Todd Solondz’s human comedies are so dark, and so filled with awkward and humiliating behavior, that it’s sometimes hard to see the humor. (The great satirist Luis Bunuel, in contrast, made it easier for audiences to laugh by outfitting his characters with expensive clothes, social status, and a shellac of dignity before jubilantly lancing their self-delusions.) Solondz’s miserably ordinary folks tend to be their own worst enemies, screwing up whatever crumbs of good fortune they do manage, but the empathy... More >>>