Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell is another name I've encountered while looking at other people's filmographies. But again, I can't remember where exactly I've seen her.

Well, Lord Wiki says she was in Pitch Black. That's probably where I saw her name. I've written about that movie twice already. Another thing I've seen her in is Finding Neverland. It's been awhile since I saw that though. I can't remember who she played. Was it Johnny Depp's wife? Did he have a wife? I think so, but I'm not sure.

Baby Radha was born in Melbourne on 12 November 1973. She's about a year younger than me.

Her name comes from Hinduism. Lord Wiki says that Radha was a childhood friend, and then lover of Krishna.

I guess Mitchell's parents were into Hinduism. And it sounds like Mitchell has kept some of this in her life. She does yoga, and is vegetarian. Although a lot of people do that who aren't Hindu.

Mitchell's mother was a model, and then later became a designer. Mitchell's father was a filmmaker. I wonder if he made anything interesting.

Mitchell attended St. Michael's Grammar School. It's a Christian school, but they say they don't push religion on anyone, and they welcome other faiths. They say, In addition to being a multicultural community, St Michael's is also multi-faith. We teach the basics of many religions and insist on respect for the beliefs of all members of our community. Our students are encouraged to discern their own spiritual paths. Amen to that! So I bet they'd be welcoming towards a little girl with a Hindu name and family.

Well, that's about all the personal stuff that Lord Wiki provides. I'm going to jump over to Mitchell's filmography on IMDb.

It looks like Mitchell's first screen appearance happened in 1988. That was a bad year for me. Hopefully it was better for Mitchell. She would have been about fifteen then. She did a children's TV show called Sugar and Spice. An IMDb user named Calvertfan provides insight into the show. It's about two young girls who are very different from each other, and there is much love lacking between them. Mitchell played the snobby girl hoping to go to a private school. The other girl wanted to work on a farm. Then they end up having to live together at one of their grandmother's houses. The show takes place in the 1920's, so it provides some historical education.

It sounds good to me. I think I'd like it.

Mitchell's filmography is quiet for awhile. I'm guessing maybe she took the time to finish high school. Then in 1992 and 1993, she appeared on the TV show All Together Now. I didn't recognize the title, but I did recognize the plot description. Rebecca Gibney was in it, so I guess I wrote about it when I researched her. It's the show where a rock star learns he has fifteen year-old twins. Mitchell played someone named Jodi. She was in six episodes. Maybe she played a friend of the twins?

I just found this website with the titles and descriptions of all the episodes of All Together Now. It's really cool. Each episode is named after a song.

Starting in 1994, Mitchell played Catherine O'Brien on Neighbours. She was on the show until 1997.

According to my favorite Neighbours site, Catherine was a vegetarian, and very passionate about her animal rights views. A guy named Stonefish became interested in her. He wasn't into the animal rights things, but tried to change so he could impress her. Stonefish is brothers with Toadfish. He was involved with someone else I wrote about. Who was it?

Okay. He was friends with Billy Robinson who was played by Jesse Spencer. Cool. Maybe one day I'll be able to remember all these characters and connections.

Here's a scene with Mitchell. I think she's the one wearing pink. Is that Stonefish with her, or another guy?

In 1995, Mitchell worked with Gibney again in the TV movie Halifax f.p: My Lovely Girl. It was about murderers being released from mental institutions. Some of them get out, and then they kill again. But then other people leave mental hospitals and write amazing novels. It's a hard call. Who should be given freedom, and who should not....

In 1996, Mitchell appeared in a two part episode of Blue Heelers. She played Nerida Davidson.

I was just looking for a video of the episode and instead found some interviews. It turns out I missed a movie earlier. Mitchell is from Rogue. That's why I saw her name recently. I just looked at that movie the other day.

TV.com has a description of the Blue Heelers episode. When I was googling, I saw that Blue Heelers is a nickname for the Australian Cattle Dog. I have a friend who's really into those dogs.

Is the TV show related to that? As far as I can see from Lord Wiki, it doesn't. But maybe I've missed something.

