Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

James Bowman of the American Spectator has an interpretive review of the latest Kaufman film, suggesting that “All the science of this film’s science fiction is really there just to allow Joel and Clementine this moment of insight which, had we sufficient moral imagination, we all might share without any help from Dr. Mierzwiak and his black arts. . . . Here, in short, is a sort of playing God that is not just OK but is morality’s highest achievement..” (

philm shorts ::: from editor :::



I find the aptness and accuracy of this piece odd, considering the fact that Bowman’s other reviews often completely miss the point of other films, or dismiss them as “shallow” simply because he can’t see the meaning behind them.

That said, my love for this film ties in very stongly with my own recent experience of a slowly deteriorating and increasingly destructive relationship, that began as one of the most lovely things I’ve ever experienced. I am both Joel and Clementine, but unlike them, I like wallowing in painful memories as much as I enjoy the good ones.

Posted by The Other Joey on 16 Apr 04 at 07:38 PM
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