October 23, 2017

Author: Jonathan Hetterly, LPC

Why I’m Breaking Up with ‘The Walking Dead’

The Walking Dead? More like the Watching Dead. The show is a shell of its former self. It has lost viewers, lost quality, and lost its way. I know exactly how the show will end, because it telegraphs all its narrative pivots.   I just won’t be around to see it.   I am a […]

Harvey Weinstein is NOT a Sex Addict. He is a Sexual Predator.

Harvey Weinstein is NOT a Sex Addict. He is a Sexual Predator. In typical Hollywood fashion, Harvey Weinstein has announced that he is seeking treatment for sex addiction.  But is sex addiction a real disorder?  And does it fit Harvey Weinstein? The world has turned on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and with good reason.  The New […]

Tom Petty: The Last Great American Rock Icon

Tom Petty: The Last Great American Rock Icon Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The trek marked the band’s 40th anniversary. I was chatting with a coworker about Tom Petty the morning he was found unconscious at his home.  During a conversation that now feels […]

Why Politics CANNOT Be Separated From Sports

Nowhere to Run To, Nowhere to Hide: Why Politics Cannot Be Separated From Sports What better way than sports to teach our children about the highs and lows of American culture?  Besides, the current debate surrounding the National Anthem in football is not about politics. America is struggling with a deep, cultural divide that extends […]

Understanding SNL’s Pete Davidson’s Diagnosis: What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

SNL’s Pete Davidson’s Diagnosis: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson is quickly establishing himself as a strong advocate for mental health awareness.  The SNL comedian revealed Monday that he’s been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.  Davidson went public with the diagnosis when he spoke frankly about his mental health […]

Why Everyone Should See Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’

My interest in Mother!, the Darren Aronofsky film starring Jennifer Lawrence, wasn’t strong leading up to its September 15 release.   Aronofsky is a filmmaker I greatly respect, but I find myself appreciating his work more than I enjoy or love it.   And then I came across the headline “Mother! receives ‘F’ Cinemascore” and I […]

Fonz “Jumping the Shark” Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

A look back at the infamous ‘Happy Days’ episode that birthed a timeless catchphrase. Happy Days was one of my favorite shows growing up.  I vividly recall taking my metal Happy Days lunchbox to elementary school, thinking that it would score me cool points with popular kids.  I wasn’t even born when the show debut […]

The Best High School Films for the Modern Millennial

Labor Day weekend is the marker when millions of teenagers shift their focus away from summer and onto the new school year. High school is a pivotal time in young people’s lives.  From a psychological standpoint, the high school years represent a period when a significant percentage of teens will first experience mental health problems. […]

TAKE TWO: A Second Opinion on the Best Films of the 21st Century

My Opinion of the Best Films of the 21st Century When I heard my colleague and “movie boyfriend” Dave Verhaagen was compiling a list of the best films of this century, well … I just had to compile my own list.  I’m confident that several films will show up on both of our lists.  But […]

Is Dunkirk the Greatest War Film Ever?

Dunkirk subverts the tropes associated with “war films,” “blockbusters,” and “event cinema.”  Nolan’s film transcends its critical and commercial aspirations to become something extremely rare in cinema these days – it is a work of art. I became a war film junkie at the early age of eleven-years-old.  Seeing Platoon at my local drive-in profoundly […]

Patton Oswalt & Grief: What His Engagement Can Teach Us About Finding Love Again

Patton Oswalt’s recent engagement has sparked a conversation about widowhood, grief, and remarriage. When I was in graduate school I had a research project on widows and widowers. I choose the topic for personal reasons. My father-in-law died unexpectedly while my family and I were living with my in-laws. We had sold our home to […]

U2, The Joshua Tree, and the Divided States of America

The Joshua Tree transformed U2 into superstars.  U2 is celebrating the album’s thirtieth anniversary with a world tour.  The original album tackled weighty real-world topics.  Bono and company want to connect the music to right now — to global anxieties about, immigration, human rights, and governmental regimes. In 1987 an established rock and roll band named […]

Does ’13 Reasons Why’ Accurately Capture Today’s Teen Culture?

