Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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    Everybody, go rent this movie now! This is my favorite movie of the year, thus far (followed closely by Garden State). Be warned, it's the sort of movie that you really have to pay attention to and it demands that you think while watching it. It's very smart, though, and very, very heartfelt. Jim Carrey's best performance to date, in my opinion. Kate Winslet's, too.
     
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    is this a chick flick, adventure?---havent seen any trailers
     
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    It's kind of hard to classify. It's generally a drama, but it also has a lot of comedy. It is a romance, but it also has some elements of metaphysics and science fiction.

    Well, the story is that Joel (Jim Carrey) is a very introverted cartoonist who meets a very outgoing, borderline crazy girl, Clementine (Kate Winslet). They date for months, but they eventually have a really ugly breakup. Clementine hears about a medical procedure that allows her to completely erase Joel from her memory. She does so, and when Joel finds out about it, he decides to have the procedure done as well, mostly out of revenge for her doing it to him. However, once he begins to undergo the procedure he begins to realize how much he truly loves her. The majority of the film takes place inside Joel's head, through his memories with Clementine, and as he sees how much he loves her, he decides he doesn't want to erase her memory, but doesn't know how to stop the procedure. And, meanwhile, there's another plot going on involving the people who are actually doing the procedure on Joel (Mark Ruffallo, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst) and the doctor supervising the whole thing (Tom Wilkinson) that ends up intersecting with the Joel/Clementine plot in ways I don't want to spoil.

    It's less complicated than I made it sound, but like I said, you do have to pay attention. Because the procedure works from the most recent memory back, most of the scenes play in reverse order, so you really have to keep track of everything.

    Overall, though, it's a romance. There you go, it's a very quirky romance. It's by the same guy that wrote Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, so if you've seen those, you know what to expect.

    If you have a pretty fast connection, you can watch the trailers here.
     
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    Every movie is your favorite movie this year!!

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    I will take your advice, Dan. Jim Carrey's movies have been getting better with each new release. My favorite so far is "The Majestic."
     
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    Because I have smart, discerning tastes in movies, and I don't submit myself to the same crap movies that you do! :dev3:
     
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    "The Majestic".... yikes onedomino

    next you're gonna tell me "Gigli" was Ben Affleck's best :teeth:
     
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    Many of my favorite movies of late play out in reverse or otherwise confusing time leaps like this. In fact, there are at least 10 movies in the last year which mimic this style, it seems like a new trend.
     
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    Yeah, there are a lot of movies like this, but I can only think of two off the top of my head (Memento and Eternal Sunshine) that actually had a purpose to using this reverse or otherwise non-linear structure. Movies like '21 Grams' don't need that sort of storytelling, and I think that movie in particular was hurt severely by having the story so jumbled. I think the only director that can pull off non-linear storyline in a story that doesn't necessarily need it is Tarantino.
     
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    I was trying to think of them all and you got two!

    Tarantino's "Kill Bill" series, and "Butterfly Effect" make five. I'm sure there are another five I can't think of right off the top.

    I guess my only point is that jumbling the timeline seems to be a popular screenplay for making movies in the past year.
     

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