Smart Hollywood: My Top Ten Fave Films of the 00’s

8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Who would have thought a Jim Carrey movie would make this list and it wouldn’t involve him talking out of his butt? Seriously, Jim Carrey made quite a few movies where he tried to take his career in alternate directions during the 00’s, but to me the only film of his where he truly got that mix perfectly right is the beautiful, emotional, inventive (insert your own adjective of praise here because believe me they all apply) film, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. There is no way I’m going to try to summarize the plot of this movie, and the fact that it can’t be described in a typical 30 second Hollywood pitch is very much part of what makes it so special. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” rewards multiple viewings, in fact they are almost essential. The second time you see this film, it’s a much different experience, which only leaves the viewer appreciating the film even more. But the film has so many layers and the lead performances by Carrey and Kate Winslet (playing Carrey’s maybe soul mate) are so wonderful that even upon the 10th viewing, you still make new discoveries and get pulled in by the originality and brain-busting nature of the film’s concept. We can thank Charlie Kaufman, one of the decade’s most original screenwriters (and then later, directors) for this amazingly special film. If “Eternal Sunshine” didn’t make this list, the Kaufman written, Spike Jonze directed film “Adaptation” very well might have.

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