March 23, 2004

eternal sunshine of the mindless audience

I try not to do movie reviews. They give away too damn much. By describing the characters and plot they give away parts of the story that are much more interesting when you’re seeing that image with an untainted view of what the movie’s supposed to be. Old movies can be much more fun to see as you have no preconceived notions of what they’re supposed to be like. An Example? Go see The Sting, starring Robert Redford. Just do it. If I describe it or you look it up you’ll have taken away a really interesting element of this movie. Imagine if somebody had told you what makes Fight Club or The Six Sense so special before you saw it in the theatre. The punchline would be gone and the movie would be reduced from greatness to an interesting idea. Walking into a movie with _no_ expectations is the best way to view a movie and I always try to do everything in my power to not ruin the movie going experience for others.

BUT

Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind had an opening week that wasn’t even in the top 5. This cannot stand. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen and the fact that more people went to see a zombie horror flick than this movie is just unacceptable, inconceivable, and will not be tolerated.

However, I refuse to do a traditional movie review as they lessen the impact a movie has on you. So the following are random tidbits to create “buzz” and to get you to see this movie.

  • ONE minor character spoilor: Elijah Woods is in this movie and he plays an annoying twerp. If you’ve been looking for a reason to hate this huge puppy eyed hobbity punk, here’s your chance.
  • The most negative review by a guy who likes to hear himself talk: “Another unpleasantly glib, shallow demonstration of Kaufman’s self-satisfied cleverness, further marred by failed pretensions to profundity about romantic destiny.” That’s right, unpleasantly, shallow, self-satisfied, clever, failed, pretensions, profundity, and destiny all in one sentence. He should win a pulitzer.
  • I WILL go see this movie again if you want to go.
  • Kirsten Dunst is hotter than Angelina Jolie. (SHAME on those who saw taking lives)

Anybody who saw the movie and would like to share their thoughts or has random unfounded opinions to share, bring it on.

Finally, my two word review: See it.

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  1. saw “eternal sunshine.” loved it. this is your blog so im not gonna write a review here, but one reason it had a fairly low gross its opening weekend is that it was a limited release. it played in much fewer cities than say, “dawn of the crap.”

    i can’t believe all the people i’ve heard say this was a boring movie because they thought it’d be a “typical” jim carrey comedy. he’s moved on. do the same. these are the same people who hated “punch drunk love” because adam sandler wasn’t a complete idiot as usual.

    one very pleasant surprise when i saw “eternal sunshine”: a trailer for “garden state.” can’t wait for that one.

    Comment by naziriteSOG — March 23, 2004 @ 8:31 pm

  2. Well, at least the limited release partially explains it. Now that you mention it, according to rottentomatoes.com “Eternal Sunshine” is playing in HALF as many theatres as that certain rehash of a 70’s flick.

    So hopefully next week will be better. Positive word of mouth should help it out.

    Also, i saw the Garden State trailer as well, and it’s DEFINITELY on my list…

    Comment by Red/Brian — March 23, 2004 @ 11:42 pm

  3. “Garden State” did look really good. And Natalie Portman is like 3 times as hot as Kirsten Dunst and Angelina Jolie put together (blech, Angelina Jolie isn’t even pretty).

    Comment by lauren — March 23, 2004 @ 11:49 pm

  4. i concur lauren. i concur wholeheartedly.

    Comment by naziriteSOG — March 24, 2004 @ 11:09 am

  5. if jolie lived next door and weren’t famous, i would think she’s pretty…

    Comment by ug — March 24, 2004 @ 3:16 pm

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