Archive for January, 2011

Violence and Despair in ‘Winter’s Bone’ (2010)

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A look at the struggle between true parental concern and ruthless self-interest as seen through the lens of ‘Winter’s Bone’ (2010), directed by Debra Granik, starring Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes.

‘The Social Network’ (2010) and the Power of Narcissistic Injury

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’ (2010), with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, offers a psychologically astute examination of narcissistic injury and characteristic defenses against it.

Enmeshed Family Dynamics in ‘The Fighter’ (2010)

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

A discussion of enmeshed and dysfunctional family dynamics as portrayed in the 2010 film “The Fighter,” with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adam and Melissa Leo.

‘The Fighter’ (2010) and Hereditary Narcissism

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

‘The Fighter’ (2010) with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams is a scathing portrait of an enmeshed family and a mother so narcissistic her children must either play supporting roles to her leading lady or gratify their emotional needs through various addictions.

‘Avatar’ and Your Ideal Self

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The movie ‘Avatar’ embodies a fantasy shared by many people that it’s possible to escape one’s earthly damaged self and become a superior being without defects.


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