The "Eternal Sunshine of Charlie Kaufman's Mind" Rave (Featuring My List of The Top 5 Comedies of All Time)

There are lots of good, even great, films out there, even a few amazing ones, but what's especially exciting, at least for a film buff like myself, is when you come across a completely original piece of filmmaking. Which is exactly what "Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind" is - completely original AND totally amazing. I just watched it again, for the first time in four years, and, like so many other great films, it blew me away even more on second viewing.

Without hesitation I'd say the script, written by Charlie Kaufman, who also wrote the brilliant and wholly original "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation", is one of the most original screenplays of all time. I mean, where does this guy come up with this stuff?

ok, ok, I know what you're thinking, why are you once again going on about some obscure film that hardly anyone ever saw and why the hell don't you talk about Batman instead?

Well, first of all, it's not really all that obscure. If you want obscure - and incredibly good - see the Romanian film "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days". I just saw it last week and it is one hell of a great piece of filmmaking. And, as for "The Dark Knight", I did see it and it was great, especially Heath Ledger's performance, but you've all already seen that by now. And, besides, there must be about ten thousand articles written about that film already. Who needs another piece on "The Dark Knight", right?

One thing's for sure, this "Eternal Sunshine" movie would most definitely be right up near the top of my "Best Films of The Past Decade" list. Beautifully directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in two absolutely mesmerizing performances, we're talking about a near-perfect film here.

Nominally a comedy, and it's certainly pretty funny throughout, at it's core it's really more of a drama - a very moving, sad and melancholy romantic drama.

But, just to clarify, and before you go conjuring up any disturbing images of "Pretty Woman" or "Sleepless in Seattle", this movie's about as far from your typical hollywood romantic comedy as you can get. In place of the cliched conventions of that genre, "Eternal Sunshine" offers real emotion, albeit in a very bizarre tale of forgotten and then rediscovered love.

Anyhow, even though it's not really a comedy, it got me thinking about what exactly my favorite comedies of all time are... and I came up with the following list.

And, so, in no particular order, here are My 5 Favorite Comedies of All Time:

- Monty Python's Life Of Brian
- This Is Spinal Tap
- Annie Hall
- The Big Lebowski
- Best In Show

And if you want a chance to vote for your own favorite comedy you're in luck, as I've just posted my latest poll: Poll #10: Greatest Comedy of All Time. So click here and vote now (poll now closed - see results here). And then, if you haven't seen it, or seen it recently, go on out and rent "Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind". Unique, original and completely captivating filmmaking at its absolute best.

Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008