‘Gia’: The Undone, The Divine, and Everything In Between

I’m powerless over a lot of things. Things like my love for women, the way I am represented, and the fact it doesn’t rain as often as I’d like. I’m powerless over the fact that I am an addict. And I’m powerless over the effect Gia just had on me. Powerlessness is the fundamental undercurrent…

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‘Iron Man 3’: A Different Kind of Superpower

Whether you grew up with the comics, you watch the movies, both or neither – we are all familiar with what makes Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, heroes. They are strong, powerful and brave. They’re here to save us, and we’re just here to watch. We see them all the time, in the comics, tv shows and movies. People love superheroes so much not just because they’re flashy and cool, but because they’re what we dream of being. They give people someone to look up to and the empowerment they need to plow through a reality that is not so magical. We are shown characters like Superman, who look like Gods, act like saviors and represent nothing but endless possibility, and this is what makes a superhero, right? Well, this isn’t what makes Iron Man.

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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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It’s Kind of a Funny Story: How A Film Exploring the Teenage Perils of Mental Health Holds So Much Contextual Relevance Nine Years After Its Release

2010 was a complex year for film. It was a year where mental health started to slowly creep into the eyes of the media and film, in a way that focused upon adults and the pressures that started to face them a decade into the new century. From looking at body imagery in Black Swan,…

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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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