Over the weekend, I’ve been binging on the second series (note: not season) of Fargo, the TV spin-off from the classic Coen Brothers movie.
I’d loved the first series, but had wondered if this was in no small part due to the wonderful acting of Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. As the second series features neither of them, I feared it may not measure up.
Rest assured, it’s shaping up to be every bit as good as the first, and the performances are top notch again, not least those of Ted Danson and Kirsten Dunst.
Watching it made me think of my favourite movie which Dunst had been in. It occurred to me this also just happened to be my favourite movie with Kate Winslet in too. And Jim Carrey. And Tom Wilkinson. And Mark Ruffalo. And Elijah Woods (I’ve never watched, nor will I ever watch, any of the Lord of the Rings movies. Nothing against them, just not my bag.)
That’s not a bad cast, is it?
In fact, one of my favourite movies ever.
I speak of course, of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
If you’ve never seen it, then here’s the IMDb synopsis: “When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.” and here‘s the trailer.
When I first moved into my flat a couple of years ago, I decided I was going to make Sundays a day for watching movies, a past-time which seems to have fallen by the wayside somewhat recently, so I figured I’d watch it again for the first time in a couple of years.
I loved it just as much as I did the first time. Which means I had a tear in my eye by the end of it. But I categorically was not blubbing, ok?
It remains just as visually stunning as the other movies in director Michel Gondry (“The Science of Sleep”) and co-writer Charlie Kaufman’s (“Being John Malkovich”, “Adaptation”) respective canons.
Anyway, the movie is over ten years old now, so I imagine you’ve seen it, but if you haven’t (or even if you have), it’s on Netflix so spend one of the coming cold winter evenings checking it out, not least because it contains this:
and here’s the not too dissimilar (apart from the spelling) original:
Right, time for a more manly film. Something butcher, even.