DARK HORSE – DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date November 13th, 2012

Dark Horse official DVD + Blu-Ray release date is November 13th, 2012!

You may pre-order your DVD + Blu-Ray copy now on Amazon.com or download options are already available on iTunes and Netflix.

Dark Horse: Starring Selma Blair, Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Donna Murphy, and Justin Bartha. Written and Directed by Todd Solondz.


‘Dark Horse’ Starring Selma Blair – Now Available On Amazon, iTunes and OnDemand

Great news Selma Blair fans!

Dark Horse is now available for purchase and rental on both iTunes and Amazon.com. It’s also available for rental on OnDemand (check with your local cable or satellite provider for details).

This is excellent news for the Todd Solondz and Selma Blair fans that weren’t able to catch the film during its world-wide film festival and select theater tour this past year!

‘Dark Horse’ Darling Selma Blair Attends Los Angeles Screening + Q&A

Selma Blair attended the Los Angeles Landmark Nuart Theatre screening of ‘Dark Horse’ last night along with co-star, Justin Bartha, and writer/director Todd Solondz. Lucky filmgoers were treated to a ‘Dark Horse’ Q&A session after the showing.

Selma’s Style: Marc Jacobs pine and absinthe green abstract paisley print silk shift dress. Marc Jacobs triple strap forest green suede Mary Jane heels. Chanel J12 wrist watch.

Adulthood Calling, to Faraway Minds and Lost Ambition in DARK HORSE

For your reading pleasure I’ve posted this wonderful Dark Horse movie review written by A.O. SCOTT from The New York Times.

I cannot wait to watch this film.

Abe (Jordan Gelber) is a tubby underachiever in his 30s who lives with his parents, sleeping in a bedroom full of action figures, movie posters and other emblems of interminable childhood. In other words he is, in the context of recent American cinema, not unusual. But “Dark Horse” is a Todd Solondz movie, which means, among other things, that Abe is neither a sweet Apatovian schlub nor a stoner saint like the title character in Mark and Jay Duplass’s “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.” He is, instead, an emblem of loneliness and failure, whose cocoon of self-delusion and misplaced vanity is carefully dismantled by the sharp, remorseless tweezers of Mr. Solondz’s sensibility.

Abe is not pleasant company. At home with his parents — a stiff, humorless dad played by Christopher Walken and a simpering, smothering mom played by Mia Farrow — he whines and rages his way through daily storms of entitled petulance. Abe works for his father, a real estate developer, or at least spends time at the office, seething and daydreaming behind his computer screen while Marie, the office manager (Donna Murphy), covers for him and his eager cousin curries favor with the boss. The bright yellow Hummer Abe drives is an obvious symbol of his wounded, bloated ego. His courtship of Miranda (Selma Blair), a mopey young woman who also lives at home in a state of arrested, medicated quasi-adolescence, is frequently excruciating to watch because it exposes just how misplaced and bizarre his self-confidence is. What a jerk, you can’t help but conclude. What a loser. Why doesn’t he know it?

But Mr. Solondz brilliantly — triumphantly — turns this impression on its head, transforming what might have been an exercise in easy satirical cruelty into a tremendously moving argument for the necessity of compassion. Again and again — in the ’90s indie touchstones “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Happiness,” and more recently in “Life During Wartime” — this director has blurred the boundary between misanthropy and humanism. He surveys the human geography of his native suburbia with what looks like unbridled disgust but is actually an unquenchable and steadfast love. “Dark Horse” may be his warmest, most generous movie, but it also casts a beam of empathy backward, illuminating the baffled, benighted, icky souls who have populated Mr. Solondz’s universe from the start.

Can anyone love Abe? Is he worthy — or capable — of love? These are serious, life-and-death questions, and Mr. Solondz refuses to make them easy. He favors lurid, borderline-ugly colors and finds a tone that somehow erases the distinction between deadpan comedy and overwrought melodrama. His eye for social detail is merciless and exact. Miranda and Abe’s families are, by any objective demographic measure, nearly identical, but the tiny differences that separate them, evident in the architecture and décor of their respective houses, imply an unbridgeable chasm of taste. Those differences are further explored in an encounter between Abe and Mahmoud (Aasif Mandvi), Miranda’s supercilious, ostentatiously cosmopolitan ex-boyfriend. This guy thinks he’s so much better than Abe, and the joke is that the feeling is entirely mutual. It has to be, since in this world you are nobody unless you are better than somebody else. And if you aren’t, then you better be able to find someone to blame.

That may be one thing Abe is genuinely good at. His father’s toughness, his mother’s softness, the apparently effortless success of his younger brother, Richard (Justin Bartha), a doctor — all of these are elements in what Abe sees as a global conspiracy to keep him down. The title, “Dark Horse,” refers to his idea of himself as one of life’s secret winners, preparing a glorious come-from-behind victory that will be his revenge on all the people who have dared to underestimate him.