Why is ’13 Reasons Why’ such a hit with young folks?  Perhaps it’s because the show accurately captures a lot of what it’s like to be a teen today.  So, what are the current trends with teen culture? Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series […]

Psychological Analysis of ’13 Reasons Why’: People’s Feelings About Hannah Say a Lot About Ame...

Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.  The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal thoughts increases after sexual violence.  Why aren’t we talking more about Hannah’s sexual assault? Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series on 13 Reasons Why, one mental health professional will explore […]

Could 13 Reasons Why Spur an Increase in Teen Suicide? Research Supports the Possibility

“Why did the show depict Hannah’s suicide in such a graphic manner? Was it necessary?  And could it actually spur copycat suicides?” Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series on 13 Reasons Why, one mental health professional will explore the psychological aspects presented in the […]

How Princess Diana’s Death Spurred Prince William to Campaign for Mental Health

“You never get over it.  I still feel it 20 years later about my mother.  I still have shock within me.” Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, has said the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, spurred him on to tackle the issue of mental health.  Speaking after the preview screening of a BBC […]

Psychological Analysis of 13 Reasons Why: The Unrelenting Anguish of Suicide

I never thought I’d have a client end their own life.  13 Reasons Why’s focus on teen suicide was an unsettling experience and reminder of the pain suicide inflicts on everyone. Netflix’s newest sensation is sparking a larger conversation around suicide, rape, and bullying.  In our multi-part series on 13 Reasons Why, one mental health professional […]

Prince Harry, Grief, and The Challenge Men Face in Asking for Help

Britain’s Prince Harry was only 12 years-old when his mother Princess Diana was tragically killed in an automobile accident.  It would take Harry 16 more years before he sought help to deal with the grief of losing his mother. In a candid interview with British newspaper The Telegraph, Prince Harry admitted the loss of his […]

Psych Cinema: La La Land

***VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS*** La La Land was my favorite film of 2016.  In this Psych Cinema episode, my psychological breakdown of the film includes: Looking at Dr. John Gottman’s 7 Principles for a Healthy Relationship and exploring the stages and challenges that Mia and Sebastian experience in the film. The challenges young couples face with […]

Psych Cinema: Rogue One

***VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Rogue One: A Star Wars Story builds off reoccurring psychological themes found in the other films in the Star Wars universe.  In my Psych Cinema video, my psychological breakdown of the film includes: Lawrence Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development Theory to explore why the team of Rebels are willing to put their […]

Psych Cinema: Beauty and the Beast

***VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Welcome to Psych Cinema, Shrink Tank’s video series where I break down the psychological aspects of the films I watch and love. I am joined by my friend and colleague Emma Kate Wright to explore the psychology of the Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast.  The new film, starring Emma Watson, […]

The Psychological Impact of Whitewashing Asian Characters

Is Hollywood racist for whitewashing Asian characters and appropriating pop culture properties from Asia?  Well, the answer might be complicated.  A look at Hollywood’s infatuation with Asian pop culture. I dedicate this article to my lovely two daughters Kaitlyn and Robin.  May they have endless opportunity to see themselves represented on the big cinema screen. […]

Psych Cinema: Moonlight

Moonlight, the Oscar-winning film by director Barry Jenkins, is heavy with psychological themes.  In my Psych Cinema video, my psychological breakdown of the film and the character of Little/Chiron/Black includes: Identity formation and developing a sense of self Attachment styles Defense mechanisms Addiction Masculinity Sexuality Also be sure to check out our profile of Tarell […]

Psych Cinema: Lion

***VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Welcome to Psych Cinema, Shrink Tank’s video series where I explore the psychological aspects of the films I watch and love. Lion, the new Gareth Davis film starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, was one of the best films of 2016 and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  In […]

Moonlight Humanizes the Struggle to be Loved and Accepted

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” touches on the universal longing to be loved, accepted, and supported.  Black youth and the LGBTQ youth community need it now more than ever. Moonlight’s historic win for Best Picture comes at a pivotal time in our culture.  On the one hand, the national conversation […]

Psych Cinema: Logan

***VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS*** Welcome to Psych Cinema, Shrink Tank’s video series where I explore the psychological aspects of the films I watch and love. Logan, the new Wolverine film starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, is heavy with psychological themes.  In my Psych Cinema video, my psychological breakdown of the film and the character of […]

Psych Cinema: The John Wick Films

Welcome to Psych Cinema, Shrink Tank’s new video series where I explore the psychological aspects of the films I watch and love. I decided to tackle the double-feature of John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 for my debut video.  In addition to my brief review of the films, my psychological breakdown of the films […]

La La Land is the Most Offensive, Sexist, Racist, Self-Congratulatory Film Ever … According to the B...

