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Pop culture for psychiatry and psychology

Dr FIGJAM
 
A Beautiful Mind [DVD] [2002]
A Beautiful Mind [DVD] [2002]
"If you don't know the story I won't spoil it, I had no preconceptions and am glad of it. A great film, a great story."
7-49 Up [2005] [DVD]
7-49 Up [2005] [DVD]
"The most amazing documentary every made. A skewed view, but the most profound view of real human life ever committed to film."
A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures [DVD]
A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures [DVD]
"An astoundingly good first documentary, probably not for the reasons intended. A man looking at himself and his relationships but also a great portrait of narcissistic injury in personality disorder."
Dig! - Remix Edition [2004] [DVD]
Dig! - Remix Edition [2004] [DVD]
"As advertised, this is The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Film Ever Made, also a startling perspective on cluster B personality disorder, set to great tunes."
The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2011]
The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2011]
"Is Facebook the most significant change in the way people communicate since writing? A great movie, on many levels - on this level an examination of the power of our need to connect with others."
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind [DVD] [2004]
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind [DVD] [2004]
"One of best representations of the unconscious and dreams, also a great existential flick."
Louis Theroux - The Collection (4 Disc BBC Box Set) [DVD]
Louis Theroux - The Collection (4 Disc BBC Box Set) [DVD]
"Ever wonder why strange people do strange things? Louis asks them, then once he's heard the pat answer he asks again. You will shake your head in wonder."
Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer [DVD] [2003]
Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer [DVD] [2003]
"Not a great documentary, perhaps a better picture of the director's issues than Aileen's, but gripping, watch it until the very end."
Grizzly Man [2005] [DVD]
Grizzly Man [2005] [DVD]
"Wow, a great director of films gives you a look into the life of one of the most misguided activists in history. Sad and fascinating."
Touching The Void [DVD]
Touching The Void [DVD]
"Trauma and resilience. Two men with very different sides to one event, interesting how differently they have integrated their experiences. Also redefines what it means to repeat one's trauma."
The Singing Detective [DVD] [1986]
The Singing Detective [DVD] [1986]
"Dated, but still a great representation of how our memories, dreams and realities intermix."
Gone Baby Gone [DVD]
Gone Baby Gone [DVD]
"This reflects my interest in the wellbeing of children more than psychiatry. Raises questions without answers."
Out
Out
"A great thriller. Also one of the most insightful descriptions of personality, human motivations and the mundane suffering of women. The grit of real life, sprayed with a layer of the macabre."
Atomised
Atomised
"This book puts into words so many aspects of the ugly side of everyday life which are universally unspoken. Painfully, disturbingly stark and detatched. Both cruel and sympathetic to issues of gender."
Portnoy's Complaint
Portnoy's Complaint
"Not for the easily offended. An American/Jewish/male perspective on neurosis and repressed sexuality. Bloody funny too."
In Treatment - Season 1 [DVD][2008]
In Treatment - Season 1 [DVD][2008]
"Ok, another I'm yet to get around to, in time, but just read the blurb. It's from HBO (who have reinvented TV, for the better) and comes highly recommended by a psychiatric colleague."
Memento [2000] [DVD]
Memento [2000] [DVD]
"The film that redefined cinematic narrative. Ok, superficially an Oliver Sacksian neurology case, but also a portrait of the greatest of deceptions."
Changeling [DVD]
Changeling [DVD]
"Psychiatry has a mixed history, including many injustices. This is a better portrayal than One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."
A Scanner Darkly [DVD] [2006]
A Scanner Darkly [DVD] [2006]
"This list would be incomplete without a P. K. Dick story, one of the better translations of his writing. See also Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Adjustment Bureau, Minority Report, Next, Paycheck"
Chopper [2000] [DVD]
Chopper [2000] [DVD]
"A portrait of psychopathy, not romanticised Hannibal Lecter psychopathy, the real deal, sort of. If you have the stomach progress to 'Snowtown', infinitely more disturbing, and an entirely true story."
Pan's Labyrinth [DVD] [2006]
Pan's Labyrinth [DVD] [2006]
"Faerie tales as an escape from the harshness of the real world, but also a reflection of that same horror. Dark."
Moon [DVD] [2009]
Moon [DVD] [2009]
"A tribute  to sci-fi and to psychological thrillers examining the self. You'll find it a great creeper, or too slow."
Hard Candy [DVD]
Hard Candy [DVD]
"Juno this is not. Don't read the blurb, go in cold (so long as you're not squeamish). See also The Woodsman for a more sympathetic view of paedophilia."
Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
"One word - Brutal. Addiction as seen from 3, quite different perspectives. I emerged from this feeling traumatised, but wiser. Forget Trainspotting."
The Wrestler [DVD]
The Wrestler [DVD]
"A portrait of loss, couched in the mire of North American society."