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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

Batman Returns: All About That Catsuit

9/17/2021
Maria and Brandon discuss the 1992 film Batman Returns, the second in the Tim Burton Batman series, and the last. This movie made the other cheesy Batman movies possible. We also talk about violence against women in movies during that time and trauma.

Duration:00:55:12

Annie Hall: Intellectual Woes and Relationship Age Gaps

9/3/2021
Maria and Brandon talk about the 1977 Woody Allen hit Annie Hall, including the movie's intellectual nature and how problematic Woody Allen's personal life was. They also talk about how mental health was treated in the middle of the 20th Century, and age gaps in relationships.

Duration:01:01:38

Minisode: Dealing with Grief

8/20/2021
Maria and Brandon have a candid conversation about dealing with grief, society's folly when dealing with grieving people, and a few movies that deal well with grief.

Duration:00:40:27

Minisode: Our Favorite Marvel Movies

8/6/2021
Brandon and Maria rank their top three (or four) Marvel films. Maria picks films that are just more entertaining, whether they are funny, Rated R, or contain a hot Cate Blanchett. Brandon picks films that are deep and tell a human story. Obviously we know who is the better person from these choices.

Duration:00:09:52

Elle: Comfort in the Uncomfortable

7/23/2021
Brandon and Maria discuss the 2016 film Elle. They talk about how uncomfortable the film can be and what that means for viewers. Maria explores gamergate and shame, and Brandon focuses on grief.

Duration:01:02:58

Network: Still Mad As Hell, Still Relevant

7/10/2021
Brandon and Maria discuss the 1976 film Network, talking about how, although this movie may seem outdated in terms of style, the themes are still relevant today. Brandon does some research on misinformation, hate, and the media today. Maria talks about the exploitation of mental illness.

Duration:00:51:20

Vacation Minisode (in which Brandon asks Royal Caribbean to host a cat wedding)

6/25/2021
Maria is just getting back from vacation. Brandon has pneumonia (again). So Brandon tells Maria (and you) the story of when he wrote Royal Caribbean cruiseline asking them to host a formal cat wedding. Complete correspondence in our show notes.

Duration:00:10:22

Maria and Brandon: Origins (Getting Diagnosed with Mental Illness)

5/28/2021
Since radioactive spider was already taken, Maria and Brandon talk about the origins of their superpowers: bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Tune in for some early stories of heroism and even some villains.

Duration:00:49:56

Her: Love, Technology, and Mental Health

5/14/2021
Brandon and Maria discuss the 2013 movie Her. They agree the movie has a lot of things to ponder, including the ideas of love, technology, human evolution, and therapy.

Duration:00:45:10

2020 in Movies, and New Movie Picks

5/1/2021
Maria and Brandon talk about 2020 films, this year's Oscars, and the new movies they want to add to their list to cover.

Duration:00:22:18

The Big Lebowski: Giving Approximately 280 Fucks About Philosophy and Politics

4/16/2021
This aggression will not stand, man! Maria and Brandon discuss the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski. Brandon explores the movie’s commentary on political discourse in America, and Maria explores some philosophies presented in this film. Maria drinks a white Russian and Brandon reminisces about drinking one once.

Duration:00:52:08

There Will Be Blood: Capitalism, Religion, and Invisible Illness

4/2/2021
Brandon and Maria discuss the 2007 film There Will Be Blood, talking about the literary nature of the film and how superb they found the filmmaking. Brandon analyzes the psychology of capitalism and religion while Maria explores invisible illness. Maria also tries to do an impression of Daniel Day-Lewis playing Daniel Plainview.

Duration:00:48:07

Serial Mom: Our Movie Mascot, and the Psychology of the Death Penalty

3/19/2021
Brandon and Maria discuss the 1994 film Serial Mom. They discuss John Waters, the types of films he typically makes, and how this movie says a lot about capital punishment and societal norms. Maria also proposes that the movie becomes the official movie mascot for the podcast, and Brandon agrees!

Duration:00:49:33

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