Indie films featuring sketchy sci-fi companies! There is no such thing as the soul. Why Eric doesn’t like “indie” as a genre. Trend scouting and the systematic dehumanization of cool. A random anecdote about the new(ish) studio! How Cold Souls came to be. What do we know about the soul? Lauren Ambrose. A mixture of satire and foreshadowing. Infinite Whitespace and infinite blackspace! What’s in Paul Giamatti’s soul? The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind and Special Effects hair dye. Why Eric has never done pot (in a single scene). Non-linear storytelling. Special effects. A backwards look at a relationship as it decays over time. Eyes. The falling car. Viral advertising.
Cold Souls: 5:37 | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: 24:39
Also referenced: Rob Zombie (The Haunted World of El Superbeasto), The Merchants of Cool, Napoleon Dynamite, Garden State, JCVD, Michael Moore Hates America, Christmas on Mars, Six Feet Under, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Mean Girls, Bronson, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep, Pulp Fiction, Memento, Juno, Man on the Moon, The Number 23, Yes Man, The Majestic, Interview with a Vampire, Small Soldiers, Robert Rodriguez (Shorts), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, REC, Being John Malkovich, Eagle vs Shark, The Expendables, Machete
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Released: May 5, 2010
Runtime: 101 min | IMDB | Wikipedia
Director: Sophie Barthes
Writer: Sophie Barthes
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Armand Schultz, Michael Tucker, Dina Korzun
Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Released: March 19, 2004
Runtime: 108 min | IMDB | Wikipedia
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Charlie Kaufman (story), Michel Gondry (story), Pierre Bismuth (story), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Gerry Robert Byrne, Elijah Wood
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.