Remembrance of Things Memento – Part 7: Doctor Ron’s DSM Diagnosis

This is Part 7 in my series of posts about the movie Memento. My previous post was Part 6. The initial post in this series was Part 0.     SPOILER ALERT – In my previous posts about Memento, I raised a number of questions about believability of the main character Leonard. However, I did … Continue reading Remembrance of Things Memento – Part 7: Doctor Ron’s DSM Diagnosis

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AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) @ CSL

Fellow Members:  Presently we are moving into a new vista in terms of our primary film screening for the month. For the time being we have discontinued our association with WINE STYLES. Beginning Friday, November 9, 2007, we will have our primary monthly screening at CSL [Center for Spiritual Learning, 206 N. J Street, Tacoma, … Continue reading AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) @ CSL

Remembrance of things Memento — Part 6: BW Scenes

This is Part 6 in my postings about the movie Memento. The previous post was Part 5. The first post in this series was Part 0.     As we discussed in the previous posting, the color scenes in Memento are shown in reverse order. The BW scenes are shown in chronological order. In addition, … Continue reading Remembrance of things Memento — Part 6: BW Scenes

Remembrance of things Memento — Part 5: Color Coded Scenes

This is part 5 in my postings about the film Memento. My previous post was Post 4. The first post in this series is Post 0.     The power of the film Memento comes as much from its structure as from the dialog and actions of the characters. There are two key elements to … Continue reading Remembrance of things Memento — Part 5: Color Coded Scenes

Remembrance of things Memento — Part 4: Can Memory be trusted?

This is Part 4 in my series of posts about the film Memento. The previous post to this one is Part 3. The initial post of the series is Part 0.   The movie Memento provides excellent illustrations of several important scientific characteristics of memory. In this post lets examine the assertion, made by the … Continue reading Remembrance of things Memento — Part 4: Can Memory be trusted?

King of Hearts is now open for discussion

Our October 2007 film selection, King of Hearts, is now open for discussion. Members who would like to Post an Official Commentary about this film are welcome to do so (Contact Ron or Roger if you would like to have posting privileges to this blogsite). Anyone, member or not, can place brief comments here by … Continue reading King of Hearts is now open for discussion

A Thousand Clowns is now open for discussion

Our October 2007 film selection, A Thousand Clowns, is now open for discussion. Members who would like to Post an Official Commentary about this film are welcome to do so (Contact Ron or Roger if you would like to have posting privileges to this blogsite). Anyone, member or not, can place brief comments here by … Continue reading A Thousand Clowns is now open for discussion

Remembrance of things Memento — Part 3: Amnesic Patient HM

This is Part 3 in my series of posts about the movie Memento. My previous post is Part 2. The initial post for this series is Post 0. Patient HM is probably the most intensely studied patient in the history of behavioral neuroscience. He is the most carefully documented patient having an amnesic disorder characterized … Continue reading Remembrance of things Memento — Part 3: Amnesic Patient HM

Remembrance of things Memento — Part 2: Declarative Memories versus Habits

In the previous post of this series, Part 1, we discovered that a statement made by the main character in Memento, Leonard, was not accurate. He asserted that he has a deficit in "short-term memory" whereas his symptoms indicate a "long-term memory" deficit. That misstatement might, in principle, be meaningless trivia indicating nothing more than … Continue reading Remembrance of things Memento — Part 2: Declarative Memories versus Habits

Producer’s Film Picks for November 2007

Tonight is our October film discussion TFC meeting. We, of course will be discussing A THOUSAND CLOWNS, KING OF HEARTS, and QUILLS. We had a screening of A THOUSAND CLOWNS @ CSL, and a screening of KING OF HEARTS @ Wine Styles. As it turned out QUILLS was too "R"-rated to screen @ Origin 23, … Continue reading Producer’s Film Picks for November 2007

Memento – Is “understanding” a movie necessary, or even important?

I have tried to avoid any “spoilers” in this blog. In it I hope to address two closely related questions, primarily using the movie Memento as a vehicle. First, is it necessary to “understand” a movie in order to enjoy it and derive some benefit from it? Second, does a movie have to be “understandable” … Continue reading Memento – Is “understanding” a movie necessary, or even important?

Remembrance of things Memento — Part 1: Short-term versus Long-term Memory

This is Part 1 in a series of postings I am doing about the movie Memento. My introduction to this series is Part 0.     The main character in Memento, Leonard, asserts that he has a "memory problem" that affects his short-term memory. MUCH more to come later about his "memory problem", but what … Continue reading Remembrance of things Memento — Part 1: Short-term versus Long-term Memory

Remembrance of things Memento — Part 0: Here goes!

Memento (2000) There appears to be a sizable cult following for this film, and rightly so, as I consider it to be one of the best, arguably THE best, films of its genre ever made. I teach college classes part-time (I am a retired professor) and show clips from Memento to demonstrate several key topics … Continue reading Remembrance of things Memento — Part 0: Here goes!

A THOUSAND CLOWNS @ CSL

Hey Tacoma Film Club—we are showing A Thousand Clowns! When:  Tuesday October 9, 2007      @7:00 PM Where:  Center for Spiritual Living  206 North    Street  If you want “goodies” please bring what you want to eat or drink.   A Thousand Clowns http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059798/   Unemployed television writer, Murray Burns, lives in a cluttered New York City … Continue reading A THOUSAND CLOWNS @ CSL