psychology in the movies
August 6, 2007 2:40 PM   Subscribe

PsychFlix, psychology themes in reviews of 535 movies. Movie title index. The reviewer, professor of psychiatry, Roland Atkinson, not Rowan.
posted by nickyskye (10 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

Having had (too much) firsthand experience with schizophrenics, reading his review of the wonderful film Spider only further cements my urge to never, ever see A Beautiful Mind ever.
posted by Sticherbeast at 3:15 PM on August 6, 2007

Reminds me of the Pervert's Guide to Cinema.

"THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves. "
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 3:36 PM on August 6, 2007 [1 favorite]

And, really, what an unfortunate name to have. "Roland... Roland... ROLAND! NOT ROWAN GODDAMIT NO!"
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 3:42 PM on August 6, 2007

Along the way we are made privy to his restive romantic relations with Catharine Hepburn

How on earth did he manage to spell Hepburn's first name wrong.

Not a bad find though.
posted by orange swan at 3:49 PM on August 6, 2007

I was excited when I first saw this but after reading a few reviews, it's a bit of a disappointment. As LordSludge's link exemplifies, Atkinson seems to miss much of the point of some of these films.

Still, it has promise.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:37 PM on August 6, 2007

huh, I thought Atkinson reviewed Fight Club well, gave it a B+, which I think it deserves.
posted by nickyskye at 8:08 PM on August 6, 2007

Is there actually any psychology in these reviews? I mean, simply saying the movie contains "life crises" or issues of "autonomy" and "dysfunction" hardly penetrates very deeply. "Star Wars explored issues of children not getting cocky and being apologetic about the mess."

This posting has inspired me to try my hand at real movie reviews from a psychiatric perspective.
posted by TheLastPsychiatrist at 10:40 PM on August 6, 2007

The articles are more psych-based.

I'd be interested in an in-depth comparative review of, say, Spider and A Beautiful Mind from a practicing psychiatrist.
posted by Sticherbeast at 10:59 PM on August 6, 2007

Hmm. The articles are better, I'll grant you that, but what's missing from them is psychiatric insight. I read the one he did about the Sopranos because I had written one. What about discussing what the characters' behaviors do to the viewer? Two possible approaches here would be: why does Tony do what he does; and, what is it about the viewer demography that makes Chase make him do these things? It's about the second approach that psychiatry might have something meaningful to say.
posted by TheLastPsychiatrist at 10:45 AM on August 7, 2007

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