movie: a woman under the influence

film rec list

modern vampire films let the right one in, thirst, only lovers left alive, a girl walks home alone at night

woman descending into madness persona, through a glass darkly, a woman under the influence, rosemary’s baby, antichrist, repulsion, queen of earth

two lovers on the run wild at heart, badlands, gun crazy, pierrot le fou, bonnie and clyde, true romance, natural born killers

same-sex love stories happy together, show me love, water lilies, the handmaiden, brokeback mountain, my beautiful launderette

really weird romcoms i’m a cyborg but that’s ok, the lobster, lars and the real girl, harold and maude

ready to cry? the hunt, dancer in the dark, requiem for a dream, mulholland drive, au hazard balthazar

best ensemble cast movies inglourious basterds, apocalypse now, beetlejuice, magnolia, the royal tenenbaums, eastern promises

old black and white movies that definitely still hold up and you should watch them the night of the hunter, psycho, dr. strangelove, a streetcar named desire, the third man, bunny lake is missing

youth culture films a clockwork orange, sid and nancy, jubilee, gummo, stranger than paradise, if…, the doom generation

Sometimes, when a man and a woman love each other very much, they connect – emotionally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually – and decide as a couple that gay people really gross them out. Many of these parents claim that they were born with a natural disgust for people in the LGBTQ community, but it’s important that you understand that their bigotry is a choice. One fueled by ignorance and hate. Their views are not your fault.

Many kids in your school may have bigoted parents, themselves, and are struggling to cope with their own feelings about it. It is important that you respect and support them, as they are in the most impressionable stage of their lives. Their parents may be living a disgusting, inhuman lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean their kids are. They may be confused about their own views on the subject, asking themselves, “Do I hate gay people, too? Is bigotry an inherited trait? If I decide there’s nothing wrong with being gay or transgender, will my parents understand? If I discover that I’m gay, myself, will they still love and accept me?”

Going a step further, there are likely many kids in your school who are openly, flamboyantly bigoted, themselves. It is imperative that you stay away from these people. Their hatred is not contagious like a disease, but if you surround yourself with enough of these people for a long enough time, you could be influenced into sharing their views. No child of mine is going to indulge in that immoral, sinful behavior. Not under my roof.

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5. “Only Lovers Left Alive” (2013) 

Jim Jarmusch’s best movie in decades is a vampire love story shot for $7 million in the noirish ruins of Detroit and the narrow alleys of Tangier. Both deadpan funny and visually delightful, the movie follows melancholic musician vampire Adam (Tom Hiddleston), holed up in a frayed Detroit house in a decaying neighborhood, who joyfully reunites with his centuries-long mate Eve (Tilda Swinton) when she flies in from Africa. They’d rather acquire black-market blood than prey on humans. But those rules don’t necessarily apply to Eve’s feral younger sister vampire (Mia Wasikowska), who fancies Adam’s human link to the outside world (Anton Yelchin). Swinton and Hiddleston define cool and sexy, and Wasikowska has never been so delightfully devilish. —AT

6. “The Deep Blue Sea” (2011)

Terence Davies has directed just eight movies in his decades-long career, none more heartbreaking than “The Deep Blue Sea.” The writer/director made Terence Rattigan’s play all his own with the help of Tom Hiddleston and a masterful Rachel Weisz, here playing two star-crossed lovers whose memories of World War II are almost as traumatic as their doomed affair. “Tragedy’s too big a word — sad, perhaps, but hardly Sophocles,” says Weisz, but you may disagree after watching what she goes through. Forget being on the verge: This is a woman in the midst of a nervous breakdown, and rarely since Gena Rowlands in “A Woman Under the Influence” has watching that downward spiral been so painful and cathartic all at once. —MN


“Hundreds of film performances dazzle, shock, and dumbfound you in the moment, only to evaporate the second you exit the theater. The best, however, swim in the brain and linger there long after, leaving behind impressions, insights, and visuals that remain just as evocative as they were upon first or second meeting. Rowlands has made it impossible to forget Jeannie Rapp, Minnie Moore, Mabel Longhetti, Myrtle Gordon, Gloria Swenson, Sarah Lawson, Another Woman’s Marion, and every other woman whose unsteady life she has steadfastly inhabited. But she has also made it equally difficult to recall what life — or the movies — were like before Rowlands herself ever existed in them at all.”

On her 87th birthday, a tribute from Matthew Eng to the unmatched, indefatigable cinematic force of nature known as Gena Rowlands.


anonymous asked:

Hi, could you possibly suggest movies that, in your personal opinion, most accurately reflect mental illness? Thank you!

It’s a great question, so I am glad to! Before my list, I would like to emphasize that my knowledge on mental illness is nowhere near professional, and it’s difficult to assess the accuracy of portrayals in film because the effects are different for everyone, but these are my opinions based on what I do know and/or personal experience.

Let’s start with Anxiety Disorders:

Brothers (2009): Focuses on PTSD after returning from war.

The Aviator (2004): A biographical film about Howard Hughes, who had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which is highlighted throughout the film.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011): Another harrowing look at PTSD after suffering emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of a cult.

