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ODE TO DAWN WIENER AND THE CLOSING OF THE SPECIAL PEOPLE CLUB

Spoiler Alert: If you plan to see the new Todd Solondz film, PALENDROMES, and you don’t want to know a surprising twist to the film — skip this blog posting.

I just saw PALENDROMES with my pal, Bill. It was a fantastic and uncomfortably hillarious film. However, I have to take pause and say — “Why O why did he have to kill Dawn Wiener????” The film opens at Dawn’s funeral. Seems that not only was Dawn doomed to be a misfit — she got date raped and killed herself! Noooooooo! However, the return of her brother’s character and tying this new film about the darker side of middle class society to The Wiener family is pretty clever. I just hate it that Dawn died and that bitchy little Missy lives!!!! My other complaint is that we only see Dawn’s mother for a moment at the funeral sobbing. It would have been fun to get to see that character more!

And, can someone tell me what in the hell Ellen Barkin did to her face? It was positively creepy when she raised her aged hands to her oddly smoothed-out face. Even still, she gave a brilliant performance. Is that Oscar we hear calling?

But Jennifer Jason Leigh steals the show in her tiny appearance as one of the Palendromes. Neat idea to have a 40 something actress playing a 13 year old — and she totally nailed it. But then again, doesn’t JJ Leigh always nail it? Just keep her away from high heels and small animals.

It was so nice walking from the MUNI train to the house tonight. I just love that cool San Francisco breeze we get at night — even better than the one we have during the day! Now, I just need a job, money and a boyfriend to “complete me”

kisses,
matt

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May 9, 2005. Uncategorized.

5 Comments

  1. g8s replied:

    Small correction: You need a job, money and a boyfriend to accompany the newly minted you.

  2. Lubin replied:

    Whaaaaaat! They made a sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse! No! How could they?

    I once wrote an article about Dawn Wiener where I predicted that she would grow up to be this creative cool chick living in Manhattan and having a great life, which is part of my theory that the more of a geek you are in school, the more popular and happy you will be as and adult. Oh well.

  3. matty replied:

    g8s — correction accepted! I can only complete myself. Still, I harbor romantic desires that a man will one day tell me that I complete him — it is such a proto-romantic thought! Oy!

    Lubin — Yeah. You and me both! Palendromes is really not so much a sequel as it is a continuation of life in that suburb with the Weiner family as catalyst. And, the director has a very grim view of things. However, he is still gifted and throwing that twisted, dark humor at us throughout the film. But, I just don’t understand why he had to kill Dawn!

  4. Jon replied:

    I want to see it too- Todd Solandz is the biggest freak. He often seems special himself, and ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’ was just so great.

  5. Karyn replied:

    Yeah, yeah, what g8s said! You’re perfect as you are. If you want a go-with, well ok, but you’re whole and wholly wonderful as is. xxoo

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