Monday, April 05, 2004

Once in a Blue Moon, there is an Eternal Sunshine

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd.

-- Alexander Pope, "Eloisa to Abelard"

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind just clicked for me. No, this is not a film review- I decided long ago that I would not engage in that practice because 1) it could end up dominating the blog 2) no desires to feign a critic 3) I'm not good at it- I read other reviews and they always sway my opinion.

Saturday late afternoon, cloudy out, and no sample sales so, I went to see a movie. One ticket, one medium popcorn, one small soda and Goobers= $21.50. Bright side-I snatched a good seat in spite of late arrival- that's the perk in solo movie attendance. Dim side- commercials have become part of the trailer sequence.

I was hesitant to see a Charlie Kaufmann piece (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) for he often leaves me befuddled. The 'think outside the box' always felt like a cop out. It's too passive, agressive. There are no rules or boundaries thus allowing endless open interpretations yet, a lucid vision from the artist persists. No, tell me what you mean and I'll agree or disagree. But Sunshine poignantly translates idylls into reality, and vice versa, by taking you on a ride of life, love and fate. And that's what it is. It is about the ride, not how it ends, who marries, or if they live happily ever after. In his romanticized sci-fi fashion, he illustrates how it's not the results that matter but the journey. A bit clicheic? Perhaps, but what if you knew that a certain love could end would you still go through with it? I mean, have we ever been in a relationship that didn't end? Sunshine approaches this love clutch with the challenging ideology of truly living in the present with no bear in mind of the future yet, knowing that you will want to retain the memories.

"I'm just a fucked up girl who's looking for a piece of her own mind."