i love your blog :)
umm can you give me a list of movies to watch that are like eternal sunshine of the spotless mind?? :D
Hi and thank you!
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. ;)
I'm not sure if you've been asked these things or not, but I'm doing it all in one shot.
1) What is your favorite animated movie?
2) " Classic film?
3) " actor?
4) " actress?
5) " 80's film?
6) If you could make a movie, what would it be?
7) What are your thoughts on the current 3D craze?
Sorry for all the questions. Just curious. I love your blog.=]
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. =)
I like this article because I too love romantic comedies and I agree with what they said about how it’s silly when people complain about them being formulaic and predictable. To me that’s like going to see a horror movie and then complaining that it scared you.
If I had written this article, it would have been much meatier, focusing on great romantic comedies of the past. This one just focused on a few released recently. So perhaps one of these days I will do that.
I haven’t seen Going the Distance yet, though I certainly will when it hits DVD. However, I liked that they mentioned The Switch because that was one of the best and most poorly marketed films I’ve seen all year. Very very good movie. More of an emotional drama than a romantic comedy, truth be told. I meant to write about it in this blog, but never got around to. I highly recommend it.
By classic, they’re probably referring to something along the lines of Hitchcock, William Castle, etc… but this one is classic to me and so I have to go with:
THE SHINING - From the quotes - “Oh no, I’m not gonna hurt ya… I’M JUST GONNA BASH…
Reblogged myself here cause I knew you guys would appreciate my ramblings on THE SHINING. (: Also, I had been meaning to do a horror movie post, and since it’s officially October, I figured there would be no time like the present!
I love Halloween and I love scary movies. I will definitely be featuring a lot more horror movie stuff during this month, because this is the month I always re-watch my favorites and try to watch ones I’ve always meant to see but never did.
As far as new horror films, a bunch come out around this time and I feel like this year, the offerings are kind of bleak. I saw Devil a few weeks back. The idea from the story came from M. Night Shyamalan, who I love (yes, still!), but overall I’d say it was just average. There’s also Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take. I’m a HUGE Craven fan, the Scream Trilogy is an obsession of mine. But this one just doesn’t look that good to me. Then there’s Saw 85 or whatever they’re on now. Frankly, I’m bored with that series. I actually LOVED the first Saw, liked the next three, now I’m just over it. Today I saw the new, longer Paranormal Activity 2 trailer and it was slightly unsettling, but I feel they’re making a mistake having the baby and the dog involved. When you fuck with babies and dogs, audiences just get angry, not scared. Then we have the movie that is supposed to be the best out of all of these: Let Me In, based on the hit film Let The Right One In. I didn’t see the original, but I hear it’s quite good. However, the trailer for Let Me In really didn’t do much for me either! They just don’t make ‘em like they used to, I guess.
I wanted to ask you guys these two questions:
1 - What is your favorite horror film? 2 - What horror films coming out this month are you interested in + why? Will you go see any of them at the theatre?
Please leave it in my ask so you can type however much you want. I will post some of the answers. And I know I am way behind on my questions and I promise I will get to them all but I’m in such a Halloweeny mood and want to do this now. :)