This weekend "Total Recall,"
a remake of Paul Verhoeven's wonderful 1990 sci-fi action movie (itself an adaption of the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"), hits theaters nationwide. The film follows Douglas Quaid, a man bored by his mundane life, who undergoes an experimental procedure to have memories implanted in his head. Of course, as is often the case, things don't go according to plan and he ends up uncovering a vast conspiracy.
Memory -- and the way that you can depict memory -- has long been a cinematic obsession. And why shouldn't it be? Scientists say that the way we remember things often resembles the way that movies work --with shots and scenes, strung together in a loose narrative framework (unlike dreams -- those are just wacky).
So it's with "Total Recall" in mind (or is it?) that we look back at the top ten movies about memories. Or, at least the ones that we can remember.