||[Mar. 21st, 2004|10:00 pm]
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind|
This movie is the best first-run movie I've seen in a long-ass time. Forget the fact that it's another puzzle movie from the "Adaptation" guy. Forget the Philip K Dick plotline. Even though that stuff is cool and well done, the amazing thing about this movie is the naked emotional honesty the script gets at, and the note-perfect performances of Carrey and Winslet. You've heard I'm sure about the basic setup -- story told backwards of a failed relationship, erasing the memories of said relationship. But the last scene so perfectly crystalizes love that's both romantic and realistic, and the rest of the movie supports the validity of that last scene exactly.
One complaint reviewers seem to have about it is the way you intercut between comic business with the Erasers and the backwards memory story going on inside Carrey's head. Bullshit. I think it works exactly the way it's supposed to. It is one of those movies that fits together perfectly like a fine watch, yet conveys great soul and passion.
Melissa grabbed this somewhere on DVD, so we watched it tonight. A classically great movie. Shot for shot, perfect, with faultless performances and great heart. Seeing the DVD makes me realize how degraded films are by being hacked up for television, dubbed badly to VHS, etc. The DVD is a first-rate transfer, with great color and sound. It was like seeing it for the first time again. And Sean remarked on how Rainman-like Hoffman's performance is. The script is more stylized and Mamet-esque than I remembered.
The Sleepy Time Gal
Pretty much a complete sorry mess of a movie, though Jacqueline Bisset and Martha Plimpton are endlessly watchable to me. I could list the ways but the reviews in IMDB sum it up well enough.
Raising Victor Vargas
Another practically perfect movie. The story of love and family in hispanic NYC. This movie leaves out all the stuff that usually would show up in an 'Inner City Youth' movie -- sex, drugs, violence, and instead tells a story of depth. It captures the intensity with which teenage kids feel their emotional lives without a lot of drama or exaggeration.