Monday, August 02, 2021

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Happiness (1998)

Helen: Last night Joy called – I was in bed with
Vilmos – no, Huraki – and she was in tears.
She told me she'd quit her job... 
Trish: Oh, but...but that's her lifeline!
Helen: She said she wanted to "change"
her life. Do "good" work with the poor, the needy... 
Trish: I don't get it. 
Helen: Don't even try. She should understand she 
already is good. She doesn't need to do good.

Every scene in Todd Solondz's masterpiece Happiness I simultaneously want to run both an hour long and to be over immediately -- he puts most "cringe comedy" to shame -- but this scene with sisters Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle) and Trish (Cynthia Stevenson, who's celebrating her birthday today) just sitting around being awful about their third sister Joy (Jane Adams), who's not there, this one I unreservedly could watch twelve hours of. So excited we got that news about Todd Solondz making a new movie -- staring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, no less! -- a few weeks back; the movies need him spraying acid on our faces. And maybe with that the studios will release this film here onto blu-ray since the DVD is way out of print! Blasphemy!

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