My Incomplete Takes: the week of April 27, 2020

Over the years, writing this blog has been my primary outlet for airing  grievances and commendations for the movies and television I consume. Sometimes, those takes stay stuck in a word cloud and don't develop into fully-formed essays. This new, weekly post, "My Incomplete Takes," is my latest attempt at getting more of  those thoughts … Continue reading My Incomplete Takes: the week of April 27, 2020

“Room” deserved better than Sacha Baron Cohen

Looming over the Academy Awards, a diversity issue. The Academy nominated an all-white group of actors and directors for the second year in a row. Chris Rock, the show's host, did a really good job framing his monologue and subsequent bits around this topic. The pre-produced sketch inserting black actors into scenes from some of … Continue reading “Room” deserved better than Sacha Baron Cohen

One big, heartfelt goodbye to Sally Draper

To say goodbye to a long-running television show is to see the characters you most adore fade away into a black screen and out of your life. For Mad Men and my attachment to it, that character is Sally Draper — in past, present and future tense — so it's appropriate now to bid adieu to this show, … Continue reading One big, heartfelt goodbye to Sally Draper