The Mask You Live In

The Mask You Live In

This documentary is revolutionary. Watching it I feel that this film really could change our perspective on how we raise our boys in our society; I sincerely hope that this film gets more widespread. It’s one of those films that really make a person think and can truly change the perspective of people in the world, not just the United States.

This film is about how we are raising our boys to be strong, unemotional and manly; and how that may affect their lives psychologically. The documentary goes over the effects of forcing boys to withhold their feelings and what the consequences of doing that can be. It has amazing interviews with men and boys about their experiences as well as helpful commentaries from psychologists and other experts.

This film may be one of the more interesting films I’ve seen in a long time. Mainly because it isn’t about how masculinity is bad but about how we, as a society, force unreal expectations on our men that affect them in ways that we don’t even realize. Being masculine isn’t bad, but having feelings and expressing those feelings aren’t bad either. In fact, not doing so, from the perspective of psychology is absolutely insane. Forcing boys from the get-go to always live up to certain standards and then shaming them if they don’t do so – it’s insane. Especially if those things are just about how many women you’ve slept with or how many sports you can play or what level you are on the latest Call of Duty. I would really suggest anyone to watch this video. And don’t get alarmed, it’s not about men acting more like women; it’s just about basic healthy brain function and how boys are kind of being denied that human function.


The Perfect Insider


Okay, so, this Japanese fairly short series is a Holmesian-style murder-mystery-detective genre. It’s apparently based on a book and anime. It generally lacks emotion and oomph, but I think it’s meant to be somewhat lackluster. It focuses on the cases with only a little regard to the main characters. With that being said each case bore resemblance to the other which made it somewhat repetitive.

There’s not much to be said about the plot. It’s about Moe Nishinosono and Sohei Saikawa. Together they help the police solve locked-door murders. Moe Nishinosono seems to have a knack for sticking her nose into cases involving dangerous murders, but it takes the both of them to solve the mystery.

I had high expectations for this. It was the first Japanese drama I’d seen in a while and, while the story was interesting, I was left feeling a little empty. The lack of emotion and reaction by the main characters, intentional or not, made everything feel… not as exciting. It’s hard to describe, but all-in-all it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen. Intriguing, perhaps, but not much depth.