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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, and many types 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, and many types are discussed.
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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, and many types are discussed.

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English


Episodes

Once Upon a Time in America: Survivor’s Guilt, PTSD, and an Epic Bromance

5/18/2019
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In this episode, Brandon and Maria discuss Once Upon a Time in America. They explore the could-have-been award-winning musical score and how a mafia film focuses on friendship, which they both agree to be kind of refreshing. May is Mental Health Awareness month, so they also go into detail about survivor’s guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also, finally this movie features a tantalizing food scene!

Duration:00:53:17

Return of the Jedi: Feelings, Faith, and Carrie Fisher

5/4/2019
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Brandon and Maria discuss Return of the Jedi, the last film in the Star Wars trilogy. They discuss mental health and religion, and also officially name Carrie Fisher the patron saint of Peculiar Picture Show.

Duration:00:55:13

Clueless: Look who’s clueless now (hint: it’s Brandon)

4/20/2019
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As if we’re going to write a real summary of this episode! But you could say we wax intellectual about feminism, femininity, women’s roles, and the 1990s. This is basically a food-free episode.

Duration:00:52:35

Donnie Darko: We still don’t really know what it’s about

4/6/2019
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In this episode, Maria and Brandon discuss Donnie Darko, a movie about schizophrenia. Or maybe time travel. Wait—it’s about both. Well, we’re not actually sure. But we talk about schizophrenia. No food to be found.

Duration:00:57:57

Argo: A hostage situation we knew nothing about

3/23/2019
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This episode discusses Ben Affleck’s best picture winner Argo and the myriad of different mental health issues that can arise from being in captivity. The hosts spend some time going on a tangent about becoming parents. Also, Maria gets disappointed at the serious lack of food in this movie.

Duration:00:39:39

Captain Marvel: 6-word review (spoiler-free)

3/19/2019
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Brandon and Maria pick three words each to describe the new Captain Marvel movie. This review is spoiler-free.

Duration:00:04:59

Black Swan: Emotional abuse en pointe

3/8/2019
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Mental illness and trauma can cast a shroud over everything. In this episode, Brandon and Maria delve into the complex and brilliant film Black Swan and talk about what's going on behind that curtain of trauma and mental illness.

Duration:00:34:03

Natural Born Killers: A little drama and a lot of trauma

2/23/2019
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This episode tackles Oliver Stone's controversial film, Natural Born Killers. This is a deeply personal episode for Maria, who opens up about the source of her past trauma in great detail, which is tied to her memories of this movie. Also, Maria and Brandon discuss whether Stone did more harm than good in making this film.

Duration:00:42:28

The Royal Tenenbaums: Family drama has never been so quirky

2/9/2019
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What do you do when your family doesn't know how to be a family? Maria and Brandon discuss this in the context of the Wes Anderson classic, The Royal Tenenbaums. Maria opens up about some past family trauma. Brandon goes full English-nerd and explains all the metaphors. Also, Maria talks about food.

Duration:00:42:53

Silver Linings Playbook: An unflinching look at bipolar disorder

1/15/2019
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Representation of mental illness in film isn't great, although it is getting better. Brandon talks about his condition, bipolar disorder, and a movie that he considers the best representation of this disorder in film: Silver Linings Playbook. Maria opens up about her struggles and some past trauma. Also, Maria talks about food.

Duration:00:49:05