I have always wanted to do a list of my favorite movies somewhere in my blog but I have never had the time to do it, so while waiting for the (upcoming?) release of Kaichou wa Maid-sama Chapter 70 online, I have decided to race against the laptops battery and make a post about my top 5 (because 5 is my favorite number) movies. 😀
A persons preference defines who they are. I judge people based on the kind of books they like to read, the kind of movies they listen to, the kind of music they watch (or vice versa), their personal beliefs about particular ideas or whether they can tell the difference between crayola crayon colors simply by tasting them.
I have decided to put the movie poster, as well as a synopsis stolen from somewhere online, my favorite quote from the movie, my favorite character and my personal reaction. 😀 It’s putting a lot on my plate, which is why I only picked 5, but I actually like quite a lot of movies both mainstream and indie.
So here goes:
1. Girl Interrupted (1999)
Susanna is a young woman of eighteen, and her life isn’t exactly what a “normal’ eighteen-year-old’s is suppose to be like. To her, any kind of sex is casual, and it doesn’t matter who she does it with or when, as long as she gets it.
At graduation she falls asleep, proving she has little interest for the norms of prize-givings or anything to do with what’s accepted by society. At her father’s birthday party she is underdressed and is of course moaned at by her hypocritical mother. Here we learn that her parent’s friends are just as false as what is accepted by everyone. And then it becomes clear that Susanna has been sleeping with her mother’s friend’s husband.
This drives her to try to commit suicide with asprin and a bottle of vodka to get it all down. At the E.R. she claims that she doesn’t have bones in her wrists anymore, and tells the psychiatrist at home that the bones grew back by the time she got to the hospital.
So she is shipped off to a local mental institution and put in the ward for women only. Here she meets a multitude of people who really do have problems: an anorexic, a girl who was burned as a child, a lesbian, a bulimic, and her roommate, a compulsive liar, to top it all off.
The ward is run by Nurse Valerie Owens, who is very clever, but is unable to become a doctor due to her race. All the nursing staff and the patients are kept marginally sane by Valerie, and she and Susanna have a complex relationship. Susanna is questionably diagnosed with having a Borderline Personality Disorder.
Things really get started when the sociopathic run away patient, Lisa, returns to the ward and turns Susanna’s world upside down and inside out. She is a force to be reckoned with—she is magnetic, rebelious, doesn’t take her meds and is unhealthy for the other patients as she breaks down their self-esteem regularly. Due to the fact that her last best friend, Jamie, couldn’t hack it when she ran away, Lisa befriends Susanna and together they start a world of trouble.
Favorite Character: Lisa played by Angelina Jolie.
Favorite Quote: Susanna: Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified.”
Personal Reaction: Nothing I say will sufficiently describe how much I love this move. I have always been drawn by the psychological problems the characters have and the peculiarity of everything that occurred during this time frame. I have always been drawn to the darkness in people and all the characters in this movie have a dark side. I like the discussions the characters have about the mundane and how it becomes reality. I never get tired of watching this movie and I don’t think I ever will. If you have not seen this movie yet, I suggest you give it a try, although it takes maturity to understand the concepts and the dark and deep undertones of the film. Another thing is that the concepts are pretty heavy so you need to pay close attention when your watching it.
2. Donnie Darko (2001)
Troubled adolescent, Donnie Darko, receives a disturbing vision that the world will end in 28 days. With the help of various characters, including a 6 foot rabbit called Frank, he slowly discovers the mysterious physical and metaphysical laws that govern his life and that will lead up to the destruction of the universe.
Favorite Character: Frank
Gretchen: Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood
[Donnie to Pommeroy, about the Graham Greene story] Well, they say, right when they flood the house and they tear it to shreds that, like, uh, “destruction is a form of creation,” so the fact that they burn the money is ironic. They just want to see what happens when they tear the world apart. They want to change things.
Donnie (during a class discussion of Watership Down): Why should I mourn for a rabbit like he was human? The rabbit’s not like us. It has no… keen look at something in the mirror, it has no history books, no photographs, no knowledge of sorrow or regret. Don’t get me wrong, I like rabbits and all. They’re cute and they’re horny. And if you’re cute and you’re horny, then you’re probably happy, in that you don’t know who you are and why you’re even alive. And you just wanna have sex, as many times as possible, before you die. I mean, I just don’t see the point in crying over a dead rabbit… who never even feared death to begin with.
Personal Reaction: I love Donnie Darko because it’s peculiar. It’s a mixture of weird and strange. It plays with your mind taking you into the dark twists and turns of the mind of Donnie Darko and his friend Frank. I like the wit of Donnie and the fact that he speaks his mind. I like the circular narrative of the film and the way everyone is, in some way, interconnected. In the end, you feel like you get it but you don’t but you do because the symbolism of time travel sounds acutely precise yet imprecise at the same time. I guess, after the movie, you feel like you know more than you did but not really. 😀
3. Prozac Nation (2011)
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wurtzel is a teenager accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She has been raised by her divorced mother Mrs. Wurtzel since she was two years old, but she misses her father and feels needy and depressive. When she joins the university, she lives with a roommate Ruby and has her sexual initiation with Noah. Her article for the local column in Crimson newspaper is awarded by Rolling Stone magazine. Lizzie becomes abusive in sex and drugs, and her existential crisis and depression increases and she hurts her friends and her mother that love her, while dating Rafe. Mrs. Wurtzel sends her to an expensive psychiatric treatment with Dr. Sterling, in spite of having difficulties paying for her medical bills and therapy sessions. After a long period of treatment under medication, and suicide attempt, Lizzie stabilizes and adjusts to the real world.
Favorite Character: Elizabeth Wurtzel played by Christina Ricci
Dr. Sterling: Have you had any drugs in the last 24 hours?
Elizabeth: No. Well… I guess I snorted some coke and smoked some pot but uh, you know, that was just to make the ecstasy last longer.
Dr. Sterling: Sure you’re not forgetting anything?
Elizabeth: Maybe a few beers?
Dr. Sterling: Did you ever think you might have a substance abuse problem?
Elizabeth: The only substance problem I have right now is that I need you to get me some trank so I can come down off this fucking coke.
Dr. Sterling: And then what happens?
Personal Reaction: I like the fact that I can relate to it. It gives you a peak at the life of people facing depression. I liked the fact that Christina Ricci was in it and I liked that fact that it was both from a personal and medical perspective. I just really liked this movie. It helped me explain what I was going through to the people that mattered and it helped me understand that there are other people who go through it as well.
4. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Clarice Starling, a young intelligent FBI trainee, has been sent to the Baltimore state hospital for the criminally insane to interview an inmate Dr. Hannibal-the cannibal- Lecter. A brilliant renowned psychiatrist turned infamous psychopathic serial killer. She must match wits with Lecter -who has the darkest of all minds- and trust him to give her clues in the search for “Buffalo Bill”. A nick name for a loose, unknown, unstoppable psychopathic serial killer.
Favorite Character: Dr. Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins
Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
Personal Reaction: Need I say more. If you have not seen this, go watch it already! 😀
5. Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Personal Reaction: I like the elegance of the movie considering it is about a student drawn into prostitution. I like the art-porn, the occult rituals in the sex industry, the tenacity of the leading character and her feelings towards sex, which are surprisingly not in the movie. I like her complex relationship with this agoraphobic alcoholic, I like the blankness of her expressions, the indulgent necrophile-rape fantasy, and the stomach-turning “sex” scenes that show the aged human body. There is an originality to this movie that I have never encountered before. I liked it.