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Mental illness on screen: the good, the bad & the ugly

Lucy Nichol Feb 19, 2018

Lucy looks at a handful of the movies she's grown up with, and examines how they treat mental illness...

Associating mental illness with horror, violence and downright strange goings on was as rife as e-numbers and spiral perms back in the 80s. That's as far as my memory takes me anyway. But in fact, this unfair association goes back further still, many years before I was brought into this world via forceps in 1978 (I was always a stubborn child).

Going back even further, before we had the movies, Bethlem was, and still is, a hospital in London for people suffering from mental illness. Whilst it might be a respected hospital today, it has a chequered past...

It is reported that, in the 1590s, the governors allowed the general public to come and gawp at Bethlem's patients as a source of entertainment - paid for much like we
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‘Jackie Brown’ at 20: Pam Grier Has a Better Idea for an Ending

‘Jackie Brown’ at 20: Pam Grier Has a Better Idea for an Ending
Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed crime thriller “Jackie Brown,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary on Christmas Day, was the filmmaker’s valentine to stars Pam Grier and Robert Forster.

Grier came to fame as the groundbreaking female action superstar of such Blaxploitation films as 1973’s “Coffy” and 1974’s “Foxy Brown.” Though Grier continued working in film and television, she hadn’t had a meaty leading film role since the demise of the genre.

Forster, who starred in such classics as Haskell Wexler’s 1969’s “Medium Cool,” was primarily doing “B” films and didn’t even have a manager or an agent when “Jackie Brown” came along.

Both veteran actors found their careers revitalized by the film. Grier earned a Golden Globe nomination for “Jackie Brown” and since has appeared in such TV series as Showtime’s acclaimed “The L Word” and films including “Larry Crowne,” and published her autobiography. Forster received a supporting actor nom as bail bondsman
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'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie

'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie
By the time Cameron Crowe made Singles in 1992, the 35-year-old director was already a decade into his career's second act. A former journalist for Rolling Stone, he'd pivoted towards the movies after adapting his book about going undercover at a Los Angeles high school – Fast Times at Ridgemont High – for the screen in 1982. And his directorial debut, Say Anything... (1989), proved that he had a knack for capturing teen spirit.

Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings.
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Blu-ray Review: The Stendhal Syndrome Limited Edition 2K Restoration

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It’s hard for horror filmmakers—or filmmakers of any genre, for that matter—to sustain their greatness. Changes in how movies are made, decreasing budgets, even just the passage of time impacts the quality of their output as the years go by, to the point that sometimes the work they’re doing near the end of their respective careers is unidentifiable as their work.

An argument could be made that this is true of Dario Argento, the Italian master of horror who started out making some of the best movies the genre has ever seen and most recently made the 3D Dracula movie with the giant CG mantis. This isn’t to say his latest output is without value—it no doubt has its fans—but it hardly looks like the work of the same man who gave us Suspiria and Deep Red. His 1996 effort, The Stendhal Syndrome, which
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‘Single White Female’ Turns 25: Why Lesbian-Phobic Thriller Is Problematic

‘Single White Female’ Turns 25: Why Lesbian-Phobic Thriller Is Problematic
Spoilers galore, albeit for a 25-year-old movie. Bridget Fonda’s Allie Jones pretty much has it all in the opening scene of “Single White Female”: A handsome fiance (played by Steven Weber). A solid friend in her gay upstairs neighbor (Peter Friedman). A rent-controlled apartment on the Upper West Side. An impressive career as an entrepreneur and software programmer. An arguably even more impressive glamazon look straight out of a Yves Saint Laurent ad from an early ’90s issue of “Vogue.” Allie ditches that fiance, the philandering Sam, almost as quickly as we’re introduced to him. She posts an ad for.
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6 Great Films About Female Obsession, From ‘Single White Female’ to ‘Heavenly Creatures’

6 Great Films About Female Obsession, From ‘Single White Female’ to ‘Heavenly Creatures’
Matt Spicer’s “Ingrid Goes West” doesn’t shy away from its deliciously unhinged protagonist in the slightest, opening the comedy’s action with the eponymous Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) going full-tilt bonkers on the wedding of someone who initially seems like an old pal who has done her wrong. But Ingrid isn’t getting revenge on a lost friend who has bilked her for other people, she’s actually on hand to ruin the nuptials of someone she mostly knows from social media.

