A lot happened in the world of women on Mad Men this week. I’d equate this episode with an episode in season 4 which I thought was called “The Women” but seems to have been retitled “The Beautiful Girls”. Peggy Olson: Stuck in the Middle Again ‘Stuck’ has multiple meanings for Peggy this week. Not … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×09: “Why didn’t you say something?”
Forbes interviewed Sony exec Amy Pascal, the only Hollywood studio head who is a woman, about the lack of women helmed movies, among other topics. Sony’s Zero Dark Thirty was the only Oscar Best Picture nominee to star a woman and be directed by a woman. It was also financed by Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison. Pascal is … Continue reading What’s Wrong with ‘Female’ Directors? Part Two: Amy Pascal Speaks Out
We don’t specify a musician as a ‘female musician’ or a writer as a ‘female writer’. Do we really need to say ‘female directors’? In the past few weeks, there seemed to be a sudden rise in the use of the phrase by critics, entertainment reporters, and bloggers. What gives? Yes, it’s extremely important … Continue reading What’s Wrong with ‘Female’ Directors?
This episode of Mad Men was more trippy than the episode where Roger took LSD. While most of the guys in the office take an injection of an “energy serum” from Jim Cutler’s doctor, Peggy remains ‘sober’ while working on the Chevy account. Don catches a glimpse of Peggy comforting Ted over his partner’s death … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×08: Because It’s My Job!
“You know there’s a Maori legend about this lake… That there’s a demon’s heart at the bottom of it, the beats makes the lake rise and fall every five minutes.” * A young girl bikes away from her home, heading through beautiful scenery until she reaches the edge of a large lake. She wades in … Continue reading Not Peggy Olson: Elisabeth Moss & Rape Culture in Top of the Lake
Even though this episode was mostly about Don controlling Sylvia, we’ll concentrate on the main female characters in the show first. Honestly, the best thing about this episode was the Peggy and Joan reunion. As Joan shows Peggy to her new office (Harry’s old office), the two women catch up. “I’m glad you’re here,” Joan … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×07: “I’m glad you’re here.”
Peggy Olson Oh, Peggy, Peggy, Peggy. Since day one, Peggy is a female character to root for (her hard work and moving up the ladder at work), but her romantic choices are questionable at best. First there was Pete, who seduced her first at her apartment and then in his office. Then there was Duck, … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×06: “I don’t like change.”
Manhunt, a documentary based on a book of the same name by Peter Bergen, aired on HBO Wednesday evening, the two-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death. Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, premiered in New York and L.A. on December 19, 2012, and expanded wide on January 11. One is a documentary. One is a work … Continue reading Manhunt vs. Zero Dark Thirty: Finding OBL