Enhanced Interrogation or Torture?

Linda Sapadin, PhD Independent Practice drsapadin@aol.com A Review of The (Torture) Report (2019).  Director: Scott Z. Burns Heartless and Brutish! Immoral and Ineffective! A stain on our values and our profession! This disheartening, disturbing movie’s full name is The Torture Report. The word “torture,” however, is redacted out! It’s degrading to our profession to lay…

Homeland’s Final Season: G.O.T. Meets J. M. Barrie

Gregory F. (Greg) Zerovnik, EMBA, PhD California Institute of Management gzerovnik@verizon.net Rotten Tomatoes gave Homeland’s final season a grade of 85%. My grade is 70%. Game of Thrones (G.O. T.) benefitted from George R. R. Martin’s novels for several seasons and then had to find its own way once the show ran out of novels…

Mental Illness is No Joke

Frank Farley (frank.farley@tempple.edu), Kristyn Carrell, Bradley Dinger, Madison McClary, Alexa Micozzi, Wande Sogbesan, Angelo Soriano, & Melissa Steinheiser1 A Review of Joker, Director: Todd Phillips Joker is a film that goes deeper than many DC Comics-influenced films. It is not just a seeming descendant of the Batman movies but is a psychological horror film with…

Friendship With Fred

Frank Farley Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu A Review of the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Director: Marielle Heller This is the ultimate feel-good film, which of course makes sense as it involves that ultimate feel-good TV figure Fred Rogers, of TV’s Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood. With Rogers played brilliantly by Tom Hanks, it traces the…

Devastation from the Inside

Stephanie Miodus, MA Temple University stephaniemiodus@gmail.com & Frank Farley, PhD Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu A Review of Parkland: Inside Building 12; Director: Charlie Minn Parkland: Inside Building 12 is a documentary about the devastating school shooting on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As the movie title suggests, the shooting…

From the Heart of Darkness to the Light of Day: Memory Speaks

Frank Farley, PhD Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu & Stephanie Miodus, MA Temple University stephaniemiodus@gmail.com A Review of We Are Columbine, Director: Laura Farber This profound film was screened by the first author. at the Newtown Theatre, Newtown, PA, apparently the oldest continuously operating movie house in America which showed its first film in 1906. It is…

An Open Letter to Henry Golding: “Everybody Wants to Be Us” and “I Want a Divorce”

Mary Gregerson, PhD Heartlandia Psychology, Leavenworth, KS mary.gregerson@aol.com & Dowon Choi, MA Florida State University dowonchoe@gmail.com Reviews of Crazy Rich Asians, Director: John M. Chu and A Simple Favor, Director: Paul Feig Dear Henry, “Everybody wants to be us,” ad libs actress Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. Henry, this classic…

Jack Ryan? Yes. Tom Clancy’s? Eh

Gregory F. (Greg) Zerovnik, EMBA, PhD California Institute of Advanced Management gzerovnik@verizon.net A review of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Were Tom Clancy still alive, how much would he recognize in this reincarnation of one of his most beloved fictional characters? Clancy’s original Jack Ryan, portrayed in film most memorably by Harrison Ford, has had his…

Short Films: Faster than a Speeding Bullet

Nancy DeVore, PhD Independent Researcher, Los Angeles ndevorepsych@gmail.com & Mary Gregerson, PhD Heartlandia Psychology mary.gregerson@aol.com Reviews of A Singe Life and The Box Directors for A Single Life: M. Blaauw, J. Oprins & J. Roggeveen Director for The Box: D. Kastelic Short films, like the superhero Superman, strike swiftly, deftly, and decisively. At 20 minutes…

Love’s Broken Arrow

Frank Farley, PhD Temple University, Philadelphia Frank.farley@temple.edu Mona Sarshar, PhD Temple University, Philadelphia tuf10665@temple.edu & Elisa K. Colchado, EdS CORA Services, Philadelphia ecolchado4@gmail.com A review of A Star is Born Director: Bradley Cooper A Star is Born is a remake (the 3rd one to date) of the 1937 original, and stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.…

An Unsolved Murder in the Show Me State…Billboards Ineffective, No Solutions Were Shown!

Frank Farley, PhD Frank.farley@temple.edu & Lauren Butler Tug08349@temple.edu Review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri Director: Martin McDonagh In a small Midwest American town three roadside billboards on an obscure road outside of town stand unused and in disrepair. A local woman whose daughter was raped and killed many months earlier rents the billboards and…

H2O: Hail 2 Otherness

Frank Farley, PhD Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu & Ayse N. Olgun, Bachelor of Theology, Currently Psychology Student Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey olgunayseolgun@gmail.com Review of The Shape of Water Director: Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water is an occasionally beautiful but totally absurd love story that pulls out all the stops fantasizing about unexpected connections and…

The Darkest Hour, The Finest Moment

Frank Farley, PhD frank.farley@Temple.edu Review of Darkest Hour Director: Joe Wright Darkest Hour is essentially a docudrama with Hollywood cachet. Its an actors’ movie, focusing heavily on speeches and interactions among forceful political and military figures in close quarters. It documents the drama preceding the Battle of Britain, and the incredible power of Prime Minister…

Clown Control

Frank Farley, PhD Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu Ayse N. Olgun, Bachelor of Theology, Currently Psychology Student Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey olgunayseolgun@gmail.com Review of IT Director: Andy Muschinetti We suppose the attention being given to the movie IT, a remake of the 1990 version, is due in part to its origins in the writing of Stephen King…