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.

Discover Norman Bates

Norman Bates is the protagonist of one of the most iconic and celebrated films in the history of cinema: Psycho (1960), directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Anthony Perkins brought to life this frightening and complex character, who’s become the personification of a…

Gru: The Redemption of a Villain

Despicable Me is an animated movie from Universal Pictures. Its main character is Gru, the evilest villain of all time. All Gru has ever wanted is to feel accepted. In order to make his dream a reality, he decides to become a…

Persepolis: The Other Truth

There is a pretty clear tendency in our society to ignore what happens outside Western culture and the Western world. You could almost say that, on a large scale, people in the Western world know almost nothing about the reality of other…

The Reader: Traumas, Secrets, and Passion

The Reader is a 2008 film directed by Stephen Daldry starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, and David Kross. This movie is an adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s homonymous work. The Reader helps us reflect on many things. We all know that the Holocaust…

How Can Shrek Help Us Understand Solitude?

Living as part of a community is natural for human beings. At one time, we did it for survival. We needed to defend ourselves from animals and rival tribes and produce enough food. Cities and towns offered protection for their…

Ed Wood: The Worst Director Ever

Ed Wood was a movie director, screenwriter, actor, and producer who wanted nothing more than to see his creations on the big screen and go down in movie history.  In a way, he achieved that, but probably not in the…

Black Panther: Superheroes and Inclusion

Black Panther is one of the latest Marvel movies. Viewers and critics have reacted to the film in many different ways. Some people have nothing but good things to say, while others just the opposite. Although its reviews have been…

Quentin Tarantino and His Taste for Violence

Quentin Tarantino is a director who has managed to create his own brand. When we go see one of his films, we know it’s going to have violence, music, fetish actors, close-ups of female feet, and plenty of tributes, among other…

American History X: What’s Behind the Racism?

American History X hit the big screen in 1998. Tony Kaye directed this North American film starring Edward Furlong and a barely recognizable Edward Norton. The movie takes place in modern day United States. In the movie, immigration has changed the…

The Theory of Everything: Discovering a Genius

Much has been said about Stephen Hawking’s life, his illness, his great sense of humor, and his contributions to physics. The Theory of Everything is a 2014 film by James Marsh. In his film, he tries to bring us closer to the British…

Pan’s Labyrinth: When Disobedience is a Duty

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), according to many people, is filmmaker’s Guillermo del Toro best work. This film represents how much he loves fantasy. The movie was really successful. It won numerous awards, including three Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best…

Perfect Strangers: Have We Lost Our Privacy?

What would happen if your friends and acquaintances had access to your social media accounts all of a sudden? What do we hide in our cell phones? Perfect Strangers (2017) is a Spanish film directed by Álex de la Iglesia…

August: Osage County: Family and Psychological Damage

Our families are the starting points that, in many cases, influence us beyond our childhood. In this sense, the film August: Osage County captures a family that’s far from idyllic. This family seems perfect from the outside, but only those on the…

Coraline: Learning to Love Imperfections

When we think about animated movies, we think about kids. However, in some cases, animated movies even captivate adult audiences. Coraline (2009) is a perfect example of this. Maybe the movie is not entirely for kids, but it’s instead directed toward…

The 6 Best Movies for Personal Growth

Movies tell all kinds of stories and spread amazing messages. Films can help us in different aspects of our lives, including personal growth. The movies we’re going to be showing you in this article are valid examples of how films…