Dear Aiden, In “Black Oaks,” Mary Oliver captures what it’s like to feel the tension between being a productive adult and the need to disconnect from our day-to-day responsibilities. I encourage you to make time to get outside and just sit with the trees, grass, and clouds, doing nothing. Earning a living is important, but…Keep reading
If you haven’t seen Thor: Ragnarok, do so immediately.
Take Shelter is an outstanding thriller that portrays what it’s like for a man when reality starts to fray around the edges. The writing is superb and Michael Shannon delivers an authentic portrait of a man struggling with what may or may not be mental illness.
Movies seldom do a good job of creating characters who struggle with mood disorders, usually opting to portray them as cliched caricatures that offer either comic relief or the most extreme version of what living with mental illness is like. Take Shelter deftly handles a character who is struggling through an existential reckoning, but does so without playing to the normal stereotypes.