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The genius of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is that in a world of films where so many feel like you’ve already seen them, it stands on its own.
You are going to want to watch Charlie Kaufman’s other films. He is the writer of Eternal Sunshine and he is brilliant. My favorite film of his besides ESotSM is Adaptation which is really incredible. Of course there is also Being John Malkovich, a favorite of many. Human Nature. His latest, Synecdoche New York, is probably his most bizarre but the metaphors and paralells in this film are absolute genius.
One of my favorite moments is when the lead in the film, a man named Caden who’s wife has left him (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman who is, as usual, incredible in the role) is sitting in a restaurant and a girl who has a crush on him tells him he needs to move on, as it’s been a year since his wife left. He replies, “It’s been a week.” It’s unclear as to how long she has actually been gone, symbolizing how time flies and how we get stuck in our pain so deeply that something that happened long ago still feels fresh in our minds. This is just one example of this in the film and if you watch it a few times you’ll see what I mean. It’s just fantastic.
I know Kaufman also penned the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind script, but there were a lot of edits done on it and the film doesn’t really feel like a Kaufman film to me.
I’ll also suggest Vanilla Sky, a favorite of mine, written and directed by Cameron Crowe and adapted from the Spanish film Abre los Ojos. The plot is nothing like ESotSM, but the feel of the movie is similar. Another movie with a dreamy, weird feel is David Lynch’s Muholland Drive, though again, the plot isn’t similar, just the overall vibe.
If you like the aspect of ESotSM that features all the memories of Joel & Clementine’s relationship, you should check out High Fidelity, where John Cusack lists his top 5 relationships in the wake of his latest break-up. Love that movie. There’s another film a lot like it with the same plot but a woman at the helm, starring Famke Janssen, an indie called Love & Sex. Another memories movie is The Story of Us with Michelle Pfiffer and Bruce Willis. I love that one, it gets me everytime. Rob Reiner. There’s Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, and a REALLY underrated film I love called Evening, where a woman on her deathbed recalls the memories of her life. The cast includes Meryl Streep (and her daughter Mamie Gummer), Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Glenn Close, and Claire Danes. Such an amazing cast in a film that got terrible reviews and I can’t see why.
That’s all I’ve got right now. Like I said, it’s really hard to compare this film with anything else which is one of the many reasons why I love it so much. Hope you haven’t seen some of these and can enjoy them! Thanks for the question. ;)
Thank you! Thanks for the questions as well but I must be honest, I hate when people ask me my favorite anything when it comes to films because I am so obsessed that I really can not choose these things LOL. I say Almost Famous is my favorite film only because I don’t only love it as a piece of art which I find to be flawless, I relate to it on a personal level that I do not experience with most films. However, there are many films I love just as much as Almost Famous that mean just as much to me, for many different reasons.
My point is: I don’t have a favorite animated movie, or classic film, or actor, or actress, or 80’s film. I can not even wrap my mind around being able to pick like 5 of each. LOL. No offense to you, I appreciate all questions, I’m just being honest. =)
As far as questions 6 and 7, those I can answer!
6. I have several screenplays in my head and none on paper. I will not post them here because they rock and people will probably steal my ideas. I have two main movies in my head that I think are the best. One is a family drama and the other one is a horror movie based on my own experiences with the paranormal.
7. I don’t care about 3D. I think the 3D experience in theatres is very very underwhelming. I go to Disney World often, and the 3D there is super dramatic and fun, and also really beautiful and moving at times (I know i’m not the only one who cries during Mickey’s PhilharMagic, ok?) so that is what I’m used to. The 3D in regular cinemas is like boring and barely there compared to that. I went to see The Nightmare Before Christmas (one of my favorite movies) in 3D when they first started doing it, and I was SO excited thinking it was going to be like at Disney World, and I ended up really disappointed. I barely even noticed the 3D, with the exception of the very end when snow falls on Halloweentown, it looked like snow was falling on us in the theatre and that was an INCREDIBLE effect. I saw Toy Story 3 in 3D and that movie was so epic, amazing, and effective on its own that the 3D was completely irrelevant to me. So I really don’t think paying the extra money for 3D is worth it personally. I don’t mind the 3D craze continuing as long as it is also offered to see films without the 3D. I know they are offering 3D at home now and I just can’t imagine ever wanting that.
Sorry it took me so long to answer this, I get a looot of questions.
Please don’t feel bad if your question isn’t posted on the blog, I barely ever post the questions I get as to not clog up people’s dashboards. I try and respond through your ask boxes. Just a reminder. =)