I think we're all a little crazy, in our own ways. This is what makes us unique, special snowflakes in the eyes of a god who may or may not exist (my money's on the latter, thanks for asking). Of course, if we're all crazy, then what is normal? Maybe normal is crazy? Maybe we should all be in mental hospitals. My life last year involved a mental hospital. Not for me – I wasn't an inmate there – but an intimate-at-the-time person in my life was, for a few days. That was frightening. It's probably unprofessional to use this platform to call them out for horrendously ineffective and head-scratchingly questionable treatment practices (or lack thereof) – so I won't. I will, however, now tell you about some film screenings about the crazy, all of which is happening at the University of Louisville Floyd Theater this week.
First: Silver Linings Playbook, the fantastic new film by David O. Russell, which garnered many Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and every acting award, and which earned our favorite Louisville movie celebrity, Jennifer Lawrence, her very first Academy Award. Bradley Cooper stars as Pat Solitano, a man who moves in with his parents after doing time in a mental institution. While trying to hold on to the positive in his life and reconnect with his ex-wife, he meets Tiffany (Lawrence) a strangely persistent woman with issues of her own. It's a fun, funny, beautiful film; my review of it can be found here. Silver Linings Playbook will screen today, Tuesday, at 5:00, and Thursday at 5:00 and 8:00.
Next up is the Floyd's annual midnight screening of one of the best films to come out of the '90s, and one of the integral movies in my initial film education: Fight Club. If you have not yet seen this movie, and have somehow had the ending remain unspoiled: do not miss this event. Edward Norton is Jack, an office worker who falls in with the enigmatic and mysterious Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), and together they start a basement organization – Fight Club – which Jack fears may have more sinister ulterior motives. Fight Club will be screened Friday at midnight.
The Floyd Theater is located on the third floor of the Student Activities Center on the University of Louisville campus. Admission is $1.50 for students and $3 for the general public. Complete information can be found at the SAB Film Committee Facebook page.
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