Saturday, March 18, 2006

THE TOKYO TICO FESTIVAL

I remember when Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind came out at my local cinema, the Parkway Odeon in Camden. I avoided seeing the movie because I didn't like Kate Winslet or Jim Carrey. I typically don't like movies where senseless things happen - like a cyan-haired Kate Winslet lounging in a bed with Jim Carrey on a snowy beach. Attempting to be weird for the sole purpose of weirdness per se is, well, totally un-weird. In fact, it's boring. Stupid. Pedestrian.

(Obviously I was the big stupidhead movie critic wannabe who needed to learn that one must watch the movie before critiquing it. I've since learned. Don't hate.)

A few months later, when my London Life imploded so spectacularly that you couldn't make it up if you tried, Eternal Sunshine was the in-flight movie on my tail-between-my-legs plane ride home. I rejected it yet again, because it brought back unpalatable memories of a certain movie date that never happened. A fitting reason not to see a movie that is all about erasing memories of painful past relationships.

Lucky for me, it was a Virgin Atlantic flight, which meant that I had roughly 200 other things to watch. I touched down at Narita 14 hours later, after having spent the last 12 hours watching every episode of Friends known to man, among other things. A frangible airport employee in his 80s shuffled to the airplane doors, to meet me with my rent-a-wheelchair. It wasn't a Friends-related collapse but 14 hours of sleep deprivation at high altitude after 2 weeks in an NHS hospital probably didn't help my meningitis recovery much.

So anyway, suffice it to say I have a bit of a history with Eternal Sunshine. That's the thing about movies. They're like emotional markers. Something about them crawling deep into the fabric of your life. Suddenly it's not something that you did when you were bored one Saturday night - it holds personal meaning.

After my fateful meeting with Tico, I couldn't wait to give it a test run. Imagine my dismay upon realizing that the only videos I hadn't seen at Tsutaya Jiyugaoka were a series of Mary-Kate/Ashley adventures and Eternal Sunshine.

So, 800 words later.... The point is, I saw Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and thought it was really, really good. I feel the hate mail coming already.

2 Comments:

Blogger teahouse said...

I knew where your post was going from the first word.

I too was determined not to see it, because I hate Jim Carrey, and something about Kate Winslet's hair in the previews irritated me.

Well, when I saw it, it was like my life changed. It's now divided into "before" and "after" that movie.

I bawled the whole time. I bought it. I love it. It's one of my all-time favorite movies. It fucking ROCKS.

1:16 PM  
Blogger e! said...

Great! Someone with similar taste in movies!

I AM looking for someone who thought "La Marche De L'Emperateur" was rubbish... Did you see it?

Everyone keeps gushing about it and I thought it was crap.

3:15 AM  

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