Ingrid eventually moves on (sort of), heading out west to make her way in sunny Los Angeles, where she’s convinced that a highly curated life is the cure for all her ills. What she really wants is someone else to emulate and follow, and she finds that in Insta-famous lifestyle blogger Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen), who makes the woeful mistake of liking one of Ingrid’s targeted posts.
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Forget me not by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marthe Keller stars in Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia

Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia, starring Marthe Keller and Max Riemelt with Bruno Ganz, Corinna Kirchhoff, Fermí Reixach, Marie Leuenberger, and Joel Basman is a supremely personal chamber piece by the filmmaker who brought us Hollywood films such as Reversal Of Fortune (which won Jeremy Irons an Oscar), Barfly (Faye Dunaway, Mickey Rourke) or Single White Female (Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh), who worked with Jacques Rivette and Jean-Luc Godard and directed an episode of Mad Men.

Barbet Schroeder with Anne-Katrin Titze on Nelly Quettier: "She's a great editor." Photo: Steven Beeman

In New York before the opening, Barbet spoke with me about his editing on a "huge white wall" with Nelly Quettier (Terror's Advocate, Claire Denis' Beau Travail, Ursula Meier's Home, Léos Carax's Holy Motors), a Nanni Moretti-like Mia Madre idea, Walter Benjamin and Raoul Hausmann, the mood of Georgia O'Keeffe's house,
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Lady Bloodfight Trailer: An Insane, Blood-Soaked Fight to the Death

Lady Bloodfight Trailer: An Insane, Blood-Soaked Fight to the Death
Vertical Entertainment has released the first trailer from their upcoming action-thriller Lady Bloodfight, which is set for a theatrical release on May 5. The studio has also provided us with the first poster that takes us closer into the action, showcasing the characters who square off against each other in a brutal fighting tournament known as The Kumite. While this tournament bears the same name as the tournament portrayed in the 1988 classic Bloodsport, this upcoming action-thriller showcases an all-female tournament.

Lady Bloodfight centers on Jane (Amy Johnston), a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as "The Kumite" in
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Cameron Crowe Announces Extended ‘Singles’ Soundtrack

Cameron Crowe Announces Extended ‘Singles’ Soundtrack
Just in time for the 25th anniversary of his ode to Gen-Xers, “Singles,” director Cameron Crowe has announced a deluxe edition of the film’s grunge-laden soundtrack.

Like many of the soundtracks for Crowe’s films, the original perfectly captured the early ’90s Seattle sound with songs from Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg.

The two CD set will include a number of additional songs from the film as well as unreleased demos and live versions. The unreleased material includes acoustic versions of Westerberg’s “Dyslexic Heart” and “Waiting for Somebody,” a live film version of “Would” by Alice in Chains, and several songs by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

The soundtrack will be released May 29 with both a two CD set and a two LP set that includes a bonus CD with extra tracks.

The Warner Bros. film opened Sept. 18, 1992 and starred Matt Dillon,
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A TV remake of Single White Female is in development

It looks like Single White Female is the latest movie set for a small screen adaptation, with THR revealing that NBC is in development on a reboot of the 1992 thriller, which starred Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The network has given a script commitment to the project, which will be written by Eric Garcia for Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar, and is described as “a modern day reboot” of the film which will shift the action from New York to San Francisco. The official logline reads as follows:

“When erstwhile con-artist Hedra (played in the movie by Leigh) uses her professional connections to target Allie (portrayed by Fonda), a seemingly moneyed colleague in search of a roommate, Hedra slowly begins to realize that her mark may not be quite as innocuous as she first seems. Soon, viewers will come to understand that Hedra may have met her match in Allie,
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‘Single White Female’ Is Resurrected As an NBC Drama

‘Single White Female’ Is Resurrected As an NBC Drama
What is it with NBC and adapting 1992 thrillers? In addition to the comedic “Sneakers,” NBC will be adapting Barbet Schroeder’s considerably darker “Single White Female.”According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series received a script commitment and is described as a “modern-day reboot.”

Written and executive produced by Eric Garcia, the psychological thriller will be set in San Francisco instead of the film’s New York. The story will follow Hedra, a con artist who uses her professional connections to target Allie, a seemingly wealthy colleague in search of a roommate. Over time, Hedra realizes that Allie is not as naive as she thought. Per the logline, “Viewers will then come to understand that Hedra may have met her match in Allie, making viewers question who is really being ‘single white female’d.'”

Read More: After ‘Mr. Robot’ Comes ‘Metropolis’: Sam Esmail Wants to Turn Fritz Lang
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‘Single White Female’ Reboot In Works At NBC

NBC is developing an hourlong drama based on Single White Female, the 1992 movie that starred Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda. Eric Garcia is writing the script and executive producing. Sony Pictures TV is the studio. Sony’s Columbia Pictures distributed the original feature film, which grossed $48 million domestically. Single White Female was a cult erotic thriller based on John Lutz’s novel Swf Seeks Same, directed by Barbet Schroeder and co-written by Lutz and…
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Single White Female Getting Rebooted as a TV Series by NBC

Single White Female Getting Rebooted as a TV Series by NBC
The roommate from hell is back: NBC is rebooting the ’90s thriller Single White Female as a TV series.

