The Cable Guy

The Cable Guy Columbia Pictures 1996.
The Cable Guy. Columbia Pictures 1996.

Before watching the movie:

The poster shown here is overwhelmingly the image associated with this movie, but for the longest time I took it at face value, as if it was telling me Carrey’s character is really a sinister, murderous psycho. However, in light of the descriptions usually attached, I think this is a joke that’s lost its context. From the descriptions, I think I see a story about a needy character who has more of an exasperating effect than a worrying one. Less Fatal Attraction, more What About Bob? But then looking at IMDB just now I’m thinking I’ve underestimated the darkness again.

I expect good things from Matthew Broderick in a beleaguered straight man role, and Jim Carrey’s proved himself in pretty much any kind of role.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Anonymous Content 2004.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Anonymous Content 2004.

Before watching the movie:

The basic plot seems attractive enough, as I’ve always been fascinated by explorations of mind and memory. I was even more interested when I learned about the dream imagery included. And I’m interested in Jim Carrey, even though I’m pretty sure he’s in a purely dramatic role here.

The reason I’ve never gotten to this is because it seems entirely concerned with the emotional drama, which is something I’m rarely in the mood for, especially at a feature-length scale. And so it’s now eligible to be among the movies this blog has given me a kick into seeing.
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The Majestic

The Majestic.Castle Rock Entertainment 2001.

Before watching the movie:

Eleven years ago sometimes seems like not very long. Sometimes it’s still odd to me to think that a movie that’s so well established wasn’t always there. I remember seeing the poster for The Majestic at a theater when it was running.

I never really gave much thought to the fact that this is set in the McCarthy-era 50s. I’m especially fond of the 50s, and this is one of the more interesting aspects of the decade.

The story seems to center around a theater, which is sure to please movie people, but in light of Hugo and The Artist cleaning up recently, I wonder if there are really that many more movies about movies or if it just seems like that because waxing nostalgic about farming, dentistry, or factory work doesn’t trip the self-gratification alert.

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Simon Birch

Simon Birch cover
Simon Birch, Caravan Pictures 1998. Image courtesy of IMDB.

Before watching the movie:

For my first review, I decided to watch Simon Birch. This movie was indirectly recommended to me by my literature class when we read A Prayer for Owen Meany, which was the basis for the movie. Many classmates had seen the film, and some commented they couldn’t help but read the narrative in Jim Carrey’s voice.

I feel a little like I’m cheating by reviewing this movie, because I’ve read the book and have a general idea of how it goes. But I also know the movie was rejected by John Irving as an adaptation, which is why it has none of the character names, and I know the end is superficially changed in some manner, so I don’t think it’s any worse than a movie I’ve seen a bunch of trailers for, or heard people talk about. It’s certainly less familiar to me than some I’ve been so interested in that I read the entire plot online. As an adaptation of a book I’ve read, I’ll appraise it as such.

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