SPOILER ALERT!

 Posted by on August 19, 2014 at 6:43 am  Film, Other Culture, Television  No Responses »
Aug 192014
 

strauss_carsonIt’s an understatement to say that “spoilers” are anathema for today’s film and television audiences. Until the advent of social media, the threat of inadvertently or deliberately revealing an important story element or plot twist was posed primarily through word-of-mouth (at water coolers which no longer exist) or by imprudent media critics.

The term mainly referred to movies (i.e. The Crying Game or The Sixth Sense). However, nowadays, it’s common (expected) for episodic television to regularly throw curves at viewers by killing off cast members or suddenly introducing a drastically new story element. It’s almost a cliché to hear someone loudly proclaiming their intention to avoid Facebook or Twitter until they’ve had a chance to catch their favorite show on DVR.

What was the very first spoiler? Doug Kenney wrote an article called “Spoilers” for the April 1971 issue of “National Lampoon” where he gave away plot points for a number of famous movies and television shows. But that was a deliberate act, consistent with the iconoclastic editorial policy of the magazine and its pre-Internet age readers could make a conscious decision to not see those pages.

So, with that said, a case could be made that actor Peter Strauss was the offending party in delivering the very first bona fide spoiler. (cue dramatic music) Continue reading »

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Thus Spoke Mad Men

 Posted by on August 5, 2014 at 6:21 am  Film, Mad Men, Season 7, Themes  10 Responses »
Aug 052014
 

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A lot of recaps of Mad Men 7.04, The Monolith, noted that the episode contained multiple references to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, very few actually listed them all.

Well, if you want something done right…

Here is my list of 2001: A Space Odyssey (referred to henceforth as “2001”) allusions in Mad Men. To fans of the film, many of them are pretty obvious. However, others are more obscure and certainly open to debate.

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