Roger Ebert argues in favor of universal health care (pretty well, might I add). Read it by clicking above.
The fallacy of the free enterprise argument is that there is a faith that corporations are motivated to bring about the public good. Corporations are motivated to maximize profits for shareholders. That is the primary mission of all corporate executives, and they retain their jobs by placing the bottom line and the stock price above all else.
Last night’s Mad Men was sublime. It really was. Jon Hamm was giving out some first season finale “The Wheel” acting right there. I can’t speak highly enough of his skill as an actor, which we have not seen in seemingly forever. I just kind of agreed with everything that was happening tonight, which certainly isn’t necessary for a great show, but helps. We knew a reveal was coming, it had to, and it managed not to feel like Don was simply summarizing the whole show to us. It was surprising and touching, and the honesty was refreshing after (too many) episodes of the same thing.
Suzanne was a mother figure, put simply. She takes care of children and is interested in Don as a child and makes dinner and lets him act out his fake romances on her. Which she bought, sadly for her (though I hate her character, so). The confession scene is doubly tense because she’s in the car and no viewer can stop thinking about that. But the fact that it leaves Don’s mind so completely is proof that when fight or flight came, he locked down into fight. The pretense is the strongarming and the adultery and the bravado. The reality is the guy who drops his cigarette when he’s found out.
So let’s see this wrap up, but the handling of that scene was impeccable. And yes, maybe the gypsy/hobo thing was a bit heavyhanded, but Don’s more than both of those things, and I think the subtly placed Oliver Twist song is testament to that.
I really didn’t understand the Joan tacked on scenes here. Weakest part of the episode, even though it was nice to see her hit Greg and talk sweetly to Roger. But I think that was just Weiner saying goodbye to Joan for this season and maybe forever, and I feel cheated on that.
Roger’s storyline, too, dealt with a past he felt a connection to, but ultimately put aside. Even though I thought he and Annabel were fantastic together, he clearly does love Jane (and perhaps Don was wrong to judge their union so harshly) and is willing to change. I found his actions confusing, but charming, which I never thought I’d say about Roger after the twins episode in the first season.
I just can’t get over Betty. She’s amazing. I simply don’t understand anyone who thinks Jones is portraying her clumsily.
Hamm was absolutely superb, and yeah, I don’t think Jones gets enough credit. When he dropped the cigarette, her brow wrinkled weirdly, almost as if at that moment, she was taken aback at what she’d done in a “damn, he’s really affected by this” sort of way.
But the killer for me was the scene in the study, where you see the stark shift in Don’s demeanor once Betty goes, “You know I know what’s in there.” Again, absolutely superb — Hamm went from confident Don to meek (limp?) Dick in an instant.
I liked the Roger storyline, especially his dismissal of Annabelle’s advances — you get the sense that he’s legitimately serious about/in love with Jane, almost in that head-over-heels, “you complete me” way. Like, he’s been adrift his whole life, just sort of letting things happen but not doing things because he necessarily wanted to — joining his father’s ad agency, marrying Mona, etc. — but now, he’s finally happy, and maybe more importantly, comfortable with where he is in life. Which is, of course, the opposite from the way the rest of the world sees his relationship with Jane.
My jaw literally dropped at Joan’s vase smashing, and now, with Greg joining the Army, it seems apparent that they’re setting him up for a tour in Vietnam. That should be interesting, especially considering that Joan doesn’t seem to have adapted to the homemaker life all that well, where she isn’t the “alpha dog,” so to speak.
So, this was Halloween, 1963. Twenty-two days until the Kennedy assassination…that’s gotta be the season finale in two weeks, right? And Roger’s daughter, Margaret, is getting married on the 23rd…
I don’t care if you all think 24 has gone on for far too long. Season 7 restored my faith in the series, and if I have the opportunity to watch Jack Bauer fuck shit up and yell “DAMMIT!” enough times to give me a sore throat for 43 minutes every week, you can bet your ass I will take that opportunity.
“As I told my mom, I will never smoke pot and agree to go to an audition again. I happened to be smoking pot in Venice, and I get a phone call: ‘There’s a movie where you’ll be talking to guinea pigs.’ And when you’re stoned, you’re like: ‘Of course.’”—Zach Galifianakis on G-Force (via insidethebox) (via sade) (via indieandyy)
Yea, sometimes I listen to Oasis. And sometimes I sing their songs - particularly this one - really loud while I’m in my car and maybe I listen to it over and over again, singing louder each time until I reach this horrid crescendo of self awareness where I’m saying “Oh my god what am I doing singing Oasis in the work parking lot with the windows open and the King Cobra bums looking at me like I’ve lost my mind and maybe they can parlay this into a way to steal my money while I’m going crazy” and I just look at them and say “Don’t look back in anger.” And walk away.