TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Lady Lazarus”

Jon Hamm in MAD MEN - Season 4 - "Lady Lazarus" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Phil Abraham      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 6, 2012 “Lady Lazarus” is a good episode for all of the MAD MEN Megan (Jessica Pare) haters out there.  Clearly we weren’t meant to be kept in suspense as to what her father last episode was referencing when he asked her not to give up on her dream. Megan wants to be an actress. So […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “At the Codfish Ball”

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in MAD MEN At the Codfish Ball | (c) 2012 Ron Jaffe/AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Jonathan Igla, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Michael Uppendahl      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 29, 2012 “At the Codfish Ball” has some lovely moments for MAD MEN. Post last episode’s huge Don (John Hamm) and Megan (Jessica Pare) drama it is nice to see the two working as a couple both in the home and in the workplace. The simple fact that Megan’s idea is the one that saves […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Faraway Places”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on MAD MEN "Faraway Places" | © 2012 Michael Yarish/AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener & Semi Chellas, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Scott Hornbacher      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 22, 2012 “Far Away Places” is a unique episode in MAD MEN’s history. I love the storytelling device of showing the same day through the eyes of Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Don (John Hamm), and Roger (John Slattery). I like the sort of GROUNDHOG DAY feel that we keep looping back on the […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Signal 30”

Alison Brie in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Signal 30" | ©2012 AMC/Ron Jaffe

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener & Frank Pierson, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: John Slattery    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 15, 2012 Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat about MAD MEN…I HATE Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser). Part of that is because he is such a loathsome character, and part is because I’ve never been fond of the actor playing him. I will freely admit that the first place I encountered […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Mystery Date”

Christina Hendricks and Christine Estabrook in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Mystery Date" | ©2012 AMC/Michael Yarish

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener & Victor Levin, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Matt Shakman    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 8, 2012 MAD MEN is such a unique show for me. There really aren’t any other straight up dramas that you can get me to sit down and be completely glued to the TV for a full hour. Pretty much all of the other ‘dramas’ that I watch involve vampires, zombies, or some […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 Premiere – “A Little Kiss”

MAD MEN poster - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Jennifer Getzinger    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: March 25, 2012 It feels like AMC’s hit series MAD MEN has been gone forever. The last episode of season four aired in October of 2010, and the show JUST finally came back. Of course there was plenty of rumors as to what was going to happen when the series returned. The speculation alone of what […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DRIVE

DRIVE movie poster | ©2011 Film District

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks Writer: Hossein Amini, based on the book by James Sallis Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Distributor: FilmDistrict Release Date: September 16, 2011 DRIVE gets off to a promising start, introducing us to our Driver protagonist (Ryan Gosling), a movie car stunt expert by day, a getaway driver by night and an occasional mechanic at a Valley garage when he’s not doing either of his more hazardous professions. We meet the Driver as he’s giving his rules to two robbers who manage not to screw things up […]Read On »

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