Brandon to stop doing drugs, and Brandon promises he will stop, even though he was shown injecting drugs earlier in the trip. Dawn offers to leave Wiener-Dog with Tommy and April, who happily accept Dawn's offer.The third part is Wiener-Dog then arrives with Dave Schmerz, a screen writing professor. One day at work, Schmerz is informed that various students and administration members are complaining about his constant negativity. Schmerz creates a bomb and attaches it to Wiener-Dog. Students notice and contact authorities. Dave gets stopped by authorities investigating the incident on the way home.The fourth part is Elderly Nana, who lives with her caregiver Yvette, is Wiener-Dog's final owner. Weiner-Dog name is cancer. One day, Elderly Nana's granddaughter visit Nana with her boy-friend. She asks for money in order to pay for Fantasy's new art project. Nana agrees to give her the money. Once Elderly Nana's granddaughter and his friend leaves, Nana goes outside and sits with Wiener-Dog, where she dreams about a younger version of herself coming back to show her what her life could have been if she had been more positive. She wakes up to discover Wiener-Dog has run away. She then spots Wiener-Dog being run over and killed by a truck. Six months later, a stuffed animatronic Wiener-Dog is displayed in Fantasy's art exhibit.
This is the movie of 2016. Its a movie about where we are as a world in 2016. The way Love was the movie of 2015, Boyhood 2014 and 12 Years A Slave 2013.Its another dark satire from Todd Solondz whose work grows more poetic and reflective with each film. He's worked with episodic films before but this time they are tied together narratively by a small symbolic animal actor and thematically by the the progressing ages of the human actors. Its biographical and confessional.One one level this is Solondz' most appealing work, at least visually and marketing-wise. But it could be his most <more>
savage and aggressive. But its also his most balanced and most clever. Very possibly his best.He solidified this style of muted Technicolor nightmare storytelling with his last films Life During Wartime and Dark Horse which were very under-the-radar. "Wiener" is his most visible film since Welcome to the Dollhouse and he uses that as a tool to shock the Dollhouse fans and Dachshund fans who wander into this existential horror film.There are no gimmicks or tricks. Images, dialogue, acting and directing make the movie and nothing holds back. Solondz has evolved into one of the greatest film directors ever delivering nothing but personal works that entertain and also leave one rocked to the core. With age he has stripped down his directing style to Pure Cinema with powerful moving images that are poems unto themselves and dialogue that is never superfluous. The average film-goer may object to his upsetting themes of despair, pedophilia and loss of innocence, but there's no debating that this man is an artist of the highest order.Unlike most online reviewers, I was satisfied that Solondz hadn't finally given in to making a cute indie festival crowd-pleaser. And thankfully he had a crew of producers and actors who supported him in tricking the mass media into thinking this was something other than a bold statement. Tod Solondz is the only artist on the list of modern American filmmakers who is unpopular enough and full of enough conviction to call out the villains of this modern era: celebrity artists, SJWs, Millennial hipsters, corporate sponsors, bad parents and all the enemies of honesty in our society and the killers of great cinema.The film is being sold as the first Solondz film since his debut to avoid explicit perversion or mention of pedophilia. Actually, Dark Horse was that film. Wiener Dog makes allusions to these taboo subjects subtly and the effect is even more upsetting and tragic. There's a very pornographic scene of a male child actor symbolically asking to be raped followed by an agonizing extended moment where Todd Solondz own personal Hell is literally unraveled on screen. This all-encompassing depression for his condition and the shameful guilt in his un-indulged fantasies symbolically explode on the screen anyone who has seen "Happiness" will pick up on the powerful meaning of bloody feces in the Solondz oeuvre .Wiener Dog is an act of a creature ripping off the created human husk and bearing the blackness and pure light of his soul on the screen for the cold judgment and dim-witted entertainment of us all. The final shot is one of the most powerful metaphors ever created through cinema. Total catharsis and self-reflection for the repressed and utterly dark mind with a heart of gold.10/10