I don’t know what to think anymore about La La Land. Fortunately, a number of think pieces tell me I should hate everything about it. Dear family and friends, I want to take this opportunity to say how much I love you and value our relationship.  It’s been a wonderful, wild journey.  I never envisioned the […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Picture

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Picture The Academy Awards are tonight and we’ve reached the end of our weeklong coverage of the Oscars.  Today we profile the Best Picture nominees.  Nine films were nominated for Best Picture this year.  Four of the films have a slim-to-none chance of winning the award because their […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Director

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Director Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. Today we profile the Best Director nominees.  I would not […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Actor

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Actress Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. Today we profile the Best Actor nominees.  Of the […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Actress

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Actress Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue.  Today we profile the Best Actress race. Best Actress […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Supporting Actor

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Supporting Actor Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. Today we profile the Best Supporting Actor nominees.  Only […]

Oscars® 2017: Best Supporting Actress

Ranking the Nominees and Predicting the Winner for Best Supporting Actress Each day leading up to the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 Shrink Tank will profile one of the major categories, ranking the nominees for their work and predicting who will walk away with a shiny gold statue. First up, the Best Supporting […]

How Acting and Performing Helped Emma Stone Cope with Anxiety

You wouldn’t think stepping on stage to perform as a shy teenager would be an effective coping mechanism for anxiety, but that’s exactly how Emma Stone dealt with her mental health. Emma Stone may come off as a carefree person, but she wasn’t always the confident actress you know her as now.  In recent interviews […]

Would You Ever Open Your Marriage? The Psychology of Open Marriages

Marriage and relationships are changing in the 21st century.  Hear from real-life folks who say polyamory works best for them. Valentine’s Day comes around every February, bringing with it horrible romantic films, stores filled with boxes of candy, and cuddly stuff animals.  The gifts are accompanied by expressions of romance, soul mates, and in many […]

Beyoncé vs. Adele: Who Will Reign at the Grammys?

Sunday’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards Will Be a Showdown Between Beyoncé and Adele.  Here are my Grammys 2017 Predictions: The Year the Women Ruled Music! Listen to the Shrink Tank podcast discuss and debate the Grammys HERE This year’s Grammys is shaping up to be weird showdown between two of music’s most talented and important artists.  […]

Nude Christmas: Santa’s The Only One with Brand New Bags

The word “nude” doesn’t often accompany Christmas, but it does here with my craziest Christmas memory! This is an excerpt from Mixed Shrink: Ridiculous Real Life Stories from Shrinks.  The following story you are about to read is 100% true, because even if you tried to make up a story in my family, it wouldn’t […]

Rogue One, Star Wars, and the Psychology of Underdogs

Rogue One pits a small band of rebels against the Galactic Empire. But what drives people to fight as underdogs against astronomical odds?  The new trailer sheds light on what inspires this ragtag team to challenge the Empire. The following article contains excerpts about the psychology of underdogs from the book Star Wars Psychology: The Dark Side of […]

Dear Walking Dead: Please Don’t Kill Glenn. He’s the Only TV Character That Reminds Me of Me

Negan has arrived.  Someone will die in tonight’s season premiere by his hands (or bat).  Will Glenn survive, or has he met his brutal and tragic end? [The following article has been updated from its first publication published on October 9, 2015] Every new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead brings the inevitable question, “Which […]

I Went to a Trump Rally as a Joke, But Was It a Laughing Matter? #AsiansForTrump

#AsiansForTrump: I thought it’d be funny to go to a Trump rally as a supporter.  So what did I experience and what type of people did I encounter? [WARNING:  The following contains mature content] This past April Fool’s Day, I wrote a satirical piece on Asians who support Trump. I simply repurposed the well-worn tropes of Asian stereotypes […]

