Films for the holidays

With six weeks free of school I’m sure you will all be looking for something productive to do. So, I’ve compiled a little list of psychology and sociology related films that might interest. If you have any fovourites you’d like to add, just use the comments button.

(All descriptions from Amazon.co.uk)

Films about memory:

Memento (2000) Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

An absolute stunner of a movie, Memento combines a bold, mind-bending script with compelling action and51ZX871V6FL virtuoso performances. Guy Pearce plays Leonard Shelby, hunting down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The problem is that “the incident” that robbed Leonard of his wife also stole his ability to make new memories. Unable to retain a location, a face, or a new clue on his own, Leonard continues his search with the help of notes, Polaroids, and even homemade tattoos for vital information. Because of his condition, Leonard essentially lives his life in short, present-tense segments, with no clear idea of what’s just happened to him. That’s where Memento gets really interesting; the story begins at the end, and the movie jumps backward in 10-minute segments. The suspense of the movie lies not in discovering what happens, but in finding out why it happened. Amazingly, the movie achieves edge-of-your-seat excitement even as it moves backward in time! , and it keeps the mind hopping as cause and effect are pieced together.

Total Recall (2012) Colin Farrell, Kate Beckensale

Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can 917K5gWdWpL._SL1500_Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

Unknown (2011) Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger814fTIggUiL._SL1500_

A man claiming to be Dr Martin Harris awakes in Berlin hospital with severe head injuries and very little knowledge as to how he got there. The doctors inform him that he has been in a coma for four days after surviving a near fatal car crash. Attempting to piece together the incidents leading up to the accident, he discovers that his wife no longer recognises him and another man has assumed his identity. Now the only thing standing in the way of him and the truth is a deadly team of trained assassins who will stop at nothing to have him killed. It’s time for Dr Harris to face his identity, his sanity and take back his life… by force.

Films about psychopathology:

Franklyn (2008) Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green91bWRbV0QUL._SL1500_

Urban fairytale set between modern-day London and the religion-dominated future metropolis of Meanwhile City. The film follows four lost souls divided between the two worlds: Jonathan Preest (Ryan Phillippe), a masked vigilante detective who has vowed revenge on Meanwhile City’s leader, Emilia (Eva Green), a beautiful young art student whose difficult relationship with her mother fuels her cynicism and suicidal tendencies, Milo (Sam Riley), a heartbroken thirty-something who remains fixated on his first love, and Peter (Bernard Hill), a deeply religious man who has come to London to search the streets for his missing son.

Donnie Darko (2002) Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhall

41GRMMZYSFLIt’s 1988 in small-town America and Donnie, a disturbed teenager on medication and undergoing psychoanalysis for his blackouts and personality disorders, is being visited by a being in a rabbit suit whom he calls Frank. It’s this anti-Harvey that saves Donnie from being crushed to death when an airplane engine falls from the sky onto his house. This is the beginning of their escalating relationship, which, as Donnie follows Frank’s instructions, becomes increasingly violent and destructive. Added to this is Frank’s warning of the impending apocalypse and Donnie’s realisation that he can manipulate time, leading to a startling denouement where nearly everything becomes clear.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)  (18) Jack Nicholson51P12GECA5L

Jack Nicholson is Randle P McMurphy, a livewire troublemaker who unwisely cons his way out of prison and into a mental institution without realising he has switched from serving a sentence with a release date to being committed until adjudged sane by the same people he is winding up on a daily basis.

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Girl, Interrupted (1999) Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto

New England, the 1960s. 17-year-old Susanna (Winona Ryder) is diagnosed as suffering a borderline personality disorder and sent to Claymore psychiatric hospital. Once there, she rejects the treatment of psychiatrist Dr Wick (Vanessa Redgrave) and nurse Valerie (Whoopi Goldberg), turning instead to her fellow inmates – the disruptive Lisa (Angelina Jolie), compulsive liar Georgina (Clea DuVall), and spoilt rich girl Daisy (Brittany Murphy), who suffers from an eating disorder.

Films about Addiction:

Trainspotting (1996) (18) Ewen McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle81yRQE0mYkL._SL1200_

The film that effectively launched the star careers of Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller is a hard, barbed picaresque, culled from the bestseller by Irvine Welsh and thrown down against the heroin hinterlands of Edinburgh. Directed with abandon by Danny Boyle, Trainspotting conspires to be at once a hip youth flick and a grim cautionary fable.

Films about Juvenile Delinquency (Sociology – Crime and Deviance)

51j-Uc7tuFLQuadrophenia (1979) (18) Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Sting. Music by The Who

Set against the soundtrack of The Who’s 1973 mighty concept album ‘Quadrophenia’, Phil Daniels plays working-class Jimmy, the drug-induced Mod, who hates his job and is misunderstood by his parents. But by night, he comes alive, with the all-nighters, his pills and his scooter-riding friends. Always on a high, life can’t get any better. Then there’s the Brighton scooter run, where both Mods and Rockers converge, ending in the battle of the cults on Brighton Beach. What goes up must come down, and with Jimmy’s come-down, his life is turned around, and so begins his downward spiral into paranoia and isolation, and the four-faceted mindset: Quadrophenia.

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