I don't see Nerida mentioned on the episode summary. It was about bushfires, and an escaped prisoner. I'm not sure how she fit into all that.

Wait. Here we go. Nerida is mentioned in description of part 2 of the episode. Nerida was armed and dangerous; and she was holding some of the characters hostage. Wow. I wasn't expecting that. It's later discovered that Nerida and her brother were private school kids wanted to rob a bank so they could be set for life. Interesting.

Also in 1996, Mitchell was in the movie Love and Other Catastrophes. It's a romantic-comedy about film school students. An IMDb user says the movie has a lesbian storyline. Noralee says,
The lesbian couple is treated completely naturally and romantically and is really the most interesting couple. None of the guys even assume the lesbian's straight best friend is gay, as I think would happen in most American films.

I wouldn't assume the straight best friend is gay. But I would wonder if the lesbian has feelings for her. To me, it's hard to understand how someone can love someone as a best friend, but not be attracted to them....especially if it's the gender they're into. Well, actually I'm not really attracted to my best friends. But I was very much attracted to my MALE best friend. I wasn't at first. But then we spent so much time together, and slowly I started to love him. I've had other male friends, and felt nothing for them. But we weren't super close best friends. I think there's a difference.

I wonder if any studies have been done on this. In best-friend partnerships, where one party is sexually attracted to the other person's gender, does that person usually fall in love? Are there cases where people become best friends, and no one falls in love? Is that possible? Have any of you been super close best friends with someone of a gender you're attracted to, and never developed romantic feelings for that person?

Anyway.....

Here's the beginning of the movie. There's some loud sex. Now we have drugs and rock-n-roll. I guess it's one of those movies.

Neither of these women in the car are Mitchell. Lord Wiki is helping me get things straight here. These are the roommates.

Now I'm thinking that one way these friendships can exist without romance is for there to be someone else in the picture. If the lesbian has another girlfriend, there's no reason for her to be crushing on her friend. I guess the romantic feelings towards one's friend would more likely pop up during dry times.

Mitchell plays the lesbian's girlfriend. That scene didn't have her, but this one does. Actually, I think it's a collection of scenes.

Oh! Here's some fun trivia. Mitchell's girlfriend in the movie is played by Helen Garner's daughter.

I like Mitchell's voice and accent. She reminds me a little bit of Emilie de Ravin.

I think someone just took all Mitchell's and Garner's scene and put them in one video. It's fun to watch. They're happy together, then they're fighting, then they're okay. Now I'm watching them break up. The movie has some fun dialogue.

I just realized that Mitchell looks somewhat like an ex-friend of ours....a VERY ex-friend. I'm going to try to forget that.  Otherwise it will be hard for me to like Mitchell.

In 1998, Mitchell was in a New Zealand TV movie called The Chosen. It's not the Chaim Potok one.

Next we have another lesbian movie; High Art. Mitchell plays an aspiring journalist who meets a famous photographer. I guess there's some attraction there. Mitchell's character had been in a relationship with a guy, so she might be bisexual.

Ally Sheedy plays the photographer.

Here's the trailer. Maybe Mitchell's character isn't a lesbian. I'm getting the idea she's doing the loving as a career move.

Mitchell has an American accent in the movie. I just don't get it. Why couldn't her character be Australian? Some of them do live in America, you know.

Maybe Mitchell chooses movies that have connections to previous movies she's been in. Her next movie was also about photography. This was Cleopatra's Second Husband, another American movie.

I don't really understand the plot of this one. There's a guy who's a photographer, and he has a controlling wife. They go to vacation in New York, and let Mitchell and her boyfriend stay at their house. When they return, their house is a mess. Then Mitchell and the boyfriend ask if they can stay, and the photographer guy lets them.

Okay. Whatever.

Here's the trailer.
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It doesn't look that great to me. The music in the beginning sounds familar, almost like something from an Australian movie. Does anyone recognize it? I'm thinking either maybe Wake in Fright or Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Mitchell sure does a lot of lesbian stuff. Is she a lesbian in real life, or does she just like playing one on film? In 1999, she was in a lesbian short with Rose McGowan called Sleeping Beauties.

