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 +18Posted on Jun 15th, 2012 | re: Seth MacFarlane Once Again Compares Family Guy To Civil Rights (39 comments)

The lack of self-awareness in MacFarlane complaining that animation doesn’t get taken seriously when he puts out the comedy equivalent of 7-11 nachos on sunday nights is wonderful.

Dug how this episode showed how these characters have come from the first season. Especially since Lane used to admire and like Peter for much of the last two seasons! Don and Pete’s conversation also showed how much their dynamic has changed. Don never lost his temper and seemed legitimately disappointed in Peter and his decisions.

I thought this episode did a good job of….if not humanizing, then certainly explaining Pete’s whole deal. He’s getting older and that’s terrifying to him! He lost a fight to a man atleast 15 years his senior! You get the sense he truly resents his daughter. The fact that Don is the closest thing Pete has to a friend at SCDP speaks volumes.

Ken being mildly successful sci fi writer is a cool touch and I think it really grounds this show in a sense of reality. You know there had to be a ton of guys like him doing that. Roger telling him to knock it off was sad, talk about sour grapes.

 +3Posted on Apr 16th, 2012 | re: Goodbye Kenny Powers (36 comments)

This whole season was amazing. I love that each season of the show was like one very long movie with very little flab. I honestly can’t get mad at the totally insane bit at Schaffer’s place because it was so absurdly funny.

Lily Tomlin was great? She was so great. She deserves an emmy. Don Johnson as Kenny’s dad is a beautifully weird character.

“What you know about money, girl?”

#grimcreepahs

 +10Posted on Apr 9th, 2012 | re: Don Draper Is Not Tony Soprano (89 comments)

Thoughts:

*Don’s dream sequence really worked for me. The fact that we, the viewer, are unsure of exactly how much of it actually happened sells it. It wasn’t subtle, but it was very satisfying

*This was a GREAT episode, mainly because all the pieces really came together thematically. I love how most of the episode is about fear and what the different characters are afraid of: Don of lapsing back into infidelity, Megan of Don cheating, Peggy of losing her identity, Sterling of his fading status in the firm, Sally of death and the scary things out there in the real world, etc etc.

*Speaking of, this episode was CREEPY. The overall “predatory men” vibe. The murders. Peggy in the office late at night. Don’s dream murder. Sally’s step-grandma with the butcher knife. Even Sally hiding under the couch. Kind of a big departure from Mad Men’s usual thing but in a very good way. Experimental.

*Sterling continues to literally throw money at his problems. I don’t see the season ending well for this guy.
I like how, after 4 seasons of not really interacting, Sterling and Peggy are getting these strange little scenes together.

*Joan kicking Dr. Rape out on her own terms is a more genuine and honest resolution to that plotline than killing him off at war would be, glad they went with this.

*New copywriter is shaping up to be a fascinating addition to the cast. The way he reacts to stuff, like Don threatening to fire him, is fascinating. Excited to see what they do with him.

*Peggy’s gay(?) photographer friend is an asshole. And also David Mamet’s daughter, apparently.

 +4Posted on Apr 2nd, 2012 | re: How Are We Supposed To Feel About Megan On Mad Men? (106 comments)

That’s what I’m leaning toward. At the very least, his home life is clearly hell for him. I dig his whole gradual shift in douchebaggery. As Badideajeans points out, he’s got alot of clout under his belt now AND a young kid and a wife. Power changes people, look at Don Draper when he was selling suits compared to now.

 +30Posted on Apr 2nd, 2012 | re: How Are We Supposed To Feel About Megan On Mad Men? (106 comments)

Can we raise the larger topic of WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH HARRY CRANE?

 +10Posted on Apr 2nd, 2012 | re: How Are We Supposed To Feel About Megan On Mad Men? (106 comments)

Her dynamic with Don compared to when he was married to Betty is intriguing because you get the sense they’re kinda on equal footing. How many times would Don come down hard on Betty and forbid her to do something? I have a hard time seeing Don doing that in this relationship.

