Donnie Darko >> 30 seconds review and trailer

Donald Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is under medication for a psychological situation. He has visions. Visions of a mysterious human sized rabbit named Frank - who makes him come out of his home one night and tells him about the end of the world. When he goes back home in the morning he finds out that his room has been totally destroyed by an untraced jet engine that fell on their home. He would have been dead if he was there.

Meanwhile, Donnie has to follow Frank's commands which leads to a series of destructive acts.

Will he be able to save himself and his family?

Rating: Green - the movie is a complicated web of themes touching psychological issues, time travel, science fiction, horror, philosophy. Brilliant acting combined with great screenplay make this one a must watch.

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The Perks of a Being a Wallflower >> 30 seconds Review and Trailer

Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a 15 yr old introvert schoolkid whose only friend - his best-friend committed suicide recently. He's coping with the loss and with a life with no friends when he meets Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson), who introduce him to life, as it normally is.

Rating: Green - with characters as real as they get you don't just watch the movie, you live with them for an hour and a half. Must watch!
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The Minto Pyramid Principle - Logic in Writing, Thinking and Problem Solving by Barbara Minto >> Book review

Rating Green

Genre Business, Communication, Logic, Thinking, Problem Solving, Presentation

Publisher Minto International Inc.
The Book This book presents Barbara Minto's theory on efficient and effective communication based on the simple to understand pyramid principle. She starts with establishing a connection to the psychological theories of Miller around Span of Attention. After which she explains the pyramid structure and how to use it.

She covers how logic flows into pyramid and how 'pyramid thinking' can make you more effective. She also covers the application of pyramid principle to problem solving before ending with the most important of it all how to use pyramid principle in presenting.

Comments For a book that is technical, this is very easy to read (no surprise considering this is a book on effective communication!). It is replete with examples - in fact, almost all the content is explained with their help. The content is extremely useful - applicable in day to day …

Sims' Symptoms in the Mind - An Introduction to Descriptive Psychopathology by Andrew Sims and Femi Oyebode >> Book review and free preview

Rating Green

Genre Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry

Publisher Elsevier
The Book As the name suggests the book introduces the reader to the various concepts of descriptive psychopathology.

Comments For a book that is 100% content, this is quite easy to read. The theories are explained so well that it is easy for the reader to understand the most arcane of concepts related to psychology presented in the book.

The coverage is also sufficiently comprehensive. Overall, this book is a must read for anyone interested in psychopathology. It has been the favorite of several psychology students and practitioners and deservedly so.

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The Double >> 30 seconds Review and Trailer

Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is working as a clerk. He is dedicated and brilliant in what he does and has some big ideas - but his timid and reticent personality makes him invisible to everyone. Even to Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), the girl he secretly loves.

And, then his bosses hire James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is exactly the same physically, but totally the opposite in personality - he is assertive and flamboyant, and does no work. He uses Simon to do everything, takes the credit, takes his girl - basically takes on all the good things in his life.

Rating: Yellow - a well-made art movie. For those who love to watch movies that are different, this is a must-watch. But, if you are looking for a typical commercial movie, this one may not suit your taste.
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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media >> Book review and free preview

Rating Green
Genre Non-Fiction, Media, Propaganda, Mass Communications, Politics, Social Psychology
Publisher Pantheon Books
The Book In the book, the authors put forward their 'Propaganda Theory' in which they outline the dangerous possibility of political parties controlling the mass media to move public opinions in their favor being a real scenario. In fact, not a scenario, but an everyday occurrence.

They present numerous data backed examples of how the effect of the media control is visible in the various attributes of communication used by the media. Of how the public opinion has been swayed to align with the goals of the state - to the extent of getting support for acts that no person would willingly, in his/her sane mind, approve of. They discuss how some of the events of the past may be interpreted very differently when looked at in an objective and neutral fact-based manner. (Did US really lose the Vietnam war?)

Comments The book is heavy with lots of facts and figures. …

A Girl Like Her >> 30 seconds Review and Trailer

South Brookdale High School has just ranked amongst the top schools in the US. Everybody is celebrating. But, 16 year old Jessica Burns (Lexi Ainsworth) has landed up in coma, after a suicide attempt.

Amy Gallagher (Amy S. Weber) had come to make a documentary about what makes this school the best public school. Instead, she ends up trying to resolve the mystery behind Jessica's suicide attempt, and in the process surfacing a dark side of the schooling system - bullying.

Rating: Green - a gripping story makes a well made movie. The movie not only looks at the pain that the bullied undergoes, but also looks at the perspective of the bully and what makes her that. And, this is exactly what makes it a must-watch - no-one is demonised - there is depth in all characters.

If you are the parent of a young child/teenager, or, a teenager yourself, you must watch this movie.
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