Narrative experiences have a lot to offer us.
From the silly and exciting worlds of rom-coms and action films (Hedonic media) to the emotionally complex dramas and thrillers (Eudaimonic media) there are movies that speak to us. They open our eyes (Insight), give us relatable characters to empathize with (Identification and Modeling), and help us practice how to cope with difficult emotions vicariously (Social Cognitive Theory).
Below is a list of articles about the positive benefits of mindful movie-watching as well as a (still growing) list of movie reviews that I argue are emotionally meaningful and might help us.
Movies We Need:
- Movies We Need: Christopher Robin
- Movies We Need: About Time
- Movies We Need: Lars and the Real Girl
- Movies We Need: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Movies We Need: Call Me By Your Name
- Movies We Need: Darkest Hour
- Movies, Mental Illness, and Love
- What to Learn From Romantic Movies
- What to Unlearn From Romantic Movies
- Watching Movies as Self-Care
- Why We Share Our Favorite Movies
- How We Really Learn History
- Anxiety Attacks in Movies and Why We Need Them
- How Movies Help Us Practice Self-Compassion
Much more to come!…