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Mental Illness Films & Docs
  • OC87: This film depicts the rocky career of Bud Clayman and its interruption by obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Prozac Nation: This film shows the struggles of Elizabeth Wurtzel suffering from major depression. 
  • Of Two Minds: This film weaves together the stories of several Americans suffering from bipolar disorder. 
  • Strange Voices: This is a television film about schizophrenia. 
  • Side Effects: This film deals with suicide. 
  • The Soloist (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED): This absolutely heart-wrenching film is so amazing, and it follows the story of a homeless man suffering from schizophrenia. 
  • Girl, Interrupted: This film portrays the mind of a young girl after her attempted suicide.
  • Molly: This film tells the story of a woman with autism. 
  • Ben X: This film follows a boy with Asperger’s. 
  • Silver Linings Playbook: This fairly new film depicts a love story between two people with bipolar disorder.
  • Still Alice: This heart-wrenching story follows Alice, a woman who has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story: This story follows the events after an attempt of suicide.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: This film deals with dissociate identity disorder.
  • Sybil (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED): This true story is an account of a young woman’s battle with paranoid schizophrenia. 
  • The Aviator: This film depicts a man battling his obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • I Never Promised You A Rose Garden: This film follows a young girl with schizophrenia. 
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story: This film deals with self-harm and suicide.

A thing I really can’t get in Muggleborn Headcanons is why should every single one of them follow the same TV show/film.

Like, I just imagine some Muggleborn Ravenclaw girls talking about Sherlock and immediately a Muggleborn Slytherin boy shows up and looks them dead in the eyes and mutters “Supernatural, girls. Supernatural.” and just walks away like nothing happened. And one of the girls has a crush on him so she asks him to tell her about “this Supernatural thing” and the boy’s eyes shine in excitement.

Or a little first year Muggleborn Hufflepuff girl screaming when she sees a sixth year girl walking around the Common Room in sweatpants and an Avenger’s shirt and shouting “The X-Men are better!” and the other one just smirking while quoting Tony’s Stark jokes every now and then and dressing up as The Black Widow for Halloween and the two eventually becoming friends and having film marathons during summer breaks.

And I can definitely imagine two Muggleborn Gryffindor boys arguing over who is the best diva in Glee and you can hear shouts of “KURT FREAKING HUMMEL DRESSED UP AS DAMNED LADY GAGA IS THE BEST THING EVER” and “DON’T YOU DARE TELL ME RACHEL IS NOT A DIVA, SHE IS THE FREAKING DIVA-QUEEN” and then the Head Boy comes in screaming “WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING HERE, FOR MELIN’S SAKE DON’T YOU TWO BLOODY IDIOTS KNOW THAT THE ONLY REAL DIVA IS SUE SYLVESTER” and both boys just going completely silent and nodding with their heads down.

Film, Lit, & TV References: Sherlock (Updated 6/29/17)

A Continuing Work In Progress - Most of this is relevant to S4, but it does go back into the previous seasons.

Related to Gatiss and Mycroft’s Love of Old Films (especially film noir)

The Woman From Shanghai & Swimming With Sharks ( x )

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Sherlock S2-S4 ( x )

Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend and John ( x )

Bank Holiday as a Sherlock Intertext ( x ) by @devoursjohnlock

Granada The Devil’s Foot, Sherlock S4 Imagery, and Moriarty or Mortimer ( x )

A Glimpse Into Granada’s Eligible Bachelor ( x ) by @ebaeschnbliah

The Woman in Green (x)

Terror By Night, Trains, and Sherlock ( x )

The Voice of Terror ( x ) by @finalproblem

The House of Fear ( x ) by @welovethebeekeeper

S4 and Casablanca Continues ( x )

Clue Umbrella and Cane ( x ) The Hat ( x )

Sherlock Holmes in New York ( x ) by @ebaeschnbliah

Faith Eurus & Culverton Smith as Keyser Söze from The Usual Suspects ( x )

