Warning: Go away. I’m in my blah whatever i don’t care mood. You don’t wanna read this boring piece of unintelligent crap with spoilers galore.
I’m on this silly mission to watch all the top 250 movies in IMDB. Most of the time the high ratings are justified (it’s quite impossible 200,000 people can be all wrong about one movie), except a few tulan moments where you can’t help but think that either you have a horrible taste in movies, or idiotic movies attract idiots who vote idiotically. Take Pan’s Labyrinth for example. 8.5 is so awfully overrated. I think all 24,609 people who voted 10 are all Spanish. And oh, how can i forget Little Miss Sunshine, 8.2. I dunno why it won 2 Oscars. It’s a kind of movie that contributes to your wtfish mood all day.
I’m only on my 48th movie or something (in no chronological order). But i’ve watched the top top top ones! Like The God Father I II III, The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, oh ya and just only watched Schindler’s List and The Green Mile. Cried a bucket at the end of both movies.
I’ve never expected myself to watch movies like that (sounds so boring omg!). Take Schindler’s List for example. Steven Spielberg could be so stupid he made a black & white movie in 1993. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHY?!? It’s like, using newspaper to wipe your butt when u have triple layer fluffily soft Royal Gold? I had to suffer 3 freaking monochromatic hours while he could damn well make a happy colorful rainbow little pony movie.
For a few times i almost wanted to just shut the telly off and kong in my bed. BUT FINE. Because i was dyingly curious to find out why this movie got a whopping 8.8. So I tahan’ed till the end. Several times in the middle hor, you will suddenly see this little girl wearing a little red dress wandering around. I was like wtf don’t tell me he purposely made a B&W movie because of this stupid dress! I almost wanted to book tickets to America and kill Steven Spielberg with a broken dvd.
AND AT THE END! It just hit me kao kao. That particular scene, where Steven Spielberg’s moronic move finally made a helluva significant sense. I SAW COLORS. And i saw tears in my eyes rolling down.
Yes. It’s all worth 8.8 and the 3 freaking monochromatic hours.
Which reminds me of The Pianist. The movie that made me fall in love with Adrien Brody. Wa why he always like to act kesian one. Like The Jacket also. And he’s damn good at acting kesian lo! While watching the movie i had to keep convincing myself that he’s just acting in a movie to prevent myself from crying of sympathy. Damn traumatizing. Like Taegukgi.
The same goes for The Green Mile. The entire movie is so bizarre at one point it just makes you go wtfish. And i thought even Tom Hanks couldn’t make a saving grace. But then again, it’s the ending that matters. When you finally realize the relation it has with one particular scene in the beginning, that’s when you truly feel you heart is touched by an angel.
Then i watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And i have so much to say.
Uninteresting movie title. But it gave me that Memento-ish feel. It’s for the first time, i feel the originality and sincerity of a movie about memory and reverse chronology (such movies were so popular awhile back it became a genre itself), after Memento. Needless to say i still think Memento is the mostest brilliantest movie ever produced, concept-wise. There’re sooo many movies trying to hard to inject that Memento-ish-ness into the plot but failed like William Hung trying to copy Ricky Martin—so lame it is hilarious and (in)famous.
But Eternal Sunshine is refreshing. Not as confusing as Memento, but dreamy and sweet. Those who haven’t watch, please don’t find out what is it about. You’ll enjoy better if you don’t.
MAY CONTAIN SPOIRELS
Have you ever secretly wished for a chance to forget something that’s hurt you in the past?
If only we can selectively erase a certain part of our memory we no longer want stored in our mind. If only, whenever someone breaks your heart, you can just undo the heartbreaking and start anew. You no longer fear being rudely reminded about the pain every so often.
It’s so ironic, really. It’s tiring to have to keep harping over the same issues and you want it to be over and done with (and completely off your mind, literally), so that you can move on. In the movie, Lacuna (eh, why do i get this Vanilla Sky deja vu!) can make your dream come true by eliminating the memory you’re reluctant to carry in your brain. But what if, after the erasure of the memory, you keep find yourself falling in love with the same person all over again? You are not doing it consciously, but you just feel a connection with this person, as if you two are meant to be. Is that a matter of feta fate and destiny? Like, you two are so fetad fated there’s no way you can run away from each other?
That is so incredibly sweet and romantic. And i am so glad they draw a period to the story at this point to preserve a happy ending. If there’s a sequel, will i see the Joel and Clementine going through umpteen memory erasures in attempt to deny and escape from the relationship gone sour? Because it’s often said that what you’re attracted to could very likely be the exact same thing that will drive you apart from the person you love.
Wiping away part of your memory doesn’t alter who you are. You are liable to make the same mistakes you made before and chances are you just can’t stand what you couldn’t stand before.
Will you give it another chance?
/end of spoirels
My Favorite quote from the movie:
Clementine: This is it Joel. It’s going to be gone soon.
Joel: I know.
Clementine: What do we do?
Joel: Enjoy it.
Yes. I think we should.
P/S: Movies are very subjective lo. Don’t hate me if i hate the movies you like and vice versa. But some of the movies above hor, no matter how many times you fall asleep in the process of watching, you must stay until the end ok, even if it means you have to use toothpicks to pry open your eyes. It’s worth it.