Jim Carrey Official Website

Once in a while, I get this feeling that I have been involved with web development for more than ten years now.  And then I see a masterpiece that humbles me, and brings me back to the ground.  With supersonic speeds.  And it even hurts sometimes to the point that I don’t want to touch a computer ever again.  The official website of Jim Carrey had just that effect on me.

It is conceptually perfect and has outstanding execution.  I don’t even know where to begin…

Firstly, it matches my perception of Jim Carrey’s image and character.  I consider him to be a sad cloud of some sort.  He is a genius in comedy, and has also a very strong dramatic side to him.  This combination, I think, makes him into a very popular person who has nobody to talk to.  Not necessarily so, but you get the idea.  The website supports this perception of mine.  It is comical, yet sad, and very very original.

Secondly, the combination of visual art and music is stunning.   There is so much to look at.  Unlike most other sites where you spend a fraction of a second to analyze the page in front of you and navigate to the point that you needed.  Here you can stay on each page for minutes, looking at each and every little tiny detail.  Awesome!

Thirdly, it is quite interesting technically.  I am a strong supporter of the concept that good technology should be almost unnoticeable. It should do what it is supposed to do without attracting too much attention to itself.  And this website has a few good examples.  See, for example, how Twitter is implemented.  Visualized as a bird on a tree, with Jim’s face, that speaks out word by word his latest tweets.  How awesome is that?  I bet you’ve seen a billion Twitter integrations to all sorts of websites till now, but you haven’t seen one like this.  Or maybe you have.  I haven’t.  And Twitter integration is not the only example – there is the animation between different sections of the site, photo album, trailers of Jim Carrey’s movies, and more.  Bits and pieces are spread across the whole thing, leaving you know choice but to explore.

I think if we had much less of marketing and public relations online, the web would look more like this.  At the stage we are now, it seems only students and independent individuals can afford to have such websites (and I am not talking about money).  The rest are expecting the website to be “professional” and so on and so forth.  Which results in all those pieces of crap we have around.  I’m just saying that sites don’t get much more professional than this one.

Bravo to Jim Carrey for “approving” it, and for all those people who participated in creating it.  A masterpiece, an online piece of art.  Nothing less.

Yes Man

Yes Man

Yesterday I saw “Yes Man” in the movies.  I remember thinking that it should be a funny but pretty average film back when seeing the trailer.  So I wasn’t expecting much of it.  Due to the lack of options, decided to go see it anyway.

I have to say that I enjoyed it more than average.  It was very kind, positive, and funny.  Of course, it was a little bit sad, as is usual with Jim Carrey movies.  But overall it was pretty good.  Much better than expected.  I don’t know if it was a combination of the film and my own mood, but by now I don’t even care.  I laughed outloud a few times and that rarely has to do with my mood.

Grab it on DVD or see it at the movies – you’ll equally enjoy it.  7 out of 10.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I just came back from the cinema, where they ran “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind“. It’s a 10 out of 10 movie and it has a range of reasons to go as high as #46 on the IMDB’s Top 250. It is one of the best movies I have seen ever. Ever.

This movie is perfect in each and every sense. There is a good story behind it. It’s original. There is good acting. Lots of it, actually. There is even more of good acting. It brings up few excellent points and makes one realize a number of things. It made me thinks of stuff that I never thought before. In short, this movie touched me.

There were few strong points cast-wise. First of all, this movie is a good proof that Jim Carrey can play drama, and not only “Ace Venture” and “The Mask”. I was suspecting this since “The Truman Show”. Secondly, it was good remind that Kate Winslet is alive and can act and that she shouldn’t be thrown out off the board of “Titanic“. And thirdly, it was good to show that Elijah Wood is not going to be Frodo all his life.

Overall, a perfect movie and a must see. It would be nice to have it in home collection also.