Mycroft’s Umbrellagun ( x )


Related to Gatiss and John Watson’s Love of Horror & Bond Films

Take the Bloody Shot ( x ) by @devoursjohnlock

The Ring and TFP Part I ( x ) (I only added pieces to wonderful meta by @may-shepard

The Ring and TFP Part II ( x )

S4 Film References in One Video ( x ) by @goodmythicalmail

Horror Europa ( x ) by @isitandwonder

Argento’s Demons in HoB ( x ) by @isitandwonder​ and Suspiria as TFP ( x )

TRF, TEH, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans ( x )

John Rug Pull, TFP, and Saw ( x )

The Ring, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, Saw, Orphan, Shutter Island, Paranormal Activity 2, It, Morgan, Yellowbeard, Skyfall, Spectre, Sinister, Neues Vom Wixxer ( x ) by @goodmythicalmail

Yellowbeard ( x ) @princess-of-fireflies

Parade Scene from Spectre and Gatiss/Abbington SDCC 2016 ( x )


Literary References (Not Shakespeare)

S4, Freud, and Vampires  ( x )

Goethe and Sherlock ( x ) (mini meta w/S4, Freud, and Vampires)

Why is John a Balloon? Because…Freud ( x )

TFP, The Uncanny, and Freud’s Influence ( x ) by @the-blue-carbuncle

The Scarlet Thread of Murder and Sherlock S4 ( x )

Garden of Paradise: Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tale ( x )

Entanglement Theory and My Cousin Rachel ( x )

Greek Myth and TLD ( x )

Sherlock’s Vow, Greek Oaths, Water, and Guardian of Ships ( x )

Paintings Used in TAB ( x ) by @sagestreet


Dr. Who/Torchwood/Sherlock/Dr. Strange Overlaps

Amy’s Choice ( x ) by @goodmythicalmail

Dr. Who and “Losing” Seasons of Sherlock ( x )

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Dr. Who, and Sherlock ( x ) by @isitandwonder @tjlcisthenewsexy and @devoursjohnlock

Knock Knock (Dr. Who) Season 10 & Sherlock Parallels ( x ) by @jenna221b

Torchwood S3 and Johnlock ( x )

Miss Evangelista and TAB Mary Watson ( x )

The Wedding of River Song & Sherlock: TFP ( x )

MHR and Dr. Who “Blink” ( x )

John’s Choice ( x ) by @tjlcisthenewsexy

Torchlock, TLD, Jonto/Johnlock ( x )

Torchwood ARG ( x )

In Case of Villain ( x )

Gaslight(ing), Dr. Who, and Sherlock ( x ) (Related to Mycroft’s love of old films.)

Dr. Who, Snowmen, and TAB ( x ) by @heartofdeduction

Dr. Who Dreamlord, TLD, and the Nyte Inspiration ( x ) (I added on.)

Dr. Who, Pilot Fish, and Sherlock ( x )

Dr. Strange Sherlock ( x )

Dr. Who “Tarmac” Conversation ( x ) by @a-candle-for-sherlock

Moffat 207 to 702 ( x ) (Two pre-existing metas about Moffat reusing these numbers.)


Why would Sherlock be close enough to hear John at the cemetery, yet not be visible to a Moriarty accomplice? ( x )

Meta Remaining…(May add to list, later)

AHS: Murder House, The Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, The Amityville Horror (1979), The Shining, Carriers, The Devils, Hammer House versions of Child’s Play (1984) and The Two Faces of Evil, The Third Man (1949), The Stranger (1946)

Stay-The Naomi Watts Connection (goes with The Ring metas)

V For Vendetta: The Graphic Novel-Complete with pink elephant. (in progress)
Film & TV References in Sherlock S4

I’m still not done with this, but here is the list as it exists right now.

