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4. "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind"
If there is a screenwriter of the decade award, Charlie Kaufman wins it. The way he plays with form and the way he explores huge ideas on a personal scale in his work is beyond impressive; it redefines the paradigm. Not many writers are able to do that ever in any media. Of all of his produced work, the one that I think came together most beautifully on film is this, the story of a boy and a girl and the pain between them. Love can be the single most destructive force in your life, and as it ends, the hole it tears in you is unlike anything else, especially since we know that we invited this into our lives. The idea of being able to erase every memory of someone sounds like a solution, but Kaufman, working with Michel Gondry at the absolute height of his visual power, seems to think that removing those memories would be even worse, and that in the end, it wouldn't help at all because our heart and our head work at odds, not in concert. The heart wants what the heart wants, no matter what we do or don't remember, and we are doomed, in the most beautiful way, to love who we love.