In conversation the other day it came up that two of my all-time-favorite movies -- Roman Polanski's Repulsion and Todd Haynes Safe -- are centered around ridiculously beautiful women digressing into complete and utter nut jobs. The same chat led me to reveal that when I re-watch that other Polanski flick Rosemary's Baby I like to do it under the pretense all the Satanic BS is in poor Mia Farrow's head. I know it's messed up but, there's just something appealing about startlingly stunning ladies buying themselves a one way ticket on the insanity express.
Alas, long form cinema is not the only medium where, shall we say, "Overly Emotive" ladies are showcased. Music videos have done as fine a job as John Cassavetes
putting broken babes on film. Here are a few select choices sorted into four varying categories of estrogen-heavy psychosis:
Duffy- Warwick Avenue
Duffy may be a wilted little flower in this video but by the end of this clip you get the feeling she just needs to buy a new lipstick, have a bitch session with her girls and bang a dude who looks like the loser who made her cry and she'll be just fine.
Sinead O'Connor- Nothing Compares 2U
Sinead may have a voice from Heaven and she sings the holy fuck out of this Prince song, but her real brilliance is her ability to completely emotional commit to this track. If you watch closely you can pin point the exact moment where she gives into it and lets the pain wash over her.
The Cars- Drive
Heralded by some as the ultimate break down video, but I'm not wholly convinced. Although Paulina gorgeously runs the full gambit of crazy face makin', I never get the feeling she's any danger to herself, but perhaps, just having an especially bad period.
Ladies can relate to this one on so many levels because we've all had at least one Dorff in our romantic past. You know, the guy who is so good in in bed he can talk you into a tit-too, give you VD and still send you into a post break up spiral so intense you want to jump off a cliff--even though he never showers and is a totally aloof a-hole.
Lindsay Lohan- Confessions of a Broken Heart
This video reminds us at some point in her life--before the plastic surgery and cocaine-- Li Lo had a vague semblance of self-awareness.
Hole- Doll Parts
This video reminds us at some point in her life--before the plastic surgery and cocaine-- C- Lo had a vague semblance of self-awareness.
Father John Misty- Hollywood Cemetery
I'm pretty sure this what it was like to be at a party with Elizabeth Wurtzel in the 90s. When I stop to ponder why Jay would bother to throw Aubrey's hot mess in the back of his van, a line from 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy comes to mind: "Lemon you have no way of knowing this, but emotionally unstable women are fantastic in the sack".
Melissa Etheridge- Come to My Window
Juliette Lewis, What can I say girl? Whether you are sucking De Niro's thumb, playing someone's "special sister", or kicking sexist truckers in the face, you Ms. Lewis get your loony tunes on like no other..
Fiona Apple Criminal
There is no doubting Fiona is as equally unhinged as Juliette in the clip above. She's a mere bump away from boning her step dad and burning all that paneling to the ground. Ms. Apple possess special brand of crazy--she doesn't have to break shit or scream--her level of deranged is all in the eyes.
The Cribs-Men's Needs
If the French Revolution taught us anything it's that lunacy and beheadings are born of nakedness and starvation.
Colette Carr-Back it Up
In this clip that is 'Come to my Window' meets the Exorcist, lil' Colette is obviously off her meds and hell bent on inciting a State Facility dance riot.
Although there's many a clip of Brit herself losing her shit in real life, I prefer this air- brushed version (to a completely forgettable song) which features the heaviest of mellow drama coupled with slow motion shots of Brit's bouncing bobbies.
Here Ms. Spears takes it to the limit and Dorffs herself to death. Did she let herself drown on purpose or was she just to stupid to get her bloody head out of the bath tub? Who cares? Either way it's f'n hilarious...