Burn After Reading [the] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Sarah and I just watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I know, I know, Welcome to 2004! Well, better late than never. Actually, we bought the movie on a whim at an HMV in Ireland at a drastically reduced price. Shades of Being John Malkovich*and 12 Monkeys make it intriguing and more than a little creepy at times — but in a really emotionally engaging way. So, yeah — don’t ever erase someone who cares about you from your mind; it’s pretty much the cruelest thing I can think of.

Earlier this week, we hit the movie theater for the latest Coen Brothers flick Burn After Reading. Maybe I’m going soft in my old age, but that one didn’t sit nearly as well with me as Fargo or The Big Lebowski.* It just didn’t seem as clever, relying much more on screamed curse words and lame sex and adultery themes for the entertainment. Even the Brad Pitt character was funny but vapid — and mostly just vapid. I don’t know, maybe I’m getting crotchety, but I expected more of them.

6 thoughts on “Burn After Reading [the] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

  1. Max

    “I’m not rollin’ on Shabbas, Donny!”

    Well played… I’m crackin’ up right now.

    Strong men also cry.

  2. Cliff

    Thanks Max — glad you enjoyed.

  3. J

    I’ve heard mixed reviews on BaR, but I’ll probably still see it.

  4. NewWrldYankee

    God, I am so behind the times with movies. I haven’t seen a new movie in ages. Actually…can’t remember the last new movie I saw. How sad is that? But in someway I think ESOSM was trying too hard to be too much, or maybe my friend hyped it up so much that expected home. I was slightly let down.

  5. Claire

    Don’t feel bad. I just saw the Matrix a few months ago . . .

    I really enjoyed Eternal Sunshine. One of Jim Carey’s better movies. I am not that big of a Coen Brothers fan. We rented “No Country for Old Men” last month. The German couldn’t watch the whole thing. I was okay until the end, when I went “Huh?” Fargo is good though, and I saw the Big Lebowski while I was pregnant, which is why I call my son “the Dude.” Nothing beats Raising Arizona though.

    PS The Gluhwein cake okay, but making my own meat products . . . um I think I will leave that one alone.

  6. Sarah

    Dude, I really dug ‘Burn After Reading.’ I think Tammy and I were the only ones – we’ve been snickering to each other about the ‘security of your shit’ for days now. I think I just have a Coen-inclined sense of humor. That said, I greatly enjoyed ‘Eternal Sunshine,’ too, but in a very different way.

    @Claire: Don’t be intimidated by the sausage! It’s just mixing some stuff into pre-packaged ground pork – like making meatballs, but less work.

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