Can We Get Don Draper Off the Couch?

I used to watch Mad Men for its fascinating study of Don Draper secretly working to maintain his image. But this season, I am watching Mad Men only to maintain mine. I continue to dutifully tune in because cultural cool kids watch Mad Men. Apparently, we watch it even when it starts to unhinge into Freudian flashback-ridden chaos. Continue reading Can We Get Don Draper Off the Couch?

Get Clued In

Clue (film)
Clue (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1985, the movie Clue managed to something  incredibly difficult: it turned a classic board game into a compelling movie.  Simply making flattering comparisons between it and the Rhianna-fied Battleship is too low a bar.  Instead, consider how impressive it is that Clue succeeded in translating a roll-the-dice-and-move, logical deduction game into a story more watchable than the spate of films based on mission-driven video games (e.g., Prince of Persia, Hitman, Max Payne). Continue reading Get Clued In

If only Stellan had snagged a cooler part in Thor…

Turns out the History Channel’s Vikings is decent.   Also turns out, the Skarsgard brothers are typecast as Vikings… Continue reading If only Stellan had snagged a cooler part in Thor…