Friday, April 20, 2007


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Tuesday, April 17, 2007


I was just checking out some snip-its from the soundtrack of Eternal Sunshine online, and I think I'm going to have to get this for myself.

I was actually trying to find out who did that catchy tune for the trailer...You know what I'm talking about if you've ever seen the trailer, because that beat just sticks with you. It turns out it's Mr. Blue Sky by ELO.

I was surprised to find that Beck also features a song in the film. It's called "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime," and I instantly knew when I heard it that I remember hearing it before, but I can't remember what part of the movie it's in. Welp, guess I'll have to watch it again soon.

The soundtrack also features some psychadelic tunes by Polyphonic Spree, some free spirit by The Willowz, and there's some Don Nelson on their as well.

The special features on the DVD features the Polyphonic Spree music video for "Light and Day." I am still not sure what I think of it. The video takes clips from the film and replaces the mouths or entire faces of the characters with lips that are in sync with the song, and when it's not a person actually lip syncing, it's other objects in the background, such as house siding and oven doors. My first impression was the video was a bit creepy. Then again, I've talked to some who have thought the Eternal Sunshine film itself is creepy, so perhaps it's fitting?

Anyway, seeing as how you're all doing so well with leaving comments on my first two posts, I expect a quite a turnout for this one. If you have the soundtrack already, what do you think of it? And does the music video for "Light and Day" creep you out too?

Thursday, April 5, 2007

"Eloisa and Abelard" by Pope, I mean Alexander Pope

If you're a fan of the movie, make sure you read this poem. The verse that Mary recites to her boss and not-so-secret crush is a part of this poem, and the title of the movie is driven from it as well.

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

I will admit, I have not yet read the entire poem (it's a long one, you'll see, once you go to the link), but this verse alone is powerful and teeming with meaning. For me, it causes me to question my definition of a full life. If I could choose to erase bits of my life from my memory to recreate my own reality, would it lead to a life more fullfilling? It would no doubt be easier. If you were Clementine or Joel, would you have erased those painful memories of each other, and disregard true reality as unimportant, unecessary? Reconstruction of "reality" is themed in so many other forms of literature and film...

* Consider the stellar film, the Matrix; if you were Neo, would you choose the Red Pill or the Blue Pill?

* Read Aristotle's Cave Analogy; who lives the fuller life? Those who are shown neutural puppet shadows on the cave wall, and know nothing about the world outside, no matter how much more real, cheery or dreary, or those who have travelled outside the cave's perameters and discovered the sun, the moon, creatures, as well as death, cold and hatred?

* Review Genesis in the Bible. Were Adam and Eve's lives more fulfilling, more MEANINGFUL before or after eating from the Tree of Knowledge, and gaining understanding of the world as a whole, and the existence of Good and Evil? (If you are interested in this topic, you may wish to explore the Gnostic viewpoint about the Fortunate Fall.

Tell me YOUR thoughts. Is naivity truly bliss?