Film Seizure #162 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This movie may say you can erase bad memories, but don’t erase Film Seizure‘s episode of Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind from your brain!

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  1. Two years before Ace Ventura, Carrey co-starred in a well-received TV movie called Doing Time on Maple Drive. It was a straight dramatic role, not his movie, but he had some moments:

    It’s interesting that one of the better Companion Films to this would be Gone Girl, which has people learn the worst things about each other in a very different way, and ends with the same question, “Can you live with me here?” but with, I think, not much wiggle room on whether they’ll succeed after saying yes.

    And Changing Lanes could be good too, if only as a third, not alone against Eternal Sunshine, which has that very question asked twice, each time a dare, with the movie giving it a nice turnabout. It’s a case where you effectively don’t care what the other person answers (the second time), either way, the asker is going to be in a better world.

    Re: Susan’s read, Jason, I read it too, in the context of a Film Noir class with Jim Naremore, and seeing the first and third (the famous one) incarnations of it. As I’m sure you’ve all researched by now, the film was remade every 5 years until ’41, when it was finally a success. It’s a movie that damns the lazy phrase ‘slavishly faithful’ (to the book, in this case), because that’s why it worked. For the script, Huston just wrote the book into a screenplay, so it’s almost verbatim. When I read it, I saw the movie, and I only found one piece of it to be unique to the book, a story Sam tells someone, probably ‘Ms. Wunderly’, about a guy who almost gets clocked by a falling brick as he’s walking down the sidewalk, and, realizing he could have just died right there, disappears from his life and starts a whole new one. I think of that 1-2 page anecdote about once a month, the same way I think of the story in Citizen Kane when Bernstein talks about the lady he saw at a train station just for a moment, who he thinks about at least once a month.


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