Sunday, 2 March 2014

26. Watch 4 (now I say 15) films to see before you die

Film 4's '50 films to see before you die'
  1. The Apartment
  2. Citizen Kane
  3. North by Northwest
  4. Chinatown
  5. All about Eve
  6. Casablanca
  7. The Wizard of Oz
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  9. Black Narcissus
  10. Apocalypse Now
  11. Withnail & I
  12. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 
  13. Alien
  14. Pulp Ficiton
  15. Back To The Future
  16. Fanny and Alexander
  17. Double Indemnity
  18. The Usual Suspects
  19. Trainspotting 
  20. Touch of Evil
  21. Three Colours Blue
  22. This is Spinal Tap
  23. The Shawshank Redemption
  24. The Ladykillers
  25. The Ipcress Files
  26. Secrets & Lies
  27. Scarface
  28. The Royal Tenenbaums
  29. The Terminator
  30. This Sporting Life
  31. The Silence of the Lambs
  32. Sexy Beast
  33. The King of Comedy
  34. Monty Python's Life of Brian
  35. Mulholland Drive
  36. Princess Mononoke
  37. Pan's Labyrinth 
  38. Fight Club
  39. Dr Strangelove Or: How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb
  40. Dawn Of The Dead
  41. The Breakfast Club
  42. Cabaret
  43. Brazil
  44. Aguirre, The Wrath of God
  45. A  Night At The Opera
  46. Donnie Darko
  47. Up
  48. Heavenly Creatures
  49. Pink Flamingoes
  50. Raising Arizona

26. One flew over the cuckoo's nest

What a film.

Watched One flew over the cuckoo's nest, a film I've been meaning to watch for ages and which is number 12 on channel 4's 50 films to see before you die. After watching the film I've come to many conclusions about mental health, state control and life in general, but I think the most important, or rather pertinent, is that empathy, is the best form of therapy and it's a shame that is not ingrained in many of the practices of healthcare and society even today. As you can probably imagine from a film about a mental health institute in the 50s, the tale is not a very happy one. However, the moments of joy and determination are worth a watch, and incredibly moving.