Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’

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“Maniac” poster crop

“Maniac” is a 2015 Norwegian TV series from co-creator/star Espen Larvaag and Håkon Bast Mossige. Cary Fukunaga is helming an American remake, but the original stars Larvaag as Espen, a mentally ill man who’s been committed – though in his head, he’s having the time of his many lives (And now for spoilers galore). In his vivid fantasy scenarios, Espen’s alternately a billionaire who moonlights as a superhero, a hotel magnate/heir to a dubious family’s fortune, a WWII hero, (sitcom) Jerry Seinfeld, and more. The one constant in these lives is best friend/companion, Hakon, who alternately reaffirms that Espen’s the coolest person on the planet and to not trust any interloper. Continue reading “Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’”

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Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’

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G. Dou art, 1635, public domain. Fangs by Fennel.

For Halloween, I wanted to write about classic monsters in a way that’s slightly different, harking mostly to the metaphorical parallels that makes them so interesting. As alliterated in a Smashing Pumpkins song, the world is a vampire. Cue flash of lightning and the sound of thunder. Continue reading “Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’”

‘The “Privilege” of Vampirism’

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© Lena Finch

Late Night Partners” is “a full-fledged novella currently selling for less than two dollars” that is “well worth the price,” writes JL. “Doris’s transition into vampirism is not straightforward—it’s a very different narrative from the popular Romantic Vampire type; her sire isn’t there to mentor her, and there is no reason or ceremony to her turning. She simply is thrust into new circumstances and made to accept them and understand herself within them; through her vignettes in the eighteenth century, finally see where the ‘privilege’ of vampirism can run out.”

“7.5/10.” Full review here.

Wings and the Lack There Of

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Crop of Albrecht Durer art

Most of liberalism’s biggest heavyweights did not support Jeremy Corbyn. The official wing of liberalism is generally so because it still benefits the privileged the most on an economic level, thriving in the shared part of a Venn diagram which has its most powerful rival on the other side. It mostly supports the poor having some of the same rights that it does, just so long as there are still privileged bubbles.

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Divestment

With most demographics having been let down by a system rigged to benefit the most rich/fortunate, there’s plenty of people for which a policy that takes away from others seems like an investment in themselves. Generally speaking, though, such policies will not result in anything of substance for them in a way that isn’t feudal. Feudalism at its worst is the overseers scapegoating one group of “lesser-thans” as the cause of problems that are, if not created by those overseers, exacerbated by their boundless greed.

Shrek Thematically > Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast is probably going to be a very enjoyable movie, but, much like the Cinderella adaption before it, I think there’s something inherently a bit flat to its themes – in a way that doesn’t make for much improvement over the original two-dimensional animated adaptations.

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