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Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Ultimate List : Best Psychological Movies Ever!

Hello guys, how you doing? Mimi's here.

A month and a half had gone by without me making any new post on my blog. I'm really sorry for the delay but, between juggling my examination and completion of my final year project: I hope to rest my case. Never really good with multi-tasking and damn you guys who are good at it - but since all of that over now and so, Here I Am. Ready to make my splash; writing on this blog again.

I don't know what's up with me and the word 'Ultimate' nowadays - it seems to appear in every single thing that I do especially when I am writing a list and seems to always ended up becoming something like this - My Ultimate Grocery List, My Ultimate Music List, My Ultimate... bla bla.... Well, enough said. And today is not an exception. Announcing, my Ultimate List for... Best Psychological Movies Ever! Oh, NO. Not again, darn it!

So, how many of you guys out there whom have an interest in this kind of movie? I'll simply assumed, probably quite a lot out there. Funny thing, when I was a child - I used to hate it. Pressing hard on the reason, it's pretty apparent to me: that it's because its simply, f**king scary. When you start seeing crazy maniac coming out of nowhere or blood dripping from that guy neck - you don't have to be that old to realize that it's one scary movie you're watching right there. Along the way, I sort of getting the idea that the guy (director) who made this sort of movie as a sicko.

As I aged and matured - I begin to see psychological movies in a different light and appreciate it even more. What can I say? My interest in anime and manga is slowly fading away, action movies mostly are just dumb- putted and I'm not much of an adrenaline junkie, while romance-comedy are for the hopeless, foolish romantic (no offence) who had no idea that they had silently been ripped off. Horror? Bloody no. Classic movies will always be classic, but psychological movies - oh yeah... They are definitely my new black.

I couldn't tell you exactly why or how that get me into psychological movies - but hell yeah, any time something like it comes up; you can count me in. And to tell you what sort of movies that I had watch so far and taken into liking, let's take a look at the Ultimate list below and if you guys are also one of the people who're into these kind of movies, well - Enjoy Watching!

The 'Ultimate' list...

1.) Primal Fear (1996) - Starring: Edward Norton, Richard Gere.

When a innocent-looking, 19 year old Aaron Stampler (Norton) were accused of murdering an arc bishop; his hot-shot attorney, Martin Vail (Gere) had to find a great defense for him so that the judge and juries will believe that the boy didn't do it - despite of the clear evidence that he did. When Aaron having constant memory blackouts and his other aggressive personality, Roy begun to appear - Martin were convinced that the kid is truly innocent and try to use this as the excuse to clear his name. The only question is, how innocent the boy really is, than he appears to be?

2.) The Butterfly Effect (2004) - Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

When a 20 year old college student, Evan Treborn (Kutcher) found that he have the ability to travel back in time to inhabit his former self - he used this is a gateway to change the present day by changing his past behaviours. Having been the victim of several childhood traumas aggravated by stress-induced memory losses, he attempts to set things right for himself and his friends, but there are unintended consequences for all. The film draws heavily on flashbacks of the characters' lives at ages 7 and 13, and presents several alternate present-day outcomes as Evan attempts to change the past, before settling on a final outcome.

3.) The Shining (1980) - Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall

Jack Torrance (Nicholson), a writer and recovering alcoholic takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel called the Overlook Hotel. His young son possess psychic abilities and is able to see things from the past and future, such as the ghosts who inhabit the hotel. Soon after settling in, the family is trapped in the hotel by a snowstorm, and Jack gradually becomes influenced by a supernatural presence; he descends into madness and attempts to murder his wife (Duvall) and son. So, what will become of the Torrance's: once daddy-dearest turns mad and his unsuspecting  family members once they realize why he really up too?

4.) Psycho (1960) - Starring: Vera Milles, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

After a long drive away from Pheonix, Marion Crane (Leigh), a secretary - ends up at a secluded motel called as 'Bates Motel'; owned and managed by Norman Bates (Perkins). Earlier, she had embezzling money from her employer after a client drop by and handed $40,000 cash, with every intention to purchase a home for his daughter. Little did she know, that her hasty decision stealing the money and staying in this motel will eventually altered her life forever - with no-so-very-nice aftermath for those whom involved with her, especially after she mysteriously disappeared.

5.) Fight Club (1999) - Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt

The unnamed narrator (Norton) is a travelling automobile company employee who suffers from insomnia were looking for a way to change his life when he crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, Tyler Durden (Pitt) and together, they begin to form an underground fight club that started to evolves - becoming something much, much more than a bunch of men fight with each other. When things started to get out of control after Tyler left - the narrator tried to find him as a way to stop everything, especially the dangerously, top-secret project Mayhem. Unaware himself, that by finding for him - he's only one step closer to have the ultimate revelation of his life.

6.)  Phone Booth (2002) - Starring: Colin Farell, Kiefer Sutherland, Radha Micthell

It's a nightmare in a bright daylight when an arrogant NYC publicist, Stu Shepard (Farell) walked into the last remaining public phone booth in the city to call the woman he's been courting behind his wife back, Pam. He received a call from a strange man who knows his name, and warns him not to leave the booth or else he will call his wife, Kelly and tell her about Pam. Thinking it as a joke - he decided to walk away but were taken aback when the man call again and say that he already call his wife, and about to do the same with his mistress. The panic Stu tried to talk him out of it - only to be given the ultimatum; tell his wife and Pam the whole truth about his cheating, or get killed by the riffle if he tried to walk away. Thus, begun the horrifying moment for Stu as he's terrorized by the man in fulfilling his demands, and saving everyone around him.

7.) The Machinist (2004) - Starring: Christian Bale

Trevor Reznik (Bale) is a machinist whose insomnia has led to him becoming emaciated. His appearance and behaviour keeps his co workers away, and they eventually turn against him when he's involved in an accident that causes his co worker to lose his left arm. Trevor, who was distracted by an unfamiliar co worker named Ivan - get blame for the accident. Haunted by a brief flashes of recurring imagery and a mysterious series of post-it note that appears on his refrigerator, depicting a game of hangman: Reznik begin to think that everything that's happening around him as an concerted effort to drive him insane. Slowly, he begin to find the truth behind the strange occurrences - as the real truth started to unfold.

8.) Identity (2003) - Starring: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Alfred Molina

A convict introduced as "Malcolm Rivers" - who was abandoned at a motel by his prostitute mother as a child - awaits for execution for several vicious murders that took place at an apartment building. Malcolm's psychiatrist, Dr. Mallick (Molina), had discovered his journal that may explain why he committed the murders. With this late evidence brought forth, a new hearing started to takes place. Meanwhile, ten strangers find themselves stranded in a middle of rainstorm at a remote Nevada motel. Soon, one by one started to die, killed by the unknown, loose murderer despite the victim have no previous connection with one another. The question is, who is this murderer, and what that ALL has to do with "Malcolm Rivers"?

9.) We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) - Starring: Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller

Eva Katchadourian (Swinton), mother of Kevin Katchadourin (Miller) - a kid whom in prison after committing a massacre at his high school, recalled with the series of difficulties she had while her son growing up - before he turned into a murderer. Her husband didn't believe her when he's been told about Kevin, and this added more strain in their marriage. Even after the birth of her daughter, whom has more cheerful and lovely personality than Kevin doesn't help. It's interesting to see the almost non-existence dynamic between a mother and her son, her unfruitful effort to be close to him and his reluctance to be around her - become the key denominator of his detachment and later, the high school killings.

10.) Shutter Island (2010) - Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo

Two U.S Marshals, Edward "Teddy" Daniels (DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck Aule ( Ruffalo) travels to the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminal insane on Shutter Island located in Boston Harbor, as a part of an investigation into the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando, incarcerated for drowning her three children. Receiving not much of help from other staff and patient in there, Daniels decided to do his own investigation and as a series of migraine headaches, waking visions and disturbing dreams of his wife started to take place - Daniels realizes that a foul play on the roll; and he is one of the chagrin. 

The movie listed are my top ten psychological movies. It's the movie that opened up my eyes that a movie, doesn't always have to be, just a movie. It can be so much more. Educational, as well as entertaining nail-baiting experience. I hope you guys will enjoy my list and have a nice day.

Mimi says: The Ultimate Movie Junkie

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