Everyone is crazy.
You are probably a nice person, but stuck in traffic, you become a horn-blaring psychopath. You start to get sweaty when someone asks you why you are STILL single (and then your thoughts drift to your cat, who is home alone). The sound of someone chewing too loudly makes you want to scream. You take to Twitter to vent into the virtual abyss of the internet. You sleep with the light on or still check under the bed or double-check that the door is locked at least 20 times before going to sleep.
See? You’re crazy.
Mental-anything has gotten a nasty rap in the past few decades. People believe mental illness is coddled, incurable, catered-to, but the reality is that all of us are walking crazy, talking crazy, and exposed to crazy on a daily basis. I think it has always been this way; it’s the conversation that has changed – and not always for the better.
Rest assured, Readers; this is a safe space.
My own journey to this blog came in the form of a passion for movies and a fascination with the brain, but it also came from my own colorful experiences with mental health. These various pathways took me to film school, then to nursing school, then to behavioral health, where I happily work; at home, I write and I watch movies. In an effort to forge a connection between all of these pathways, I settled on a blog that psychoanalyzes some of the most iconic films – and film characters – and diagnoses them with the help of Readers that want to understand why Patrick Bateman’s confession is ignored by his coworkers, why Nurse Ratched is so cold to her patients, and whether Hannibal Lecter is truly a monster (or if he just has a protein deficiency).
Movie Madness is a love letter to movies and to all of the crazy perspectives out there. I hope to use this blog to invite more conversations about mental health, and to share some great movie recommendations with fellow film buffs. I want to demonstrate through movies what mental illnesses might look like and to enhance conversations (and movie collections) in ways that are both challenging and entertaining. That’s where you all come in…
How We Do Things or, The Method to Movie Madness:
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Every month, I explore a theme. The movies chosen will all tie in to that theme in some way (although some are less obvious than others). Didn’t see your favorite movie yet? Don’t freak out! Popular themes might get more than one look. Please leave comments; you are more than encouraged to agree, to disagree, and to point out something you noticed that I missed. Bring popcorn.
Thanks in advance to every last one of you nut-jobs for your consideration and support.
Let’s get crazy.
- Spoilers? You bet. If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t get upset if major plot points are spoiled for you; watch the flick then come back for a visit if you don’t want important parts ruined!
- There will be some fucking swearing. If that’s not your thing, no problem! Just don’t keep nagging me about it.
- I am not a doctor and therefore CANNOT diagnose any real person. Speculation on the diagnosis of a fictional character is done for entertainment purposes only. Please do not utilize anything on this site as professional psychiatric treatment.