But anyway I agree, I think you’re not really supposed to know exactly what to make of her at this point.

 +22Posted on Apr 2nd, 2012 | re: Game Of Thrones Open Thread (85 comments)

Cersei getting called out on her shit after a whole season of getting away with fucking EVERYTHING was a definite highlight, as was Tyrion’s sick, sick burns on her and Joffrey. Love how everyone BUT Joffrey at this point knows he isn’t actually Robert’s son.

 +9Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

Larry David would’ve called bullshit on Megan’s present to Don.

 +3Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

iTunes?

 +52Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

“RIP LANE PRYCE: SMOTHERED BY BOOBS, LOVED BY MANY. BLACK GIRLFRIEND?”

 +20Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

Are we all on the same page re: Peggy’s “that fucking guy” boyfriend is the worst? Even in an episode where he largely did nothing wrong (aside from being unnecessarily rude to that sailor), he is worse than 3 Petes.

 +33Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

Agreed. Man, how great was the hanging distain between Roger and Jane?

 +11Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

Seems like something they’ve been ramping up since then, yeah. I kinda expect to hear that his home life’s all screwed up, given all those weird remarks about his wife.

 +14Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

Also, this was probably one of the funnier episodes I can remember. Sterling and Pryce 4 Kings of Gooftown!

 +24Posted on Mar 26th, 2012 | re: Well, So, Let's Talk About Mad Men (157 comments)

Gonna have to disagree with Gabe here. Any of the minor weirdness doesn’t really matter to me in an episode that promises a season where the main characters are confronted by race in a big way. I didn’t see any kind of jarring awkward dialogue, Slattery’s scenes were especially fun in the episode.

Loved the weird ass Carnival of Souls music as Sally wakes up.

Gabe’s probably the only person upset that Betty didn’t show up.

 +7Posted on Dec 5th, 2011 | re: FOX News Finally Takes On The "Communist" Muppets (75 comments)

That guy doesn’t really seem to know what The Matrix was about.

No funny caption, but this happened like 5 miles from me and I am distraught I wasn’t able to witness it.

 0Posted on May 27th, 2011 | re: Being White Is Hard: The Descendants Trailer, You Guys (57 comments)

Was that Robert Forester as the old guy who punched the kid in the face? Robert Forester, you guys!

I think this looks pretty good?

 0Posted on May 23rd, 2011 | re: Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake And Lady Gaga (57 comments)

Meyers being head writer seems to show in the sketch quality. Nothing against him as a cast member per say, but Tina Fey he ain’t.

 +15Posted on May 2nd, 2011 | re: BREAKING FOX NEWS: Obama Bin Laden Dead (40 comments)

He’s like an albino hotdog.

I wish Don Draper was real so he could put out a lit cigarette in Morgan Spurlock’s eyeball.

 +1Posted on Apr 13th, 2011 | re: Gwyneth Paltrow Interviews Jay-Z And Vice Versa (60 comments)

G. Paltrow talking about her love of hip-hop. Is there a gun big enough to blow ALL OF OUR brains out?

 +2Posted on Apr 12th, 2011 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Hanna (76 comments)

Huh. I loved this flick. This and Source Code are the two best movies of 2011 thus far. I don’t think the super soldier thing was meant to be some mindblowing twist, I think the bigger fallout was how Hanna finding that out changed her relationship with Eric Bana.

IMO It was a fun, thought provoking action flick with a good score and a nice ensemble cast. Differen’t strokes and all, but I think Gabe’s just being a big ol’ Cynicgum.

 +1Posted on Apr 12th, 2011 | re: The Videogum Movie Club: Hanna (76 comments)

Huh. I loved this flick. This and Source Code are the two best movies of 2011 thus far. I don’t think the super soldier thing was meant to be some mindblowing twist, I think the bigger fallout was how Hanna finding that out changed her relationship with Eric Bana.

IMO It was a fun, thought provoking action flick with a good score and a nice ensemble cast. Differen’t strokes and all, but I think Gabe’s just being a big ol’ Cynicgum.