Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I’m not really sure how I never saw this movie until now.  I think it came out in that period between 2002-2007 where I didn’t really watch movies.

Such a shame, because it is really a great film.  I had previously only seen Adaptation, and I could never understand what the appeal of Charlie Kaufman was.   After ESOTSM, I totally get it.  It was like watching an Italo Calvino novel.

What a boring movie Adaptation was.  Now I see that it wasn’t Charlie Kaufman’s fault, it was Nicolas Cage’s fault.   Or maybe Spike Jonze’s.

After checking Wikipedia, I see that Spike Jonze has directed three movies:  Being John Malkovich (written by Kaufman, which I haven’t seen), Adaptation, and Where the Wild Things Are (which is terrible).  I think perhaps Spike Jonze’s reputation is a bit overblown.

4 thoughts on “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

  1. Unbelievable that you have not seen that movie until now. Nice to see you getting out from under your rock. And Being John Malkovich? Jesus, man.

  2. I think your aforementioned concern about spoilers is even less of a threat than you thought. And even though I think the acronym ESOTSM sounds dirty, I will use it because I hate typing on the weekend. Which do you think is a better movie, ESOTSM or Inception?

  3. Kent, I can’t believe you didn’t like Where the Wild Things Are. I thought it captured the imagination of a troubled kid really well. Also regarding Spotless Mind, I think a lot of the credit goes to Michel Gondry. That guy is uniquely talented. Do you want to add Spotless Mind to your best of the decade list.

    Chuck Koster

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