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"This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined." -Baruch Spinoza

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Originally Posted by John McClane
What does BTW stand for? I'm lost. *starts to laugh at himself*

by the way
And like that .... he's gone

I'm going to do them this weekend. I've been really tired with work and evening movies. I've been getting up at 6AM and not getting home until 10PM. Thanks for your interest though J.

I've been too tired to comment in Sedai, Beale, and Ezikiel's review threads too. I'm sorry guys, this weekend, I promise.
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Originally Posted by LordSlaytan
I'm going to do them this weekend. I've been really tired with work and evening movies. I've been getting up at 6AM and not getting home until 10PM. Thanks for your interest though J.

I've been too tired to comment in Sedai, Beale, and Ezikiel's review threads too. I'm sorry guys, this weekend, I promise.
no worries bro, although Beale

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” ― Thomas Sowell

Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, and Elijah Wood
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Country: USA
Length: 108 min
MPAA Rating: R (language, some drug and sexual content)
Released: 2004

Joel and Clementine in love
We’ve all been through it before, and we all know how painful it is: the loss of love. That’s the premise of Charlie Kaufman’s newest fantasy filled movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The story is about two people who are polar opposites. There’s Joel (Carrey), a mild mannered man who quietly meanders through life hiding his eyes when people happen to look at him, and Clementine (Winslet), a vivaciously wild young woman who takes it upon herself to set Joel free from his self imposed normalcy. What happens to them is what happens to so many of us; the charm wears thin, arguments begin, and the romance wanes toward its inevitable conclusion. Sad and painful as that may be, these romances that we all strive for build character and teach us valuable lessons. That is, if we are wise enough to learn them.

Yet, at Lacuna Incorporated, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson) promises an end to all the suffering by systematically erasing all memories of the significant other who causes them. Clementine decides that the memory of Joel is too much to bear and has the procedure performed on her. When a note is mistakenly sent to Joel in order to inform him not to mention himself to her because it might be detrimental to the treatment,
The Dr. and the techs
he understands why her supposed cruelty when he tries to talk to her is actually not cruelty at all, but forgetfulness. Joel, in a fit of passion, decides to have the procedure done to him as well, thinking that that would be a great way to get back at her. It’s a foolish notion, but who among us can say that we have always behaved rationally at the end of a love affair? During the procedure, Joel realizes that he doesn’t wish to lose his memories of Clementine, and against all odds, tries to escape the erasure in progress.

I’m having a hard time figuring out what to say about this film. It is so completely different from any other film out there; it’s impossible to find anything to compare it to. If you’re a fan of Charlie Kaufman, you probably know what I mean. He broke cinema molds with his unique comedies Being John Malkovich and Human Nature, then made new molds calling them his own with Adaptation. Just like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, they are worlds apart from any other films out there, including each other. Yet, this film in particular surpasses even his previous attempts. In large part due to Michel Gondry, who also directed Human Nature. Gondry is a veteran music video director, who has made some of the best videos out there. His knowledge of timing and inventive impressionism makes many of the erasure scenes unforgettable. It will be extremely disappointing if he doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe.

The babysitter
Jim Carrey proves once again that he is more than just a clown; he is a gifted actor. In this film, he doesn’t give into his patented manic and zany persona, but plays a part that is true to many everymen. It is easy to feel pity for Joel, even though he asked for what he got. His realization that losing memories of Clementine will take away from who he is as a human being is poignant and equally sad, though because Carrey is so good at what he does, there is humor in the sadness as well; just like in life. Kate Winslet does an equally impressive job with her role as the wild girl than no man could resist. Both of these great performers are at the top of their respective games here.

While viewing the film, I noticed about twenty people get up and leave in the middle of it. I can only assume that they were Ace Ventura fans. It’s too bad that some people didn’t want to give this film a chance because of its lack of wackiness. After the movie was over, I hung around at the exit just to get a feel of the overall reaction to the film. I found that it was pretty evenly divided with a large number in awe and an equal amount of people feeling like
Hey! How’d we get here?
they just wasted their evening. I actually anticipated this after about a half an hour of the film. The same thing happened when I went to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s wonderful love story Punch Drunk Love. The people who went to see the film because they were solely Sandler fans, left the theater feeling cheated, and even angry. It shows that the writer is receiving more recognition nowadays, and that makes me happier than a 14-year old boy in a brothel. Maybe, just maybe, a trend is happening that will undo the damage that CGI has done to the film industry. There should be a healthy balance with pizzazz and substance; there is no better poster child for that than this film.

Above all, what makes Eternal Sunshine such a wonderful film is its message. Love is what is most important in life, without it, we may as well not even exist. Joel figures that out during his treatment and tries everything he can to hold onto his darling Clementine, and whether or not he achieves his goal is unimportant, because the real achievement is that he learns that love is all we need, and more often than not, all we desire.

