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H2O Man

(73,995 posts)
Sun May 19, 2013, 08:52 PM May 2013

Lisa Rowe

If I actually had a "Top 10 Favorite Movies" list, I would certainly put the 1999 film "Girl, Interrupted" in it.

I know that many DUers know a great deal more about Angelina Jolie that I, and I can accept that. Even in the context of her recent medical decision.

Anyhow, it's a serious film, based upon Susanna Kaysen's book, from when she was voluntarily hospitalized in 1967 for attempting to overdose on aspirin. Winona Ryder plays the main character (Kaysen), who was diagnosed with aborderline personality disorder; Jolie played Rowe, who was diagnosed as a sociopath.

If I've seen Jolie in any film since, it's slipped my mind. I tend to watch movies in much the same manner as I read books -- non-fiction. But I was very impressed by her in this movie.

I fully support her making decisions for herself.

And I gently urge others to watch (or, re-watch) this movie.

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Lisa Rowe (Original Post) H2O Man May 2013 OP
I loved that movie. babylonsister May 2013 #1
If I remember correctly, H2O Man May 2013 #2
Have you heard of 'Gia'? babylonsister May 2013 #4
I believe so. H2O Man May 2013 #5
I do recommend it. I think this is the first babylonsister May 2013 #6
I'm not H2O Man May 2013 #8
Please post a review of that, and I'll try to babylonsister May 2013 #10
Will do. H2O Man May 2013 #11
gia was the true story of model gia Caranga, a super model who contracted aids in the early 80s okaawhatever May 2013 #7
Okay, that's it! H2O Man May 2013 #9
It was good but sad. If you were young in the 80's (I graduated high school 82) it reminds you of okaawhatever May 2013 #12
I was already old H2O Man May 2013 #13
dude, all i got to say is tomb raider, she was hot hot hot in that. loli phabay May 2013 #3
She was amazing in that film, I agree, a film worth watching.... Bluenorthwest May 2013 #14
I Was Srunned By Her Decision Me. May 2013 #15

babylonsister

(171,201 posts)
1. I loved that movie.
Sun May 19, 2013, 08:57 PM
May 2013

I think she's a great 'movie star' and heard from a friend/key grip who worked with her that she's as nice as she is talented and gorgeous. I support her decision 100% because it's hers...doesn't matter what I think at all.

, H2O Man!

H2O Man

(73,995 posts)
2. If I remember correctly,
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:03 PM
May 2013

she won an Academy Award as supporting actress for that role. Personally, though I thought Ryder was outstanding, I thought Jolie made the film as powerful as it was.

babylonsister

(171,201 posts)
4. Have you heard of 'Gia'?
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:13 PM
May 2013

Another angst-filled standout performance by Jolie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia

And I thought Ryder was great also. I'm not exactly a movie maven either, so don't know what she's been up to lately.

H2O Man

(73,995 posts)
5. I believe so.
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:19 PM
May 2013

I think that it is the true story of a model? I have not seen it, but if you recommend it, I shall.

babylonsister

(171,201 posts)
6. I do recommend it. I think this is the first
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:25 PM
May 2013

time I paid attention to her as an actress. She was/is beautiful, fodder for mags, but she was truly talented.

And then there's her humanitarian efforts. All in all, I'd love to call someone like this a friend. She's got it going on even without the fame, or in spite of it.

H2O Man

(73,995 posts)
8. I'm not
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:31 PM
May 2013

particularly fond of her father. But everything that I've read about her -- admittedly limited -- suggests that she has a social conscience, and acts upon it.

I will make a point of watching it. One of the things that I appreciate the most about DU, over the years I have inhabited it, have been the suggestions on books, movies, etc.

In fact, one of my best friends on this forum got me to go out and buy the DVD "Promised Land" today. My older daughter and I will be watching it in a few minutes. (This is a great friend who I "argue" with at times, but always tongue-in-cheek.)

babylonsister

(171,201 posts)
10. Please post a review of that, and I'll try to
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:34 PM
May 2013

catch it, or not. Yes, DU can be a wealth of info if you let it. Have a great night, Pat!

okaawhatever

(9,480 posts)
7. gia was the true story of model gia Caranga, a super model who contracted aids in the early 80s
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:30 PM
May 2013

Cindy Crawford has said she got alot of roles early on because she resembled her. She said people called her , "baby Gia" . Sad story here's some pics of the real gia in case you remember

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=gia&id=E9A6614B383FED0C6648570B91F0D5B79E5F2885&FORM=IQFRBA

H2O Man

(73,995 posts)
9. Okay, that's it!
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:34 PM
May 2013

Thanks for that! Much appreciated.

I remember the tragic, true story. And you helped me connect it.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think of it?

okaawhatever

(9,480 posts)
12. It was good but sad. If you were young in the 80's (I graduated high school 82) it reminds you of
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:39 PM
May 2013

that time and all the people who died from aids. Especially how little we knew about it in the early years.

H2O Man

(73,995 posts)
13. I was already old
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:53 PM
May 2013

in the 1980s. But I certainly remember that time .... I was on the board of directors of STAP (the Southern Tier Aids Program in NYS) which cover 13 counties.

 

Bluenorthwest

(45,319 posts)
14. She was amazing in that film, I agree, a film worth watching....
Sun May 19, 2013, 09:58 PM
May 2013

Other films of hers I really like include Beyond Borders, Gia (very great performance) and Changeling which is a favorite of mine because the true story was not well known, but my mother had told me the story. Very chilling tale, Changeling.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123865/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294357/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0824747/

She's a good person, a fine actor and her partner is as well.

Me.

(35,454 posts)
15. I Was Srunned By Her Decision
Sun May 19, 2013, 11:21 PM
May 2013

And the courage it took. As i understand it, she didn't want her children to suffer the loss she did when her mother died at a relatively young age from breast cancer.

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