Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks #3: Movies set in a Mental Institution

A little background on this meme: I was inspired by the many weekly memes that are very popular among the book blogging community. Being a movie fan myself I was looking to participate in something similar for movies. Not able to find any, I decided to create and host a weekly movie meme myself.

The rules of this meme is simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each. For more information on the meme and future topics please visit the meme's page here.


Hey its Thursday again. Time flies doesn't it!

This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies set in a Mental Institution.


This week I'm doing it a little different. I'm picking one for each...favourites, hidden gem and worst.


The Princess and the Warrior (2000) - " Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact."
Run Lola Run may be the more famous Tom Tykwer movie, but the Princess and the Warrior is my favorite. No heart pumping action here. It's a quieter film with an unconventional love story about two people who meet as a result of a car accident; one a socially awkward nurse at an asylum and the other completely unwilling to enter any sort of relationship as he struggles to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic event in his past. I really like the characters here; complex and carrying a lot of baggage.

Hidden Gem

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)  - "A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward."
I watched this a long while ago. I was quite surprised that everyone else didn't seem to like it (Tomatometer is 58%) because I actually enjoyed it. I thought it was quite a funny and moving story about a kid trying to deal with depression and just simply growing up. The concept of someone voluntarily checking himself into a psych ward just fascinated me. The movie is actually based on a book of the same name written by Ned Vizzini who wrote it based on some of his experience in psychiatric ward in his youth. The author committed suicide last year.


Sucker Punch (2011) - " A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility"
I really enjoyed Zack Snyder's previous movies, Dawn of the Dead and 300 and so I was looking to be entertained by Sucker Punch. Plus this was an original screenplay unlike the others and I love stories about characters retreating to fantastical world in order to escape the cruel realities of their own world. Unfortunately  Sucker Punch was just terrible. The alternative reality is basically like a gamer boy's steampunkish/video game fantasy. It fails to bring anything other than being an excuse to put the girls in skimpy video gamey costumes and I think it really lost its audiences on caring what was happening to the characters in their real life.


So that's three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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  1. Darn it, I completely forgot about this one. Unfortunately, I've got some complicated stuff going on so I'm not sure if I'll be able to post for this week or the next.

  2. I had a devil of a time with this one. For some reason, I haven't seen (or remember much about) that many movies set in mental institutions. Came up with something, though. Even of your three picks I've only seen one, Sucker Punch, and I agree it's the worst. It might be the worst anything. Ever. You have got me intrigued in your other two. Good post.

    1. I thought this was going to be an easy topic when I first came up with it...not so when I actually had to pick my 3 picks.

  3. This theme of the week blogathon sounded interesting so I decided to join in, I've seen a few movies set in a mental institution so I had a tough time singling out just three but decided on two favorites and a, IMO gem that not many have heard of. Nice post, I agree Sucker Punch is pretty bad, maybe the worst movie I've seen, I just didn't find much too memorable about it.

    1. Hey glad you join us this week :) Sucker Punch was an easy worst.


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