Films and Music Video



The Usual Suspects

The Lost Weekend


Rosemary’s Baby

The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Ring


Silence of the Lambs



Shutter Island

Paranormal Activity 2





Spectre (scenes and score)


Dr. No

Interview With The Vampire

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans


Neues Vom Wixxer

The Shining

Hammer House versions of Child’s Play (1984) and The Two Faces of Evil

I Want To Break Free (music video)

Dr. Who/Torchwood/Sherlock/Dr. Strange/Fargo Overlaps

Amy’s Choice ( x ) by @goodmythicalmail

Little Rosie, The Elephant in the Room ( x ) by @ebaeschnbliah

Torchwood S3 and Johnlock ( x )

Torchwood ARG ( x )

Miss Evangelista & TAB Mary Watson ( x )

John’s Choice ( x ) by @tjlcisthenewsexy

In Case of Villain ( x )

Gaslight(ing), Dr. Who, and Sherlock ( x ) (Related to Mycroft’s love of old films.)

The Wedding of River Song & Sherlock: TFP ( x )

Dr. Who, Snowmen, and TAB ( x ) by @heartofdeduction

Dr. Who Dreamlord, TLD, and the Nyte Inspiration ( x ) (I added on.)

Dr. Who, Pilot Fish, and Sherlock ( x )

Dr. Strange Sherlock ( x )

Dr. Who “Tarmac” Conversation ( x ) by @a-candle-for-sherlock

Moffat 207 to 702 ( x ) (Two pre-existing metas about Moffat reusing these numbers.)

In case anyone is keeping track, that didn’t have a meta already tagged in the TV portion above. @inevitably-johnlocked @may-shepard @sherlockians-get-bored @holmesianscholar @swimmingfeelsinajohnlockianpool @mr-brightside24

Album Review: ‘CTRL’ by SZA

Finally following up 2014 EP, Z, SZA is back and in CTRL. With fourteen tracks and running a little under fifty minutes, this album is a breath of fresh air in the modern R&B-osphere. A raw and honest breath. The production is for the better part pretty stripped back, allowing her tales of relationship woes and all-around trying to get her sh*t together shine.

It’s open and conceptially solid (frequently featuring the voices of her mother and grandmother in interludes; filled with film and television references that connect the the work to the wall of outdated tech featured behind Solána on the cover), and maybe a hair overlong for my taste, but otherwise there’s very little to complain about when it has so much to offer.

From the pre-album singles, “Drew Barrymore,” “Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott),” and “Broken Clocks.” To the punchy “Prom.” To her bare-all admissions of insecurity and inadequacy in tracks such as “Normal Girl” and closer “20 Something.” To the Kendrick Lamar-assisted ode to vag (and the lengths men will go to to get it), “Doves In The Wind.”

It’s a little bit of everything all rolled into one - and kinda like reading someone’s diary.


Sleep perchance a Dream is written on a boat in the junkyard, it comes from Hamlet’s famous ‘To be, or not to be’ soliloquy. In it Hamlet contemplates the death of his father and possibly committing suicide. It seems oddly fitting to find a reference to it in a place that Chloe often hangs out.

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ‘tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,


The Lady From Shanghai (1947) & Swimming With Sharks

This is just one of the Orson Welles films that will have meta, where we see it influencing the Sherlock series. Links to other relevant film noir that have been done so far, are at the bottom of the post.

Plot: Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (Welles) meets the beautiful blonde Elsa (Rita Hayworth) as she rides a horse-drawn coach in Central Park. Three hooligans waylay the coach. Michael rescues Elsa and escorts her home. Michael reveals he is a seaman and learns Elsa and her husband, disabled criminal defense attorney Arthur Bannister (Sloane), are newly arrived in New York City from Shanghai. They are on their way to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. Michael, attracted to Elsa despite misgivings, agrees to sign on as an able seaman aboard Bannister’s yacht.