Celebrity Champions of Mental Health: #WorldMentalHealthDay:

October 10 is World Mental Health Day.  Around the world, organizations and agencies take time to help promote mental health awareness and continue to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.  You can find more information and interaction at #WorldMentalHealthDay. The entertainment industry can be a powerful force in normalizing mental illness and promoting ways […]

Kid Cudi, Race, & Mental Health

The rapper announced to the world he is not well and has taken steps to get the help he desperately needs. #YouGoodMan – Kid Cudi’s honest words and courageous actions have sparked a larger conversation on race, masculinity, and mental health.   Late Tuesday evening rapper Kid Cudi revealed that on Monday he checked himself into […]

Cam Newton’s Long, Tumultuous Climb to the Top of the NFL

Reigning MVP Cam Newton may be the most polarizing quarterback in the NFL, but his resiliency and maturity continues to catapult him to greater heights.  Will this year be the one where Cam hoists the Lombardi Trophy? For most of last year, Cam Newton was sitting on the top of the sports world.  He led the Carolina Panthers to […]

Stand By Me, Adolescence, and Fear of Facing Change

Stand By Me has a lot to say about childhood friends, the impact of family relationships, and growing up.  How a film made in the mid-eighties that’s set in the late fifties has proven to be a timeless masterpiece. I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in […]

EDM and Burning Man at a Crossroads

Can Burning Man and EDM Sustain Their Popularity? Or Are Their 15 Minutes in the Spotlight Up?  A Look At the Successes and Struggles on its 30th Anniversary. Burning Man, which started in 1986 as tiny bonfire gathering near San Francisco, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.  Running from Aug. 28 […]

Donald Trump Admits Regret

  What came out of Donald Trump’s mouth during a campaign stop in Charlotte, North Carolina?  Did he admit that he can say the wrong thing?  Does Donald regret something he has said? In his first speech since reordering his campaign leadership, The Donald told a crowd in the Queen City that he regrets some […]

Best High School Films This Century

August is the month when millions of teenagers shift their focus away from summer and onto the coming school year. High school is a pivotal time in young people’s lives.  From a psychological standpoint, the high school years represent a period when a significant percentage of teens will first experience mental health problems. Rates of […]

Why Star Trek Beyond is Making a Mistake with Sulu’s Sexuality

Everything Simon Pegg and the filmmakers wish to avoid is happening, and the blame is laid squarely at their feet. It hasn’t been a great year for Star Trek.  Despite the iconic sci-fi franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the upcoming film, Star Trek Beyond has been on the pop culture radar for all […]

HB2 and the “Potty Police”

Is HB2 Controversial? No question. Is it discriminatory? Absolutely. Is it impractical? Unequivocally YES! How would the law actually be enforced? Introducing the “Potty Police.” It has been a rough year for North Carolina. The Carolina Panthers lost in the Super Bowl, the Tar Heels basketball team lost in the Men’s NCAA National Championship Game […]

Fatherhood in Films

This Article was originally published on June 19th, 2015. My parents got divorced when I was in the third grade. After that, I remember spending a lot of time alone, trying to entertain myself in a variety of ways. I ended up riding all the bus lines in Bellingham, Washington to see where the route took […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Ferris Bueller (30 Years Later)

Watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with my young daughters revealed a lot about their generation, my generation, and the film’s lasting legacy. I recently decided it was time to introduce my 10-year-old and 13-year-old daughters to the cinematic brilliance of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Normally my daughters are open and agreeable to my movie recommendations. However, […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Johnny Manziel pt. 2 – Turning His Life Around

Now that Manziel has been indicted on a misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge, the questions remain; is Johnny Manziel an immature millennial, an entitled athlete, or an out-of-control addict? The most likely answer; all of the above. The Psychological Profile of Johnny Football. In Part 1 of the Psychology of Johnny Manziel, I wrote about the litany of problems the […]

