Everyone’s disappointed that Mad Men‘s clues and parallels between Megan Draper and Sharon Tate didn’t pan out in the season finale. But my question is: Didn’t it? There was no physical violence or murder plot carried out, but if we think back to Don’s L.A. hallucination: Megan appeared to him. Surprised to see her, she … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×13: “Well, aren’t you lucky to have decisions.”
Sally Draper After Sally walked in on Don and Sylvia, this week, unsurprisingly, she has no interest in visiting Don and Megan in the city. When Betty calls Don to tell him, he is expecting her to know everything. He’s waiting for the lashing that is to come, but Sally hasn’t informed Betty of the … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×12: “My father’s never given me anything.”
Peggy Olson Despite Peggy’s quick progress up the corporate ladder as a copywriter, this season seems to be demonstrating how traditional Peggy’s values really are. Last week, when Joan went against the grain to bring in a new client, Peggy chastised her for being in the wrong, which is the same argument Pete Campbell presented to … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×11: “Maybe I’ll make it worth your while.”
“I hope she didn’t make any promises,” Joan says to her lunch date. She could almost be referring to the incident with Jaguar. Understandably, Joan may be hesistant to the idea of other people making promises for her. But in this case, Joan’s lunch isn’t a date or someone she’s going to have to woo … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×10: “I have to do it by myself.”
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!
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