The Hollywood Reporter says the series has received a script commitment from the network, and will move the action to San Francisco instead of New York. Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh starred in the 1992 original about a woman named Allison (Fonda) who takes in Hedra (Leigh) as a roommate, only to have her turn into a full-on psycho stalker. The iconic moment came when Allison discovered Hedra had copied her exact haircut and wardrobe — the birth of the term “single white female’d.
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‘Single White Female’ TV Series in the Works at NBC

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‘Single White Female’ TV Series in the Works at NBC
NBC is developing a series based on the movie “Single White Female,” TheWrap has confirmed. The network has made a script commitment for the potential series, which will be written and executive produced by Eric Garcia. TriStar will produce. The series will follow con-artist Hedra, who uses her professional connections to target Allie, a seemingly moneyed colleague in search of a roommate. However, Hedra begins to realize that her mark may not be quite as innocuous as she first seems. Also Read: 'This Is Us': 5 Lessons for Networks Hoping for Their Own Breakout Hit The original 1992 movie starred Bridget Fonda as Allie and.
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'Single White Female' TV Series In the Works at NBC (Exclusive)

Add Single White Female to the growing roster of movie-to-tv reboots.

NBC is developing a reboot of the 1992 feature film that starred Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama, which has received a script commitment, is described as a "modern-day reboot" of the cult-classic movie that was written by Don Roos and directed by Barbet Schroeder and was based on John Lutz's novel Swf Seeks Same.

The update is set in San Francisco (unlike the film's New York setting) and is a soapy psychological thriller in which the...
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Queens of kick ass! ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ feature

The ladies of the moviegoing public are delivered a multipack of fairytale delights, care of this week’s major offering The Huntsman: Winter’s War. While there’s more than enough dwarf ‘n sword action for the guys, the prequel is notable for featuring a raft of great actresses.

Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Sheridan Smith and the returning Charlize Theron fill the bill. And while male attendees won’t exactly be complaining about that, the rippling Chris Hemsworth is very much front and centre for the girls (and indeed guys) who fancy him more than a juicy apple from the Wicked Queen’s local greengrocer.

As it’s one of those rare occasions where women lead the blockbuster charge, let’s celebrate some of the most memorable female fantasy characters who worked their magic on the big and small screens. “Mirror mirror on the wall… I’m sorry I haven
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Before They Were Nominees: Check Out These Oscar Stars' Other Best Movies

Before They Were Nominees: Check Out These Oscar Stars' Other Best Movies
Sure, you've seen Brie Larson in Room, but did you catch her in Short Term 12? How about Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan in Hanna? Or Tom Hardy in The Drop? Here are some of this year's Oscar nominees' terrific earlier films. Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed Starring two of the frontrunners, The Departed is a double dip in this year's Best Actor pool. Damon is the bad boy, mentored by Jack Nicholson's South Boston mob boss (loosely based on Whitey Bulger) to be a mole in the state police. DiCaprio is the local kid trying to make good,
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Beauty vs Beast: It's A Walk Off!

Jason from Mnpp here, flashing my signature look your way as we mount this week's "Beauty vs Beast" -- it's fifteen years later and we're set to return to the Derek Zoolander School Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too this Friday with Zoolander 2, the 2001 film's slow-cooked sequel. The film reunites most of the original cast while bringing in a few new (stretched, preening) faces - I can't even tell you how many times I've watched Kristen Wiig's "Youth Milk" commercial; she's the entire reason I will be returning. I do have good feelings towards the original film though, so let's make our best right turns and flash a Blue Steel backwards in time...

Previously We wished Jennifer Jason Leigh happy birthday with a glance back at 1992's Single White Female, and this time out it was her crazy crazy Hedra that came out on top,
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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks
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Beauty vs Beast: Crazy Comes Classified

Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" for your consideration -- Jennifer Jason Leigh will be celebrating her 54th birthday this upcoming Friday February 5th, after finally earning a long overdue Oscar nomination this year with her joyously profane work as "Daisy Dahmer-goo" (sorry I can only type it like Kurt Russell says it) in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

But Daisy's hardly my favorite villainous turn from the actress - she's always been willing to tap into the crazy, and that was a willingness that reaped righteously trashy rewards with 1992's psycho-roomate-thriller Single White Female, one of my favorites from the "psycho [fill in the blank] genre" that dominated in the early 90s. And meeting her all the way was a terrifically sweet and dazed Bridget Fonda (good god I miss Bridget Fonda), slinking around foolishly in that silver coat that haunts my dreams.

Previously Last week's actressy showdown
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