Here's the movie. The fake kid's voice is a little annoying. Couldn't they get someone who was better at sounding like a child? Or maybe that's supposed to add to the humor.

I can hear a little Australian at 2:43. I get so excited when I can hear the Australian accents slipping through.

Oh wait. There's more Australian. Maybe she's not going for the American accent. Awesome. That's even better....an Australian playing an Australian in an American movie. Bonus points to any of them not wrestling a crocodile or chasing after sheep.

The movie is about a woman who does the make-up for dead rock stars. It's not really my thing, so I think I'm going to stop watching it after part one.

Also in 1999, Mitchell was in an Australian movie; Kick. It's about a boy who wants to do ballet. Jack did ballet. He was the only boy in his class. It's kind of sad that ballet is still seen as a girls-only thing. Hopefully that will change someday.

In 2000, Mitchell did the American movie Everything Put Together. It has something to do with pregnancy, and it doesn't look like it's a happy thing. An IMDb user, jimcheva warns,
If you are pregnant or just had a child, do NOT go see this film. Really. You simply don't need some of these concepts swimming around your mind. Trust me. I found this film depressing without being cathartic.

I like sad cathartic films. I don't like depressing ones.

I'm reading other user comments. The movie is about SIDS. That's so horribly sad. I agree with jimcheva. It's not something new parents should see. I was so scared of SIDS when Jack was a baby. I guess all parents are. My sister had this extra nursing book, and I guess I got it from her. I used to be interested in reading medical stuff. I'd read it for fun. Anyway, I read a part about SIDS, and it was so not something I should have read as a parent of a baby. It went into very cold and gruesome details.

Before I had a baby, SIDS seemed like a sad thing....but not the worst thing in the world. Come on, it's just a baby. It's new. How attached could be, anyway? It's not like losing a child you've grown to really know and love. But for some of us, there IS a very strong attachment. It's a love that cannot be compared to any other. It's so intense. I can totally understand why some parents never recover from the loss. It would be incredibly devastating.

Here's the trailer.

Wow. It looks like an amazing movie. I almost want to see it....or maybe I'll just read about it.

I'm reading the various IMDb comments on the film. Chinesebookie-2 says, Her behavior becomes erratic and frightening to her friends. Indeed, her friends turn out to be the fair-weather variety, and Angie becomes isolated in her torment. Yeah. That is so much our world. When life isn't treating us right, neither do many of our friends. Although last night I dreamed about one of my so-called friends....one who did the opposite. She jumped right into my life when I was having problems, then when things were fairly okay again, she abruptly disappeared. There are those who like the drama. I think they're just as bad as the fair-weather friends.

I'm getting that the basic storyline in this movie surrounds a group of happy-go-lucky women. Mitchell is pregnant. Her friends are there for her in her joyful time. The baby dies. She gets sad and goes a bit nuts. Her friends fade away. Maybe they would have stayed if she wore a cute dress to the funeral, shed a few tears, and then moved on with her life. But she had the nerve to react a little more strongly to things. We're not supposed to get that sad about things. It's unattractive. That's why we have anti-depressants.

I'm watching a scene from the movie. Oh. Megan Mullally plays one of the friends. She sounds completely different from how she sounds on Will and Grace.

This is an AMAZING scene. I'm very impressed with this movie. It deals with the grieving mother being asked about her dead baby, and wanting to show a photo of him. Blessed are the people out there who take time to show interest in a lost child. From the little I know, it seems many grieving mothers WANT to talk about their child. They want the child to be remembered. They don't want that child forgotten.

Here's another scene. It shows the viewpoints of the friends. They're not simple shallow women. They really just don't know what to do. Should they invite the grieving mother to their child's christening? What about the baby shower? Do you invite the mother who lost her baby? Being there might cause the mother so much pain, but if she's not invited she may feel excluded and alienated. She might feel rejected.

