Alright good people… I have crawled into the belly of the beast and taken on Spring Breakers so that you wouldn’t have to. I took to Facebook, Twitter and email to ask for questions about the film and my experience and this is what we came up with. Read more
But what is happiness? It’s the moment before you need more happiness. – Roger Sterling
And with that line, Roger Sterling sums up so much of Mad Men‘s first five seasons. Even more so, he sums up our lives and the human condition. It explains why we spin our wheels, why we stress, why we’re insecure, and why we chase after the wind to seize things that won’t ultimately fulfill us. We’re not content and then we get what we want and we’re even less content.
Few shows so delicately and glamorously portray this as Mad Men. And it makes perfect sense that the seemingly most jovial character is also the most unhappy because he’s lived life to the fullest (including the LSD-infused nudity display to NYC’s skyline) and is as miserable as ever.
“Politics have no relation to morals.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
“Don’t worry, I hate spoilers.” – Joshua Smith
When House of Cards was pitched to me, it went something like this: “It’s The Godfather meets The West Wing.” Ok, I’m listening. “It’s based on a UK miniseries, based on a novel.” Oh, great. So I’ll have to endure the endless procession of tweets about how it didn’t capture the novel and the British version was more understated and poignant. “It has Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) and Robin Wright (The Conspirator, Moneyball).” Alright, there’s going to be some stiff competition for Emmys this year. “It’s a collaborative effort between director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and producer Andrew Davies (BBC’s Poet Laureate, probably). Ok, I’m in. But since I don’t have 13 hours to spend on a show I’m not watching with my wife, I have to wait until the opportune moment. Cold virus ravaging our bodies and making it impossible to move any more than is necessary to pay the pizza guy and keep the kids alive (same thing)? That’ll do. Read more
People are always coming up to me and being like, “Clayton, you have such an amazing taste in music. Why don’t you focus your writing on music?” I like to consider myself much like Justin Timberlake in that I dabble in music, but my talents are too broad to contain.
OK. None of that is true, but in case you haven’t heard, JT released a new album yesterday called The 20/20 Experience. I’m here to give you my initial reaction and a power ranking of the tracks on JT’s return home to his “first talent.”
As some of you may remember, last March I did a post outlining every upcoming movie of 2012. Joseph and I recently started creating such a post for this year but then decided that it would definitely be an information overload for everyone. We’ve decided to just make a series of these for 2013 and break down a few months’ releases at a time. Here are all the movies being released in Memphis/Nashville during the remainder of March thru the end of May. Read more
Yesterday was a game-changing day for a number of reasons. What does the new Veronica Mars film mean for the future of entertainment projects? What does it mean for the future of fundraising? Joseph, Palmer and Clayton are digging in and trying to take their shot at some of the obvious questions that arise from this project’s instant success. Read more