Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Movie Meme - What Did I Come In Here For???


There's nothing more fun (and at the same time frustrating!) to watch a movie about memory loss. You begin to question yourself. What is real? What has been forgotten? What am I missing? The Bumbles have asked us for our most memorable (ha) movies about memory loss, spells, or hypnosis.

One of my favorite movies about amnesia is Overboard, with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It is so totally precious, and if I stumble across the movie when it is on TV, I have to stop and watch. This is one of the Bumbles favorites too, so I won't officially include it in my list. Here are a few more that come to mind (ha! pun intended):

1. Finding Nemo - now how could we forget (ha) our very favorite little fishy that has short-term memory loss? Everyone loves Dori, whether she's confused and dim or not.

2. Memento - I love to use this movie as an example of what a mind screw a movie can really be. Leonard has anterograde amnesia, which prevents his mind from storing new memories. He knows his wife has been murdered, but must chase clues quickly through notes and pictures, before they disappear from his mind. Plus, for sport, the movie starts at the end of the story and moves backwards. Incredible flick, just don't have a glass of wine or a beer while you are watching.

3. Mulholland Drive - since we are on the topic of the strange and mind-bending, let's just mention this David Lynch film. An naive girl comes to Hollywood and gets involved in a woman with amnesia who is trying to re-discover her identity. In various reviews, phrases such as "psychotic illusions" and "bizarre dream sequences" are used, but only scratches the surface. It IS David Lynch after all.







15 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I wonder if one would include Sixth Sense in this category? I love Finding Nemo, but the other two were just too weird for me!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

Memento messed with my mind. What a crazy movie.

bermudaonion said...

The only one of those I've seen is Finding Nemo - that should tell you how cultured I am.

C.B. James said...

Is Mulholland Drive about memory loss? I've seen it twice, and I've still no idea what's going on half the time. I just love that weird little play with the giant rabbits.

Have you tried Inland Empire? It's often paired with M. Drive. It's even stranger, honeslty.

Trisha said...

I love your choices! I always show Memento in my film classes. It's such a wonderful example of viewer empathy, and plot construction, and mind-fingness. :)

Zibilee said...

Oh yes! Memento is the first movie I though of when I saw this topic! I loved it to pieces, and have watched it several times. Great choices, Sandy!

Nymeth said...

I love all those three movies :) Memento and Mulholland Drive ARE weird, but in the best possible way.

Kathleen said...

I definitely want to re-watch Memento! I remember it blowing my mind!

Teacher/Learner said...

Great topic! I've heard Inception is really amazing & it sort of fits in here. Some others:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind--memory erasure/hypnosis

The Hangover--amnesia!

Jason Bourne series--amnesia

Melody said...

I'm not familiar with those movies you mentioned except Finding Nemo. Oh I adore Dori!

Frances said...

Gotta go Hitchcock and Spellbound. Love that movie.

ds said...

Only know Finding Nemo--but I do love Dory!

Iliana said...

Memento was fantastic. One of my girlfriends and I used to laugh that we should just start jotting down things on our arms/hands too so we wouldn't forget. I need to see that again sometime.

heidenkind said...

I have to admit I've never understood the amnesia trope. The Bourne Identity is pretty good, though.

Alice Teh said...

Oh my gosh, Finding Nemo! I love that little guy. I love Dory! OK, at least this week I can say I watched something that you've listed. Haha!