I Can’t Remember: Amnesia And The Movies

I Can’t Remember: Amnesia And The Movies (photo)

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At 12 a.m. ET tonight on IFC we are showing Shattered. Tom Berenger stars as an amnesiac who begins to suspect that the car crash that caused his memory loss was not an accident and his doting wife (Greta Scaachi) may not be all that doting.

Have you ever met someone with amnesia? I haven’t. Yet I bet everyone has seen a movie or a television show where a character gets knocked on the head and forgets everything. This is currently being used in ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” where one of the characters was in a car crash that erased her memory to the extent that she forgot she had a daughter. Bummer, right? But realistic? I don’t know, because I’ve never met a neuroscientist at a cocktail party and haven’t been able to ask that extremely pressing question.

Yet use of amnesia as a plot device in movies and television shows continues unabated. Maybe filmmakers can’t remember they’ve used it before? Here are a few movies and television show that use memory loss as a central part of the plot:

Memento Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan, it stars Guy Pearce as a man suffering from short-term memory loss. The last thing he remembers is his wife dying and he wants to avenge her death, but he has to remember who to kill:

Samantha Who? Much like Tom Berenger in Shattered, Christina Applegate wakes up from a coma with no memory of her former self only to realize that no one really liked her. The show was quite funny, but sadly abbreviated:

The Bourne Identity stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a one-man killing machine who wakes up on a boat with a bunch of mysterious scars, terrible people skills, and a hit squad after him:

Overboard starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell is one of the funniest amnesia films ever:

Regarding Henry, (1991) Harrison Ford plays Henry, a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find he cannot remember anything. The film is directed by Mike Nichols and written by J. J. Abrams. Yes, he of “Lost” and “Star Trek” fame. Check out all the smoking:

Total Recall While it’s true that Arnold Schwarzenegger chooses to erase his memory, it still counts. Directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Did I *ahem* forget something? What are your favorite amnesia moments from television and film? Tell us in the comments.

Shattered airs on IFC at 12 a.m. ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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