DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY
2005, Focus Features, 103 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

With his Comedy Central show the hottest thing on television, Dave Chappelle threw a Brooklyn block party, inviting neighbors (including people from his Ohio hometown) to enjoy music from the cream of hip-hop and soul performers. Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mos Def, The Roots and a reunion of The Fugees are among the all-star line-up, and Chappelle’s hilarious asides help make the good times and sense of community contagious.


ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
2004, Focus Features, 108 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman’s second collaboration earned them a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this unusual sci-fi romance, hailed by Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine and many others as one of the best films of the 2000s. After a break-up, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have their memories of each other erased by the Lacuna corporation, but the former lovers remain joined by fate.


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