I’ve had a rough month for mental health.
It’s been hard to find joy in anything, including my usual hobbies of reading, watching movies and listening to music. I’m getting better, so don’t you worry, but I haven’t really been finding anything new and exciting to share with you. However, there have been some movies and TV shows that have been helping me through this difficult time. I’d like to share three of those with you today.
The first time I broke down this month and had to stay home from work I tried to watch Pixar’s Inside Out (2015). I found it too depressing and had to switch films. I put on Home (2015) instead. I’d seen this movie in the theater and liked it, but I loved it the second time around. This film only has a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and I think that’s ridiculous. It is not simply colourful, silly and utterly benign, as the Rotten Tomatoes summary puts it, but has strong anti-colonialist themes (aliens come and decide Earth is theirs, re-characterising human technology as useless and primitive based on their standards, and relocating all the humans into one place) and themes about individualism versus collectivism. Of course, the film is colourful and silly as well. It was the perfect diversion for my depressed mind.
I’ve spent a lot of time both at home and at my Grandmother’s, and a lot of that time has been spent watching Murdoch Mysteries. This Canadian series focuses around William Murdoch, a fictional detective for the Toronto Constabulary around the turn of the 19th century. Murdoch uses some anachronistic technology and other eccentric crime-fighting techniques to catch killers. Murdoch is assisted by his superior, Inspector Brackenreid, a gruff Englishman, Doctor Ogden, an intelligent woman doctor and Constable George Crabtree, an eager-to-learn policeman. The series is full of good mysteries and interesting characters, and paints a nice picture of old Toronto.
I love abridged series, and I’ve been watching quite a few this month. They’re funny and quick, and an entire season can be devoured in an afternoon. They’re also good to put on in the background to listen to while doing other things. For those of you who don’t know, an abridged series is when a work of fiction is shortened and then made fun of, usually in video form. This is mostly done with anime (Japanese animation) series more than anything else, for whatever reason. These series are mostly found on youtube, which is where I find most of mine. My favourites are Yu-gi-oh! Abridged (as seen above), Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Hellsing Abridged, 50% Off and Justice League Abridged.
And that’s what’s been helping me through this month. Until next time,