Once again the description of the movie gets it all wrong. This story is about despair and death! The wiener dog is just a constant in the film because it has the last word. Wiener Dog is divided into four stories and the Wiener dog dachshund happens to be the pet in each story.Story 1. A father brings his son a dachshund because the child is a survivor of a serious life threatening illness. The child is full of questions about mortality that the parents cannot answer. The son finds release from himself with the dog. This turns out badly for the dog.Story 2. The dachshund here happens to be <more>
from story one. Here the dog has been taken to a vet to be euthanized because it is ill and the family that owned it didn't want to deal with it. The vet's assistant feels sorry for the dog and steals it away in sympathy. The act of doing this changes her life and puts her on a road trip with a guy who is on a mission due to the death of his father.Story 3. Here we find a dachshund as the pet of a washed up burnt out instructor in a media school. The students find the instructor a source of agitation and uninspiring. His usual response to students who are seeking guidance in script writing because the students are lost on character development is - "What if - Then what?" The instructor despairs his job, his life, and he hasn't created anything of note in well over a decade. So he creates his own "what if".Story 4. Here again the dachshund is a pet of an ill-disposed morose elderly woman. She has even named the dog 'cancer'. The elderly woman is visited by her granddaughter who has only come to ask for money because her boyfriend needs it for his art project. After the granddaughter leaves the elderly woman has a dream of herself as a young girl asking her how did she become so bitter & old. The child show the elderly woman what she would have been if she had made different choices in life - but each one is no different from the other. The children tell her everything has a beginning and everything has an end, and it's time for her to go. The elderly woman awakes just in time to witness the fate of her dog.At the end of the movie we see an art show opening and in an acrylic box attached to the wall is the wiener-dog made into an automaton, it's head turns to look at us, then it barks twice.In the movie one of the characters says this, "It's like a big fat elephant drowning in a sea of despair". Director/writer: Todd Solondz is showing us how mechanical life becomes. You can take many directions in life but the end is the same and the dog is telling us he's no different from us.
Like most of Todd Solondz' films I've seen, I thought "Weiner-Dog" was great. I think Solondz continues to be one of the most original filmmakers in the country. I haven't seen another director who is able to portray the droll, ironic, bittersweet perspective of life quite the way he does."Weiner-Dog" is a four-part character study revolving around a dachshund, and the stories and performances are funny, real and heartbreaking at times. The final segment with Ellen Burstyn is beautiful and very touching as it progresses. The film is not as subversive as his <more>
earlier works, but it's as original and intriguing as "Happiness." It's a relief to know that amid all the superhero blockbusters that Hollywood continues to churn out ad nauseum, films like "Weiner_Dog" can continue to be produced.
We loved the film in its entirety. (by lincolnbirch)
Naming the dog cancer was genius and related to all "owners". Sequence of ownership is possibly "frock bomber professor", little boy, vet, married couple, Nanna and finally "inherited" to Fantasy. The mutual contact point being cancer and the dog throughout the movie is satirically stunning and facilitates an utter skew in the viewer composure, while imaginations are fueled with other probable narratives. My rating is not 10 for sake of the intermission, after which has the dog still in Ohio, but changing owner from the married couple to the old lady. The <more>
thread of all stories is cancer little boy, professor, alcoholic Dad of brothers, Nanna . The final scene of Nanna awaking from a lucid premonition of her possible after-life, sees her awaken and discover she has "lost cancer". ...seeing the dog run over the same amount of times as main character-groups "owners" of the doggy.Why this is not clearly understood in 75+ comments is a bit strange and might be film-worthy in itself. ; Utterly strange is why a CGI doggy being run over is so shocking!? Simply makes no sense compared to so many other films e.g. Game of Thrones where people are dropping every few minutes. Why over exaggerate in that manner and humanly detach from the actual film?? ...and miss the final scene of Fantasy' eternalisation!
