Fanfiction Fridays: Upside Down by redbrickrose

Fandom has its hierarchies just like any other social group—there are the big fandoms, like Sherlock and Supernatural and Teen Wolf, and sometimes it’s hard to get beyond those and find fic for other, smaller fandoms. For example, though the Disney/Pixar movies are as ripe for ficcing as any other movies are, there is very little fic out there for them. So I stumbled upon today’s fanfic rec completely by accident—but I’m very glad I did.

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In Brightest Day: Depression in The Babadook

The BabadookA lot of exciting things happened to me this Christmas—I saw Star Wars four times, got a Lego Millennium Falcon, and went into anaphylactic shock. Twice. It was an eventful time for me that I thankfully survived, and as my break started coming to an end, APerigren told me about this amazing scary movie called The Babadook that came out in 2014 and was both written and directed by Jennifer Kent as her directorial debut. Despite hating horror films because they give me nightmares, and disregarding the potentially fatal medical issues I just suffered through, I decided to traumatize myself even more by giving The Babadook a watch. This was a bad idea.

Regardless of my low tolerance for scary monsters and the subsequent nightmares the story gave me, I will concede that The Babadook is one of the better movies I’ve watched. The Babadook is a psychological thriller about a monster called the Babadook who terrorizes and possesses people. It’s also a giant metaphor for depression and grief.

Spoilers up ahead.

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In Brightest Day: Struggling with Depression in Inside Out

Inside Out posterFor quite a while, I had been hearing nothing but good things about Inside Out, and while the movie is by no means perfect, it was pretty damn good. One of the reasons I like this movie so much is because it has one of the most accurate portrayals of depression that I have ever seen. And not only does Inside Out portray depression realistically, it also presents it in a way that’s easy to understand.

Major spoilers after the jump.

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Thinking Too Hard About Inside Out

inside outA new Pixar offering is always going to get me in a theater seat, and Inside Out was no exception. I saw it a few days ago, and while it was definitely a good movie, I don’t know that I’d call it a great one. Mild spoilers below the jump.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Inside Out

Pixar’s trailer for its new film, Inside Out, has been making the rounds—I’ve seen it in theaters, on the internet, and during the Puppy Bowl this weekend. It looks like it’s going to be pretty fun (it especially looks like they’re going to have a good time making dolls of all the emotions to sell), but there are also some things that might veer into problematic territory if Pixar isn’t careful.

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