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By 𝐑𝐌 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐭𝐨𝐧Published 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 4 min read
Cαʂƚ ყσυɾ ʋσƚҽʂ!

“Apocalypse Now” and “The Silence of the Lambs” have advanced from “The Deranged Lunatic Region” of the Bracket. Thank you to all who voted and commented.

. . . and the MADNESS MARCHES on!

Which Movies best represent the Madness Theme? Let me know in the comment section below.

Our journey continues with the Right-hand side of the Bracket, in “The Bat-Shit Crazy Region” and “The Non Compos Mentis Region”.

𝐏𝐬𝐲𝐜𝐡𝐨 𝐯𝐬. 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐛'𝐬 𝐋𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐫

First up, we have a couple of my personal favorites: “Psycho” vs. “Jacob’s Ladder”.

“Psycho” (1960), is an Alfred Hitchcock classic. When secretary Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) embezzles money and goes on the run, she checks into the wrong Motel, a remote roadside motel run by Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins), a quiet young man under his mother’s iron-fisted control. The story is frightening enough, but the score is one of the all-time best.

Have you seen “Psycho”? What are your favorite scenes or quotes from this film?

“I think that we’re all in our private traps, clamped in them, and none of us can ever get out. We scratch and we claw, but only at the air, only at each other, and for all of it, we never budge an inch.” – Norman Bates

In “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990), directed by Adrian Lyne, Vietnam War Veteran Jacob Singer (played by Tim Robbins) is haunted by PTSD and a life of nightmarish pain and dark hallucinations. The story spirals downward with Jacob’s life as he attempts to sort reality from delusions and understand his own life . . . and death! The film’s name is a reference to a passage from Genesis 28:12 in the Bible: “ And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”

“The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won’t let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they’re not punishing you, he said. They’re freeing your soul.”

Have you seen “Jacob’s Ladder”? What did you think of it?

𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐯𝐬. 𝐅𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛

Next up is “Fatal Attraction” vs. “Fight Club”.

“Fatal Attraction” (1987), is another Adrian Lyne classic starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. When successful married lawyer and family man Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) has a business trip fling with the beautiful Alex Forrest (Glenn Close), he never imagines just how far Alex will take this. This story is deeply disturbing and a dire warning to all who endeavor to have an “innocent fling”.

Well, what am I supposed to do? You won’t answer my calls, you change your number. I mean, I’m not gonna be ignored, Dan!

“Fight Club” (1999), is a brilliant film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. It is based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel by the same name. When an insomniac automotive recall specialist who is disenchanted with his life meets free-spirited Tyler Durbin (Brad Pitt), they strike up a friendship and begin an underground fight club. Fight Club grows and eventually morphs into Project Mayhem, a group intent to disrupt social order. The competitive rivalry between the two main characters sets the stage for great unrest.

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.”

Which of these brilliant films best represents the theme of Madness?

“𝗝𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗿” 𝘃𝘀. “𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀”

Our next intriguing matchup is “Joker” vs. “In the Mouth of Madness”.

“Joker” (2019), directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro, is a psychological thriller based on the DC Comic character. It follows the descent into mental illness of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a failed clown and stand-up comedian who inspires a violent revolution in a decaying Gotham City.

“ I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize, its a fucking comedy.” Arthur Fleck

“In the Mouth of Madness” (1994), is an underrated Twilight-Zone-esque film directed by John Carpenter. It pays tribute to the dark works of H.P. Lovecraft in its exploration of madness. John Trent, a freelance insurance investigator, is hired to find horror writer Sutter Cane. Trent soon discovers that the author’s books have the power to drive men to madness.

“A reality is just what we tell each other it is.” – Linda Styles

“𝐓𝐚𝐱𝐢 𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫” 𝐯𝐬. “𝐒𝐡𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝”

Our final opening-round matchup is “Taxi Driver” vs. “Shutter Island”.

“Taxi Driver” (1976), directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is described as a neo-noir psychological thriller film. Travis Bickle (De Niro) is a Vietnam War Veteran and taxi driver, and the film follows his deteriorating mental state as he works nights amidst the moral depravity of New York City. What are your favorite scenes and moments?

“I’m God’s Lonely Man.” – Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro)

“Shutter Island” (2010), is also directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. This story follows a U.S. Marshal and his new partner as they travel to Boston Harbor’s Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, to investigate the disappearance of a patient who drowned her three children, but things are not what they seem . . .

“Crazy people – they’re the perfect subjects. They talk, nobody listens.”

What are your favorites? What films would you have included that I have left off this Bracket?


I am going to wrap this up with “The Shining” and “Psycho” as the final pair of movies. Thank you all for participating!

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  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Again,'s quite intriguing how much stuff I love revolves around mental health, psychopathy and sociopathy...let us not read what that means about us lol. I shall need to come back and give a proper and detailed view of each match-up. Can I just note that I am glad you have Jacob's Ladder in here...unsung classic and one of Tim Robbins best roles before he went to Shawshank and became a big star. And Taxi like some kinda weird cousin to The Deer Hunter...kinda...I guess because they both have De Niro at a time when he was unrivalled for grit. The only one I haven't seen much of at all (I've not technically seen much of Joker...because I am not a great Joaquim fan, but know enough about it and at least appreciate the King of Comedy reference points as well as every other mental film it kinda borrows from) is In The Mouth of Madness...which is odd because I've seen most of/all of Mr Carpenter's earlier batch of certified classics. He was always a big influence on me in early dabblings with writing along with David yeah. I loved his ethos of doing much of the heavy lifting himself, right down to those sublime soundtracks. anyway,,,side track. Still haven't read Fight Club the book...but the film was always a favourite. At a time when I loved The Usual Suspects, Se7en, and all that shibazz. Fight Club was a riot...until it became an even darker piece. Ed Norton and Brad Pitt absolutely played a blinder and Spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler - amazing (haha) Shutter Island is one of Di Caprios later in career movies and he actually acts in it instead of being Di Caprio...and the spoiler spoiler spoiler was quite surprising! Anyway. I shall return...but I love this selection. As for ones that might have been included. I still think Dead Ringers, Barton Fink (that is quite close to my heart...and I think something that many writers could probably relate to given it's handling of deadlines and writer's block..., plus it's early Coen whacky as shizz) I think films like erm Insomnnia and One Hour Photo...both with Robin Williams and tackling craziness and both with him as a villain. I understand not all can be fit in or we would be here all decade. But, just noting those lol. Anyway, what the hell am I doing? I will be back to give a more coherent (yeah right. lol) analysis and views and votes type comment. Nice work on these though, Rob! Love it!

  • I've not watched any of these movies but I do know the story of Shutter Island. Watched some spoilers on TikTok, lol

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