If 'Wiener-dog' caught your eye because you're someone who loved 'Old Yeller', 'Beethoven' or 'Benji', I strongly recommend you avoid it. This film *isn't* a cookie cutter romanticisation of man's best friend.Having said that, 'Wiener-dog' is not without heart. There are many tender moments and pet lovers who can stomach Solondz's jet black humour will find it rewarding and with much to digest.'Wiener-dog' is Todd Solondz's eight film and a strong return to form. Fashioning a dachshund as a device to link 4 vignettes, Solondz <more>
continues his examination of the absurdities of life in the burbs.Of the vignettes, the standout is the first. It centers on a sickly boy who is given a dog by his father to lift his spirits and deploys the boy's innocence to question the way we treat pets.In this piece, Solondz incisively points his blowtorch towards the practices of neutering and euthanasia, suggesting they can be more to do with the owner's interests than the pets. Of course, he makes his case with satire, and without being preachy, and boy did he have me laughing many times.An inspired choice was to set this construct in an idyllic, architecturally designed house. The boy's parents argue over having the dog indoors, while beyond the window, the boy and dog joyfully play on a manicured lawn. It seems the dog has done the trick in raising the boy's spirits, yet the parents are at each other over concerns that their rug might be soiled.The scene is a classic Solondz musing: selfishness triumphing over all else; in this case, the worries of being fastidious over the worries of being a parent.I expect Solondz aimed to make us see ourselves in these parents, but as is his charm, he wants us to laugh at ourselves and not feel judged. By staging it as a comical tableau, I thought he did so marvelously well.The second installment picks up on Dawn Weiner's story from 'Welcome to the Dollhouse'.After killing her in 'Palindromes', Solondz bucks slavish adherence to continuity, and adds a touching chapter to Indie film's most unpopular seventh grader.This vignette is most notable for picking up on the neutering theme explored earlier. Dawn visits Brandon's recently married down-syndrome brother and we learn that, just like wiener-dog, he and his wife have been 'fixed'. Solondz presents this without weighing in with an opinion on eugenics and you feel as though he's saying I'll leave it to you whether you'll add it in *your* equation. I thought that masterful.After a faux intermission, we settle upon the film's funniest stanza: the frustrations of Professor Smertz.Smertz is a failed screenwriter who teaches at a school for the arts. I'll wager that Solondz has modeled this character on himself. He teaches filmmaking like Smertz, and you can't help but feel he mined his own experiences to flesh out the Professor.Smertz – played with pathos by Danny De Vito – had a hit 20 years ago, but can't even get his agent to *read* his screenplays nowadays, let alone broker them.In between being brushed off, he suffers the sophomoric notions of his wannabee filmmaker students and it's here that Solondz has much fun. He roasts the vacuous world of Marvel movies, the phonies who claim they're cinephiles and the know-it-all types who can't handle criticism, while all the while trumpeting what a waste of time art school is for most, especially those who don't have the sensibility, let alone talent.In the end, Smertz falls on his own sword to make a point, and though it's not a totally satisfying punchline it involves strapping a bomb to the dachshund! , it serves adequately enough.After surviving the bomb scare, wiener-dog becomes the pet of a misanthropic old woman played by Ellen Burstyn. She is visited by her parasitic, dysfunctional granddaughter and her artsy boyfriend, and we soon learn that just like the last time she dropped in 4 years ago, she is after a hand out.Solondz milks this for all he can and had me squirming as the granddaughter contorts and hyper-extends herself to cajole her grandmother into thinking she is worthy of assistance.A little later, wiener-dog has wandered off, and in crossing a busy road, is mowed down by a truck. Solondz then has another truck trample over it, and then for shock value, a supped-up car blaring music, followed by a mini.I marveled over this audaciousness.I think most would have thought it cold, but Solondz is after bigger fish than appeasing sensitivities. Further, he is not laughing at a pet being steamrolled here, he is saying we live in a world where pets *are* steamrolled, and sometimes just for the "fun" of it.The drivers who flatten our pets while getting from A to B have no regard for the back story of the animal. Some because they don't have the time and some because they don't have the inclination. Some are rushing to make a deadline and some are pathological. Some veer at the last second to avoid it and some zero in sadistically towards it. That's our world.But Solondz isn't just out to make you think about that, he dares you to laugh at a construct involving this regrettable morsel of everyday life. By putting the mini as an addendum to the sequence, he's saying, "I know you've invested a lot of in this animal, but I'll bet I can find a way for you to betray your feelings." He did with me. I couldn't help finding the mini funny, just because a mini following two trucks and a supped up car is damn hilarious - even when flattening an endearing animal I'd grown to love over the course of an hour and a half.Todd Solondz 1, Me 0.
