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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.

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.

Location:

United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Women in the Movies Battle Bias and Irrational Hatred

3/6/2021
Brandon talks about women in the movies (both characters and filmmakers) and the bias and other challenges they face that are holding back many films from being made.

Duration:00:14:34

The King’s Speech: Stammering is No Joke

2/20/2021
Maria and Brandon discuss the 2010 Best Picture winner The King’s Speech. This film is one of the rare ones that talks about stuttering, but also portrays it in a positive light. Brandon gets into some statistics regarding stuttering and how a stutter has affected President Joe Biden. Maria gives her views on what we all lose when people in power hide their maladies and weaknesses from the world. They also play a game to see how stuttering has historically been portrayed in films.

Duration:00:57:20

Monster: Poverty, Sex Work, and Mental Health

2/5/2021
Brandon and Maria discuss the 2003 film Monster, based on the Florida serial killer Aileen Wuornos. They discuss Florida and the film’s message, and they also discuss at length the need to de-stigmatize sex work/prostitution and how poverty plays a role in health.

Duration:00:52:23

Split: The Worst Portrayal of Mental Illness in Film?

1/23/2021
Brandon and Maria talk about Split, a 2016 M. Night Shyamalan movie that does way more harm than good in the fight for de-stigmatizing mental illness and people who have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Brandon attempts to set the record straight as he talks about the characteristics of DID and also gives us some statistics that prove why accurate portrayals of mental illness in media and film is important. Maria discusses her discomfort with the film, particularly regarding the strange...

Duration:00:46:49

Boyhood: 12 Years of Puberty, Personality, and Abuse

1/9/2021
Brandon and Maria talk about the 2014 film Boyhood. They discuss how real the movie portrays childhood and family life. They also discuss personality and abuse.

Duration:01:18:12

Secretary: 50 Shades Better Than Other BDSM Movies (with guests Marion and Kim!)

12/25/2020
Brandon and Maria talk about the 2002 film Secretary with guests Marion and Kim from More Than a Crush, a podcast about love. The four agree that this movie is a positive one on the mental health front, and Kim, a therapist, lends her analysis on main character Lee and the family systems in the movie, including the stable relationship that Mr. Grey provides Lee.

Duration:01:06:33

Movies I Watch When I’m Depressed

12/12/2020
Brandon goes over five films he likes to watch while he's depressed. How many sad indie films make the list? Wait—there's a classic film? Listen and find out!

Duration:00:07:26

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Day in Maria’s Life

11/28/2020
In this episode, Brandon asks Maria a series of questions to uncover what a day in the life of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, is like.

Duration:00:45:46

Grave of the Fireflies: A Soul-Crushing Wartime Film

11/14/2020
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.

Duration:00:41:24

Carrie: The Psychology of Abuse and Criminality (With Pig’s Blood)

10/31/2020
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.

Duration:00:55:04

American Psycho: Rich White Men Get to Do Everything

10/17/2020
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.

Duration:00:49:42

Brandon’s Anxiety. Branxiety. The Breckoning?

10/3/2020
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.

Duration:00:44:42

Jojo Rabbit: Imaginary Friends and the Psychology of Nationalism

9/19/2020
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

9/5/2020
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

Duration:00:33:28

12 Years a Slave: Cumulative Trauma and Dehumanization (with guests Stephanie and Tux!)

8/22/2020
Brandon and Maria welcome guests Stephanie and Tux to discuss the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave. Stephanie and Tux’s podcast Beyond Reproach is a history podcast about scandals and scandalousness in politics and government, and so they fit right into the discussion of this film, and they help us to unravel the history behind when the movie takes place, which is the pre-Civil War era. They also discuss how hard the film can be to watch but agree that sometimes that pain is necessary. Plus,...

Duration:01:16:00

Maria Coming to Terms With Borderline Personality Disorder

8/8/2020
During this not-so-mini miniature episode, Brandon and Maria discuss Borderline Personality Disorder. Maria reveals a past diagnosis with BPD, and she talks about navigating through this realization.

Duration:00:43:27

Get Out: Shedding Some Light on America’s Cordial Racism

7/25/2020
Maria and Brandon discuss Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror film Get Out. They both enjoy the film for its messages about racism, especially how the film addresses modern racism. Racism today is not overt; instead, it’s more subtle, but ultimately about power over Black people.

Duration:00:40:54

Minisode: Brandon’s Top 10 Movie Crushes

7/10/2020
A mini-episode in which Brandon discusses his movie crushes, many of which involve mental illness because it's Brandon.

Duration:00:07:52

BlacKkKlansman: Tracing the History of America’s Systemic Racism

6/27/2020
Maria and Brandon discuss the 2018 Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman and what it has to say with systemic racism in America, focusing on the importance of the movie’s message, as well as describing how racial trauma disproportionately affects Black and Indigenous People of Color. They also make connections between toxic masculinity, the police, and racism.

Duration:01:03:42

American Beauty: A 90s Retrospect

6/13/2020
Maria and Brandon discuss the 1999 film American Beauty, and they don't like Lester this time around. They discuss how the movie embodies the 1990s and a white male fantasy (what else is new). Maria also talks about her various hospitalizations due to mental health issues. It’s the episode where Brandon sums it up eloquently: Lester Burnham is the type of person who wouldn’t wear a mask during a pandemic.

Duration:01:05:17