Tuesday, May 08, 2012

So What is the Endgame Courtney?

Now, let me preface this by saying that I don't have anything against people who want to humiliate themselves for my amusement. That said, I have to really question what the hell Courtney Stodden's father/husband/pimp is thinking. The poor girl is 17, looks like she's pushing 30 most of the time, and is continually pushing the idea that she is some sort of sexpot. I hate to be the one to tell her that when you are constantly telling people you are sexy, that means you really aren't and no amount of silicon or make-up will cover that fact up.

I guess that my question is really, where can she go from here? Unless she is angling for a career in porn, she's put herself into that corner before she's even had a chance to have a real career. Sadly, she's probably more marketable/hireable than Lindsay Lohan at this point, but really if they stood next to each other, who could tell the difference?

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Like a lemon to a lime a lime to a lemon

So MCA died yesterday and none of you ghouls had him, for which I'm kinda grateful. I was never a huge fan of the Beastie Boys after Paul's Boutique, but they were funny and you never knew what they were going to do next. We wore out License to Ill in high school, so that is why I picked this video to post, some good times were had.

Mad Men Season 5

So in a previous post I lamented my late arrival to the television series Mad Men and my damn near heroic efforts that I undertook to get myself caught up. No, it wasn't nearly as horrifying as it could have been, but getting through 54 or so hours of television in about a month is no small feat.

Anyway, I bring this up because season 5 is currently airing and boy howdy, is it good (see what happens when I start censoring myself a bit? I don't care for that...). I contemplated being one of the bandwagon jumping blogger who spouts off knee-jerk reactions to episodes, but that didn't really appeal to me, besides watching Mad Men and trying to figure out what is happening after one or two episodes is like trying to divine the true meaning of the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. You need time, space, and perspective to figure out that it is just Damon Lindloff's idea of how to see Evangeline Lilly in skimpy outfits every day... Anyway, here are a couple of thoughts about this season of Mad Men:

1. The writers have done a really clever thing in the way they are treating Don's marriage to Megan. Prior to the season premier there was so much speculation among critics and fans as to how they could get rid of Megan so as to not kill the show or how their relationship would be some sort of farce and the actions of Tomorrowland would be the series' shark-jumping moment. Neither has been the case, instead we get a complicated portrayal of two strong-minded people trying to make a strange marriage work. Don may have thought he was getting Julie Andrews-like nanny, but what he really got was a smart, driven young woman who isn't afraid to call him on his shit. Don had been so cloaked in secrets and lies that many thought their relationship was doomed before it started. The writer's have shown us how Don has changed, and how he hasn't, whithout a lot of clunky dialogue or hacky set pieces. It has been interesting to watch.

2. Nobody has missed Betty. We all got to see too much of her last year as she devolved into a shrew that even her new husband couldn't stand. This year she has been relegated to one episode and it has been the season's low point. They have reached the point where they either really need to ramp up Betty's role in the story or they just need to get rid of her altogether.

3. Finally, Roger Sterling is the Man...

It has been a good season so far, I am very interested in where they plan on taking this story, to see what this is all supposed to mean and how it all affects these characters who are as richly drawn as any that television has ever had. Oh, and good on Joan for getting rid of Dr. Raper this year too... He was creepy.