They are joined on the boat by Bannister’s partner, George Grisby (Glenn Anders), who proposes that Michael “murder” him in a plot to fake his own death. He promises Michael $5,000 and explains that since he would not really be dead and since there would be no corpse, Michael could not be convicted of murder (reflecting corpus delicti laws at the time). Michael agrees, intending to use the money to run away with Elsa. Grisby has Michael sign a confession.

Welles as Michael O'Hara in The Lady from Shanghai (1947) On the eve of the crime, Sydney Broome (Ted de Corsia), a private investigator who has been following Elsa on her husband’s orders, confronts Grisby. Broome has learned of Grisby’s plan to actually murder Bannister, frame Michael, and escape by pretending to have also been murdered. Grisby shoots Broome and leaves him for dead. Unaware of what has happened, Michael proceeds with the night’s arrangement and sees Grisby off on a motorboat before shooting a gun into the air to draw attention to himself. Meanwhile, Broome, injured but alive, asks Elsa for help. He warns her that Grisby intends to kill her husband.

Michael makes a phone call to Elsa, but finds Broome on the other end of the line. Broome warns Michael that Grisby was setting him up. Michael rushes to Bannister’s office in time to see Bannister is alive, but that the police are removing Grisby’s body from the premises. The police find evidence implicating Michael, including his confession, and take him away.

At trial, Bannister acts as Michael’s attorney. He feels he can win the case if Michael pleads justifiable homicide. During the trial, Bannister learns of his wife’s relationship with Michael. He ultimately takes pleasure in his suspicion that they will lose the case. Bannister also indicates that he knows the real killer’s identity. Before the verdict, Michael escapes by feigning a suicide attempt. Elsa follows. Michael and she hide in a Chinatown theater. Elsa calls some Chinese friends to meet her. As Michael and Elsa wait and pretend to watch the show, Michael realizes that she killed Grisby. Elsa’s Chinese friends arrive and take Michael, unconscious, to an abandoned Fun House. When he wakes, he realizes that Grisby and Elsa had been planning to murder Bannister and frame him for the crime, but that Broome’s involvement ruined the scheme and that Elsa had to kill Grisby for her own protection.


The film features a unique climactic shootout in a hall of mirrors involving a multitude of false and real mirrored images in the Magic Mirror Maze, in which Elsa is mortally wounded and Bannister is killed. Heartbroken, Michael leaves presuming that events which have unfolded since the trial will clear him of any crimes.

The Six Thatchers

John (laughing): A jellyfish! You can’t arrest a jellyfish.
Sherlock: You can try.
John: We did try.

Be sure to read Predator and Prey: The Jellyfish of Sherlock by @devoursjohnlock 

The Woman in Green ( x )

Terror By Night, Trains, and Sherlock ( x )

The Voice of Terror ( x ) by @finalproblem

The House of Fear ( x ) by @welovethebeekeeper

Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend and John ( x )

S4 and Casablanca Continues ( x )

Film, Lit, & TV References: Sherlock (Updated) ( x )

@tjlcisthenewsexy @may-shepard @monikakrasnorada @darlingtonsubstitution  @sarahthecoat @shamelessmash @themanandthemachine @swimmingfeelsinajohnlockianpool @sherlockians-get-bored


Mark Gatiss: Radio Times–So, this is several times now that Sherlock in a film noir fighting the Nazis has been brought up, which is essentially Voice of Terror, the Rathbone/Bruce adaptation of His Last Bow, which would mean another repeated event. @finalproblem did a meta about it August of last year, some of us discussed it as one of several Rathbone/Bruce adaptations used in S3 and 4, and here we go again…

Lit, Film, & TV References:

@monikakrasnorada @ebaeschnbliah @holmesianscholar @swimmingfeelsinajohnlockianpool @devoursjohnlock @gosherlocked @darlingtonsubstitution @sherlockshadow @sherlockshite @posh-boy-clever-boy @loveismyrevolution @may-shepard @antisocial-otaku