Mr. Solondz puts Abe’s fantasies of glory on screen, increasing their frequency until the end of the movie becomes a Buñuelian cascade of dreams within dreams. (The film culminates in one of the most eloquent, heartbreaking shots I have seen in a very long time.) But the film’s purpose is not to revel in Abe’s disillusionment or ridicule his longings. It aims, instead, to cast a skeptical eye on the brutality and complacency of a society that ruthlessly sorts its members into winners and losers.

I’m going to go out on a limb a bit here. Looking at Abe, I saw the shadow of Willy Loman. This may just be because Broadway’s latest Willy was Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was so indelibly creepy in “Happiness.” “Dark Horse” and “Death of a Salesman” are both stories of a family (implicitly Jewish) with a mother, father and two boys in the thrall of — and threatened by — the American dream. The theme of both stories is the ideology of success and its casualties; the ways the expectation of material comfort becomes a spiritual quest and a psychological hazard. Mr. Solondz’s film is, on the surface, a comedy, preferring quick, barbed exchanges to thundering speeches. But like “Salesman,” its departures from realism have the effect of enlarging the narrow, unremarkable lives that are its focus, and by extension the audience’s sense of what those lives might mean. Attention — tentative, half-repulsed, hopelessly ambivalent — must be paid.

Dark Horse is now playing in select theaters.

Written and directed by Todd Solondz; director of photography, Andrij Parekh; edited by Kevin Messman; production design by Alex DiGerlando; costumes by Kurt and Bart; produced by Ted Hope and Derrick Tseng; released by Brainstorm Media and Double Hope Films.

STARRING: Justin Bartha (Richard), Selma Blair (Miranda/Vi), Mia Farrow (Phyllis), Jordan Gelber (Abe), Donna Murphy (Marie), Christopher Walken (Jackie), Zachary Booth (Justin) and Aasif Mandvi (Mahmoud).

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes. This film is not rated.

Todd Solondz’ DARK HORSE, Featuring Selma Blair, Opens July 27th 2012

Todd Solondz’ latest film, DARK HORSE will be theatrically distributed by Brainstorm Media in association with industry veteran Ted Hope’s Double Hope Films and Vitagraph Films in Los Angeles and nationally on July 27, 2012. Solondz will appear in person for a Q&A on opening weekend at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in New York City, June 8.

The film tells the story of a thirty-something year-old guy with arrested development who falls for a thirty-something year-old girl with the same problem. When he tries to move out of his junior high school bedroom, tragedy ensues.

Written and directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Life During Wartime), DARK HORSE stars Justin Bartha (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II) as Richard, Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Hellboy) as Miranda, Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby, The Great Gatsby) as Phyllis, Jordan Gelber (“Boardwalk Empire”, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) as Abe Wertheimer, Donna Murphy (Tangled, “The Nanny Diaries”) as Marie, Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Catch Me if You Can) as Jackie, Zachary Booth (The Blue Eyes, Taking Woodstock) as Justin, and Aasif Mandvi (The Last Airbender, The Proposal) as Mahmoud. The film was produced by Ted Hope and Derrick Tseng, with Nick Quested as executive producer.


NOTE: Todd Solondz will appear in person for Q&As opening weekend in New York (with Jordan Gelber), Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

June 8
New York – Angelika Film Center

June 22
Hartford, CT
New Haven, CT

July 13

July 20
San Francisco*, Berkeley*, San Rafael, CA

July 27
Los Angeles (Landmark’s NuArt Theatre)*
San Diego*

August 3
St. Louis*
New Orleans

August 10

August 17
Washington, DC*

August 31

More dates to be announced.


‘Dark Horse’ Starring Selma Blair & Jordan Gelber – US Theater Release June 8th 2012 – Official Trailer

Dark Horse movie release update!

Great news, Selma Blair fans! Dark Horse has officially scheduled its US theater premiere on June 8th 2012 in New York! After spending much of 2011 playing at film festivals, “Dark Horse” will finally hit US theaters in limited release on June 8th, followed by a UK release on June 29th, 2012.

The ‘Dark Horse’ official movie trailer released back on December 1st, but I’ve uploaded it again for you just in case you missed it!

‘Dark Horse’ starring: Selma Blair, Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Justin Bartha, and Aasif Mandvi.

Written and directed by Todd Solondz.

Watch trailer here:

Selma Blair Todd Solondz: Dark Horse Trailer Arrives

The official full length movie trailer for Selma Blair’s latest film, Dark Horse has finally arrived! Dark Horse has been spending recent months touring film festivals around the globe, including Venice, Toronto, and the 55th BFI London Film Fest in October. There are no official theater release dates as of yet. Hopefully it will hit the big screen in early 2012.

Watch Dark Horse Trailer Here: