Crazy in love

Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodóvar loves to explore the craziness we call "love." He also loves to explore the craziness caused by love. Many of his protagonists may be deranged stalkers or obsessive psychos, but they're not all that different from you and me.

- Live Flesh (1997)--One of my all time favorite films, the story of a young guy, Vctor, who fucks a junkie chick, gets dissed, and then starts stalking her. After he weasels his way into her apartment, claiming to have drugs, the cops show up and shit gets messy. One guy gets shot, Vctor goes to jail, and the junkie is shocked into cleaning up her act. That's not the end of the story though; when Vctor gets out of the clink, he's got a bone to pick with the ex-junkie... and her gimpy husband.

- Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)--Ever imagined Antonio Banderas tying you up and fucking the living shit out of you? Time to see it in action. When a deranged stalker (Antonio) gets out of the crazy house, he immediately finds his favorite actress, breaks into her apartment, and ties her up. The funny thing is, after a while she doesn't mind so much. See, people? Stalking works!

- The Flower of My Secret (1995)--A woman novelist (Leo) is obsessed with her absent husband and battles depression, suicide, and alcoholism. Her only joy comes from her husband's infrequent calls and when he arrives home for a quick visitÉ that, in her demented state, goes terribly awry.

- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)--Pepa's cheating bastard husband leaves her abruptly, sending her into a complete insanity attack. She checks her answering machine like a madwoman and runs around town searching for him with no luck. Finally she gets pissed off and starts their bed on fire as some sort of protest. Eventually some friends come over and join in the shenanigans and by the end of the film Pepa realizes her husband is a rat and regains her composure. Sound familiar?

KATIE SHIMER