What’s up everyone! I’ve been meaning to write something about the Netflix show Mindhunter which is by far one of the most intriguing and fascinating show that I have watched recently. It is set in the 1970’s and it’s about an FBI agent Holden Ford who is part of the Behavioral Science unit, who talks to serial killers to understand their behavior and pattern, they document it and believe it will help the authorities to solve future crimes or even stop it from happening.
But this is not me discussing the story of it, this is me sharing what I got from watching it and it’s not tips for murdering people or is it? lol.
I just have this habit with watching films or even reading books, I always reflect on it. I always try to find something that I learned from it, I always try to find the moral of the story. That’s why for me it’s always hard to move on after watching a certain film or TV show and if it’s even possible I try to re-watch it just to make sure that I really understand the film. I even research some theories or explanations about it, or if I get an idea I’ll search it online to see if someone has the same understanding as I did (yes, I can get a little too crazy). But isn’t that the purpose of these films to make you think? To make you socially aware? Besides the entertainment I think taking something from it that makes you the person that you are today is important too (I don’t know, I’m being too analytical again).
So, what did I get from the Mindhunter? Simple, a parent has the biggest effect on a child’s upbringing or what type of person they are today. Most of the criminals that Agent Ford interviewed had a rough childhood, either physically and emotionally abused by their mother or they have an absent father. Speaking from my experience, I grew up in a broken home. My aunt raised me and she really took care of me like her own daughter. It is true when you grew up without your parents, you somehow feel lost even if you grew up in a great environment. So, what more for these children that were abused and all they ever known was pain. While I was watching I can’t help but sympathize with them for a bit even though they’ve done horrible things, understanding what they’ve gone through I somehow got the thinking that criminals aren’t born they are made. There are no bad people at birth, society creates them. Their environment affects how they function, imagine if these people had someone outside of their family that showed them kindness maybe they may have turned out differently. This is where I think about how kindness goes along way, you never know what a person is dealing with. I don’t know why but this show made me feel bad for these criminals, I’m just thinking what if someone just treated them nicely, maybe it would be different for them. Maybe they would become a better person and not be known for what they did.
Well, if you are curious about the show stream it on Netflix, this show features real serial killers and the resemblance of the actors from the real killers is very uncanny.
Hey everyone, I’ve been busy but not too busy to write this quick reaction and appreciation for Sex Education. Season 2 of Sex Education was released a few days ago, I really love this show because it is so relevant, funny and entertaining to watch. First season was released a year ago on Netflix, at first I was hesitant to watch it because I thought it’s just gonna be another high-school-teenage-cliché romance series but it’s not. It’s actually really interesting to watch because of how they manage to portray “taboo” topics in such a funny way, not cringey yet informative. That is why the show was a huge success and now just a year later season 2 was released and what a way to follow up because it is even much better than the first season in so many ways.
A quick overview on what the show is about to those who haven’t watched it yet. It revolves around Otis whose mother is a “sex therapist” and he goes to high school. In a certain time he helped a fellow student with a sexual problem, knowing what he know about the subject because of his mother’s work he gave an advice that somehow resolves the student’s problem. Now, Maeve whom Otis has feelings for found an opportunity to make money out of giving sexual advice to students with problems regarding the topic. Thus, opening up what they call “sex clinic”, they make money out of lack of sex education.
I love this show so much I didn’t expect it to be this good. Every character is different and has a certain charisma that you’ll fall in love to and what I love about it the most is the awareness that they try to convey in a form of not making it awkward for the viewers to watch. Maybe it’s just me but sometimes there’s a certain part of a show where you know they are trying to raise awareness but it’s kind of cringey and cliché to watch. In this show it’s the opposite of that because this show made sure that you got attached to the character first and then that’s where they show the climactic and relevant part where a social awareness is involve, that you’ll feel sympathetic towards the character.
In season 1 there was Eric who is gay and he attended their dance at school and dressing fabulously but his parents disapproves because of what other people might say. I think that scene was the relevant part of the season, it was about self acceptance and self love.
And now in season 2 it’s Aimee, she was assaulted by a man on a bus and she was traumatized that she now skips the bus and walks to school ever since. Women supporting women was shown, a certain discussion between six women character on the show about having their commonalities were being abused by men. It was such a powerful scene where they supported Aimee by joining her to ride the bus again going to school.
I mean this is the type of show to be watched right now, the kind of entertainment that people needs. I never thought sensitive topics can be discussed through a show without the backlash of misinformation and misinterpretation. This is me promoting Sex Education on Netlfix. WATCH IT! NOW!
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Would you believe that I had only just watched Inside Out for the first time today? Like, why did I only watch this film today? Anyway, can I just say that this film is perfect for those who struggle with depression and other type of mood disorders and generally with their mental health to make them understand what goes through their head and understand their emotions especially acknowledging that sadness is a necessary and an important emotion.
I guess you all know the plot of the movie. Five emotions manage the brain activity of Riley. Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness with Joy being the “leader” and making sure that Riley is always happy. But when Riley goes through a huge change in her life, Joy has her work cut out for her. But then Joy and Sadness got sucked into a tube that made them travel to a different place inside Riley’s head with Riley’s core memories, their goal was to get Joy back to the “head quarters” because without Joy and the core memories, Riley doesn’t have a personality and she won’t be happy.
Throughout the movie I thought Joy was the most important character and emotion, I’m not saying that Joy wasn’t important but then towards the end when Joy was stuck in the “forgotten memories black hole”, Joy found a specific memory of Riley where she was sad that made her parents comfort her and made her feel better again. That’s when Joy realized that Sadness was the one who could fix Riley’s situation.
As much as possible Joy would never let Sadness “drive” Riley’s thoughts. Joy would always disregard Sadness for the thought of she might mess things up and Joy always wanted Riley to just have happy memories. But then Riley’s mind got really messed up without her core memories and only three emotions was “controlling” her brain to the point that she was really empty and not feeling anything at all. Joy and Sadness got back to the head quarters just in time and Sadness took over, making Riley confide to her parents about what was going on and that’s the time that the five emotions learned to worked together and not just let one emotion control Riley.
I would like to give props to Disney again for creating yet another great animated film where it depicts what happens inside our brains and what we can’t explain. Like, when Riley didn’t have core memories and her “islands of personalities” went down and somehow led to Riley being lost and depressed. It shows that our personality plays a huge part in our life and without it we might feel incomplete to the point of feeling empty. And also props to the creator for pointing out that Sadness is an important emotion, they try to tell us that once in a while it’s okay to feel sad and we need to acknowledge that emotion. It actually also shows that it is okay to seek for help and seeking for help can lead to making you feel better which is very significant to the people who has depression, anxiety or any other mental health illness because as we all know most of them struggle with opening up and talking about their situation. Never be ashamed to talk about your struggles it makes you stronger and talking about it to someone will take that huge luggage off your shoulders.
I love the fact that this is an animated film where kids can enjoy watching it but at the same time adults can also enjoy it and might also pick up something from it. I’m hoping that there will be a sequel because I was sensing one with a puberty story which I think will be so much more interesting because we all know that being a teenager is one of the most complicated time of a person’s life with all the hormones and changes that are going on.
Have you watched the film? What did you think? 😊