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March 29th, 2004


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06:34 pm
Okay.

I'm only saying this one time.

One time.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a painfully honest, sweet and terrible, rueful, uplifting, adult, contemplative, enigmatic, surreal little film that adroitly addresses so many things about breakups and memory and incompatibility in the face of impulsive fun-having. It's not a perfect film, no, but it's at least one that stays with you afterwards and makes you think, for good or bad.

So why the hell has it only made 16 goddamn million dollars in two weeks of release? Scooby-Doo 2 (admittedly not rated R, and admittedly a kid's film, but still) made nearly double that in its first weekend alone. There's no reason Eternal Sunshine couldn't have done the same.

Come on, people. Go see the movie. Help make it at least break even ($35M budget, according to IMDB.) I know studios often feel safe taking risks with good films by churning out the crappy moneymakers, but this is ridiculous. It deserves a lot more than that. I mean, hell, I know who's reading this. I know y'all are smart people who have the capacity to think, really think, and enjoy a unique film.

NO I DON'T MEAN GO SEE SCOOBY-DOO 2. Oy, I give up.

i lieks teh ice cream

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From:alphacygni
Date:March 29th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm definitely intrigued by it, but I have some hesitation due to perceived device similarity to the movie "Memento". And "Memento" wigged me right out.

But I definitely trust your recommendation in such matters, and will try to get to see it sometime before it goes poof.
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 29th, 2004 05:03 pm (UTC)
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It really wasn't like Memento -- Carrey's character doesn't suffer from extreme short-term memory; he wants his memory of the relationship with Winslet's character wiped (to be fair, she wiped her memory of him first.)

I will say the last 10 minutes are heartwrenching. Though the last 90 seconds are rather, yes, sweet.
From:archangelsk
Date:March 29th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)

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From:betweenstations
Date:March 29th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)

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Misha, you r0x0r.
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 29th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)

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Winner, Most Creative Use of the Underline Tag, 2004
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From:luckimunki
Date:March 29th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm planning on seeing it. I swear.
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From:quodlibetic
Date:March 29th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Argh!

I've been meaning to see this since its opening weekend! I swear - by the end of this weekend, I'll see it. That, and Jersey Girl. (not that you were posting about Jersey Girl, but still...)
From:shatteredskins
Date:March 29th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Saw it, have been recommending it, and will even make sure to drag friends to it when it finally hits Finland in a few months.
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From:signsoflife
Date:March 30th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
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Saw it with spousal drag-ee. Loved it. Spouse admired it, though a bit full up on downer flicks now. (didn't realize it was such a downer flick.)

Amazing movie.
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From:rfreebern
Date:March 30th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)
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mangofandango and I saw it and loved it and have recommended it to others. We are officially part of the solution.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 30th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)

Keith

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Would like to see it, but don't have it high on the priority list. (Despite the fact that I bought the Michel Gondry music videos DVD.)

I've heard from a couple of people that they HATED it. Most people don't want quirky. After a long week of grinding away at their jobs, they don't want to have to puzzle their way through anything involved. They just want straightforward, light entertainment. This ain't it.

My nephew was all wound up about seeing Scooby Doo 2 when it came out. I imagine he's dragged his grandmother to see it already.
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From:tyopsqueene
Date:March 31st, 2004 02:43 am (UTC)
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But but but...it's got Jim Carrey in it, and he makes me feel queasy! Don't make me!
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 31st, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
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It's the most un-Jim Carrey role I've seen him in yet -- he did more mugging in The Truman Show than he does in Eternal Sunshine. Off the top of my head, I can only think of one scene in which he makes a goofy face (he tries to open his eyes wide and wake himself out of the memory-erasing process) and even then, it's pretty much plot-driven and not an actor's indulgence.

A very good job at breaking typecast, really.
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From:tyopsqueene
Date:March 31st, 2004 04:17 am (UTC)
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OK, I'll trust you on this. But if he puts me off my popcorn I'm gonna be working REAL HARD on my psychic "make Abbie run around at 3am" powers.
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From:tyopsqueene
Date:May 10th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
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OK, so, a month later and I did go and see it. And I agree with you. thanks for making me ignore the fact it had the horrible Mr C in it.

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