Play It Again, Denzel: Keeping Alive the Traditions of Yesterday's Stars
American Gangster, Michael Clayton, and 3:10 to Yuma. Our complex relationship with our screen idols is at the root of the Hollywood movie experience.
Shut Up and Dance: Becoming Jane and Hairspray Evoke a Long Movie Tradition
Becoming Jane and Hairspray. Evoking a great movie tradition of the past, this summer, Fred and Ginger met both Jane Austen and the Linblad family.
Hearts of Darkness: Finding the Courage to Walk Through the Shadows
A Mighty Heart, Away from Her, and Evening. It takes courage to live life, and to live with the life you chose.
Getting a Life: Whose Story Are You Living Now?
As we go through our lifetime metamorphoses, we adapt to those whom we like and hate, envy and fear. We fall in and out of love, and emulate and identify with each aggressor and rescuer who comes our way. Some psychologically ambitious recent films have explored how people shape their identities around those whom they venerate or are obsessed by.
War Is for Heroics: Three cultures try to locate meaning in mayhem
Dissecting the fantasy of heroism.
Americocentricity: Babel and Borat force us to look beyond our culture
A new generation of filmmakers is taking us beyond the Americocentric world of mainstream cinema.
The Perils of Charisma
This fall, at a time when competent, sensible leadership seems in especially short supply around the globe, three films appeared almost simultaneously to explore the nature of both leadership and celebrity, especially their pitfalls.
When the Therapist Becomes the Survivor
I've been in full-time private practice for almost 30 years. I've seen maybe 10,000 families. In that time, three patients in my practice killed themselves. Strangely enough, the three suicides were eerily similar. Each suicide has left me shell-shocked and questioning my therapeutic attitudes and methods.
Bearing All the Reality Life Has to Offer
A young man named Jeff, who was dying from cancer, was a patient of mine 30 years ago. His family cried and prayed over him and pretended he would recover, though they knew he knew better. I was initially called in to relieve Jeff's pain through hypnosis. That worked fine, but he was still lying in bed out of breath, bored, angry and resentful of the fact that his life was being cut short. He demanded to know why God was punishing him in this way.
Understanding the Liberating Power of Honesty
What people don't know can hurt them—and what they don't reveal can hurt them even more. Secrets can destroy lives and relationships. When something is kept secret, it can grow in power and significance until it becomes the center of one's identity.