Chronicle Recommends: Memory Loss
Films for when you're trying to forget everything
By The Screens Staff,
7:00AM, Tue. Jan. 8, 2019
Every month, the Chronicle's film critics select a theme and offer movie recommendations. We're trying to forget the misery of 2018 with a selection of films about amnesia.
Wait, doesn't this seem awfully familiar?
12 Monkeys (1995)review). – Josh Kupecki
What They Had (2018)review). – Marjorie Baumgarten
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
The Maze Runner (2014)Divergent and Hunger Games franchises, the Maze Runner movies have always been a bit of an afterthought. And yet, despite not having the money or the celebrity star power of the other films, the Maze Runner series is undeniably the most fun. Wes Ball strings together July set-pieces on a February budget; each film operates at its own unique sense of scale, moving from a small group of amnesiac survivors in the first to a citywide rebellion in the final installment. In short, The Maze Runner and its sequels offer the kind of heart-filled spectacle that most YA adaptations only wish they could achieve (review). – Matthew Monagle
Regarding Henry (1991)review). – Richard Whittaker
Dead Again (1991)
They were sweet in their few minutes together in Henry V and surprisingly sexy as Much Ado About Nothing’s warring lovers, but for my money, the best screen pairing of then-married couple Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson is this underrated L.A. noir. Branagh plays a private eye hired to help Thompson’s amnesiac recover her memory; turns out, the pair knew each other in another life, one that ended in a grisly murder. The past-life segments – a luxe black-and-white rendering of Golden Age Hollywood glamour – let Branagh indulge his operatic tendencies, while the modern-day detective story hits hard-boiled’s pleasure center. Ace supporting work by Robin Williams, Andy Garcia, and Patrick Doyle’s spooky original score (review). – Kimberley Jones
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Chronicle Recommends, D.O.A., Desperately Seeking Susan, 12 Monkeys, What They Had, The Maze Runner, Regarding Henry