A couple of weeks ago, I rewatched Memento, a movie about someone who has no long term memory. It’s told from his perspective, moving backwards as he learns what has actually happened. His coping mechanisms are writing notes to himself and on himself, as well as a library of Polaroid pictures. It’s full of suspense, and you can’t really pretend how it ends (or, since the movie moves backwards, maybe that should be begins?). It was Guy Pearce’s breakthrough role.
And it wouldn’t work at all today. We have iPhones that can take pictures, record sounds, and take notes. Video cameras and computerized dictation would also help. The amnesiac in Memento could have a really good recording of what had happened.
With that, by way of Joel’s Hindbrain, I bring you this funny video that deals with this theme: