Saturday, February 19, 2005

A Couple of Belated Valentine's Movie Comments

Well, of coure me and Anton couldn't possibly go on vacation without taking a handful of DVDs with us. And when it's late in the evening and there's nothing else to do, and you're a wee bit sore from skiing, you throw in the movies that your friends haven't seen.

Since this trip took place partly around Valentine's Day (which I incidently find a distasteful day, not so much because of what it represents, but rather the bad memories which it brings up; ask me sometime) we ended up watching a couple of rather appropriate movies.

1) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - This was my third viewing, and I must say the film gets better and better with each viewing. Jim Carrey is outstanding, as is all of the supporting cast. And the film is packed with such detail that I never noticed on the first two times through. This will become an all time favourite for sure.

2) Eyes Wide Shut - One of the most misunderstood, and unfairly maligned films of all time, this was Stanley Kubrick's final film, and a fitting end to his career. The man draws remarkable performances out of both Tom Cruise and my girl Nicole Kidman. If you doubt they can act, watch the bedroom confession scene and tell me that again to my face. Kubrick's camera work is beautiful and surreal; perfectly appropriate for a film that is about the painful (and bizzare) aspects of something so beautiful (love and sex).

It's also a film that leaves you haunted, not really knowing what you've just seen and what it all means, but knowing that there is something profound that has been said. It also gets better with each viewing, allowing me to pick up on some undercurrents and make sense of some of the more confusing aspects of the plot. If you haven't seent it, or if you have and want to chat about it, let me know. You should see this film. And you should talk about it afterwards.


At 7:50 p.m., Blogger rochelle laura knox said...

i LOVE eternal sunshine! i watched it partly jet-lagged so it was even better. i love being confused when i watch movies. if a movie makes complete sense it is junk. just like books. pulp fiction vs literature. books should make you think for days after you've finished them. if things are all wrapped up at the end of a book, you don't get as much value for your money because your enjoyment ends then. a book (and a movie) should continue to live far after it is "finished". thoughts of it should linger.


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