Mood Disorders:

A Woman Under the Influence (1974): I don’t believe it’s ever specified what she has, but I think Bipolar Disorder is best suited. It’s absolutely worth the almost three hour run-time. I highly recommend it!

Inside Out (2015): This kids movie is great in its depiction of mental health as a whole, especially depression.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Bradley Cooper’s character has Bipolar Disorder and Jennifer Lawrence plays a character with Borderline Personality Disorder, which are both excellently portrayed.

Filth (2013): While this movie may seem like an entertaining look in the life of a degenerate, the symptoms of the main character’s Bipolar Disorder become tragically evident in the second half of the film.

The Virgin Suicides (1999): I don’t need to say much about this one, besides that despite the picturesque visuals of the movie, you can feel the depression when you watch it.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010): For its subject matter, it’s a pretty fun-loving movie, but it accurately shows multiple illnesses, one that was unfortunately personal to the author of the book that lead him to end his life.

A Single Man (2009): The main character’s depression is worsened when he experiences the loss of his partner.

Prozac Nation (2001): Based on the memoir of Elizabeth Wurtzel and her struggle with major depression. It’s not the best adaptation, but still a personal look at the illness.

Synecdoche, New York (2008): It’s a weird one, which is to be expected from director Charlie Kaufman, but it offers almost a metaphorical look at depression, while also being filled with relatable commentary.

Short Term 12 (2013): It includes several mental illnesses, but focuses on mood disorders, particularly in adolescents.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2011): Although Charlie is undoubtedly affected by PTSD, he also experiences major depression.

The Saddest Boy in the World (2006): I promise you that it lives up to its title, as you won’t find another short film that makes you want to kill yourself within a 13 minute span.

Veronika Decides to Die (2009): This is another one I wouldn’t say is the best adaptation, but it’s still somewhat insightful, just not as well detailed as the book.

Two Days, One Night (2014): Definitely one of the best on the list for its portrayal of someone with clinical depression, and also one of the few I enjoy that has an uplifting ending.

Downloading Nancy (2008): I included this one for the result of an extreme case of a depressive disorder and because I can easily relate to the main character.

The End of the Tour (2015): A biographical film related to writer David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide. It doesn’t necessarily focus on any mental illness, but there’s a sense of melancholy throughout.

The Sunset Limited (2011): I hesitated including this one, but it’s a phenomenal philosophical look at human suffering and the depressed mind. It’s also very dear to me because not only does hopelessness prevail, but it’s one of the few movies where it’s strong enough for the other to lose faith.

And now for my two favorites: The Fire Within (1963) and Melancholia (2011). The Fire Within is special for how it accurately portrays a depressed man, as well as people’s common reactions to that illness. As for Melancholia, it also shows anxiety, but Justine’s representation of depression is the true focus. It’s just as debilitating for the viewer as it is for the character. Anyone who’s seen the movie can attest to that. “I smile, and I smile, and I smile.”

Personality Disorders:

Mommie Dearest (1993): She has several.

Misery (1990): I believe most have concluded Annie Wilkes had Borderline Personality Disorder.

Girl, Interrupted (1999): It’s probably the most popular movie that focuses on mental illness, and included it in this category since both of the main characters have personality disorders.

Cracks (2009): Miss G is a character with BPD.

A Clockwork Orange (1971): I think everyone knows the ultra-violent man this movie is included for.

The Killer Inside Me (2010): It seems to be a very realistic portrayal of a sociopath.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011): Granted it’s more detailed in the book, Kevin is one of the best fictional characters with ASPD.

American Psycho (2000): Bateman is another self-explanatory inclusion.

Gone Girl (2014): Amy Dunne is frighteningly well played.

Benny’s Video (1992): I think Benny shows the early signs of developing ASPD. There’s a particular scene that highlights it best that I find scarring.

Nightcrawler (2014): Lou Bloom is a great example, whose subtleties are what truly make his character.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): I suppose this one is debatable, but it focuses on mental illness, in general, so it should be included.

Taxi Driver (1976): Definitely one of the best character studies ever.

The most accurate example, since it’s about the everyday sociopath, is Chad from the highly underrated In the Company of Men (1997). I have never seen a crueler act than the one in this movie.

I could have included more in this section, but the longer I think about the selections, the more I find wrong with them.

Psychotic Disorders (mostly all of these deal with Schizophrenia):

Benny and Joon (1993)

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012): It’s arguable whether or not this animation relates to schizophrenia, but it’s a beautiful movie, nonetheless.

Repulsion (1965)

Shutter Island (2010)

A Beautiful Mind (2001): Based on John Nash.

Black Swan (2010): Nina’s psychosis is linked to other disorders, as well.

Pi (1998)

Birdman (2014)

They Look Like People (2015): This one is somewhat geared as a thriller/horror movie, but I think it helps in understanding how strong and threatening some manifestations can be.

My personal favorite would have to be Clean, Shaven (1993), and none of the others compare, honestly. Everything about it is amazing.

