Heroism Unsullied

Frank Farley, PhD Temple University frank.farley@Temple.edu A review of Sully, Director Clint Eastwood, 2016 On January 15, 2009, a fully-loaded Airbus 320 airliner Flight 1549 of U S Airways with 155 passengers landed on the Hudson River in the heart of New York City. In one of the most daring, risk-taking examples of aviation adventure…

HE SAID: “Our Lives are So Much Smaller than They Taught Us They Would Be.”

SHE REPLIED: “Look Across the Breakfast Table” … Mary Gregerson, PhD Independent Practice, Leavenworth, KS mary.gregerson@aol.com A Review of Bridget Jones’s Baby, Director Sharon Maguire, 2016 In reel film life Bridget Jones’s Baby, (BJB) 40-something Bridget’s fruitless musings confabulate “body” with “baby.” In real life, at an on-going Kansas City Sunday brunch group, our 40-something…

Hamilton the Musical Through the Lens of Positive Psychology

Susan Birne-Stone PhD, LCSW Systems Therapist, Private Practice & Kingsborough Community College drsusanbirnestone@gmail.com A review of Hamilton An American Musical Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Richard Rogers Theatre, New York When I heard about an up-and-coming musical that was leaving The Public Theater to head to Broadway, I decided to take a shot…

Nautical Goliath Spares Defiant “David” in a Tables-Turning Whale Tale

Joseph Rodman Albuquerque, New Mexico joseph.r.rodman@gmail.com Mary Gregerson Booz Allen Hamilton Leavenworth, Kansas mary.gregerson@aol.com Marco C. Conners National Simulation Center Fort Leavenworth, Kansas marco.conners@gmail.com Review of Into the Heart of the Sea, Director: R. Howard (Director, 2015), Burbank, CA: Village Road Show Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. Hollywood has a long history of telling stories…

Learn From the Animals: The Jungle Book

Frank Farley, PhD Temple University ffarley@temple.edu Lauren Renee Butler Temple University tug08349@temple.edu A review of The Jungle Book (2016), Director: Jon Favreau. Walt Disney Pictures. The Jungle Book is one of the most enduring and endearing children’s stories, a classic written by a literary giant, Rudyard Kipling.  But it is also beloved by many adults. …

Enough is Enough: Time for Culture Change

June Wilson, RN, PhD Media Health Connections junewilsonphd@gmail.com A Review of India’s Daughter Director: Leslee Udwin On December 16, 2012, in New Delhi, India, 23-year old Jyoti Singh, a medical student, had just finished her final exams.  She had only 6 months of internship left. “Happiness was just a few steps away,” her father, Badri…

Homunculi on Screen: The Mediated Mind

Frank Farley, Michelle Beech, Benjamin Brock, Lauren Butler, Bernadette Maher, Mona Sarshar Temple University frank.farley@temple.edu A review of Inside out Directors:  Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen The 2015 Disney/Pixar film Inside Out is a marvel of mental gymnastics played out through animated characters representing emotions of joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.  These comic-strip…