A Psychologist’s Perspective on Johnny Manziel pt. 1 – Assessing His Troubles

Now that Manziel has been indicted on a misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge, the questions remain; is Johnny Manziel an immature millennial, an entitled athlete, or an out-of-control addict? The most likely answer; all of the above. The Psychological Profile of Johnny Football. Johnny Manziel continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.  The Dallas prosecutors […]

The Psychology of “Asians For Trump”

One adopted Korean (who’s often mistaken for Chinese) explores the psychology and reasons Asians support “The Donald.” Dear America, Donald Trump is the answer to what ails America.  Mr. Trump can rebuild America and make it great again.  He wants to build a wall.  Well, Donald, we Asians know about building a giant, sprawling wall; give us a […]

What is the Greatest Year in Music of All-Time?

2016 marks the anniversary of several influential years for popular music; 1966, 1971, and 1991.  But which of these can lay claim to the greatest year in music of all-time? What year do you think was the best ever for music? This question regularly comes up in my head.  I love a good debate, especially one […]

Does Kanye West Need Psychological Help?

Is Kanye mentally ill?  Perhaps.  Would he benefit from psychological help?  Absolutely.  Is he really that different from the rest of us?  Maybe not as much as we’d like to think. Kanye West’s mental health: an analysis. Kanye West is at it again.  The erratic and confusing (although sometimes amusing) antics of Kanye continue to dominate […]

Should These Arizona Teens Be Expelled For This Racist Photo?

You’ve probably heard about a group of high school girls in Arizona who dressed in black t-shirts emblazoned with gold letters. Six Desert Vista High students arranged themselves and posed for a photo with their shirts spelling out a racial slur during a “school picture day.” The girls were a part of a photo that […]

Oscar® Nominations 2016: Surprises, Snubs, and Frontrunners

The Revenant soared while Carol sank as the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced this Thursday morning at 8:30 am (EST). Directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee kicked off the announcements while Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor John Krasinski revealed the later categories of nominees.  Prior to this morning’s announcements, […]

10 Best Albums of 2015

What are the best albums of 2015?  Here are my top ten of the year. I am happy to say that 2015 was a strong year for music.  What started out looking like a sparse year for music quickly turned around thanks to a spectacular second half of 2015. At the beginning of the year, I […]

Best Songs of 2015 … From Florence + The Machine to Drake and Adele

Best Songs of 2015.  This past year delivered some incredibly strong songs.  But what is the best song of the year? I thought 2014 was a subpar year for songs.  I’m glad to report that 2015 has rebounded well with an especially strong crop of hit singles.  I’m especially pleased that I found my “best of” […]

Fargo vs. True Detective – A Second Season Analysis

While True Detective May Get the Buzz, Fargo Actually Delivers the Goods! [WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD] True Detective and Fargo premiered months apart in 2014.  Both turned out to be masterful shows that married unforgettable characters with suspenseful storylines. And the cast of both shows was made up a plethora of established actors not often […]

Adele’s ‘25’ Review: A Beautiful and Assured Step Forward.

Adele’s ‘25’ is strikingly sincere, soulful, and uncomplicated.  It’s a modest but welcome step forward in her already phenomenal career. Adele’s newest album, titled ‘25,’ follows her pattern of naming each album after the age which the songs center around.  That is not the only resemblance ‘25’ has to her previous albums ‘19’ and ‘21.’  […]

The Last Man on Earth Review: S2E7 “Baby Steps”

Watch the full episode of “Baby Steps” here New Phil (or Phil 2.0) hasn’t been given much material to work with during this second season. Until last week, his contributions were minimal to the overall storyline. In the first season, New Phil drew out the competitiveness and insecurity of Tandy. New Phil’s attractiveness, resourcefulness, and […]

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E6 “Real Live Wire”

[SPOILERS ahead in this Last Man on Earth Episode Review] Watch the full episode of “Real Live Wire” here The basic premise of The Last Man on Earth has always been predicated on suspending disbelief. All of humanity (minus a few) have been wiped out by a virus, but buildings and communities are still intact, […]

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E5 “Crickets”