I know how to spell Solondz and Wiener (by Karl Self)
Todd Solondz makes interesting movies about odd, unattractive people, the people you're trying not to be, while most of other movies Focus on idealized people. I found this hist most entertaining movie so far, which might be either because he has become lighter and funnier, or because this was the first time I saw one of his movies on the big screen. In general I'd say that I find his films are more suited to a proper cinema because it makes it easier to admire his perfectionist visual style and to sit through the movie, which is not always easy.Solondz follows an art for the sake of <more>
art approach that is oddly entertaining and fascinating. You don't get to see this stuff anywhere else. On the other hand, you don't come away with great moral lessons or anything. But then I don't want movies with moral lessons. I tend to get them from my mum already.Wiener Dog is a set of four short films about four completely different people a young boy, a young woman, an aging professor and an old Lady connected only by the successive ownership of a small dog.It suits Solondz's approach that he doesn't get to dwell on each person for overly long.
The lives of ordinary people, all involving a cute dog (by paul-allaer)
"Wiener-Dog" 2016 release; 90 min. brings the story of a wiener-dog as she is passed on from caretaker to caretaker. As the movie opens, we see someone drop off Wiener-Dog at the shelter, and in the very next scene, a dad surprises his young son, a cancer survivor we are told, with the gift he's always dreamt of: having his very own pet. Unfortunately, the dog must first be house-broken and that is easier said than done, to the desperation of both the young boy and his parents. Then one day, the boy feeds granola bars to the dog, upsetting the dog's stomach... At this time <more>
we're not even 15 minutes into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this is the latest project from independent writer-director Todd Solndz "Welcome to the Dollhouse", "Dark Horse" . Here he bring perhaps his most accessible story yet: how a cute-looking, just plain adorable, wiener-dog goes from household to household, where we get a glimpse of those people's lives. There are essentially 4 unrelated stories with Wiener-Dog as the common thread. The movie is helped immensely by, of course, the cute looking dog, but equally so by a number of stellar acting performances. In the first story, the young boy reminded me of Fred Savage, Wonder Years-era. Julie Delpy plays his mom. In the second segment, Greta Gerwig thankfully stays MILES away from her usual Diane Keaton-like NY young neurotic woman, and instead gives a wonderful turn as the seemingly lost young woman. Gerwig plays it with a vulnerability not previously seen from here. In the third segment Danny DeVito plays the lead, while in the last segment, Ellen Burstyn reminds us why she still has the acting chops. I must admit that I knew next-to-nothing about the film prior to seeing it other than it featured a really cute dog , and I was very pleasantly surprised by it. It is billed as a 'comedy', but frankly, I don't think it was a comedy at all there certainly aren't any laugh-out-loud moments in it . Instead it is a peek at ordinary people's lives, including their struggles and insecurities. And how many movies have you seen lately where there is an actual if short intermission? Yes, indeed! "Wiener-Dog" premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim, and Amazon Studies yes, them again snapped it up right away. The movie opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I couldn't wit to see it. The Friday early evening screening was attended so-so, and I can only hope that this had to due with the picture-perfect weather we are enjoying here today. If you are interested in a slightly off-center movie about ordinary people's lives, including having a cute dog, I'd suggest you check this out, be it in the theater or on Amazon Instant Video simultaneous release , or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray. "Wiener-Dog" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
How much is that morality in the window? (by Quinoa1984)
