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SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: “The Anarchists” (2022) | HBO Original Documentary | Movie Analysis

The Premise Anarchy is an ideology that appeals to many individuals with libertarian views. According to Dictionary.com, the term means “a state of society without government or law“. The individual is therefore under no influence from so-called authority figures or centralized systems such as banks. In anarchy, no one is in charge and there are …

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SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: “The Vow” (2020) | HBO Original Series | Movie Analysis

The Premise I wasn’t sure whether to cover this documentary in the SKEPTIC’s REVIEW segment. Even though the analysis of video materials regarding cults is a perfect fit for the category, I tend to see Keith Raniere’s NXIVM more as a dysfunctional group that brought together Hollywood rejects and entitled trust-fund kids with a puerile …

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Contrary to Widespread Perception, Horror Fans are not Less Empathetic or Compassionate, New Study Shows

Go ahead, give Annabelle a hug. Whether we’re talking about books or movies, fans of the horror genre are widely perceived as less empathetic and compassionate than non-horror fans. This is because of the nature of the content they consume. Horror films often portray violence and gore, which many thought could potentially desensitize viewers to …

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Ricky Gervais’ “SuperNature” Was Moderately Funny — But Definitely Not Aggressive Toward Any Group

Not my favorite stand-up comedy special, but not the worst I’ve seen either. Yet another comedy show triggered a shitstorm on social media, so I felt I should watch it and draw my own conclusion regarding its allegedly outrageous content. This time it was Ricky Gervais’ “SuperNature” Netflix special which many considered not funny, boring, …

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The Psychology Of “The Haunting of Bly Manor” (2020) | Movie Analysis

There’s nothing better in the horror movie genre than a classic gothic ghost story. After “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018), the follow-up drama series “The Haunting of Bly Manor” (2020) excels at delivering the same high-quality thrills to audiences worldwide. Along with the scary story, the exceptional aesthetics, and the supernatural romance, the 9-episode …

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SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” (2016) | NETFLIX Documentary | Movie Analysis

The Premise Over the years, I have heard Tony Robbins’s name but knew very little about his activity. I knew he is some sort of motivational speaker or life coach, but the only specific information I had on him until two days ago was the fact that he encountered some legal issues after participants at …

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Thoughts on “Searching for Sheela” (2021) | Documentary | Movie Analysis

Like many others who have watched the “Wild Wild Country” (2018) mini-series, I decided to also watch the complementary biographical documentary “Searching for Sheela” (2021). While the series presented the controversial events surrounding the Rajneeshpuram community founded in the 1980s USA by followers of spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as Osho), the new …

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10 (Psychological) Reasons Why We Like Benjamin Linus | “Lost” Series | Movie Analysis

It is easy to identify and focus on a villain’s negative traits. In books and movies, the forces opposing the hero display a wide range of undesirable, nightmarish traits. They’re supposed to scare us and in most situations, it works. But we don’t always hate the bad guy. Sometimes, a villain’s magnetism is simply too strong …

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SKEPTIC’s REVIEW: “Surviving Death” (2021) | NETFLIX Original Series | Movie Analysis

The Premise  As long as we cannot, yet, scientifically answer some of humanity’s biggest questions about life, death, and human nature, the door remains open for a variety of sub-topics and alternative explanations, some of which rather pertain to a Gothic realm than to the modern world. When we cannot answer what consciousness is through …

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11 Psychological Hits and Misses in “Bridgerton” | Bridgerton (2020) | Movie Analysis

A modern, American interpretation of Regency-era England, with a hint of Jane Austen. That’s “Bridgerton”, the Christmas present we all got from Shondaland and Netflix at the end of 2020 [Thank you!]. The new series, based on the novels of Julia Quinn, is a daring mix of period drama and social rights advocacy. It follows …

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