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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

Description:

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

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

Mommie Dearest: Fuck You, Christina

5/30/2020
Maria and Brandon discuss the 1981 accidental comedy Mommie Dearest. The episode is riddled with bad Joan Crawford impressions. The hosts discuss Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; trauma and abuse; and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Duration:00:43:46

Chasing Amy: A 90s Lesbian Film That Doesn’t Quite Get It Right

5/16/2020
Maria admits she doesn't like Kevin Smith movies as much as she used to; Brandon admits he's never really liked Kevin Smith movies. Chasing Amy gets some things right and a lot of things wrong, but it still has a place in cinema history.

Duration:00:47:51

Love and Other Drugs: Marred by Love, Saved by Parkinson’s

5/2/2020
Brandon and Maria discuss Love & Other Drugs, a 2010 film whose only interesting thing is that it contains Parkinson’s. They talk about the movie’s accurate portrayal of someone dealing with a chronic illness. Also, in celebration of Jake, Brandon plays the new game, “When’s That Gyllenhaal?”

Duration:00:48:25

She’s Gotta Have It: 80s Feminism and General Sexiness

4/18/2020
Brandon and Maria discuss the 1986 film She’s Gotta Have It, directed by Spike Lee. They wax intellectual on the film’s smart nature and its feminist views and how that relates to how life for women was changing in the 1980s.

Duration:00:33:47

You’re Not Helping: Mental Illness Edition

4/4/2020
Some of the things people do to help others with mental illness cause more harm than good. In this mini-episode, Maria and Brandon discuss these things that people often say with the best intentions that just make things worse.

Duration:00:23:07

COVID-19, Social Isolation, and Mental Health

3/25/2020
Special episode in which Maria and Brandon talk about how the pandemic has affected them personally, their mental health, and what's working to keep their sanity intact.

Duration:00:31:57

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure: Nostalgia in Troubling Times

3/20/2020
Brandon and Maria discuss Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), one of Maria’s first loves. The movie is extremely nostalgic for her, and Brandon talks about how that relates to mental health. Maria also re-caps her recent event that she attended with Paul Reubens for the 35th anniversary of this movie.

Duration:00:52:39

Colossal: Huge on Addiction, Abuse, and Other Metaphors

3/6/2020
Maria and Brandon discuss the 2016 film Colossal, a film with a big monster, but ultimately a film not about actual monsters. They spend time talking about all the metaphors that present themselves in this film, and take an even deeper dive into the film’s portrayal of abuse and addiction.

Duration:00:35:19

The Last Emperor: Attachment Disorder and Shit

2/22/2020
Brandon and Maria discuss the 1987 Best Picture winner The Last Emperor. They didn’t really like it. Did we really need to see a young Puyi take a shit? Probably not. Regardless, the two discuss how this movie relates to Attachment Disorder and ponder what Freud may have said about the breast-fed Puyi. Plus, a new game: Pick that Shit.

Duration:00:41:43

New Movie Picks from 2019!

2/17/2020
Maria and Brandon reveal the new 2019 movies that will be added to their list of films to cover! (Not a real episode.)

Duration:00:05:18

Juno: A Great Portrayal of ADHD, With Teen Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression

2/7/2020
Juno is an excellent portrayal of ADHD and touches on teen pregnancy and postpartum depression. Also, Maria really likes Sonic Youth.

Duration:00:55:11

Gandhi: The Psychology of Protest

1/25/2020
Maria and Brandon discuss the 1982 Academy Award-winning film Gandhi, including what they knew about Gandhi and what they now know. Brandon digs into the psychology of protest, and Maria tries to connect Jimmy Hoffa and Gandhi. Also, Maria loves shame, so watch out, because she might shame you!

Duration:00:44:28

Office Space and Sorry to Bother You: Gen X vs Millennials in the Workplace

1/11/2020
Brandon and Maria talk about Office Space and Sorry to Bother You. Both focus on the workforce, but have different takes on it. Brandon dissects the movie through the lens of Gen Xers vs. Millennials; Maria rambles about genres and meaning.

Duration:01:04:40

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Life’s a Bitch, but Good is a Choice

11/30/2019
Brandon and Maria discuss the 2017 indie film darling Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and talk about the brilliant performances and script, and what this film has to say about the nature of good people and bad people.

Duration:00:49:48

Terms of Endearment: A Lousy Portrayal of an Overbearing Parent

11/16/2019
1983’s Best Picture Winner, Terms of Endearment, stuns Brandon and Maria with unanswered questions, movie cancer, and an unrealistic portrayal of mental health. This film just seems to get so many things wrong. But hey, at least it’s not Shakespeare in Love, right? Brandon thinks anything is better than Terms of Endearment—even Shakespeare in Love.

Duration:00:39:51

Scarface: A Brutal, Gratuitous Immigrant Story

11/2/2019
Brandon and Maria discuss Scarface, the 1983 crime film classic, and talk about the pressures immigrants in America face, as well as the interesting techniques used in this film and whether mental illness contributes to violent crime.

Duration:00:42:53