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Eternal Surprise

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I think hell may have frozen over, because I just saw a Jim Carrey movie that I really loved. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind owes more of its brilliance, really, to Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry who, among other things, seem to have wisely made sure that Carrey downplayed every moment he was on-screen so that he comes across as quirky and damaged instead of hyper and attention-starved. I don't mean to knock his performance by saying that, though: Carrey really did an outstanding job in this. I just never thought I would find him so moving to watch.

This is the first film I’ve seen that really captures the fluid quality of memory. It portrays how memories of different events tend to slide into one another when try to grab onto each of them, and also how our memories can shift from total recall of almost all the details of a moment to a laser-like focus on certain elements while the rest of the details fade away entirely. A bunch of effects that could have been hokey gimmicks in the hands of less sensitive directors really come together in a way that evokes that terrible feeling of trying to grasp at a memory that’s too mercurial to hold on to.

Also, Mark Ruffalo is really hot and it's nice to see him in his underpants.

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