Selma Blair

Dark Horse Movie 2012

The parallel is too easy, but Todd Solondz‘s Dark Horse really is a Dark Horse. Not only does the main character, Abe (Jordan Gelber), take some time to get any empathy, the movie itself isn’t exactly an instant winner. The reason is clear: so much of it is tied directly to a curly hair-chested baby of a man who drives a yellow hummer and doesn’t understand anything except his own victimhood. With only ten minutes under its belt, it’s difficult to see falling in love with it. That’s where the saying about books and covers comes in. Almost any other director might struggle to avoid making a movie focused on Abe into a chore, but Todd Solondz is most comfortable when he’s most uncomfortable, and the result is a drama that is singed with comic moments that belong in a therapist’s waiting room.

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As Todd Solondz explains, Dark Horse is a different kind of take on the Judd Apatow celebration of the Manchild. It’s a bit more aggressive, a lot more realistic, and complex in the way that fans have come to expect from the director of Welcome to the Dollhouse and Palindromes. Set beyond cheerful pop music, the film follows Jordan Gelber, looking a lot like Jeff Garlin, as he attempts to navigate what he views as a cruel, unfair world in the yellow hummer his parents bought for him. He discovers something like love with the depressed Miranda (a differently-named character reprised by Selma Blair from Storytelling), and he struggles (often hilariously) to understand a world shifting around him. Fortunately, Solondz took some time out to discuss his take on later-life childhood, how to respond to fans who laugh at child-rape, and how the indie filmmaking world has changed since the 1990s. Download Episode #135

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The last few weeks have been emotionally exhausting and utterly surreal for me, and visiting with some of my favorite movies for advice has been a big help in moving forward. Of course this isn’t the same as talking with a good friend or crying into a whole box of Dunkin Donuts Munchkins (with sprinkles!), but sometimes the stories unfolding on screen just make you feel better in a way talking and eating just can’t. All my time watching movies has taught me if a heartbroken soul can get through it, head held high and sane, so can I. But where do we draw the line between real and too real when it comes to romance and sex in film? Sex complicates, but does it also have to destroy the lives involved? In Cruel Intentions, sex is used as a key element in an emotionally manipulative game between Kathryn and Sebastian, whereas in Y Tu Mama Tambien sex leaves best friends confused about their future, and in Blue Valentine sex brings upon the end of a relationship representing so many couples before and after. In each of these films, the act itself is both poignant and flawed, and no one walks away uninjured.

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Hellboy and Abe Sapien Having a Drink

If you’re going to Hell or just to see “Hellboy,” toss one of these kicking red drinks into your handbag.

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Hellboy 2 character banners

It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to find adjectives that will describe the level of badass that Hellboy II: The Golden Army could achieve.

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Ron Perlman in Hellboy 2

Here is something you don’t see every day — a big, beautiful, badass movie trailer from the grandmaster of monsters himself, Guillermo Del Toro. After seeing this trailer you will probably agree that Hellboy II: The Golden Army should be much higher on your list of big summer movies than expected.

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Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

In anticipation of the forthcoming second trailer for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Universal has unleashed a batch of new photos from the film to keep all the Hellboy fanatics fed. Our question: how many Hellboy fanatics are there, really?

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Universal Studios has released some new artwork featuring one of the fine-ass, sex-o-licious stars of next summer’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The sex-o-licious star in question? It ain’t Ron Perlman.

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