I did know someone in this position once, and she asked for advice. I think what we told her is she should talk to the mother privately and ask how she felt about being invited. It's a hard conversation to have, and who wants to bring that up? But it's not as if the grieving mother isn't already thinking about it. I guess you could just say something like I know it will be difficult for you, and there's absolutely no pressure. I understand if you don't want to come. But I do want you to know that you're invited to the baby shower..... That's better than just sending out the cute frilly invitation. That would be kind of cruel.

I don't get the end of the scene. It looks like they see the grieving mother as some kind of pariah. Do they think her tragedy is contagious?

I wonder if I'd agree with jimcheva. Is the movie not cathartic? I wonder how it ends. To me, just reading about it is somewhat cathartic. Seeing the whole movie might not be; and I definitely am glad I didn't see it when Jack was a baby. But it's cathartic to me in that it deals with the coldness of humanity. Like all humans, I've experienced fair-weather friends. And I've experienced the pressure to stop being sad and put on a happy face. It's cathartic knowing that the filmmakers relate to this, and understand.

It's probably time to move onto another movie. Next we have a lighter film called Cowboys and Angels. It's about a lawyer guy who's left at the alter. Then Mitchell and some other women play his potential new loves.

I started watching a trailer, but it was for the wrong Cowboys and Angels. This one is an Irish movie about a gay guy and his straight friend. It looks kind of fun.

In 2001, Mitchell was in Ten Tiny Love Stories. I'm not sure if it's fiction or nonfiction. It involves women doing monologues in front of their camera, talking about someone they love. I'm leaning towards it being nonfiction because IMDb doesn't provide character names. The whole movie is available on YouTube....maybe legally. I don't have time to watch the whole thing, but I'll try to get to the Mitchell part.

Oh good! Mitchell's part is in the beginning. This makes my life much easier. Thank you!

Mitchell has a hybrid American-Australian accent. It's cute. I support these accents. I think it's natural to pick up accents when you are so surrounded by it. And I prefer that to someone completely losing their accent.

I had to just rewind. I was writing about her accent, and didn't pay attention to what she was saying.

I think I'm starting to have an obsession with accents. Anyone notice?

Mitchell is very beautiful. And here she doesn't look too much like our ex-friend.

I can't say that I'm finding the story overly interesting. I'm a bit bored.

I'm going to move onto the next movie. It's a comedy called Nobody's Baby. Skeet Ulrich plays a guy who comes across a burning car. The only survivor is a baby. And I guess it's about him bonding with the kid.

Here's the trailer. The guys who rescued the baby are criminals. It sounds a bit like Savannah Smiles. I can't believe that's Gary Oldman! How funny.

Here's some scenes from the movie. It's fun to see Oldman. A part with Mitchell begins at around 2:15.

I'm so impressed with Oldman.

The chapstick stuff is funny. It made me laugh.

Lord Wiki says the movie got really awful reviews.

Oh well.

The next movie on the list is When Strangers Appear. It's an Aussie-American-Kiwi movie. Mitchell plays a woman who works at a diner. A man comes in claiming to be in danger from other men. But then the men come and tell her a different story. That sounds intriguing. There's always two sides to every story. Right?

Here's a scene from the movie.

Oh. I thought that guy looked familar. He's from 7th Heaven.

You know, it's easy to hear one person vent about their problems with another. You can be sympathetic towards them, and angry on their behalf. Things get much more complicated when you're caught in the middle....when you hear both sides of the story.

Well, I have a family get-together coming up. I better go get dressed, and stuff. When we return, I'll do some more reading and watching.

Okay. I'm dressed. I have sometime before my parents pick us up.

In 2001, Mitchell was in the TV movie Uprising. I like the song "Uprising".

The TV movie is another story of Jews fighting back during the Nazi days. And it's another movie with Stephen Moyer!

This story deals with the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Lord Wiki says it was the largest single revolt by Jews during the Holocaust.

Here's a trailer for the film. It looks pretty good. It's weird to see David Schwimmer in a serious role.

We live in a mad mad world, don't we?

