D. Howard | Los Angeles, CA (USA) | 11/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this to be an idea package. I had heard a little about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but that did not prepare me for the wonderful piece of cinematic art. Good lighting, solid story (although a bit quirky...but that's good right?) and Jim Carrey not being the on-demand buffoon. Glad to have it in my collection.
Now...the Mountain. Hollywood had this right "the saddest best love story that will probably never be made". But contrary to belief, it was and THANK GOD. Just infuriates you at the thought of how much someone will sacrafice to keep up appearances. It's a journey that just wrenches all the compassion out of you. A moviing story that truly focuses on l-o-v-e. The fact it's two men is irrelavant, the unnecessary loss of love is this film's focal point.
Pick both up when you get a chance."
Economical way to own the best films of their respective yea
calvinnme | 05/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These are the single-disc widescreen editions of films that, in my humble opinion, should have won the Oscar for Best Picture of their respective release years. Both films are unusual and thoughtful love stories that will stay in your heart and your head for some time after you see them.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is about two mismatched people who both need each other and hurt each other to the point that each has their minds erased by a company that provides such a service - Lacuna Inc. In spite of this, they wind up meeting and starting the relationship all over again. The film has a lot to say about how we are the product of our memories and our choices - both the bad and the good. It also illustrates how absolute power corrupts through the unconsciable actions of some of the employees of Lacuna Inc. who start out helping people and end up helping themselves.
"Brokeback Mountain" doesn't have even the bittersweet ending of "Eternal Sunshine". Two people who might have had a lifetime of happiness together - Ennis and Jack - stay apart because the society in which they live and the time in which they live doesn't give them any other options. Instead they have only stolen moments together several times a year over a twenty year period, and they and everyone close to them suffers because of the lie they both live. Only the rules of society end up satisfied in this film."