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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Topic by: cryptoc
Posted: March 20, 2004 - 12:55 PM PST
Last Reply: September 12, 2004 - 9:16 PM PDT

author topic: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
cryptoc
post #1  on March 20, 2004 - 12:55 PM PST  
It was great! I was a little worried because I hated Being John Malkovich so much, but Eternal Sunshine was excellent. GC will have to buy more than a few copies of this unusual romance.
Brockton
post #2  on March 22, 2004 - 7:30 PM PST  
Why did you dislike Being John M?
hamano
post #3  on March 22, 2004 - 8:34 PM PST  
Was Jim Carrey as good as Adam Sandler was in Punch Drunk Love? Was he able to transcend his usual "Jim Carrey"ishness?
frannieb
post #4  on March 22, 2004 - 8:48 PM PST  
i thought it was wonderful!

i actually HATED adaptation and had pretty low expectations for this one. it blew me away...i bought in emotionally, even cried and have been thinking about it since. the only part i would want different is the subplots, which i think detracted from the central story between joel and clementine.
AKohr
post #5  on March 23, 2004 - 6:21 PM PST  
> On March 22, 2004 - 8:34 PM PST hamano wrote:
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> Was Jim Carrey as good as Adam Sandler was in Punch Drunk Love? Was he able to transcend his usual "Jim Carrey"ishness?
> ---------------------------------

Jim Carrey's character in this film is totally dark and sullen, nothing like you'd expect - To his credit (as well as the directors).

I thought the film was excellent - a bit brainey, but not at all pretentious.
dwhudson
post #6  on March 24, 2004 - 4:45 AM PST  
Speaking of brainy, you might (or might not) be interested in a piece over at Slate by Steven Johnson, who recently wrote Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life: "The Science of Eternal Sunshine."

I haven't seen the movie, but I find it encouraging that he says it doesn't even try to explain "How It All Works." Just: Here's the premise, let's go...
hamano
post #7  on March 24, 2004 - 6:02 AM PST  
By the way, DW, do you usually see the latest hot American films just at the various European film festivals? Or do you have to wait months to finally see them when they are released in Europe? Do you ever see American films dubbed in German?
cryptoc
post #8  on March 24, 2004 - 8:44 AM PST  
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> Why did you dislike Being John M?
> ---------------------------------

I'm not the sort of person who HAS to have a happy ending, but it would be nice to have had at least one character that I didn't absolutely loathe. Everyone in the film were such reprehensible people (except maybe for Malkovich himself, who I felt sorry for) and the plot of the film so unpleasant that I just left the theater feeling sick.
Brockton
post #9  on March 25, 2004 - 10:43 AM PST  
> On March 24, 2004 - 8:44 AM PST cryptoc wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm not the sort of person who HAS to have a happy ending, but it would be nice to have had at least one character that I didn't absolutely loathe. Everyone in the film were such reprehensible people (except maybe for Malkovich himself, who I felt sorry for) and the plot of the film so unpleasant that I just left the theater feeling sick.
>
> ---------------------------------

Fair enough. For your own protection, I'd suggest keep your distance from Neil LaBute and Todd Solondz movies as well.
loucyphre
post #10  on April 10, 2004 - 6:14 PM PDT  
Best film I've seen so far this year. And contains the most shockingly honest take on relationships I've seen in some time.

JMVerville
post #11  on April 27, 2004 - 11:59 AM PDT  
It was an interesting concept for a film; enjoyable in many parts; some of the scenes were very touching and a lot of the sentiment conveyed in it most (if not all) humans can relate to.

However, at points the film wears on the senses and is overdone. The films occasional attempts at comedy sometimes seem shockingly untimely and shockingly inappropriate. It was worth watching, but it is not without fault.
dwhudson
post #12  on September 6, 2004 - 1:30 PM PDT  
How did I miss this all the way back in March? Yikes, sorry, hamano...

> By the way, DW, do you usually see the latest hot American films just at the various European film festivals? Or do you have to wait months to finally see them when they are released in Europe? Do you ever see American films dubbed in German?

Well, second question first: It's very rare that I ever watch an American film in German; it only happens when I catch something on TV, and even then, if they're not showing the original version with subtitles, they'll often offer it on a second channel (i.e., dubbed on one audio track, original on the second). But never in a theater.

As it is, first, yes, festivals, but in general, 'lag times' between the US release and a release in a market as important as Germany are growing shorter and shorter. There are all sorts of factors at play as far as distributors are concerned: Get 'em in theaters before pirated copies become too ubiquitous and, along a similar line, before the DVD comes out in the States - and as we all know, the 'lag times' between theatrical and DVD releases in the US, too, are growing shorter!
hamano
post #13  on September 6, 2004 - 9:21 PM PDT  
Well, it's good to see you're still alive (apart from the blog, of course)! Hope you had a great summer!

^_^
underdog
post #14  on September 8, 2004 - 10:28 AM PDT  
And now you can queue up Eternal Sunshine in anticipation of its pending release.

I think I shall review it, based on my memory of seeing it theatrically. One of my faves of the year so far.

C
MKerce1
post #15  on September 9, 2004 - 5:30 AM PDT  
i think it's the best movie i've seen this year...gondry is, in my opinion, the best thing to happen to american film since spike jonze and wes anderson. great cast, great story, great direction...just great. i do expect in the fall/winter it will be unseated as best film of the year...but it won't drop far down the list!
KPman1
post #16  on September 12, 2004 - 9:16 PM PDT  
Charlie Kaufman's scripts keep getting better, and Eternal Sunshine is easily his best.

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