"NUTS", 1987. Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Jean Stapleton, Karl
Malden, Eli Wallach, James Whitmore and Leslie Nielson (What a cast!) One of
the best movies you never heard of, and a travesty that Streisand never even
got an Oscar nomination. She portrays
one woman's life in the aftermath of sexual abuse as a child (Stapleton and
Malden are the parents) and how it led to her life as a prostitute accused of
murdering a trick. Is she "Nuts" or playing a role? Why. An excellent courtroom
drama, and to me the best thing Babs has ever done.
"SLEEPERS", 1996. Kevin
Bacon, Robert DiNiro, Minnie Driver, others. Four teens from a "bad neighborhood" are sent to detention
due to a prank gone bad. They are subjected to all manner of humiliation and
physical and sexual abuse by the guards. Years later, they reconnect, and plot
"PRIMAL FEAR", 1996. Richard Gere, Ed Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfrie Woodard, Frances
McDormand (again, WOW on the cast). An altar boy (Norton) murders an
archbishop, is defended by a hotshot attorney (Gere); the back-story is, of course, the core of the trial - and the
movie . There's a fascinating
twist at the end involving multiple personalities (the ONLY portrayal to my
knowledge of a male multiple in the visual media).
"MYSTIC RIVER", 2003. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney, Laurence Fishburne; Marcia Gay
Harden. Three friends since
childhood are bonded by a deep secret.
They are reunited when one of their daughters goes missing and is found
murdered. The 'secret' proves to
be the turning point, based on misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the
sexual abuse issue. Taut drama, with Penn and Robbins winning the 2 male role
Oscars, Harden nominated for supporting actress, and Eastwood nominated for
"MYSTERIOUS SKIN", 2004. In indie film with unknown actors. Two teen age boys, one a homosexual hustler, one who thinks
he was abducted by aliens, discover
they have a common past. (If you're reading this, you know what it is!)
A riveting film, Netflix calls it mind-bending. ALERT: There are some very graphic scenes that
may be triggering for some viewers.