MONDAY MOVIE MEME
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Bridget Jones (Renee Zellewegger) is a single woman in her early thirties who works in publicity for a book publishing company. She is rather obsessed with how much she weighs and losing weight. In a diary Bridget records her weight each day, sometimes more than once a day, keeps track of what she eats as well as other things such as how much she smokes and what's happening in her love life.
Requiem for a Dream (2000) directed by Darren Aronofsky, this movie depicts different types of addiction with several characters becoming addicted to various substances. Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is an elderly widow living alone in an apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn who watches infomercials on television. When she believes she's going to be on a game show, she begins taking a regimen of prescription weight-loss amphetamine pills during the day followed by a nightly sedative. Her obsession with losing weight and fitting into a red dress she wore years ago, and hopes to wear on the game show, causes her to up her dosage of the pills again and again to disastrous results.
Raging Bull (1980) Robert DeNiro portrays Jake LaMotta a middleweight boxer popular in the 40's and 50's who has major issues with jealousy and rage. He also has an animalistic appetite and once he stopped boxing, gained so much weight he became obese. In order to portray Jake LaMotta realistically, DeNiro started filming a trim and lean man with lots of muscle and then gained 60 pounds during filming eating his way across France and Italy! (see Robert DeNiro)