Hosts Brandon Gregory and Maria Milazzo, two neurodivergent former English majors, talk about movies as they relate to mental health, mental illness, and invisible illness. From blockbuster hits to arthouse films, there are plenty of movies commenting on these issues. Conditions ranging from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder to PTSD, emotional abuse, and oppression are discussed.
Grave of the Fireflies: A Soul-Crushing Wartime Film
Maria and Brandon discuss the 1988 Studio Ghibli film Grave of the Fireflies. The film provides a unique Japanese civilian perspective of World War II, and they both agree (along with Reddit) that this may be the saddest film of all time. From a mental health perspective, the duo discusses Japanese and wartime culture and how physical health and mental health are inextricably linked.
Carrie: The Psychology of Abuse and Criminality (With Pig’s Blood)
In this Spooktacular Halloween episode, Brandon and Maria discuss the 1976 not-so-horror film Carrie. They have their first ever idea exchange where dogs are the butt of the joke. Maria’s favorite part of the movie turns out to be Brandon’s lease favorite part. What a twist! Additionally, Brandon discusses the stigma around trauma and criminal behavior. Maria discusses dissociative identity disorder and parapsychology.
American Psycho: Rich White Men Get to Do Everything
Maria and Brandon discuss the 2000 movie American Psycho. They talk about the movie’s negative portrayal of American society, particularly in the 1980s, and the movie’s ending that makes us believe someone like Patrick Bateman—a white, rich man—can literally get away with murder.
Brandon’s Anxiety. Branxiety. The Breckoning?
Brandon talks about his recent struggles with anxiety and realizing that he's had chronic anxiety for a long time. Anxiety looks a lot different than he initially thought. Maria asks probing questions.
Jojo Rabbit: Imaginary Friends and the Psychology of Nationalism
Brandon and Maria review the 2019 film Jojo Rabbit, discussing the movie’s interesting way of telling a World War II story, as well as why that works in this film. Brandon explores nationalism and how that is seen in the U.S. today, and Maria explores the psychology of imaginary friends.
Minisode: Our Favorite Movies 2010-2019
Thoughts on the 2010s in film Different perspectives Black cinema went mainstream and is largely just considered cinema Get Out, Black Panther, Moonlight, 12 Years a Slave, Sorry to Bother You, BlacKkKlansman, Selma 1 Oscar for Best Picture, 2 for Best Screenplay Female characters and directors also getting more of a chance in the spotlight … Continue reading Minisode: Our Favorite Movies 2010-2019
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Insightful, entertaining and engrossing. Excellent hosts with relevant experience and thoughtful analysis. Highly recommend for those interested in psychology and/or film.
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