It’s important that mental illness has accurate representation in film, so I would love if anyone provided more suggestions!

anonymous asked:

questions - is the Call Me By Your Name adaptation heartbreaking in a way that's gonna ruin me for an extended period of time? also, I was wondering if the "if you stop you'll kill me" motif from the book ever shows up in the film? are there any noticeable absences between the book and movie?

Sorry for the day in replying to this! But I’m actually really happy someone asked me this because it gives me an opportunity to talk about something I’ve been wanting to say! 

I’ll start by saying that Call Me By Your Name affected me in a way few films have since I started watching movies. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that my heart was racing the entire time I was watching the movie and I left the theater crying. It’s been months since I saw it and I still think about it every day. Very few movies have had this kind of impact on me; Blue Valentine, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Long Day Closes, and A Woman Under the Influence are the few that make that list. After I saw Call Me By Your Name, I wrote this on my phone:

A cinematic tour de force. An impassioned, moving, heart-racing, heart-breaking film that reminded me how good it can feel to be alive. Watching this made me fall back in love with movies and with life. 

I don’t intend any of this to sound like a brag. I’m really just trying to level set with you; to understand how I feel about this movie and how I’m talking about it here, it’s important to understand the profound emotional chord it struck with me. I’m not objective about this movie and I won’t ever claim to be. This is part of a larger discussion about the nuances surrounding the analysis of film; some of the best critics I know are good at what they do because they are able to remove themselves from the equation every single time. I can’t do that. I know myself well enough to know that I’m an intensely emotional person, so that’s an integral part of who I am and how I form opinions. 

So, getting back to the question, yes I think Call Me By Your Name is definitely heartbreaking in a way that is going to ruin you for an extended period of time. In regards to your second question, I’m not going to answer that as specifically because I don’t want to spoil anything. Enough is going to get spoiled as it is and I’m sure there will be people who would gladly give away as much as you want, but I’m not one of them. 

Since you asked about the differences between the film and the book, I will reiterate something I said a couple weeks ago: movies and books are completely vastly different mediums and anyone who says otherwise is wrong. Every year we see tons of book-to-film adaptations get churned out and so many of them are wrong because the creators involved don’t do enough to distinguish their film from the book. Most novels take place inside the head (or multiple heads) of a character. We read their thoughts in a way that you cannot do in a movie - this is why a lot of movies default to using voiceover (which I hate hate hate!) It’s a cheap and lazy way of storytelling. Call Me By Your Name functions so well as a book adaptation because Luca Guadagnino understood what that story needed. I wouldn’t say he took liberties with the story, but he certainly made really confident edits that pared down the story in a way that improved the story. If the movie had been a direct copy of the book, it would not have been good. I feel really confident in saying that the movie is actually better than the book. That said, I think if passionate admirers of the novel are expecting it to be ~exactly the same~ they’re setting themselves up for disappointment. 

As a general rule, I also encourage everyone to lower their expectations. Maybe this is just me, but in the past, I’ve gone through this cycle where I get really excited about a movie only to find myself disappointed while watching it. Then, upon rewatch, I find myself enjoying it much more than I did the first time. This has happened with a lot of my favorite movies. I think we’ve gotten into the habit of forming instant opinions that we feel like we have to stick by forever. I’ve seen so many movies where, the first time I watch, I feel myself fighting the tension between what I thought the movie was going to be versus what it actually is. Rewatching a movie always helps me to understand a movie more and thereby form a more confident opinion. 

WHEW anyway I’m so sorry for talking so much. I hope you end up loving this really extraordinary movie. I’ll write more about it as we get closer to its release.

Une Femme Sous Influence
(A Woman Under The Influence)
John Cassavetes

Peter Falk
Gena Rowlands
Fred Draper
Lady Rowlands
Katherine Cassavetes
Matthew Laborteaux
Matthew Cassel
Christina Grisanti
O.G. Dunn
Mario Gallo
Eddie Shaw

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i saw those nine movie//aesthetics memes and i wanted to make a couple :) these don’t really cohere as an ‘aesthetic’ but they’re all important to me

A Woman Under the Influence, 1974
The Parent Trap, 1998
American Beauty, 1999
Black Swan, 2010
Desert Hearts,1985
Mulholland Drive, 2001
Carol, 2015
The Tree of Life, 2011
Gone Girl, 2014

i tag literally anyone who likes movies

“When John first showed [the script for A Woman Under the Influence] to me, it was a play. I read it, and I said, “This is terrific, but I can’t do that eight times I week. I’m not physically strong enough.” He said, “Of course. I didn’t think of that.” The next week, he came back with a second version, and I was doing [fewer] things, but there were still tough things, and I said, “I don’t think you understood me.” And a couple of weeks later, he came and said, “Read it again. It’s a movie now.” And I read it, and I thought it was very touching. He said, “How do you like it now?” And I said, “You let anybody else play it, I’ll kill you!"’

– Gena Rowlands on deciding to act in A Woman Under the Influence 

Still of Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, and John Cassavetes from the set of A Woman Under the Influence (1974, dir. John Cassavetes)