Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 7, 2004 - 5:01 PM
Oh happy state! when souls each other draw,
When love is liberty, and nature, law:
All then is full, possessing, and possess'd,
No craving void left aching in the breast.
Those lines are from "Eloisa to Abelard", the Alexander Pope poem from which comes the title of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I don't understand why none of my friends who are Elijah Wood fans from Lord of the Rings have gone to see this movie and raved about how utterly, devastatingly amazing it is. I went to see it in the theater, as opposed to waiting for the DVD as I did with The Matrix: Revolutions (which I now own but still haven't watched), because I love Jim Carrey in serious movies; I'm not much of an Ace Ventura fan, but I am one of three people in the U.S. who adored The Majestic. I like Kate Winslet too, though some of her choices of roles have left me shaking my head. And Owen Gleiberman's review of Eternal Sunshine in Entertainment Weekly was so glowing that I figured it must be worth it.
This movie is so shattering that I need to see it again to catch up on what I missed when I was bawling during the scene in the bookstore with the disappearing titles; I had heard most of the plot twists and did not expect it to have that sort of effect on me. The film is about memory, nostalgia and the havoc people wreak upon themselves choosing what to remember and what to forget. It feels kind of like Memento in that we see memories as they're being lost. It's not really only a love story, and it's filmed at times like cheesy sci-fi (hugely reminiscent of the death sequence from Brainstorm at one point which is nostalgic itself for me). Eternal Sunshine manages to be both a perfect genre movie and a stunning send-up of romantic comedies without losing its inherent romance.
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from early April 2002:
- April Fools on the 'Enterprise' Set
Dominic Keating (Reed) revealed that the cast had pulled a prank on Scott Bakula (Archer), parodying a musical commercial for Canada Dry Ginger Ale that he had done years earlier.
- 'Future Guy' To Appear In 'Shockwave'
The mysterious character played by James Horan was scheduled to appear in the first season finale, according to the actor's official web site.
- 'Oasis' Pronounced 'Predictable' By Critics
Not even the presence of Rene Auberjonois (Ezral) could keep online critics from rating this episode conventional and often dull.
More news can be found in the archives.
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Russell Crowe turns 40 today, and it's his wedding anniversary as well. Which has nothing to do with Star Trek, but Michelle and Kristine look for any excuse to imagine Maximus saying, "Are you not entertained?"
Today's Television Listings
- Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show a rerun of Enterprise's "Harbinger". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
A dying alien refuses to disclose his motives for exploring a spatial anomaly while Reed quarrels with a colleague over a revamped set of training drills.
Then at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will rerun Enterprise's "Doctor's Orders". Here's the episode summary:
Phlox puts the crew in comas to keep them alive when Enterprise encounters a trans-dimensional anomaly.