Friday, February 03, 2006

The Perfect Gift for a Dickhead

A dear friend needed to buy a gift for his best bud. While he was pondering over what to get for that dude, I chipped in my two cents worth. “Buy him a T-shirt! Everyone needs more than 1 tee, and it’s something that would be used, rather than an ornament that sits around collecting dust.”
Problem is, this birthday boy is really one hell of a skirt-chasing, gal crazy, yin needy, "Ooh, I'm God's gift to women" guy who has a talent for sniffing out estrogen from a mile. Plus, he is an amazing human specimen who defies the law of science that states ‘light travels faster than sound’. You get hear his voice 5 five minutes before he appears, but since he’s not very bright, you cannot see him very well.
If anyone has watched the “American Pie” series, well, he epitomizes the Steve Stifler aka Steve-meister in the show. You get the picture…Enuff said….
So, today, I have with me some slogans that would go well on the T-shirt this bugger deserves to have:

Suggested T-shirt 1

Suggested T-shirt 2

Suggested T-shirt 3

Suggested T-shirt 4

Suggested T-shirt 5

Suggested T-shirt 6 (Fine Print Reads: except the fat, ugly, too skinny, knobby-kneed, pigeon-toed, brossed-eyed, bucked toothed, baggage carrying, bitchy, whiney and she thinks she's too good for me ones)

Suggested T-shirt 7

Suggested T-shirt 8

So, yea, if anyone of you have dickheads for friends, you can print one of these as gifts for them too. And yep, it is Crabby Ivy taking over today for this entry ;-)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A movie I am going to watch…reviews have been exceptionally good. Since it’s a film that was released in 2004, I wonder why I did not catch it then. Found a very well-written review on it.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Synopsis: (courtesy of the following source)
The Moose Hole - Review of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 19 March 2004

Author: Joseph Kastner ( from Delafield, Wisconsin
It happens to both the best and worst of us at some time in our lives. Love. If you haven't experienced this yet just wait, you will. It is inevitable that at some time in our journey through life that we will come across someone that fascinates us so profoundly that we feel as though we could spend the rest of our lives with this magnetic individual. There is no exact science to the concept of love. Many believe that the idea of love goes beyond the reasonable or the logical to a more diverse level of the illogical, irrational, and the unreasonable. Why is it that we find ourselves attracted to people that, on the surface, seem as though they would never be compatible with our own lifestyle? Why is it that when we do fall in love with a certain individual and think at first that this is a perfect match, we find over time that less tolerable marks are more frequent on the surface? And why is it that we overlook some individuals that, although at first there is no real `love connection' per say, we seem to have a somewhat pure liking for someone and that it takes us longer then it should to see that person for who they really are to us? Love is a complicated subject that can't be taught, it can only be experienced for what it is—utterly confusing and yet at the same time completely fulfilling.

The story is a twisted and complicated tale from the same man who brought movie-going audiences such award-savvy features as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) seems like the average, normal guy who stays pretty isolated from communicating his true feelings to others and yet reveals spectacular insight only to the confines of his journal. He doesn't like going on impulses and gut feelings but rather relies more on common sense and the logical sense of self-direction. That is until he meets Clementine (Kate Winslet). They flirt with each other and eventually find themselves falling in love with one another. That is until one day Joel finds out that Clementine has undergone a radical procedure to have him erased from her memory because she was unhappy. So, in an act of self-gratification, Joel decides to undergo the procedure himself, erasing every argument, every embarrassment, every thought he has had involving Clementine. But as the procedure goes on, Joel begins to realize that beyond the quarrels and the less flattering incidents there were beautiful memories that he never wants to forget. So he does the unthinkable. Joel attempts to outrun the erasers through a dizzying chase through his mind. The story for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is hauntingly brilliant and, in some cases, personally gratifying. The concepts and the feelings expressed behind the script of this film hit so hard to home that it feels as though we our seeing our own love lives played out on screen. Granted Sunshine does tend to veer off into the ridiculously absurd but when evaluating what one takes away from this film, it is pure genius.

Quite amazingly this low budgeted independent feature showcases a surprising amount of A-list talent but manages to have those performers express well beyond their famous names. Jim Carrey, who has unsuccessfully attempted to make a mark in drama with lead performances in Man on the Moon and The Majestic, gives a thoroughly convincing and commanding performance in the role of Joel Barish. And Carrey's performance is only complimented by his interaction with Kate Winslet, who acts opposite of him as Clementine. Though the two give dramatically different personas to their characters and look as if they would never be quite compatible with each other based on surface actions, which is the idea the filmmakers are trying to express. It's not what is right in front of us that should define a relationship; it is the memories themselves and the experiences of the two individuals. Elijah Wood, in his first role outside the Lord of the Rings franchise which recently wrapped up in December, gives an effective performance as a man one can't help but despise for his methods of obtaining someone's affection but at the same time feel pity for his plight, which is that he feels love eludes him. And Kirsten Dunst performs well within the film despite her appearance that protrudes a sense of innocence that feels off-base or awkward that distracts from the actions of her character. Not to say that she doesn't perform well or that the character is a pointless one, not in the least, but perhaps it is the fact that her innocence, based on her name and the characters she has played, carries a stigma with her role.

Overall, Sunshine, as awkward and thoroughly confusing at it may seem and is, manages to express, in the most informal of ways, the feelings and thoughts we should all have when examining a relationship, in that it is not the superficial features but the underlining memories that make it all worth while. When a relationship hits that unfortunate moment where it all seems to be breaking down, we, as human beings, seem to instantly draw ourselves to the negative aspects of that person, as Joel did early in the procedure, in an attempt of sorts to make everything right within our mind. What Eternal Sunshine successfully expresses is that when breaking down the relationship moment by moment, more often then not the happier events outweigh the bad and that should be our determining factor to keep the relationship going. Too many moments are wasted on gut-instincts and logic, when it comes to love one must live every moment for what it is because we only have one shot in this world and we might as well make it worthwhile. What happens if that relationship doesn't work? You pick yourself up, let the relationship go, and, in time, move on. If you try your best and nothing seems to work in that relationship then perhaps it will never work and you shouldn't play out a fantasy that you know will never be. We have all experienced moments where we feel as though there is opportunity to ask someone out or express how one feels for a certain individual but have chickened out due to nerves, `gut-instincts', or views of superficial matters. Eternal Sunshine promotes the ideology of living within the present and letting the course of the matter play out as it may. If we all relied on nerves and logic, would anyone really fall in love?

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