Top Brain Science Movies Revealed
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Barnum and The Tempations. As for capturing the Beatles before they broke out, Picker explains, “Through sheer good luck, we wound up having a three-picture deal with this group. We made a low-budget movie deal with a rock group because we thought they were kind of good but they hadn’t broken beyond their local market [in Liverpool]. [After they became a sensation in London], I walked into my boss’s office and said, ‘Guess what? We’ve got the Beatles.’ Now the question is, what do you do with them?” Picker takes credit for having the idea of matching up the band with filmmaker Richard Lester to create their first legendary film in 1964: “I honestly believe A Hard Day’s Night would not have been made had I not seen this short [by Richard Lester] called The Running Jumping Standing Still. It was a marriage of two talents, Dick Lester and the Beatles, who had a vision and made it work.” Related: McCartney: Yoko Didn’t Break Up Beatles As for Bond, Picker was an avid fan of Ian Fleming’s work and tried to get the ball rolling with Alfred Hitchcock directing a 007 adaptation, but Fleming didn’t like movies and didn’t want his creation ruined onscreen. Later, the author changed his tune and gave Cubby Broccolli and Harry Saltzman the option to produce his novels. Their $1.1 million budget request was turned down by their regular studio, Columbia, as being too high, so they went to United Artists and Picker, who gave them the green light for 1962’s Dr. No. “My vision of it and their vision of it was exactly the same,” says Picker of the 007 films, adding with another laugh, “Everybody got rich off it but me.” Sean Connery was cast as James Bond, and the rest is history. But after five Bond outings, each one doing bigger and bigger box office, Connery was feeling unappreciated by Broccolli and Saltzman, who would renegotiate their deals for more money — but never gave the actor his just rewards for becoming the face of the franchise. Connery left the series after 1967’s You Only Live Twice, and was replaced by George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, “Which lays an egg,” says Picker matter-of-factly. “Sadly enough, the Lazenby film was a disaster, and probably there wouldn’t be any more Bond movies” if Picker hadn’t brokered a deal with Connery for a king’s ransom and a deal to make any two other movies of his choice — to bring him back for one more picture, 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever.
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The top movies for quality were: “Solaris” (1972), “Blade Runner” (1982) and “A Clockwork Orange” (1971). The top movies for accurately depicting brain science were: “Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control” (1997), “Awakenings” (1990) and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975). The top movies for relevance were: “Das Experiment” (2001), “Memento” (2000) and “Moon” (2009). Ben Motz, senior lecturer and director of pedagogy at Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, started the index with his colleagues when he was a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego. Although the index began as “a silly graduate student project,” Motz said he later realized the list had value as a learning tool, as well as a reference for cognitive scientists and students to help with outreach in the field. In a class he now teaches, Motz assigns students to watch a movie from the list and write a paper on the scientific accuracy of the movie. For example, a student might analyze how well “50 First Dates” portrays anterograde amnesia. “[It’s] chance for them to learn something,” Motz told LiveScience. Anyone can rank movies, although Motz said he suspects that many of the voters so far have been academics. (Anyone can also suggest a movie for inclusion in the index.) Many movies appear on two or three of the top 10 lists. “Indeed, films with high marks for accuracy and relevance are, without exception, also given high marks for quality,” Motz said. For example, the 2009 flick “Moon” starring Kevin Spacey appears at No. 5 on the quality list, No. 9 on the accuracy list and No.