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Awakenings >> 30s review

Dr. Sayer (Robin Williams) is a researcher who lands as a physician in a psychiatric institution. The institution has a ward full of patients who have been in a semi-catatonic state for decades - the disease is incurable, and no one has any hope that they'll ever come back to life.

But they do. This is the story of how Dr. Sayer, against all odds, manages to bring the zombies back to life, even if it was temporary.

Rating: Green - a capturing cinematographic representation of a true story. With a scientific miracle as a plot and stalwarts like Robin Williams and Robert De Niro doing what they do best - the audience cannot help but be pulled into the story.

PS: The movies are always somewhat incorrect - you may want to read the book Awakenings by Dr. Oliver Sacks to know what really happened.
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Still Alice >> 30s review

Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is leading a happy life as a linguistics professor and three happy grown up kids. All of a sudden she starts forgetting words, and gradually other things - a case of early onset Alzheimer's. Her whole happy life is ripped apart.

The movie is about how she and the people she loves cope (or fail to!) with the changes that follow. Gradually, she heads towards the inescapable end - while dementia destroys her life by affecting things which we take for granted!

Rating: Yellow - a well-made movie about the struggles of an Alzheimer's patient, yellow only because it is sad, very sad. Much more dramatic in this case due to the early and sudden appearance. There are some movies that urge you to stop where you are and live - this is one of them.
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Patch Adams >> 30s review

Hunter Adams (Robin Williams) is suicidal - to the extent that he's admitted into a mental institution. There he finds happiness and meaning in helping others. This motivates him to become a doctor, so he enrolls into medical school - at a rather old age.

Once there, he realizes that physicians have lost touch with the human side of their profession - with ideas like transference keeping them from engaging with the patients. And he sets out on his journey of changing things - breaking several rules in the process and culminating with him setting up his own 'ranch' hospital.

Rating: Green - the movie is funny and touching at the same time. Based on the life of Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams. Robin Williams is his usual class, putting life into the amazing story. For those who may be interested, the actor is dead but the doctor is still very much alive.

PS: The movie is factually incorrect in a number of critical places. 

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Specific Learning Disabilities >> Dyscalculia >> Management >> Teaching multiplication using the "Japanese Multiplication Method"

The Japanese, as smart as they are, have figured out an extremely easy way to multiply - turning the complex abstract process into a simple visual process. With little practice anyone can master the technique.

While this will surely benefit an average person, considering multiplication is where the fear of Maths begins for most people, it can have significant advantage even for those students who are trying hard to overcome the cognitive constraints placed on them by Dyscalculia. All they need to do is draw out a few sticks and do some counting and they'll have the answer to the extremely complex mathematical challenge, in a matter of a few seconds.