When non-fictional shows expand your imagination

I’ve recently been watching some documentary series in Netflix and I have to say, they’ve expanded my imagination a bit. It started when I binge-watched The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. Usually, the exquisite homes are built in wonderful locations such as the hills of Switzerland, the glamorous bayside of Miami, the rocky seaside of Norway,…

We need to see more psychotherapy in fiction

Why don’t we see much psychotherapy in fictional works? I surmise we mistakenly believe that a fictional character going into psychological therapy doesn’t make for a good story. Talk therapy, the most known form of psychotherapy, doesn’t generate much imagery or movement. And besides the common thinking that a well-adjusted character isn’t all that exciting,…

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: When positive thinking is not enough

Ah, the genius that is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. A dark comedy, the Netflix show centers on Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) — a survivor of kidnapping, cult mind-conditioning, and (implied) sexual assault who tries to shrug away her trauma by choosing to embody a Disney-like optimism. Cue in the bright clothes, the Disney princess musical numbers; the cartoon…

The face in the mirror

I started watching Please Like Me via Netflix around the time Chester Bennington took his own life. It may have been a coincidence but the show and the Linkin Park frontman’s unfortunate passing did share underlying themes of mental illness and the grasp it has on those afflicted with it. On the surface, Please Like…

Photo of the Day: Un-Rain

Question: Is rain still rain if the water stops dropping? If you were to suddenly gain the power to freeze time, ala-Piper from the ’90s show Charmed, and suspend the water in mid-air at will, then rain stops being rain because its definition depends on the act of falling, right? I think this photo is…