I was torn deciding on a name for this blog, thinking first just to name it Mental Health.
But that’s crazy.
Mental health is one of today’s hot topics and deservedly so. More and more celebrities are endorsing the admission of a serious medical condition of various degrees and diagnoses.
You know what else is crazy?
3000 troops to Kabul, Afghanistan. I mean really.
It would not be the first time in political history that a president, struggling with a divisive country and government, was if not “bailed out,” at least jumped a few points in his approval ratings by entering the arena of war somewhere on this wacky orb.
Right now, depending on whose polls you subscribe, it is right around 50%.
Now I might be an old country boy, but that does not sound overwhelming OR encouraging.
Since I promised in my last rant about anti-vaxxers that it was my last, I won’t stoop but I would like to say that the vaccination rate is climbing, albeit excruciatingly slow.
And since I promised the same as to my fear of anti-maskers, I won’t even touch Ron DeSantis in Wonderland.
Movies about mental health:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ken Kesey’s brilliant book about the insane members of the Oregon State Hospital, both patients and employees: Randle Patrick McMurphy, Chief, and the adorable Nurse Ratched.
Before she got the moniker of the Domestic Despot, my wife Osama bin KAREN was aka Nurse Ratched.
I’m so charming.
Next, I have to go with A Beautiful Mind.
Charly. Cliff Robertson’s tour de force in the 1968 Oscar winner adapted from the short story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
The Domestic Despot could watch Bradley Cooper all day and night, and the same for me with Jennifer Lawrence (shame on us), but Silver Linings Playbook was just a cute movie, just doesn’t stack up with the big boys as a movie about mental illness.
The Soloist with two all-time acting talents Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx.
Powerful and understated.
Magic with Sir Anthony Hopkins. The scene with he, his dummy Corky (who you calling a dummy, dummy?) and Burgess Meredith trying to expose his “condition” will fuck you up.
Be stoned when you watch it.
You won’t regret it.
And no, I won’t leave out the great movie Rain Man with two magnificent actors. That’s right, I said two. Yet another ho-hum brilliant performance by the treasure of Santa Monica City College, Dustin Hoffman, and Tom “Pretty Boy” Cruise.
Cruise is not given his due as an actor because he is too good-looking. Isn’t that kind of punishing a weightlifter for looking too muscular?
I can relate. I told Karen I was the Mexican Tom Cruise: Chuy Cruz.
Not buying it.
To wrap it up, isn’t it merely an extrapolation of “Crazy is as Crazy does?” my paean to Forrest Gump (which I did not include here as that movie transcends life itself).
Mental health is crucial to enjoying a great life on our short stay here.