March 28, 2010

Movie Review: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This is one of my favorite movies, and I watched it last week with some friends that had never seen it before.  I truly love this movie.  It is quirky and touching, funny and heartbreaking.  I always sob at the end, it makes me so happy.  Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) meet on a random day (we think) on a train.  They strike up a conversation and spend the day and night together.  They have just met, and yet they can't seem to live without one another.

Flash back and we realize that Joel and Clementine have met before, although neither of them remembers this fact.  They are a couple that has broken up.  After an argument, Clementine, who is impulsive, decides to get brain surgery and forget ever meeting Joel.  The doctor goes into her brain and removes all traces of Joel.  Joel finds out she has done this through a mutual friend and decide he wants the procedure done as well.

During the procedure, the doctor begins to methodically remove the memories, starting from the last ones and working his way up to when the couple first met.  But as Joel experiences the memories, he begins to fall back in love with Clementine and tries to thwart the procedure by hiding Clementine in his childhood and other unlikely places.  When we movie begins, it is actually the ending of the story we see, and we do get a chance to see how Joel and Clementine interact after the surgery has occurred.

March 10, 2010

The L*** Word

Be careful when you say the L* word.  You know the one.  I loooooove this, I love that.  I love him, I love her.  I love cats.  I love french fries.  Oh come on, you know you like to say it.  It feels good to say it.  It comes off the tongue so easily.  What could feel better than saying you love something or someone?

Why do you say it?  That's what I am asking.  What does it cost to say I love you?  It costs nothing.  But does it cost the other person something?  Do you say it to create an outcome?  Do you want them to say they love you?  Do you want them to do something for you?  To make you feel good?  To fulfill your desires?  To know if someone loves you back?  To demand something?

Love is not conditional upon what the other person does.  If that person walks out the door, you will still love them if the love is pure.  It is not pending upon what the other party does.  Love is a gift.  It is given by God and there isn't a thing you can do about it.  Once you love someone the correct way, it is there to stay.  It may change forms, but it is there always.

March 03, 2010

Quote from Ender's Game

"[That wall] might be breached sometime in the future, but for now the only real conversation between them was the roots that had already grown low and deep, under the wall, where they could not be broken.

The most terrible thing, though, was the fear that the wall could never be breached, that in his heart Alai was glad of the separation, and was ready to be Ender's enemy. For now that they could not be together, they must be infinitely apart, and what had been sure and unshakable was now fragile and insubstantial; from the moment we are not together, Alai is a stranger, for he has a life now that will be no part of mine, and that means that when I see him we will not know each other."
Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game)