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The world forgetting, by the world forgot

June 18th, 2008 by Eugene Wei SVP, Audience

Day three of the Hulu Days of Summer brings a brilliant, mind-bending, description-defying movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Romance, comedy, horror, science fiction — the movie is both all of these and something all its own.

Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) were once in love, but when their relationship goes sour, she undergoes an experimental procedure to erase her memories of him. When he discovers this, he chooses to undergo the same procedure. But as his memories of her start to evaporate, he begins to remember why he fell in love with her in the first place, and, trapped in his own mind, he begins a desperate struggle to salvage his best memories of her.

This meditation on the nature of love and memory benefits from some of the best work from two ingenious talents, Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry. Kaufman’s screenplay is both structurally brilliant and deeply humane and won him an Oscar, while Gondry transforms Kaufman’s conceits about memory into brilliant visual metaphors that are both poignant and horrifying, with a texture and surrealism that is missing from so many digital special effects today, so often lifeless in their flawless artifice. Add in a pitch-perfect score by Jon Brion and a performance by Winslet that’s so full of life, she makes Carrey seem subdued, and you have one of the most unique romantic comedies you’ll ever see.

It’s one of my favorite movies ever, and no amount of advanced technology could erase it from my memory. We’re thrilled to be able to share it with you.


Last comment: Jun 22nd 2008 5 Comments
  • Inez says:

    Thank you so much for adding this movie. It is one of my all time favorites. However, there are too many ad breaks in the movie, they take you out of the movie and in fact I had to stop watching because the experience was no longer enjoyable. If you want 3 minutes of ads, then have 3 1-minute breaks, not 6 30-second breaks. I hope you change this soon.

    Also the volume on playback is too soft. Even with the volume all the way up on hulu and on my computer, I can hardly hear.

  • Tristan says:

    Hey Hulu! Thanks for telling me about the awesome Adblock Firefox extension!

    Since I’m not a Hulu user, I won’t miss not being able to view your videos by having it installed.

    I very much prefer browsing the web ad-free – it’s so much better and faster, and my attention is no longer drawn away from the content I really want to view.

    Again, thank you!

    Not being able to access the odd website that blocks Ad blockers is no skin off my teeth, considering I’m paying for my bandwidth, and that means I don’t want to be paying to receive ads.

  • Great! Gondry’s like a happier version of Tim Burton or a more child-like Terry Gilliam. When you see a Gondry film you’ll know it’s him!

  • Rhett says:

    Hulu, you WERE amazing. Right up until you put one of those obnoxious ads that come on WHILE I’m watching the program! When are you idiots going to figure it out? We the viewers can NOT be force fed advertising on every square inch of our existance. If you want to show me an ad, do it at the break. This is exactly the reason I turned off my TV. Now, I will turn off Hulu.
    If you have such little respect for your customers, why would you expect us to have any respect for you. I’ll find my video entertainment elsewhere thank you.

  • Ptcoughlin says:

    I just needed to say, HULU you are amazing!