“Random thoughts for Valentine’s Day 2004. Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.”
Those are the first spoken lines in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Jim Carrey’s voice is laced with melancholy and wry humor as he lets us in on the internal monologue of his character, Joel Barish. It’s a far cry from the sassy voice that launched him to movie stardom ten years earlier in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Yet there’s a whole contingent of moviegoers who, prior to this film and a couple of comparable screen gems in the early 2000s, might have felt it was an awkward question if you asked them, “What’s your favorite romantic comedy?”
Joel’s voice speaks for those people. Like Punch-Drunk Love in 2002 (also soundtracked by Jon Brion) and Lost in Translation in 2003, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a movie that wrangled career-best work out of a comedic actor, simply by injecting pathos into him via a strong script with an auteurist director behind the camera. Instead of a straight-up comedy, we see Carrey dialing down his usual antics and appearing in a romantic dramedy, one that in this case happens to be blended with quirky sci-fi, too.
It helps that he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast. Joel may be the protagonist, but the two most interesting characters in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are actually women. The movie uses the deletion of memories as a plot device, and viewers who fell in love with it in the theater back in March 2004 now have a decade and half of other life experiences vying for recollection space in their heads. As it celebrates its 15th anniversary this week, let’s reclaim the memory (with spoilers) of one of the quintessential films of the 2000s.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind video essay focuses on the symbolism that comes from Kate Winslet‘s hair color . Plus, find out how a celebrity trainer gets actors and actresses into shape for the movies, and watch Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda interview each other for nearly an hour. Read More »
Gallery 1988 has delivered another round of incredible pop culture artwork with Crazy 4 Cult 11, the latest iteration of the recurring exhibition of artwork paying tribute to some of our favorite movies.
This time we have a collection that includes pieces honoring movies like Gremlins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Big Lebowski, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, and even The Room. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Crazy 4 Cult 11 art show below. Read More »
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Jared Leto talks more about Tron 3 and whether he’ll appear in Suicide Squad 2
- Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard explains his desires for It: Chapter Two
- Blade Runner 2049‘s director talks about the film’s marketing campaign
- Watch the kids from the Avatar sequels hang out at Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- And More!
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Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry are meeting again, though not in Montauk.
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind star and director are teaming up for a Showtime series titled Kidding, a half-hour comedy series about a former children’s TV personality who starts to slowly lose his sanity in the face of a disintegrating family life. It’s no trippy backwards love story, but it sounds like the two will be tapping into the existential dreamscape that made Eternal Sunshine such a revelation. Now, if only they could get Kate Winslet on board.
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“Meet me in Montauk.” Anyone who loves Michael Gondry‘s magnificent Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind knows how important that single piece of dialogue is when it’s whispered into Jim Carrey‘s ear by Kate Winslet, and next month fans will have the opportunity to meet in Montauk themselves for an unbelievable, special screening of the film in honor of Focus Features’ 15th anniversary.
Alamo Drafthouse has announced “Meet Me in Montauk,” a celebration of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind featuring a screening of the film in Montauk, outdoors, on the beach, in bed. And that’s just one part of this day-long celebration. Find out more about the Alamo Drafthouse Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screening below. Read More »
(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)
Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about the comedies that also make us cry. We then opened the floor to our readers: which funny movies also get the waterworks going for you? And you let us know!
We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question: what is your favorite long, unbroken shot in movie history? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to email@example.com!
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Hey, /Film. What’s a nice place like you doing in a girl like this? Wait, let me start over…
My name is Hoai-Tran Bui, and I’m just happy to be here. Before you ask me how to pronounce my name (not important, and you’d probably get it wrong anyway), let me tell you about my favorite films.
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What’s up, /Film readers? My name is Ben Pearson, and I’m new here. Talking about movies is clearly a huge part of what we do on the site, so a fitting way for me to introduce myself is to present you with my 15 favorite films of all time so you can either appreciate or scoff at my choices. Let’s get started Read More »
There are countless films being turned into TV shows right now. Some of the more recent projects in development include shows based on The Departed and Let The Right One In, and now one more revered film will be brought to the small screen.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the best movies of the 21st century (not to mention one of my favorites of all time) and now the film’s producer is in early development to turn the film into a TV series. Read More »