[SPOILERS ahead in this Last Man on Earth Episode Review] Watch the full episode of “Crickets” here Phil (The Last Man on Earth) and the gang are delighted to hear the sound of crickets out in the wild. But soon their delight turns to dismay when Carol decides to use them as a source of protein. […]

Why You Should See Sufjan Stevens in Concert

A Concert Review from Charlotte, North Carolina Any time you have the chance to catch Sufjan Stevens live in concert, drop what you’re doing and go!  A bunch of psychologists and counselors here at Shrink Tank did just that, catching him in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Instead of one person writing up a review, we thought […]

The “Positive” Psychology of The Martian – Best Picture Nominee

The Martian focuses on the positive psychology that makes us great instead of dwelling on the darker dimensions of human survival. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” has been a critical and commercial success. It debuted at the top of the Box Office, grossing $54 million in its first weekend. It repeated as box office champ in its second weekend […]

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E4 “C To The T”

Watch the full episode of “C To The T” Here Phil “Tandy” Miller is on a mission for redemption. First he targeted Carol and now his aim is the entire Tucson group. Perhaps the show runners are using this second season to also redeem Phil and the show in the eyes of the audience. Critics […]

Josh Ritter Rebounds on “Sermon on the Rocks”

“Sermon on the Rocks” find the singer-songwriter wanting to get down up on the mountaintop. The last time we heard from Josh Ritter, the 38 year-old singer-songwriter released 2013’s “Beast in its Track”, an album created over the course of his divorce from musician Dawn Landes.  During that same period he also moved to New […]

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E3 “Dead Man Walking”

Watch the Full Episode of “Dead Man Walking” Here I have figured out the formula for the success of The Last Man on Earth: The less people featured in an episode = more laughs and creativity.  The more people featured in an episode = less laughs and creativity.  The third episode of the season once […]

The Walk Straddles the Line Between Astounding and Aggravating.

The first half of the film fails to take off, but the second hour soars with suspense and elation. Philippe Petit is a real-life French aerialist, juggler, unicycle rider, and tightrope walker.  He successfully wire-walked between the towers of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in his native France.  But his dream was not to walk […]

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E2 “The Boo”

Watch the Full Episode of “The Boo” Here [WARNING – this review contains spoilers] Last week Carol was accidently left and stranded by Phil.  All she can do is wait for him to return, that and bedazzle the crap out of her shirt.  Her bejeweled blouse may have been the star of this episode.  Phil […]

The Last Man on Earth Review S2E1 “Is Anybody Out There?”

Watch the Full Episode of “Is Anybody Out There?” Here [WARNING – this review may contain spoilers] If you were one of the few remaining people alive on earth, what car would you drive?  For Phil and Carol, that dream vehicle would be a stealth bomber, although be careful not to carelessly drop one of your […]

The Martian is a Cinematic Success

Ridley Scott and Matt Damon create a celebration of humanity’s resiliency and grit! The Martian Warning!  Don’t show up late to The Martian.  This enthralling film wastes no time kicking into action.  NASA is 18 “sols” (or Martian days) into their mission when a sandstorm forces the crew to abort the mission.  Matt Damon’s Mark Watney […]

Why You Should Be Watching The Last Man on Earth

It’s the Smart Comedy Disguised as a Dumb Comedy   [WARNING – this article may contain spoilers] Season 2 of FOX’s The Last Man on Earth premiered this past Sunday.  It didn’t seem to get the promotional push and fanfare I believe it deserves.  In fact, despite the critical acclaim it received for its first […]

One Funny U.N.C.L.E.

Rating: B Henry Cavill successfully evokes Cary Grant charm in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. As a self-described pop culture addict, I knew very little about The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I had a passing knowledge that it was a television show from the 1960s involving an American CIA agent joining with a Russian KGB agent, but […]

Mission Accepted!: How Does Rogue Nation Rank Among Other Mission Impossible Films?

