“Is there any risk of brain damage?”
“Well, technically speaking, the operation is brain damage, but it’s on par with a night of heavy drinking. Nothing you’ll miss.”
Greetings and salutations, movie lovers! In tonight’s episode, we’ll wrap up 2011 and our Charlie Kaufman trilogy with 2004’s Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry. Kaufman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for this film, along with Gondry and Pierre Bismuth with whom he shares story credit, and they certainly deserved this award along with every other accolade they received for this incredible film. We discuss how this story about relationships fits in Kaufman’s canon. We talk about all of the amazing tools of filmmaking, both digital and practical, that Gondry and his team employ to create this disintegrating world within our protagonist’s head as his memories of his girlfriend are erased. We cover Gondry and what he’s bringing to the table. We also discuss the actors and how much they all bring to the table, whether its Kate Winslet in her Oscar-nominated performance as Clementine, Jim Carrey in one of his greatest serious performances ever, or Elijah Wood in maybe the creepiest role he’s played. It’s an incredible film about love, loss, destiny, memory and identity. Listen in as we end the year with a bang!