This week Clip joint is from John Carvill, who previously wrote on subjects as varied as taking the train and 'meet cutes'. If you've got an idea for a future clip joint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During a key scene in The Player, Robert Altman's shrewdly meta-fictional Hollywood movie about how Hollywood makes movies, studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) languidly enumerates to June Gudmundsdottir (Greta Scacchi), the elements a script needs if it is to become one of the dozen or so per year that Griffin's studio can green light for production: "Suspense, laughter, violence … hope, heart … nudity, sex … happy endings." Griffin pauses, then concludes: "Mainly happy endings."
Happy endings, being both a holy grail of