400 Screens, 400 Blows is a weekly column that takes an in-depth look at the films playing below the radar, beneath the top ten, and on 400 screens or less.
Todd Solondz's sixth feature film, Life During Wartime (14 screens), opened in theaters a few weeks ago. I've heard some people hailing it as his best film, but it has barely made much of a ripple in the big movie pond. His second feature, Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996), had Siskel & Ebert buzzing, and his third, Happiness (1998), had everyone buzzing. And his last film, Palindromes (2004), at least had the power to piss off some people. I'm not sure what Todd has to do to get himself noticed these days, but apparently making a good film just isn't enough.