Movies

In this category, you’ll find articles on the psychology of film, inlcuding summaries of major films that showcase some of the important phenomena that goes on in our minds.

Annie Wilkes: Love and Obsession

If we review Kathy Bates’ films, we encounter titles as famous as Titanic or Fried Green Tomatoes. However, the American actress’ biggest success is Misery. Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her brilliant portrayal of the psychopathic…

A Clockwork Orange: Behaviorism and Freedom

What can be said about A Clockwork Orange that hasn’t been said before? What can be said about Stanley Kubrick? You could spend hours and hours talking about the movie, its ending, and its philosophical analysis. It’s impossible for me to…

The Full Monty: Surviving Unemployment

The Full Monty is a 1997 British movie directed by Peter Cattaneo. It stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, and Tom Wilkinson. The movie didn’t have a great budget and it wasn’t expected to have a lot of success. Nevertheless, it…

Bend It Like Beckham: The Fight for Integration

We live in an increasingly global world where cultural differences are blurred. As a consequence, we have to make an effort to reconcile the small differences that may arise in order to seek balance and mutual understanding between cultures. Bend It…

The Dark Side of Psychological Strength

The Star Wars saga has become living history. We can all agree that each film release is a great event. This dynamic universe has the support of millions of fans who would surely love to find strength and become Jedis.…

The Matrix: Questioning Reality

“What is the Matrix?” is the question that Neo, the main character of this film, often asks himself. In all honesty, when people watch The Matrix for the first time, they also ask themselves this. This movie trilogy is well-known…

Take My Eyes: Portraying Gender Violence

A subject that’s so unpleasant but yet, at the same time, so relatable and common is not easy to portray on the big screen. Gender violence, unfortunately, continues to claim numerous lives in 2018. I’m not talking about taking lives…

Anakin Skywalker’s Psychology

With the premiere of the new Star Wars trilogy, it seems that the passion for the saga has awoken again. However, despite the new movies’ positive reviews and box-office successes, there is something missing from the two original trilogies. That…

The Sea Inside: When Life is an Obligation

The Sea Inside is a Spanish film that won the 2004 Best Foreign Film Award. Directed by Alejandro Amenábar and starring Javier Bardem, it’s based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro, a quadriplegic who decides to end his life. 

Princess Fiona is Her Own Heroine

Shrek is a series of animated films that started in 2001 with a movie of the same name. Created by Dreamworks Animation and based on the book by William Steig, Shrek became an international blockbuster. Princess Fiona is the protagonist of this symbolic…

All About My Mother: Forgotten Groups

There’s a lot of talk about higher visibility for women these days. Now more and more people are talking about trans visibility, the multicultural societies we live in, and a world where concepts of race and gender start to blur…

The Wolf of Wall Street: Ambition and Power

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) is a US movie directed by Martin Scorsese, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Despite how long it is, The Wolf of Wall Street has a fast and agile rhythm. It’s a movie that,…

Inception: How Traumas Sneak into our Brains

Inception is an American science-fiction movie from 2010. It was written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan, a British filmmaker known for the psychological themes in his movies. Inception brings us into the world of dreams, the subconscious, and the way traumas project…

Atlantis and the Role of Women in Disney Films

Animated Disney films have accompanied millions of children over several generations. It’s clear that some are much more popular than others. Perhaps one of the most forgotten Disney films is Atlantis: The Lost Empire. And yet Atlantis is an exceptional example…

Big Eyes, women and the artistic world

Big Eyes (2014) is probably the least “Burton-ish” Tim Burton movie. It’s actually hard to find his unique style in the movie. In fact, it’s nothing like what Burton normally produces because it’s based on real events. We’re talking about a…