Thank you Mr. Kaufman.

your review is perfect- i couldn't agree more

i can understand why some people would want to leave..the movie does get very confusing after a while..i was a little until almost the end when everything falls into place...

this is jim carrey's best performance to date as well as kate winslet

another excellent review..i look forward to more

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How do you guys put movies into words? I just can't see how it's possible. By the way everyone check out my October Sky Review . Also I'm writing another review for Hollywood Homicide. Boy it was funny as hell.

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Great review Slay, I really loved this film. Charlie Kaufman never dissapoints in his writing, he's just getting better and better. This film is very excellent, especially because of the wonderful performances of Carrey and Winslet. Although I can't say I liked this better than Adaptation or Being John Malkovich, I will say that I enjoyed this one the best.

I seriously cannot wait till his next film, the Untitled horror project he's doing with the great Spike Jonze. It should be really interesting to see how Charlie will write a horror film.

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Excellent Film, Excellent Review!

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hey Lordslayton , can i reccommend you to review Once Upon a time In the West. i wanna know what u think of it.

A system of cells interlinked
Originally Posted by John McClane
How do you guys put movies into words?

It has something to do with Slay being a talented writer as well as having a gift for perception of that which makes film great....

_Another winner bro!


Thanks everybody. Eternal Sunshine is a hard movie to write a review for because it really defies description. Oh well, here's another.

Dawn of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead ***

Cast: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth, Ty Burrell, Jayne Eastwood, Michael Kelly, and Kevin Zegers

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: James Gunn

Country: USA

Length: 100 min

MPAA Rating: R (for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality)

Released: 2004

"When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."

I haven’t seen George Romero’s version of Dawn of the Dead since it was first released on video tape, so I really can’t say how faithful Gunn and Snyder followed the original story. I have heard that the original was more than a standard horror movie, but also a social commentary on American commercialism and consumption. Be that as it may, it doesn’t detract from the fact that this newer version is a fun, fun movie with its own strengths and message. The message of course is that if you run across a zombie that looks like Jay Leno or Burt Reynolds, shoot the hell out of it and laugh your ass off, because there aren’t too many things to guffaw at when the whole world wants to chew on you.

I am really impressed with new version of Dawn of the Dead. Usually, horror movies tend to be so ludicrous or so poorly acted that I just want to bury my head in my hands and take a nap before the conclusion of the film, but this one had me engaged from its fantastic opening sequence to its highly imaginative and stylish ending. Now, unless you shun television because of the fear inducing local news or the self-esteem killer of popular celebrity, you have never seen the trailer for this film which shows much of the opening sequence. If by chance you have missed it due to the reasons cited above, or you happen to be Amish (what the hell are you doing using a computer then?), the opening begins with Ana (Polley), a registered nurse in Everett, Wisconsin who is just leaving the hospital when her shift is over. When she pulls into her drive-way, she sees the precocious Vivian, an 11 year old neighbor girl who wants to show off just how adorable she is by showing Ana her newest rollerblading skill. Ana goes into her home, has amazing standing up in the shower while the water chafes your skin sex with her loving and perfect husband (who cares his name, he’s Alpo 5 minutes later), and lays down for a peaceful sleep befitting an Angel.

When morning comes, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, all is pure Disney until cute little Vivian enters the bedroom because either her television is on the blink, or there’s no more raw meat at home to satiate her new born hunger. Poor old no-name husband feels sorry for the bloody darling because he knows what its like to miss The Power Puff Girls and runs to Vivian’s side to consol her; then wham-o! No-name is running around with teeth marks in his neck and trying to scream, which is hard to do when you have a gaping hole in your throat. Somehow, Ana is able to put a door in between her and Vivian, who happens to still be hungry, and watches as her husband dies…and rises again. Instead of jumping joyously screaming, “It’s a miracle!”, Ana is fighting for her life because no-name would rather eat her instead of his usual bran muffin, which is wholly understandable. Ana barely escapes with her breasts still on her chest instead of in no-names gullet, runs out to their car, and
there we get to see one of the coolest, “We’re not in Kansas anymore” sequences ever made. Her once peaceful and placid neighborhood is now an open buffet for the undead. Fire and screaming is everywhere she looks, people running for their lives, and other people running for their breakfast. Ana gets into her car just in time before her husband can goose her from behind, peels out of her driveway, and hauls ass to anywhere but there while her husband chases her, which he quits doing once he sees some other prey unlucky enough not to make it his Desoto. From a birds eye view, we see Ana driving pell-mell on the highway where she causes a truck to swerve into an old farmhouse causing a spectacular explosion…then the opening credits appear.

I was hooked, so was most of the packed theater there to see the show. I’ve got to hand it to Gunn and Snyder, because they really know how fish. I was baited, hooked, and reeled in only 10 minutes into the movie. The audience was thrilled. People were yelling, cheering, and laughing from beginning to end. Everyone was overjoyed with the special effects, the shock, and the dark humor that’s prevalent throughout the film. I really enjoyed the subtle humor used with the ‘muzak’ used over the loud speakers in the mall. For instance, when one of the survivors is checking the mall for zombie straggler’s, the muzak version of Shirley Bassey’s All By Myself is playing in the background. I kept expecting to hear Hall & Oats Man Eater, but they didn’t play it. Pay attention to the muzak, it’s a real treat.