Mission Accepted! – Rogue Nation is great, summer fun. But where does it rank amongst the Mission Impossible films? Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Rating B+ If you’re considering seeing Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, chances are you know what you want to experience; (1) fearless, adrenalizing action sequences, (2) globe-trotting to exotic locales, and (3) playfulness […]

The Force Be Wilco: An Album Review

Album Review: “Star Wars” Rating: A- There are few things in my life as satisfying as the very first listening experience to a new Wilco album. Recently, on a mid-year review episode of my Change Your Tune podcast, I was lamenting that most of my favorite artists weren’t scheduled to release any new music this […]

Fathers and Songs

This Article was originally published on June 19th, 2015. I recently had a conversation about fathers on the podcast I host, Change Your Tune. On it, my guests and I discussed our own relationships with our fathers and dived into any musical influence or connection we had with our fathers. In honor of Father’s Day, […]

Ranking The Pixar Films

In honor of 2015, I’ve started a series that will cover various topics, ranging from psychology to pop culture. Each blog post will be formatted into a top 15 list and will appear on our website on the 15th of each month (or as close to as possible). On June 19th Pixar will release it’s […]

Spy is a Comedy with Heart and Smarts

Grade: A- Melissa McCarthy is back with a tour-de-force performance in her latest film, Spy. After a couple of underwhelming films (Tammy, Identity Thief), she regroups with writer-director Paul Feig who knows how to sync two strongest traits, her comedic timing and overall likability. Feig has a knack for instilling heart and humanity into his […]

Mad Men Highs and Lows

In honor of 2015, I’ve started a series covering various topics. Each post will be formatted into a top 15 list and will appear on our website on the 15th of each month (or as close to as possible).  Mad Men: Highs/Lows of this Revered/Reviled Show Last night Mad Men concluded its illustrious, Emmy-winning run. […]

Mumford & Sons at a Crossroads: Are They Changing Their Tune for Good?

Album Review: Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind Grade: B- But this is all I ever was And this is all you came across those years ago Now you go too far Don’t tell me that I’ve changed because that’s not the truth And now I’m losing you. – Ditmas After listening through Mumford & Sons’ […]

Adele and the Mental Health Mixed Tape

Adele and other artists who tackle mental health topics in their songs and in their lives. I’ve been a music lover longer than I have been a professional counselor. But I’ve come to the realization that both can inform and enrich each other. I regularly incorporate listening to or playing music as an outlet for […]

Album Review: Sufjan Steven’s Carrie & Lowell is a Heartbreaking Masterpiece

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Grade A+ Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Steven’s latest album and seventh overall, is a beautiful, tender, and poignant piece of art. It could be his greatest musical accomplishment. It certainly is Sufjan’s most mature album. Sufjan Stevens is one weird dude. He’s a mad genius in the […]

Self-Helping Myself – A Psychology Binge

In honor of 2015, I’ve started a series that will cover various topics, ranging from psychology to pop culture. Each blog post will be formatted into a top 15 list and will appear on our website on the 15th of each month (or as close to as possible). On the Entertainment Shrinkly podcast that I […]

What Boyhood Gets Right, and in Doing So, Becomes a Film About Our Lives (Part 3)

Boyhood was my favorite film of the year.  I hope it wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards this Sunday. The following is the conclusion of my 15 observations about real-life that the film Boyhood accurately portrays.  SPOILER ALERT – this contains major details about the film.  Read no further if you do not wish […]

What Boyhood Gets Right, and in Doing So, Becomes a Film About Our Lives (Part 2)

Check out Part 1 here!  The following are observations about real-life that the film Boyhood accurately portrays.  SPOILER ALERT – this contains major details about the film.  Read no further if you do not wish to know more about Boyhood. Remarriage and Divorce – Over the course of the film, Mason’s childhood will experience both […]

What Boyhood Gets Right, and in Doing So, Becomes a Film About Our Lives (Part 1)

In honor of 2015, I’ve started a series that will cover various topics, ranging from psychology to pop culture.  Each blog post will be formatted into a top 15 list and will appear on our website on the 15th of each month (or as close to as possible). The Academy Awards will be presented this […]

Oscar Nominations Reaction

In honor of 2015, I am starting a series that will cover various topics, ranging from psychology to pop culture.  Each blog post will be formatted into a top 15 list and will appear on our website on the 15th of each month (or as close to as possible). This is the first blog of […]