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Monday
Jun012015

Monday Movie Meme – Slippery When Wet

You know it’s too warm and humid when you’re breaking a sweat without performing any tasks whatsoever. That sums up the majority of the last few days, which brings us to the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme; influenced by the spring showers that have finally graced the northeast today – bringing with it some much needed relief: Slippery When Wet.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies featuring scenes that contain rainfall. It doesn’t have to necessarily be a torrential downpour but there should be enough precipitation to warrant the use of an umbrella. Here are my selections for this week’s Slippery When Wet theme.

Road to Perdition

The bloody climax of this movie is filled with enough raindrops to fill a swimming pool. That’s all I have to say right now about this crime thriller (starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Daniel Craig) about a hitman who works for an Irish mobster. If you haven’t watched this film, I highly recommend it!

Twister

There is a rainy scene where two storm chasers are fighting in the middle of the road, which leads to a huge wakeup call for multiple parties involved, in this disaster flick (starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and Philip Seymour Hoffman) about scientists trying to invent an advanced weather alert system.

The Notebook

One of the most epic on-screen kisses just so happens to take place when it’s raining, in this romantic drama (starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gina Rowland and James Garner) about two lovebirds from different sides of the tracks.

No Good Deed

It’s raining when a former district attorney gets a life-changing visit, in this crime thriller (starring Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba) about an escaped convict who wreaks havoc on a mother and her loved ones.

 

What movies come to mind when YOU think of rainy scenes?

Friday
May292015

Movies that defined the 90s – What’s YOUR Score?

I consider the 90s to be one of the most colorful eras in the film industry.

There was something for everyone including character driven stories that shined alongside those with revolutionary special effects and heart-pounding action sequences. It was also a good (and lucrative) time for indie filmmakers to make a name for themselves.

So when a British film geek shared with me a quiz featuring movie posters from the 90s, I decided to play along and see how many quotes from these motion pictures I could recognize.

Here are my results:

# of movie quotes listed in the quiz: 29

# of film titles I guessed correctly: 7

# of film titles I guessed incorrectly: 10

In the end, I scored a paltry 7 out of 29 on this movie quiz. These results come as a surprise to me because I've watched many of these flicks -- 14 to be exact (some even multiple times, having had access to them on home video) -- and am at least familiar with most all other movies on the list. Now I’m curious to know if anyone else is up for putting his or her knowledge of film quotes to the test....

What’s YOUR score for the GB Posters’ 90s era movie quiz?

How would YOU define the 90s as far as movies are concerned?

Monday
May182015

Monday Movie Meme: Let’s Go Crazy

May is National Mental Health Month, so the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme revolves around characters that aren’t exactly playing with a full deck of cards, if you get the drift.

The theme is also named after one of Prince’s most famous songs: Let’s Go Crazy!

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies you’ve watched that feature issues involving mental illness.

Here are my selections for this week’s Let’s Go Crazy theme.

Frankie & Alice

Halley Berry plays a 70s go-go dancer, a white supremacist and a 7 year-old “genius,” in this drama based on a true story about a woman suffering from dissociative personality disorder.

Shutter Island

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a U.S. Marshall whose investigation into the disappearance of a patient at an asylum for the criminally insane causes him to doubt his own sanity among many other things, in this mystery thriller that also stars Mark Ruffalo.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson plays an inmate named McMurphy who is admitted to a ward for the mentally unstable after copping an insanity plea to avoid prison labor, in this drama. While serving his sentence, McMurphy rebels against the abuse he witnesses and endures at the hands of a tough nurse.   

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film, MANIC.Manic

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a troubled teen named Lyle whose impulsive and violent outbursts cause him to be committed to the juvenile psychiatric ward of a mental institution. There, a doctor named David Monroe, played by Don Cheadle, uses group therapy as part of the facility’s treatment for the spectrum of psychological problems affecting Lyle and other patients.

I once rented this movie on a whim because it stars Cheadle. The film made me more aware of how complex issues involving people with mental illness are, particularly given the challenges faced by the medical staff trying to help them have a better quality of life.

Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks plays a man who leads an eventful life including fighting in the Vietnam War, later opening a shrimping business and chasing his childhood sweetheart, despite having an intellectual disability, in this romantic comedy drama.

Rain Man

Tom Cruise plays an egotistical car salesman named Charlie who takes his autistic brother Raymond, played by Dustin Hoffman, on a cross-country road trip with the hidden agenda of nabbing millions of dollars in inheritance from their late father, in this drama.

Halloween

Tony Moran and Nick Castle play a mental institution escapee named Michael Myers who returns to his hometown to kill high school students in this horror thriller.

A Beautiful Mind

Russell Crowe plays a mathematician named John Nash whose struggle with paranoid schizophrenia jeopardizes his career and family, in this biographical drama.

Sixth Sense

Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe who dedicates himself to helping a young boy suffering from hallucinations, in an attempt to resolve his inability to help a severely troubled former patient.

Brittany Murphy and Michael Douglas star in the film, 'DON'T SAY A WORD.'Don’t Say a Word

Michael Douglas plays a psychiatrist named Nathan Conrad who, after the kidnapping of his daughter, is tasked with retrieving a secret number from a young woman with PTSD named Elizabeth, played by Brittany Murphy, in this crime thriller. It was also among my previous Monday Movie Meme picks for a march madness twist on insanity, of all things!

While writing this post, I initially forgot about a few movies -- Manic, A Beautiful Mind and The Sixth Sense. Reading the comments sections of articles published by National Alliance on Mental Illness aided in my recollection of having watched these particular films. Although I can understand how Manic didn’t immediately come to mind while thinking of movies that fit the bill for this week’s Monday Movie Meme, my family went to see The Sixth Sense twice in theaters and I grabbed up A Beautiful Mind on DVD years ago, so it’s a damn shame those two flicks were just moments away from not being mentioned in my “Let’s Go Crazy” theme selections.

What movies featuring people dealing with mental illness would YOU add to this list?