Another 13 episode season has come and gone. We talk about what happened in the finale as well as the progress of each of the main characters throughout the season. And we make some predictions for next season. So, take a listen and be warned there are plenty of spoilers ahead.
The first seven episodes of AMC’s Mad Men are behind us. Six more to go. Phil and I briefly discuss our thoughts thus far. Warning: there are spoilers.
In which Matt and I discuss the new Christopher Nolan film "Inception", mispronounce proper french names and share our thoughts on other Nolan mind-benders.
In which Matt and I discuss getting grifted by a grifting film with the bare minimum of grifting. How did we get grifted? For starters it’s at 71% on Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert gave it four stars. I guess we’re just a couple of patsies.
In which Matt and I talk about Shaun of the Dead, Fido, Zombieland and our thoughts on the zombie genre.
The end of the decade is here and so are our top 10 lists of the 2000s. These are completely subjective lists with little or no science behind our decisions. We also have many blind spots, especially films from late 2009.
Matt’s List 10. Far from Heaven, 2002 09. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002 08. The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001 07. Kill Bill Vol. 1, 2003 06. The Departed, 2006 05. United 93, 2006 04. Inglourious Basterds, 2009 03. In the Mood for Love, 2000 02. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004 01. No Country for Old Men, 2008
Phil’s List 10. The Dark Knight, 2008 09. The Hurt Locker, 2009 08. No Country for Old Men, 2008 07. Adaptation., 2002 06. The Incredibles, 2004 05. Children of Men, 2006 04. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004 03. Brick, 2005 02. The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001 01. The Forty Year Old Virgin, 2005
MattM and I sat down this morning to have a chat about the season three finale of Mad Men. We normally have this conversation at our desks, but today we decided to have it in front of a microphone. If you’d like to listen to two midwesterners cough and wax intellectual about an amazing television show, a link is available below. But for those of you who came to read I have done my best to boil down our 20 minute conversation into the following highlights.
Season three as a whole is a downer. Everybody loses something. Fathers, brothers, feet, innocence, promotions, ideas, companies and control. It all comes to a head with the assassination of President Kennedy, which causes everyone to pause and reevaluate further. The finale starts to pick things back up when Don and a rag tag crew of Sterling Copper employees decide to betray the British and split off and form a new agency. You see your favorite characters at their finest. They stop whining and decide to take back control of their lives.
Betty decides she wants a divorce from Don, no matter what it takes. But she is trading dependence on him for dependence on Henry Francis, whom she hardly knows. I can’t see it working out between them. Oh, those poor Draper kids. Two weeks before Christmas their parents split up? That’s rough. "Mommy’s running off to Reno for an easy divorce. See you in six weeks. Love you." Certainly Sally and Bobby will be affected for the worse.
Predictions We both guess that Season 4 will begin around February 1964, just before the British invasion of the Beatles. Matt believes Paul Kinsey will not be brought on at the new agency and will slowly disappear. I, on the other hand, believe Ken Cosgrove will disappear into the ranks of McCann, never to be seen again. We both think Salvatore Romano will be joining the new firm as art director, although Matt would rather they hire a certain beatnik greeting card illustrator from Season 1. Things won’t work out between Betty and Henry, but it might take some time to break down.