People can be so incredibly awful. I guess I should be thankful for those who are just slightly awful...the ones who think they're cute by writing little anti-semitic comments on their blog. At least they're not going out and killing anyone.

Well, I just finished dinner and dessert with my family. We went to an ice-cream place where you get to fill your own ice-cream bowls with ice-cream and various toppings. It was really fun. I didn't like my ice-cream flavor though, so that diminished the experience a bit.

In 2002, Mitchell was in that Kiefer Sutherland/Anthony LaPaglia movie; Dead Heat. I totally don't remember what it's about.

It's something about horse races. Here's the trailer. I don't remember it. Did I miss this movie when I was writing about LaPaglia?

Mitchell is at about 1:25.

How did I miss this movie? I gotta go back and check....I'm really curious to know where I have failed. Is this a matter of me missing a movie when doing research, or is it a matter of me forgetting something? Which is worse? I don't know.

Well, I just did the checking. It's my memory that's failing. That's a little disturbing, but I feel good knowing I didn't skip the movie on Anthony LaPaglia day. I had watched the trailer and everything. I had mentioned Kiefer Sutherland's voice. But here I'm watching the trailer and it looks totally new to me. Scary.

Actually, my dad has a thing about forgetting movies that he's seen. Maybe it's a genetic thing. And you know....it's better than forgetting your family members, or forgetting how to use the toilet and stuff.

Mitchell was in Phone Booth. I think I remember this one. I didn't see it, but I remember hearing about it. This had Kiefer Sutherland too. So Mitchell worked with him twice in 2002....or at least the movies were released in 2002.

The basic plot of the movie is this. A guy answers a public phone, and it's Kiefer Sutherland on the line. That's pretty cool, because Kiefer Sutherland has an awesome voice. If you're going to be harassed by a psycho on the phone, better that it be someone like Sutherland or Jeremy Irons. Anyway, Kiefer Sutherland says that if the guy hangs up, he'll be killed. So the guy (Collin Farrell) has to stay on the line. That sounds like a total nightmare. I hate when people won't let me off the phone. You try to say good-bye, and they keep telling you more things.

The trivia page says that the movie was shot in chronological order. That's cool. I wrote about another movie filmed this way. I don't remember what it was.

Who was Mitchell in the movie?

Okay, she plays the wife. Katie Holmes is the mistress.

Here's the trailer. Well, that's suspenseful. I'm going to have to find the spoilers, so I know what happened. Before I do that though....I just wonder why Kiefer Sutherland is so interested in Colin Farrell cheating on his wife. What's that all about? Well, maybe the spoilers will explain. Don't worry. I shall not report what I find.

Okay. I read it. I don't quite know what to think.

I better shut up before I say more than I should.

Radha made her own movie. Cool. It's called Four Reasons. She wrote it, directed it, and appeared in it. I can't find much about it, so I'm going to move on for now.

In 2003, Mitchell was in Visitors. I actually remembered this one. It's a horror movie about a girl sailing solo around the world. I was going to say Jessica Watson should avoid this one, and that triggered a memory. I had a bit of deja vu. That helped me remember I had encountered the movie before.

Richard Franklin directed it. I'm guessing I encountered the movie when I wrote about him.

Here's the trailer. I can't find it in English, so we'll have to watch it in German.

Wow. That's intense. It looks scary. And Lord Wiki makes me want to see it. He says it's like The Shining. I like that story. From what Lord Wiki says, it sounds like the movie is one of those that make you wonder....is this a matter of insanity, or some kind of supernatural thing?

In 2004, Mitchell was in Man on Fire with Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning. I'm trying to understand the plot. I'm getting that Washington plays Fanning's bodyguard. He tries to protect her from being kidnapped.

Mitchell plays Fanning's mother.

Here's the trailer. It looks fan made. Maybe it's not. It bothers me when they have a close up of someone's face, you can see their mouth moving, but you can't hear what they're saying. I think it looks weird. I remember I used to try to avoid doing that when I made my montage movie things.

