I feel like crap. Went to bed at 4am after being forced to watch House Of A Thousand Corpses [the Rob Zombie film] - I HATED IT. And I know after my schpeal [sp?] about Texas Massacre you'll think Im full of it - but Im so not. Bleh.
Did I tell you all I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Oh how I absolutely ADORED it. It was soooo brilliant.. on everyone's effort. The camera angles, the music, Kate Winslet made you believe you could meet her neurotic, American character on a Subway, and Jim Carrey has done what he's never done before - played a plain man that just wants to sink into the ground sometimes. It was kick ass.
There is something I have to share with you all though - When I saw Eternal Sunshine I saw a preview for a movie that gave me chills and just had me frozen in my seat with my jaw to the floor. . . .
It's called Garden State [thats the trailer if you click on it and then choose if you want med or high]. It just hit something beautiful inside of me and I just cant stop listening to the song or watching that damn trailer. I know it kind of sounds lame - after the preview I turned to Ryan and was all "OH MY GOD" and before I could say anything else he was all "hehehee Shi I can predict you so much" lol!
But I dont care - it looks like a beautiful film. Let me know what you all think! :) It's so weird too because the main guy in Garden State [who not only stars in it but wrote and directed it] is one of the main characters on the tv show Scrubs - which is straight comedy. oh well - gee can you tell im excited?????!!!
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|Eternal Sunshine, even in Meath |
Thank you for the personal attention. Sorry I didn't reply sooner but I haven't checked my mail all weekend or gone near a computer. It's a bank holiday weekend for Easter and I've been doing nothing.
Funny thing, I read your entry when you posted it and thought, "Yikes, I'd better post something about that film." But I put it on hold because I'd seen it on preview a week before and I was still trying to decide how to write my review (don't worry, it doesn't come out here until the end of April so I've got loads of time). But since you took the time to ask me what I thought, I'll tell ya. You know I can't resist forcing my opinions on people, don't you?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Charlie Kaufman, the man who brought us Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, has an unmistakeable interest in the human mind. Not in any scientific way - he doesn't care how it works - but in the way it shapes our identity. Hence in Being John Malkovich we saw how self-esteem and personal identity could be altered. In Adaptation Kaufman dived inside his own cerebellum in an attempt to untangle the string ball of fears, insecurities and neuroses that makes up any human being. No surprises then, that Eternal Sunshine is another 'head' movie. It questions the importance of personal memory to our own lives. Joel finds out that his ex has just erased all memories of their two year relationship. Understandably confused he sets out to understand her motives, inadvertently setting in motion a string of events that will leave him fighting for the right to his own memories. Jim Carrey plays against type, the flailing, gurning funny man becomes an introverted, soulful loner. It's a great performance and proof, since it is still required, that Carrey is one of the most versatile actors we have. Kate Winslet, second half of the film's emotional core, also plays against type; she ditches her frumpy persona in favour of an affectionate, insecure free-spirit. Her performance is a revelation and pushes any memories of Titanic firmly into the dustbin of film history. The rest of the cast is made up of various bright young things, Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst stand out, but their story always feels like an unnecessary subplot compared to the relationship of Joel and ?Tangerine? The film has a distinct visual style, achieved through handheld camera work, natural lighting and innovative special effects that were apparently made up on-set. There’s plenty to love in this film and little to argue with. Has all the makings of a cultural phenomenon. Love it or hate it, you’ve never seen anything like this. Heavily recommended.
Phew. That should help with my review. Hope it's satisfactory.
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