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Wiener-Dog Directed by Todd Solondz Opens June 24 Wiener-Dog is something of a misnomer for Todd Solondz’s eighth feature, which relates four vignettes concerned far more with people—a child recovering from chemotherapy; Dawn and Brandon from Solondz’ breakthrough Welcome to the Dollhouse, years later; a frustrated screenwriter/professor; and a wealthy older woman and her financially exploitative relation—than with animals. The dog enters the ownership of each, but Au Hasard Balthazar this is not: the dog is a...
In its current and most recognizable iteration, that affiliated with Robert Redford, the Sundance Film Festival dates back to 1991, which means that many filmmakers who presented their earliest works at the festival are now cohabiting with a newer generation they’ve likely influenced. Included in that year’s lineup were novices Todd Haynes and Richard Linklater, alongside Barbara Kopple, who had already won an Oscar for Harlan County, USA, and canonical documentarians the Maysles....
The Kentile Sign meant nothing to me. It was dismantled before I was able to see the 8-story advertisement grace the Gowanus skyline, but even if I had been here, and passed it on those rare occurrences that I took the F train running through Smith-9th Street, I doubt I would have any emotional attachment towards it.   To me, it was just an aesthetically pleasing billboard with no story behind it, no message or...

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