Finding Neverland came out in 2004. I loved the movie. It was directed by Marc Forster, the same guy who directed Everything Put Together. I noticed this when I was looking at the filmography of that movie. Maybe that's why Everything Put Together looked so good to me. I think this Forster guy has some great insight into things.

Goodness. Just reading the trivia page is making me tear up a bit. You probably have to have seen the movie for it to mean anything. And I'm not going to talk about it because it's a spoiler. But if you HAVE seen the movie, go read it. The stuff that made me have a tear was the first fact thingie under the spoiler warning.

The other thing that got to me....I might be able to explain. It says that in the REAL story of J.M Barrie, it wasn't Peter Davies that inspired Barrie to write Peter Pan. That wasn't his favorite child. Michael was. They say people wonder why he then chose the name Peter for the main character. One theory is that Peter Davies acted very mature for his age. Barrie felt the kid had been robbed of his childhood. So he turned him into a character that had eternal youth. It might not be true, but it's a nice thought.

It reminds me of my novel Thirty Cats, sort of. I might have mentioned this before. I'm having deja vu. But I'll repeat myself. I can't remember which stories I've told, and which I haven't.

Anyway, when I was a preschool teacher I had student named Gabrielle. She never cried. It was heart-breaking. Most kids that age cry very easily. Something goes wrong and they let the tears fall. They sob. Gabrielle would look like she was about to cry sometimes, but she'd refuse to let the tears fall. It was like what older kids and adults might do. We try not to cry. I think that's unusual in very young children. They're usually lacking in that self-control.

So later I wrote my novel. The main character's name was Gabrielle. One of her character traits was that she cried very easily. She was like me. The littlest things set her off. I don't know. I guess it was my way of trying to make things okay...at least in my imagination.

Mitchell has the last name Barrie in the film, so I'm guessing she did play Barrie's wife. My memories of that relationship are very vague.

Here's the trailer. You can see Mitchell at 1:26.

I think it's one of the most beautiful movies ever.

I have to watch this scene. It's probably not good to watch it, if you haven't seen the movie yet.

Also in 2004, Mitchell was in Melinda and Melinda. It's a Woody Allen movie. I don't think I heard of it before today. I'm totally out of the loop.

I'm reading the plot and it's a bit confusing. I guess the movie is about two versions of the same women....one is a tragic story, and one is a comedy. It sounds kind of cool.

Here's the trailer. Maybe it will help me understand.

I like the lines at 1:25. That made me laugh.

In 2005, Mitchell was in Mozart and the Whale. It's a romance between two people who have Aspergers. That might be interesting. I wonder if people with Aspergers are better off partnering with someone else who has Aspergers. Would they get along well? Or is it better for someone with Aspergers to be with someone who has more social skills?

The movie was written by the same guy who wrote Rainman. I love that movie. But my friend and I were talking about that it kind of adds a stigma to the whole autism thing. I think when people hear the word autistic, they assume it's going be that extreme of a case. It's not always like that.

Here's the trailer. It looks good in some ways. Lord Wiki says the autistic community has given it Kudos. One complaint though is that it perpetuates the idea that people with Aspergers have savant skills. Is it not that common? You know, I've said that we suspect Jack is slightly autistic. If we're correct...and there's no absolute way to say if we're right or wrong....he'd be one that has savant skills. When he was about two, he could find almost every country on the globe. He was like a geography savant. It was amazing.

This autism website says savant abilities occur in 10% of people with autism. That's fairly high. It would be kind of disheartening though to have to keep telling curious people that you don't have any special talent or abilities. No, sorry I can't count the toothpicks. Can you please stop dropping them on the floor.

In 2006, Mitchell was in the horror movie Silent Hill. It's based on a video game. I didn't know that.

Wow. It kind of reminds me of my dreams....but a demented scary version. The movie is about a woman who goes searching for her daughter. The daughter had dreams about a city called Silent Hill.

I have lucid dreams about a city. I don't have a fancy name for it. I just call it Dream City. I haven't been there for awhile. I'd like to go back. Or maybe not. They're not always nice to me there. I feel a bit alienated. But I would like to have more lucid dreams. Maybe I'll just visit somewhere else....NOT Silent Hill, of course.

