"Mr. and Mrs. Smith get married, they have problems, they get back together, and they live happily ever after. End of the movie. Two weeks later, he kills her, grinds her body up, feeds it to his girlfriend, who dies of ptomaine poisoning, and her husband is prosecuted and sent to the electric chair for it—but here's our little story with a happy ending. What is an ending? There's no such thing. Death is the only ending."
"Whether it's a bad novel being translated to the screen or a good novel being butchered or how to keep the restroom clean in a filling station, it's all the same thing: You gotta entertain people."
-- Robert Altman
(More talk of film criticism at the Film Criticism Blog-a-Thon running all weekend long.)