Just caught up with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and I have to say, while it’s not perfect, it’s actually an extraordinary and worthy film. Almost ostentatiously independent, the story seems quite normal until the credits run – 15 minutes in to the film. From there, everything becomes a jumbled mess that is more and more disjointed as the storyline progresses…. And yet as a whole it is immaculately ordered. I notice it has caught the attention of several film critics’ awards, but in the old Academy Awards, it has only achieved a nomination in the comedy category – and the film is hardly comedy. Balanced between drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, this film is better experienced than described.
So go see it.
I’ll go see Sideways when it comes out here too. That was probably where my oblique reference in a post the other day to Ned and Stacey fanfiction came from. Thomas Haden Church – Ned from Ned and Stacey – is apparently superb in Sideways. I have to say, I’m really pleased that “Indiewood” films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Sideways are now reaching mianstream audiences and touching souls. It’s just so encouraging to see films that are artworks in and of themselves reaching the masses the way these have done.