A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Finding happiness can be a tragic comedy.
The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
It's like unintentionally burping mid-conversation.
It's like having to go to the bathroom really badly while you're stuck in traffic.
It's like walking in on your parents while they're doing the nasty.
It's like misreading an invitation and mistakenly thinking you're going to a costume party.
It's like watching porn with your grandparents.
And I love every single second of it.
"I'm not laughing AT you. I'm laughing WITH you."
"But I'm not laughing."
Is it fucked up that I laughed my way through all of this?
Is it fucked up that I think the line "I'm champagne. YOU'RE shit!" is the greatest way to tell off your ex I've ever heard?
Is it fucked up that I thought that scene of the kid asking his dad "What does cum mean?" is the strangest and funniest thing I've seen in a movie?
Is it fucked up that I think the Russian Guy is one of the coolest motherfuckers put on screen?
And when Philip Seymour Hoffman came on the wall...I puked a little.
Seriously, don't eat while watching this. I'll never…
So it turns out the title IS ironic.
My first Todd Solondz film and I'm not sure when I'll be mentally prepared to venture into another one of his - although I'm still very intrigued to at some point. Happiness is one of the most uncomfortable, shocking (in the 'I-can't-believe-it-just-went-there' kind of way) and disconcerting drama/darkest-kinda-comedy-possible films I've seen in quite some time, if not ever. Holy shit.
And, once again, I am left amazed by another fantastic performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was one of the absolute best around. May he rest in peace.
I was really taken by surprise with Solondz' "in your face"-like portrayal of the many miserable people who are struggling with one thing or the other in this so called "comedy".
I'd like to think that I'm a pretty decent human being, but a lot of things with this movie had me questioning my sense of humor. I mean, some scenes in this is so god damn uncomfortable. I laughed my ass of in many of the pedophilia scenes (which I guess is one way or the other the point, but I still felt guilty).
To be fair, Todd Solondz has created a hilarious and at times disturbing film. It has some surprising depth to it, dealing with happiness and…
Happiness is, just like its title, pure, unadulterated irony. In fact this may just be the most ironic film I've seen so far.
All the scenes that are portrayed in this film have an eerie feel around them, thanks to the marvelous mix of the darkest subjects imaginable and a strange hyperrealist comedic touch. We see grim situations concerning pedophilia, rape, depression, love and self-discovery, but each and every scene is put on the screen with a sarcastic grin, showing that these otherwise unspeakable acts are not only closer to us than we might actually think, but that they are also much more relatable when shown in a slightly different light.
Because, in the end, that's the key thing that…
I need a shower
Probably the most disturbing dialogue between father and son, great.
'Welcome to the Dollhouse' is still my favorite though.
Like getting stomped on the stomach? This is the film equivalent.
Just a nice little reminder that we're all awful in our own way.
Three moments in particular will stay with me:
Dylan Baker's therapy dream
Dylan Baker's final conversation with his son, when he starts to cry, he is unable to comfort him and the two just sit alone in their miseries.
The scene with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the woman at the restaurant when the waitress interrupts. I'm fascinated by the idea of the unseen stories running parallel to the ones we follow and there's something about big moments in life or movies being intruded upon by the mundane or the procedural.
Now it seems ridiculous, that for so long I avoided this movie, because I don't know...I didn't feel in the right mood for like four years, or whatever, to watch it. :)
But, boy, what the hell I was waiting for?
"Happiness" is such a lively, dark, comical, nicely depressing and disturbing movie about people, about fear, love, loneliness, about people's struggle to find themselves in life, to find the happiness.
Most of the performances are terrific and direction from Todd Solondz is wonderful. He really understood and knew, what he wanted to achieve here and found the right balance in his work and the story.
It's a great, truthful movie.
Sleazy and morbid. Also brilliant. This Todd Solondz's thing 'against' middle class reminds me of Haneke somehow. And that's quite a compliment for Solondz.
An uncomfortable and morbid film with an incredibly ironic title. Perfectly suited for those with a dark sense of humor.
Film #17 of the Scavenger Hunt 17
28. A film with a predominantly yellow poster!
This is such an incredible movie. I loved every second of it. It is so freaking funny, I couldn't stop laughing. What's impressive about that is the fact that this movie should NOT be funny because of its intense themes and scenarios. It's dark humor at its best.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.