So I got a netflix free trial when i got sick a couple weeks ago...their instant watch is great! eternal sunshine was rated #1 movie of the 2000s on a list i saw and squid and the whale was maybe #6. don’t read these if you plan on seeing these movies…
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind: Jim Carrey loves the Truman Show-esque films, this one about forgetting those who have dumped you. The way it is done though, going back to the memories as you learn the story of Clementine and Joel and their ability to control their memories, replace them, and run in them keeps you watching. The poem that created the title is below.
Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Synecdoche, NY: This movie always makes me think of Rose, my roommate in New Orleans who for some reason always talked about Synecdoche, NY and every time said it about three times before she felt like she had pronounced it right. Another fantastical movie playing with time and space. The “play” takes place in real time. It becomes confusing as the actors lives develop in the play, rewriting the script, and the real-life characters learn about themselves through the actors. A combination of what our life is, what we want it to be, and what it will develop into creates the plot. Death comes to the actors in a play about death, which just turns out to be actors living life.
Good Dick: I saw this movie in Blockbuster taking up a whole wall of new releases when I had never heard of this movie. They totally sold it as a comedy, but it was one of the saddest and most disturbing movies I’ve seen. In sum, a girl is molested by her father as a child, she’s scared of sex, so she buys pornos and masturbates instead until josh ritter begins stalking her and heals her with his shameless persistence. Very upsetting movie. It was written and produced by the two actors who started their own company, and for that it is pretty good.
Squid and the Whale: Again, the theme of masturbation, except this time with a 10 year old. Quit watching it after an hour...i hate movies where divorce is the plot and the joke.
We Were Soldiers: Worth it just to see Josh McLaurin as Mel Gibson's son...