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.
500 Days of Summer: A Deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Maria and Brandon discuss the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer, which is a really good example of a movie that shows us the toxic ways people can view love. During the episode we discuss the regular but also touch upon the manic pixie dream girl idea.
Taxi Driver: You Talkin’ to Me? (and PTSD)
Maria and Brandon discuss the 1976 Martin Scorses film Taxi Driver. They do the normal liking and disliking stuff, but when they get to the mental health section, they focus on PTSD.
Lady Bird: A Millennial Coming-of-Age Story
Lady Bird is a 2019 film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Brandon and Maria discuss this Millennial coming-of-age film with a strong female voice, and they wholeheartedly agree that the movie is a great one. Brandon focuses on this movie’s Millennial voice, and Maria focuses on the effects of guilt and shame.
Joker: Why So Seriously Wrong on Mental Illness?
Joker is a 2019 film centered on the origin story of DC’s Joker. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, the movie may be the first of its kind to focus more on mental health and mental illness than any other supervillain story up until this point. Maria and Brandon talk about this, its impact on how mental illness is viewed, and what the film has to say about toxic masculinity.
Maria and Brandon on Horror Movies
Maria and Brandon talk about what they like in horror movies, Halloween traditions, and their favorites in the genre.
Terminator 2: The Best Action Movie of All Time
Maria and Brandon discuss the 1991 sci-fi/action film Terminator 2: Judgment Day—also known simply as T2. The two agree that the film’s reputation as one of the greatest action movies is well deserved. They also discuss some of its flaws—like the character John Connor—and comment on its depiction of a “psychotic” Sarah Connor.
Insightful, entertaining and engrossing. Excellent hosts with relevant experience and thoughtful analysis. Highly recommend for those interested in psychology and/or film.
Clearly, I like it.