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Monday
Dec172012

Out Sick - Monday Movie Meme on Hold

Since I woke up in a lot of pain this morning and cannot seem to sit up for long without being overcome with nausea, I am not in a position to post a Monday Movie Meme at this time.

If my drugs start to kick in within the next several hours, I'll attempt assembling the graphics and content for this week's post. If I fall asleep before then, I'll see you all later. In the meantime, I finally rented "Gran Torino" on DVD but it started freezing last night, so I will have to try to stream it sometime this evening, if I'm up to it.

Hasta la vista, baby!

Monday
Dec102012

Lost Memories in the Movies 

The theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme comes to you courtesy of Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out. Arlee realized he couldn’t remember his favorite or most memorable Monday Movie Meme topic, to date. So, the theme goes like this: Lost Memories in the Movies.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies about people who lose their memories. Simple enough, right? Here are my selections for this week’s Lost Memories in the Movies theme.

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
While I have yet to watch this film (it’s still lingering in my DVD rental queue), it was among the first titles that popped into my head when thinking about Arlee’s “memory loss” theme suggestion. Actor Jim Carrey, who is also the current selection for The LAMB’s Acting School 101 series, stars in this sci-fi romantic drama about a couple who undergoes a procedure to erase their relationship from each others’ memory.

Resident Evil
Actress Milla Jovovich stars in this sci-fi horror movie about a former military operative named Alice who battles a supercomputer and zombies after an experiment goes wrong. Alice has amnesia and thus, does not remember her connection to the genetic research lab where the experiment took place nor does she remember much about their intentions -- but she soon finds out, especially in the sequels that follow this movie.

The Bourne Identity
Actor Matt Damon stars in this action crime film about a contract killer for one of the CIA’s black ops programs. The main character in this and the subsequent films “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” fights for his life while trying to find out who he is by piecing together fragments of his past through flashbacks, confidential documents and information from people working with the CIA.

The Notebook
Duh! I really didn’t want to list this movie since it’s already been selected for previous Monday Movie Meme themes. However, it would be silly to not even mention a movie about a guy who reads to the love of his life, hoping that he can help her improve her memory, despite the fact that she has Alzheimers disease. I mean, to leave out “The Notebook” would just be plain ol’ disrespectful.

What movies have YOU watched that feature people who lose their memories?

Also, this is totally off-topic but...

Dale over at Smurfin’ the Web gave “Hart’s War” (starring Ethan Hawke and Bruce Willis) 3 out of 5 Smurfs in his Thanksgiving weekend movie review. Since then, the Smurfdok has gone all festive for the holidays, trading his signature design for reindeer, snowflakes and related colors for the winter. I’m diggin’ the seasonal look! I haven’t seen “Hart’s War” but it’s on my radar now.
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Monday
Nov192012

Movie Characters That Be Actin’ Up

There is a method behind the Monday Movie Meme lateness. If you haven’t already, check out the “Life Of Pi” discussion about CGI that was posted earlier today.

Selecting cast members for roles in the short film I’m working on has been a more challenging experience than I thought it would be -- in a good way, I suppose. One thing that I’ve realized is that talent comes in some very unlikely and unsuspecting places. An actor who you might be just “ok” in one role could be perfect for another character and so forth. So, the theme for this week’s Monday Movie Meme is based on performances -- whether good or unsatisfactory: Actin’ Up.

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies about actors. These films can be biopics or fictional fare where one of the characters work in theater, television, film or one some type of cruise ship touring show, etc. -- you get the picture! Here are my selections for this week’s Actin’ Up theme.

My Tehran for Sale
An Iranian woman, seeking freedom to work as an actress, plans to relocate to Austalia because theatre is banned in her country. She leads a double life -- working as a seamstress and performing in secret underground theater shows in her spare time.

Multi-Facial
“Fast and the Furious” lead Vin Diesel stars in this autobiographical short film about an actor struggling to find work in commercials, etc. because he doesn’t fit casting directors’ stereotypical guidelines for ethnic roles.

Queen of My Dreams*
In this short documentary, actress Fawzia Mirza reimagines the Bollywood heroines that she looked up to as a young girl -- only this time, one of the female stars is placed in a masculine role.

What movies have YOU seen that are about actors?

*Stay tuned for an interview with Fawzia Mirza, from my 2012 Couch Fest files, on this very film!