I’m sure that you all know that the survivor’s make it to a mall and that’s where they make their stand, if you want to call it that. We meet the cop Kenneth ( Rhames), a big giant bad-ass with a shotgun and an attitude, Michael (Webber), a guy that first appears to be there to either be a living villain or weakling, but becomes a principle character
Ana, Kenneth, and Michael
with fortitude and intelligence, Andre (Phifer), who is accompanied with his soon-to-be-bursting-baby wife, Luda (Korobkina) and CJ (Kelly), a security guard who has a superiority complex and a gun. The rest of the people may as well have worn their red Star Trek uniforms, which doesn’t mean they all bite it, but that they aren’t the emotional center of the movie at this point. All of these actors did a very good job acting realistically in a setting of pure make believe. I especially like Webber’s role, who you may remember as the villain in Meet Joe Black. He is often cast as a smarmy, and arrogant jerk, but is cast here as the true center of the band of survivor’s. I always love it when actors are cast opposite of their usual type. Here he excels as the bravest and smartest survivor.

But, the true star of any zombie film are the zombies. I know that, you know that, and fortunately for us, Gunn and Snyder know that. No more of the lumbering hulks that are only dangerous if a character gets trapped or if the character happens to be a female, because she will surely fall down over and over again until the zombie catches up and at that point she will just scream with a hand over her mouth until…well you know. In Dawn of the Dead, as well as in 28 Days Later, the zombies have all taken track in high school. They run at blistering speeds, show acrobatic talents as they fly through the air, and swallow their food without adhering to the Surgeon General’s warning that every bite should be chewed 26 times. They also show a greater strength in their problem solving skills, unless, of course, figuring something out would be detrimental to the plot. I really dug these living dead guys and gals, especially when we are shown the multitudes waiting for the Mod Squad outside the mall. It is very convincingly frightening.

If you’re only there for the gore, you won’t be disappointed. There’s enough of that to keep even the most disturbed individuals anchored in their seats. There are also some really cool explosions, imaginative death scenes, a cute little doggy to feel afraid for, and a very large body count. It also shows why you shouldn’t play with Daddy’s chainsaw while standing up in a fast moving truck, just in case you weren’t sure. To be honest, I’m not much of a slasher or gore person, but if a movie is made where the gore is a part of the overall movie, and
The horde
not the center of it, I can enjoy it. There are too many movies that rely on gore to keep the audience interested when they should be building relationships between characters we care about, telling us a story which is entertaining by itself, and by giving us a healthy balance of carnage and story. If more horror films followed the example laid out by 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead, there just might be hope for the waning horror industry. I might just become a fan again.

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Nice Dawn of the Dead review. Just like you were hooked to the movie in ten minutes, I was hooked to your review in ten seconds

The original Dawn of the Dead is a classic and it's easily in my top ten horror list. I haven't seen the re-make yet but I'm planning on seeing it this Friday. I hope my thoughts on the movie are as positive as yours are because some re-makes weren't meant to happen.
Last 5 films I’ve seen

An American In Paris ****/*****
Once Upon A Time In China *****/*****
Father of the Bride ****/*****
Spartacus *****/*****
The Hidden Fortress ****/*****

You can view my review for each of those films at T-850's Reviews

Originally Posted by poeman
hey Lordslayton , can i reccommend you to review Once Upon a time In the West. i wanna know what u think of it.
Sure, if I happen upon a copy again I will. I'll look into it. Thanks.

...and thank you T-850, I always appreciate and welcome your flattering comments.

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Originally Posted by LordSlaytan
Above all, what makes Eternal Sunshine such a wonderful film is its message. Love is what is most important in life, without it, we may as well not even exist. Joel figures that out during his treatment and tries everything he can to hold onto his darling Clementine, and whether or not he achieves his goal is unimportant, because the real achievement is that he learns that love is all we need, and more often than not, all we desire.

Thank you Mr. Kaufman. just made my heart melt Bri. I can't wait to see Eternal Sunshine now. It's really a pleasure to your your reviews. They're brilliantly written, but warm and fuzzy too.

Thanks Brian for the excellent review!!! I have been waitin' for it. Dawn of the Dead was great. I have not seen a good horror film in God knows how long. A horror film must literally make me jump in my seat in order to affect me!
I went with my friend monday night and we were prepared for a good time. I knew for some reason, way ahead of time it was going to be a knockout of a film . The entire theater cheered for the good guys and literally yelled (not everyone though) to the zombies, " Die MotherFu**ers!!" ....seriouslly!!!! We had a ball. On the way home, I picked up a copy of the George Romero's version of Dawn of the Dead on DVD.
I'm catching the movie again at theaters this week.