Mar 312015
 

MadMenFinalPosterIt’s possible that the most challenging thing I do as a writer is create spoiler-free Mad Men reviews. This is my last one. I’m tasked with saying as close to nothing as possible, while still engaging the reader, and communicating a sense of what lays ahead.

In Severance, what lays ahead is Mad Men. There is something so richly, truly our show about this hour that, while it shocks and surprises, and shows us things we haven’t seen or imagined, it is nonetheless familiar. This is definitely the show we love.

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Mar 302015
 

The phrase “Female Director” kind of pisses me off. I know how naïve that makes me. I don’t know how Hollywood works except from what I’ve read, but I do know there’s nothing inherently masculine about the title of Director. I know that every last director I worked with through school, save two, were women. The academic world rarely resembles the real world, of course. It can take generations for the ways of the ivory tower to trickle down into the mainstream.

That’s why, when Ronald D. Moore says that he insisted that the director of The Wedding be a woman, I have to put my initial gut reaction aside and applaud. What I would have given to hear him say something more like, “I wanted the best-qualified director available for this assignment, and the best-qualified director was Anna Forrester.” She was, after all, given the evidence of the spectacular work that made it to screen. Any way you look at it—the performances, the cinematography, the costumes, the lighting, the editing—I just can’t imagine anyone having done a better job.

From L to R: Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Tobias Menzies (Jack/Frank Randall), Ronald D. Moore, and Diana Gabaldon at PaleyFest March 12, 2015

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Off-topic--Please consider helping

Off-topic–Please consider helping

Mar 30, 2015

Basketcases, I have friends who are in need of real support. Dave has some hardcore Leukemia, and guess what? It’s messed up his whole world, and the world of Kate, his partner. Please check out the situation, and donate if you are inclined. Thank you. For real. http://www.gofundme.com/qctqfg

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The Walking Dead Recap: Come At Me

The Walking Dead Recap: Come At Me

Mar 30, 2015

The fifth season of The Walking Dead doesn’t end in any of the ways I thought it would. In Conquer, the people of Alexandria do not end up turning on Rick, or vice versa; Michonne does not take control of either the survivor group or Alexandria; and Daryl and Aaron do not stay out in […]

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Basket of News, Mar. 21-27 2015

Basket of News, Mar. 21-27 2015

Mar 27, 2015

Have you read the Lipps’ write-ups of Matthew Weiner at the Museum of the Moving Image, and Matt with the cast at Lincoln Center (Part 1, Part 2)? Great stuff.  Vulture was also at the Museum appearance. The Boston Globe and Vulture were both at Lincoln Center. Matthew Weiner discusses fans’ favorite Mad Men scenes. […]

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Mad Men at Lincoln Center: Part 2

Mad Men at Lincoln Center: Part 2

Mar 26, 2015

This is Part 2 of our write-up of the amazing Mad Men: The End of an Era panel discussion at Lincoln Center. Part 1 is here. The next clip was from Babylon (Episode 1.06); still a favorite of the Lipp Sisters (the episode that birthed the phrase “Basket of Kisses”): The scene where we first learn […]

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It's not the same dress!

It’s not the same dress!

Mar 26, 2015

At the end of Season 4, I posted a note about promo shoots. This came up in discussion with my sister, since the S7.2 promo photos were just released. In that post, and on the phone with Roberta, I said the only dress that was actually worn was Betty’s—but it was worn by Nurse Phoebe. […]

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Mad Men Rewatch: The Strategy

Mad Men Rewatch: The Strategy

Mar 25, 2015

You are not part of this family anymore! –Trudy Campbell Mad Men episode 7.06, The Strategy, is about the dissolution and recreation of family. In my original recap, I talked a lot about family, about sexism, the “new woman,” and so on. What struck me on rewatch, though, was the extraordinary way that the episode […]

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Better Call Saul 1.08: RICO

Better Call Saul 1.08: RICO

Mar 24, 2015

The bar exam’s a mother, I mean for me it was. I failed it the first two times, but I guess it’s like losing your virginity, third time’s the charm. In the Better Call Saul episode RICO, we learn the thing that Jimmy McGill wants most in the world: To work with his brother, and […]

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Basket of Kisses Series Finale Party!!!

Basket of Kisses Series Finale Party!!!

Mar 22, 2015

Watch this space for details.

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Downton Abbey BasketContest!!!

Downton Abbey BasketContest!!!

Mar 13, 2015

Yo, Downton Abbeycases (and everyone else), we have a contest! Tell us who a hero of yours is in comments below (limit one comment, por favor) for a chance to win one of the following prizes: • A photo of Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates), autographed by Mr. Coyle himself! • A copy of The World […]

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