Favorites: Top TV Shows of 2018 as chosen by YOU!

Here at 25YLSite, we handle a lot of heavy lifting. Analysis, interpretation, deep discussion, introspective interviews…you name it, we've got it. "Favorites" takes a lighter approach to the material we normally cover. Each week, we will take you through a list of favorites---whether its moments, scenes, episodes, characters, lines of dialogue, whatever!---in bite-sized articles perfect …

‘The pattern is the pattern’: Sentiment as therapy in Maniac

Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) has schizophrenia, and one effect of that is seeing a non-existent brother. This brother assures him that he’s meant for greatness, and that he’s “going to save the world," if only Owen could trust him. To be sure, Netflix’s Maniac portrays a simplistic, cartoonish version of a complicated disorder, but that’s …

Reputation, Love, Existence, and Perception — Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Warning: Spoilers for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) ahead. Birdman begins with text from Raymond Carver’s poem “Late Fragment,” presented alongside the gloriously unpredictable drumming of Antonio Sánchez: “And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel …