Thoughts on Storytelling

Friday, September 24, 2010 3:01 PM By Simon

-Two unrelated stories--"Fiction" in which Selma Blair plays a student in a creative writing class, taught by an intimidating black writer (Robert Wisdom), and the much longer "Non-Fiction", where Mark Webber (you know, that guy from Scott Pilgrim is a disaffected teen with vague dreams of having a talk show, a shoe salesman who wants to make a documentary about him and his family (rather grotesque parents John Goodman and Julie Hagerty, obnoxiously awful fifth-grader Jonathan Osser, and relatively normal middle child Noah Fleiss)--share common themes of what makes something fictional.

-Many layers of the question, that I won't get into right now.

-I won't lie: much of the metaness in this movie comes off as Solondz beating his critics to the punch, both as a ploy to come off as self-aware and an attempt to write off his own shock-value (especially evidenced in the first segment).

-This depressed me. I can't go on.


Patricia ~ The Naked Writer said...

yes this movie, like all the rest of his movies, are terribly depressing. If him and charlie kauffman got together to write a flick it might cause a mass suicide amongst any who would watch it...still I love their movies, i just have to make sure I am in a strong state of mind before watching ie no drugs, no booze, no hangovers and the world must feel like it's the most perfect place before i pop one of these in the dvd player :o)

September 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM
Fitz said...

Solondz is grating to say in the least and talentless on top of that.

September 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM
Franz Patrick said...

Sadly, this was not Solondz' strongest effort but it certainly had potential. I was far more interested in "Fiction" than "Non-Fiction."

September 25, 2010 at 11:42 AM