Film Review: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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As a movie fan I have always been slightly torn by my feelings towards Jim Carrey. While I adore his performance in The Grinch, and grew up on his role in Me, Myself & Irene, whenever I hear his name I naturally withdraw from whatever it is being associated with because I just find his brand of comedy too immature and forced and slapstick. I just don’t enjoy his silliness. His idea of what is funny.

And I think that reservation towards the tone Carrey could potentially create is why I’ve never felt a longing to watch Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Why I’ve always taken a conscious step away from it. I watch the trailer and I see a strange plot, lead by an actor that leaves me anxious, in a film directed by Michel Gondry, who I’ve never heard of and seemingly has never gone on to anything of real note. It’s judging a book by its cover I know, but it sets alarm bells ringing before it’s even begun. Read more

Film Review: Selma

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It tells the story of one of the most pivotal moments in American political and civil history. It’s been nominated for Best Picture at the soon to be announced Academy Awards and yet there seems to be more talk about the lack of recognition for David Oyelowo in the leading role than for how potentially good this film may be.

Also, part of me is slightly ashamed to say that before I knew anything about Selma, before I saw the trailer, or connected it back to Martin Luther King and the very important Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1960s, for some reason I had painted a picture in my head that this was a horror film. An imaginary mash up of Salem’s Lot and Carrie. I don’t know why I thought that, but I did.¬†And so, when I got to see the trailer, realised the monumental mistake I had made and that in fact, Selma was a portrayal of a groundbreaking¬†moment in American history, and with some Oscar buzz floating around, I owed it to the film to see it. Ignoring the fact that the trailer looked impressive and emotional as well.

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