Meredith: “I really hope he’s in a better place.”
Roger: “He’s not dead, stop saying that!”
Meredith: “There’s a lot of places better than here.”
Meredith is right. The large offices on Madison Avenue aren’t for everyone. They weren’t for Shirley, who left the company after sharing a candid truth: that advertising “isn’t comfortable” for everyone. They weren’t for Joan, who learned standing up to sexism would literally cost her to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. They weren’t for Pete, who found the fastest way to climb the corporate ladder is to take a personal jet to the top. And of course, the life at McCann-Erickson doesn’t exactly suit Don Draper, either. But more on that later.
Continue reading Don Draper Wants the World to Buy a Coke: A ‘Mad Men’ Finale Recap
In the big wide world out there, consumption is one of the keys that ties us together. Not only are we literally required to consume in order to survive, but metaphorically speaking, we consume according to our interests, our passions. (There’s a reason why “binging” is such a popular way to characterize our habits.) And on the other side of the coin, we often speak of things that consume us: a job, a relationship, desire, pain.
Our relationship to that word is essential to the entertainment industry in particular. We consume the product, and those who make the product consume our money, watching it compound and compound. Consumption is just another word for a transaction, and just like a transaction, it means there’s a price involved.
Continue reading Review: “The Congress”
I was at the gates of the Magic Kingdom when I saw her.
She was a little girl, about four feet tall, wearing a Cinderella gown. The dress, that perfect shade of icy blue, shimmered and glinted under the sun. But the more I looked at her, the more I saw she it wasn’t just the dress — she herself sparkled.
Continue reading Review: Escape From Tomorrow
The other day, I posted the intro to this post, which is my analysis of Season 4 of “Arrested Development.” (Clearly, I think too much and had to break this up in two parts.) So enjoy Part II:
At this point, I’m a pretty established “Arrested Development” fanatic. The sight of the iconic stair car (the editor in me wonders if that’s one word or two, dash or no dash?) in the title screen was the most heart-pounding moments I’ve had as a fan of anything in years. (Other similar moments: finally holding my copy of The Deathly Hallows, the lights dimming at the midnight screening of The Hunger Games. Seeing two of my favorite things, Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland, collide onscreen. Oz: The Great and Powerful — which would ultimately let me down. This, however, eclipses all of the above.)
Continue reading Review: Season 4 of “Arrested Development”