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Solondz uncovers suburbia's dirty secrets.
"...empathetic into new uncharted realms, has done it again. Happiness, a corrosively funny yet emotionally devastating look at that..."

Oct. 23, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hector and the Search for Happiness
Simon Pegg stars as a shrink trying to heal himself.
"...this case François Lelord’s Hector and the Search for Happiness...."

Oct. 3, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mark Deutrom Questions Happiness
Ex-Melvins local previews new LP
"...“The pursuit of happiness is being confused with the pursuit of materialism,” insists..."

Oct. 17, 2018 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Double Happiness
"...see it actualized -- especially in the movies. Double Happiness, the wonderful first feature from the Chinese-Canadian writer-director Mina..."

Oct. 13, 1995 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness
"...Declaration of Independence ensures all citizens the pursuit of happiness (as pointed out by the film's subtitle) and the..."

March 4, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Q&A Hole: Can Money Buy Happiness?
With Edmo, Carina Magyar, and … Gloria Steinem? Yes, and more.

Oct. 18, 2016 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Planet K Sacrifices 'Pursuit of Happiness'
Part of the controversial mural comes down
"...Is the pursuit of happiness dead? Well, maybe not entirely, but it most certainly..."

Dec. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Pure Happiness
Unassuming Austin singer-songwriter stumbles upon the big time.
"...God! We got a McGraw cut!' It was pure happiness."..."

Sept. 28, 2001 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Double Happiness
"...Chinese family transplanted to the United States in Double Happiness. Family problems often transcend cultures, and this holds true..."

June 14, 1996 Screens Feature

Happiness Has Got To Be Paid For
Tax troubles claim bookstore's LLC license

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Happiness is a Plastic Brick
The return of the Lego pit at SXSW interactive

March 17, 2009 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Health, Wealth, and Happiness on E-Night
Hospital district backers top the list of happy people

May 21, 2004 News Feature by Amy Smith

The Happiness of the Katakuris
Katakuris is something of a departure for Miike, seeing as how it's chock-full of robust romance and – we kid you not – musical numbers. While this is ultimately a crazy meditation on family values and the like, it's still mind-bogglingly goofy filmmaking, at once deeply moving and deeply annoying.

Nov. 29, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Budgeting for Happiness
Parks and Rec Finds Its Bottom Line

July 28, 1995 News Feature

After Life and Liberty
Andrew Shapter's Happiness Is
"...Everybody has a different idea of what happiness is, previous theories having run the gamut from an inalienable..."

July 24, 2009 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Several vignettes follow different characters as their lives interconnect in a search for happiness.
"...The one thing the movie is concerned with is happiness – the one thing that everyone seems to want..."

July 5, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Life During Wartime
Todd Solondz revisits the family from his film Happiness, but the characters are all played by different actors, and the result is no less disconcerting.
"...something of a direct sequel to Solondz's 1998 film, Happiness, with one catch: All the characters are played by..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Thank God I'm a Lesbian
"...primary thing shared by all these women is their happiness and comfort in their lesbian identities and how that..."

June 24, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hairdresser's Husband
The Hairdresser's Husband is a tightly knit, though slight, tale told in the best of humor. It's the story of despair bred by utter happiness. The story of this marriage begins with the husband's childhood in which he developed an adolescent crush on the town's buxom barber and also a severe case of jock itch thanks to the red wool bathing trunks his mother made him wear. Freud would not approve.
"...hairdresser for himself, it seems he has found perfect happiness. In their blue-tiled paradise, her little shop with windows..."

Sept. 18, 1992 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Surviving Christmas
Money can buy happiness goes the moral of this cynical yet mildly amusing comedy starring Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini.
"...Morrison, Udo Kier and Stephen Root. Money can buy happiness, goes the moral of this cynical yet mildly amusing..."

Oct. 22, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...happy couple. Of course, their vicious attack on Kate's happiness is forgiven by the end, as are the tragic..."

April 26, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...his last two films, Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness, than to toss unseemly provocations at his apprehensive audience,..."

Feb. 8, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nobody Loves Me
"...meaning in her life and for true love and happiness. As she pushes 30, Fanny feels her life is..."

April 5, 1996 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Margaret's Museum
"...When Jimmy mumbles angrily midway through the film that “Happiness is canceled,” he inadvertently captures the black cloud of..."

May 9, 1997 Movie Review by Alison Macor

The Luv Doc: Your Gaping Existential Void
Surprise! Unlike Jesus, the Luv Doc doesn’t have a sure-fire formula for eternal happiness.
"...Jesus, I don't have a surefire formula for eternal happiness, but I do know that complaining about someone else..."

Dec. 29, 2023 Column by The Luv Doc

The sweet and the bitter of life as a Macedonian apiarist
"...and a document of so many things: grief, loss, happiness, and joy...."

Aug. 30, 2019 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Back Roads
Dark family drama works, but was better as a book
"...feels he might finally be owed a chance at happiness, at least until his sexual encounters with her bring..."

Dec. 7, 2018 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Wonder Wheel
Woody Allen's ode to Coney Island
"...married to a dunderheaded carousel operator (Belushi), aspires for happiness in an affair with a much younger graduate student..."

Dec. 8, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The dark side of Fifties middle America
"...of Suburbicon lures home buyers with the promise of happiness and prosperity for all. The advertisement that opens the..."

Nov. 3, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Todd Solondz sets a pup in a world of humans who are all bark and more bite
"...against the grain. In his eighth feature-length film, Wiener-Dog, happiness is not necessarily a warm puppy. Tracing the ownership..."

July 1, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

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