Mitchell received an AFI nomination for the film.

Here's the trailer.

I have no idea what's going on. Lord Wiki is going to have to help me out.

Okay. I got it. I was confused why the mother would take her child to the place she dreamed about. But I guess she knew of the town? Or was she just a mother who takes that stuff seriously? I think if I had such dreams as a child, my parents would have either ignored it, or taken me to a psychiatrist for medication.

I'm reading more.....

The child kept having nightmares. She repeatedly said Silent Hill. The parents did research, and found the town. The mother takes her daughter there, and then weird stuff happens. The girl disappears, and all hell breaks lose.

I skimmed over the whole plot. It seems confusing. Did any of you see it? Did you like it?

The child in the movie is going to play a vampire in Eclipse. Cool.

Also in 2006, Mitchell was in The Half Life of Timofey Berezin. It's another one of those stories where a dying man decides to become a criminal to provide for his family. I read about another movie like this recently. Then Medium had that has a plotline. I'm already tired of it.

In 2007, Mitchell was in Feast of Love with Morgan Freeman. It's a romance. It sounds like it's a montage of love storylines. It reminds me of He's Just Not That Into You. Mitchell plays a woman whose in love with a married man.

Here's the trailer. I love the Morgan Freeman voice over bit. He has an awesome voice too. I also love what he says. There's a belief that Greek Gods invented humans because they were bored. So humans were made. But the Greek Gods were STILL bored. Then they invented love, and they were bored no more. I can totally imagine that being true. Love is painful and confusing...but it's entertaining. Actually, I think it's probably most entertaining WHEN it's painful and confusing. Well, it's not so entertaining when you're the one who got struck by the crazy arrow. But it's entertaining for those watching, you know if you were a character in a book or TV show.

I think that's one of the ways I get by in this world. When I'm in some kind of crazy love thing....like an inappropriate huge crush. And ALL big crushes are inappropriate when you're married. Anyway, I imagine that I'm a character in a chick flick or book. It gives me a light-hearted view of things. I can't really explain it. Let's just say it keeps me sane, and prevents me from being depressed.

Anyway, the trailer looks awesome to me. Although it could be a case of the trailer being better than the actual movie. That happens sometimes.

Also in 2007, Mitchell did Rogue. I'm not going to go into that, because I watched the trailer just a few days ago. Mitchell plays the tour guide woman.

In 2008, Mitchell was Henry Poole is here. It's about a disillusioned man who moves back to his old neighborhood. Why? I don't know.

Here's the trailer.

I have to admit it. It looks awesome to me....a little bit corny, maybe. What it's about is a depressed guy who moved into a house. The house has some kind of stain, and people believe it's Jesus. They start congregating around his house, annoying him. But then the stain starts to show healing power.

Lord Wiki says the guy has a terminal illness. Well, that's a good reason to be depressed.

I wouldn't like the movie if it pushed certain beliefs on people. Roger Ebert says it doesn't. He says, It doesn't say that religious beliefs are real. It simply says that belief is real. And it's a warm-hearted love story. I like that. I think belief IS real, and I think it can be a beautiful thing. Whether based on truth or delusion, faith can bring peace and happiness to people...sometimes. There are downsides, of course. But everything has a downside. Like sex. It's fun and it feels good. It makes cute little babies. But sometimes it makes unwanted cute little babies. And sometimes there are yucky diseases passed about.

Yeah. For some, religion gives an excuse for bigotry and war. But there's no need to throw the baby out with the bathtub. For some people, spirituality and religion can be a very good thing.

Mitchell was in The Children of Huang Shi. This is the one that David Wenham is in.

Here's the trailer.

I remembered there being some kind of controversy. Lord Wiki reminded me of what it was. In the true story, the Radha Mitchell character was a Kiwi. In the movie, they made her American. That's a bit pathetic. The weird thing is it's an Australian movie. Maybe they prefer American heroes over New Zealand ones? If they were going to change the nationality, why didn't they make Mitchell Australian. Or if they really wanted an American, why not get an American actor? I'm completely bewildered here.

