Films to See Before You Die: #42 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Director: Michel Gondry

Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo

Synopsis: Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) has just broken up with his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet), recently and he is not taking it to well. Things take a turn for the worse when he learns from some friends that Clementine has has Joel erased from her memory. Joel is very hurt by this and in a fit of anger decides to have operation done as well. He arrives at the Lacuna Corporation and has an interview with Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). He tells him to gather everything that reminds him of Clemetine so the operation can be completely effective. Lacuna employee Stan (Mark Ruffalo) is sent to Joel’s apartment so that he can perform the procedure on Joel. Through a series of memories Joel begins to realize that he maybe he doesn’t want to forget Clementine, but can he stop wake up and stop the procedure before it is too late and Clementine is gone from his memories forever.

Trivia: The scene where Joel and Clementine watch the circus go through the streets was made up on the spot, as the film crew and cast happened to be working nearby and Michel Gondry decided it could work well in the film. The part where Clementine disappears suddenly is one of Gondry’s favorite moments of the film, as Jim Carrey didn’t know Kate Winslet was going to disappear and Gondry likes it because Carrey’s face appears so saddened. When the sound blanks out in the final film, Carrey is actually saying “Kate?”

Why I think you should see this: This is a beautiful film that I believe everyone should see at least once. This is by far Jim Carrey’s best performance in a film and its also one of Kate Winslet’s finest as well. I just love this movie so much and can’t say enough about how great it is too watch even after seeing quite a few times. I urge you to check this one out or watch it again if you’ve seen it many times like I have.

Films to See Before You Die: #100 The Cable Guy

The Cable Guy

The Cable Guy (1996)

Director: Ben Stiller

Cast: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black

Synopsis:¬† Recently single Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) has moved into a new apartment and while having his cable installed¬†meets the very strange Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) and offers him a bribe for free cable. After the cable is installed Chip suggests maybe they should hang out which Steven agrees to. It is not long before Chip starts showing up at Steven’s gym, leaving dozens of messages on his phone and having dinner with his family. When he decides to end the friendship he realizes that cable always come with a price.

Trivia: This movie marked the first time that an actor received a $20 million dollar upfront salary for a film.

Why I think you should see this: This to date is my favourite of Jim Carrey’s comedies and I love it because it is able to make a serious and dark subject into a funny film. Jim Carrey is at his best in some of the funniest scenes in any film. The karaoke party scene is to die for!