To begin with, where else will you see a movie this year with the line of dialog like, "Was the squirrel spayed?" Todd Solondz is a moral filmmaker. At least, I should hope so. He's moral the same way that Trey Parker and Matt Stone are with South Park: they throw many, many subversive images and characters and situations that will shock you - and if you aren't shocked it may be because over time methods of attack on the audience like dog poop scored to the 'Clair de Lune' music by Debussy aren't shocking to you for some reason - and yet there IS a heart <more>
underneath and a compassion for human beings. Or, in Solondz's case as it has been since Welcome to the Dollhouse, it's backing you into a corner going "I double dare you motherf***er, don't feel sorry for this pathetic, insecure piece of garbage!" If that person is such, though in the case of Wiener Dog, for the most part, it's a little less than the usual lot of satirical horror shows of people on display.I think I read Solondz say that he saw this film as being somewhere in sensibility between "Benji and Au hasard Balthazar." A joke, of course, since I at times wonder if Solondz IS a filmmaker with a bleaker worldview than Bresson. Tough accusation you may say? Over the course of what is essentially like an author tossing to us a collection of short stories with a running theme - a wiener-schnitzel goes through stretches of time with four owners, a little boy and his parents Julie Delpy and Tracy Letts ; a veterinarian who runs off with the dog along with a not-boyfriend Gerwig and Culkin, reprising I think the roles from Matarazzo and Sexton from 'Dollhouse' ; a jaded screen writing professor Danny DeVito ; an old woman looking at the end of her life Burstyn - the dog brings a little joy to some, and to others is there just to, well, be there. It's a dog, what can it do for a person's life if they're already miserable or clueless about the world or hopeless or misanthropic? I don't know if there's any major point to these stories except to say that, simply, people sometimes got to be decent to one another. And short of that, try and suck it up and put up with the major jerks like an upstart a-hole 1st time director returning to the university to give a lecture and demoralize DeVito's character or those who live in this country but against their better judgment a trio of Mexican musicians who feel lonely and overweight in America . I think the wisest story, or the moment that had some resonance for me, was in Burstyn's segment where she has a dream seeing identical little girl versions of herself and all of the different directions she could have taken if she made other choices in her life. But Solondz is asking: 'would it really matter? Would it? Please.' Some of the shorts are funnier or more cohesive than others - actually the one that started strong and got a little less interesting not so much incohesive but 'ok and then' was with Wiener and McCarthy, as the latter takes her along to Ohio so he can see his retarded brother and tell him about a tragedy in the family, which becomes like some unironic dialog-bit exchange. And then they leave the dog and then... well, maybe this is the kind of short that would get criticized by DeVito's screen writing character who gets satirized in a wonderful way with his advise of "What if... and then what?" to make a "successful" script . But so many scenes and moments and lines and exchanges work in this movie, to the point where it feels like not a culmination but a deadpan celebration if that's the word, hell, I'll stick with it of what Solondz has done in his career with shades from Dollhouse, Storytelling, Palindromes and more.It's sometimes very funny, occasionally deeply moving and tragic, and it's more or less Solondz saying "I don't know if I identify with ALL these people, except the professor, I've been there, I teach by the way...but, do you?" And, on top of this, what do you do with your life will matter by the time you face the end of the line, if you have the capacity to acknowledge it. Or, at the least, it's got a cute dog and it's a cringe-fest that is a delight, featuring the funniest "INTERMISSION" yes, for a 90 minute film since Monty Python and the Holy Grail.