Next we have What We Take From Each Other. I think it's a short film, and I also think it might be on YouTube. At least there's some short here with the same name.

In this, Mitchell kind of reminds me of Jensen Buchanan on Another World.

That movie really wasn't my kind of thing. Maybe I'm missing the symbolism, and all that.

In 2009, Mitchell did another movie with Morgan Freeman; Thick as Thieves. It's a Russian mob thing. It doesn't interest me. It's getting late. Here's the trailer if you want to watch it. I don't, so I'm not.

Next we have Surrogates with Bruce Willis. It's a science fiction thing. I remember Tim watching it. I think he said it was really dumb. The movie is a futuristic thing where people live their lives via robots. I guess they sit home and control the thing from afar. It sounds a bit like Avatar. Tim didn't like that movie either.

Here's the trailer.

Ah. Here's the twist. It turns out people can die if their surrogate is killed. It's kind of like Nightmare on Elm Street. We're always told that if we die in our dreams, we're safe in bed. Nightmare on Elm Street played around with the idea of that not being true.

The movie looks interesting. I'll have to ask Tim why he didn't like it.

I can't tell if this next movie has already been released or not. It's a 2010 TV movie called The Quickening. To me, it sounds like a horror movie about pregnancy. This blog says it's actually a pilot for a TV show. The blogger is unsure if she'll like it because it's about a woman who is bipolar, and the idea is her medication interferes with her abilities. So I guess she stops taking the drugs. Some people don't like such ideas. I am NOT one of those people. I'm not doubting that some people greatly benefit from psychiatric drugs. But I don't think they're the only answer, and I think for some people, they're a very bad answer. I'd love to ramble on about this, but it's very close to my bedtime.

The last thing on Mitchell's filmography is The Crazies. I thought this would be a light-hearted quirky comedy. But it's horror thing. It's about a town with a poisoned water supply. Uh oh.

The townspeople become psychopaths. That's not good. It sounds a little bit like that other movie....What was it called?

Ah. The Happening. In that movie people weren't homicidal. They were suicidal. But I think they were still somewhat psychopathic.

The Crazies is a remake. George Romero made the original.

Here's the trailer for the old one. And here's the trailer for the new one.

Holy shit. The latter is one of the best horror movie trailers I've ever seen. It looks SCARY. And great choice for the song. I think the creepiest part is at 2:01.

Lord Wiki says the movie is already out. I had no idea. Have any of you seen it? He said it's gotten pretty awesome reviews. That's good. So, it's not just the trailer that's awesome.

I don't know if I want to see it. It looks a bit too scary.

Well, I'm going to watch a Craig Ferguson interview and then I'm going to go to bed. This one happens to be about the Henry Poole movie.

Mitchell is wearing a cute green dress. It's unique.

Mitchell says she wore the dress because she thought Ferguson was Irish. I made the same mistake! Well, I didn't wear a green dress for Ferguson, or anything. But I did think he was Irish.

Oh...well, I might have been somewhat right. Ferguson says his paternal grandmother was Irish. So he's kind of a bit Irish.

Ferguson is too funny.

Now they're talking about spirituality. Mitchell says she's open to the idea of God, but she hasn't had a personal experience.

I'm trying to figure out Mitchell's accent. It's not quite Australian. I'm not sure if it's really American. Who knows.

Mitchell likes to meditate. I don't. It just doesn't work well for me.

I like what Mitchell says about organized religion. She says she likes that people get together to think of something besides their bank account. That's a nice way of looking at it. Although I think sometimes people go to church (or whatever) and think about their bank accounts while they pretend to pray. I usually think of food.

They're talking about Lord Wiki now! Ferguson is a bit critical of him. Mitchell defends him, saying he's usually right. I agree. You can't trust the guy completely. It's good to find someone else to back up what he says. But I think the same can be said for any source. You should never believe in ANYTHING a hundred percent.

I think Mitchell is very much adorable.

Well, I really need to go to bed. So I'm going to quit here.