Depression and Suicide in Billy Wilder’s The Apartment

When people ask who my favorite fictional characters are, I often receive blank stares when I reply without hesitation: C. C. Baxter. The Apartment (1960) has become a classic in the Billy Wilder canon, but even if those in the conversation know who Jack Lemmon’s C. C. Baxter is offhand, they also know he isn’t…

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REVIEW: “A Reminder That People Need People” – ‘Kingdom of Us’ (2017)

In 2007, Paul Shanks committed suicide leaving behind wife Vikie, six daughters and a son. Kingdom Of Us is an extraordinarily personal insight into the grieving process of this family and a reflection of a mother’s strength in the face of tragedy. Ten years on from Paul Shanks’ death, Lucy Cohen’s 2017 documentary Kingdom Of…

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“Don’t Quit Before the Miracle Happens” – Mental Health in Netflix’s One Day At A Time

For reasons unbeknown even to me, I settled in to watch the third season of Netflix’s comedy series reboot One Day At A Time (ODAAT) on a long-haul flight earlier this year. As someone who has an impressively bad track record for not crying at most of the media I watch, I’m not entirely sure…

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The Tick: Mental Health and Growing Up Through the Lens of Arthur

Considering that we’re in the midst of a pop culture landscape that is currently overwhelmed with superhero movies and TV shows, it’s understandable that some of the lesser known ones fly a little under the radar. I first heard of The Tick when the pilot for the new iteration was released on Amazon Prime in…

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Vincent, The Monster and Amy: How Doctor Who Captures Depression In ‘Vincent and the Doctor’

When tackling the subject of depression, no episode of Doctor Who captures it better than ‘Vincent and the Doctor’. Airing in 2010 as the tenth episode in the show’s fifth season, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) visit the famed artist Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran) during the last…

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