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Archive for March, 2012

Hitchcock Reviews: 1948 – 1951

Posted by therebelprince on March 30, 2012

James Stewart in “Rope”

Welcome back, to the latest of my series of Hitchcock reviews. Hitch had developed something of an individual style in England, but his first decade in Hollywood was all about experimenting to find his new style. This week, he continues to experiment, with two sterling successes and two more unusual choices.

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Mad Men: “A Little Kiss”

Posted by therebelprince on March 28, 2012

Rich Sommer as Harry Crane

Well, folks, it’s been a while, but Mad Men is at last back on the air. Let’s take a look at the two-hour season premiere, A Little Kiss.

“Men hate surprises. Didn’t you have ‘Lucy’ in Canada?” – Peggy

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Mad Men: “Tomorrowland”

Posted by therebelprince on March 22, 2012

Jon Hamm as Don, and Jessica Pare as Megan.

 Mad Men wraps its fourth season, with an odd but beautiful episode that offers no closure, but seems to be equal parts endings and beginnings.

13. Tomorrowland

“There is no fresh start. Lives carry on. ”

– Henry Francis

 

After a season that was so devoted to the narrative through-line of Don’s need for change, it seems only fitting that the fourth season finale focuses its energy almost entirely upon the big man himself. SCDP are still reeling from the gradual loss of their clients, and Don’s big risk publicly turning against tobacco, but the company’s fate will have to wait for season five. Don is preparing for a vacation to California with the kids, which is where his life takes a surprising turn.

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Hitchcock Reviews: 1945 – 1947

Posted by therebelprince on March 20, 2012

A shot from “Spellbound”

Welcome back to the latest in my series of Hitchcock reviews. Today, we trek through the post-War years. Hitchcock’s first films in Hollywood were already indicative of a raging talent with storytelling ambition. After the theatrical experimentation of Lifeboat (it’s one of those odd twists that most of Hitch’s wildest inventions wouldn’t feel out of place in the theatre, but still feel daring on screen), Hitch was ready to push the envelope further and further. (Incidentally, I’m cutting back to just three films this week – and maybe fewer in future posts – as I seem to have more and more to say.)

“Nice people don’t go murdering other nice people.”

 — Gay Keane, “Under Capricorn”

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Game of Thrones: “Fire and Blood”

Posted by therebelprince on March 19, 2012

Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Game of Thrones concludes its season with an intriguing, decidedly aformulaic instalment.

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Metropolitan Opera: “Götterdämmerung” Live in HD

Posted by therebelprince on March 14, 2012

The Rhinemaidens in the Met's Ring Cycle.

Today, I’m tackling something a little different. Richard Wagner‘s Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is opera’s Mt. Everest. Based on the same legends that inspired Lord of the Rings, Wagner’s 15-hour epic – over four nights – pits the Gods and their vassals against humans, dwarves, and dragons, in a battle for the ring’s power. Robert Lepage‘s new production at the Met has inspired much debate. Thanks to the Met’s wonderful Live in HD program (about which, more below), I was lucky enough to see the production, and I thought I’d review the rollicking climactic opera, Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).

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Game of Thrones: “Baelor”

Posted by therebelprince on March 12, 2012

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

As the first season heads toward its climax, Game of Thrones powers through a breathtaking instalment.

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Hitchcock Reviews: 1940 – 1944

Posted by therebelprince on March 7, 2012

Joseph Cotten in “Shadow of a Doubt”

Well, here we are again. After conquering Great BritainAlfred Hitchcock was lured across the Atlantic by promises of new technology, artistic freedom, fame and fortune (so, a pretty reasonable thing to do) by David O. Selznick. He’d spend the next four decades making films under increasing public scrutiny, often fighting against studio requirements, bland censorship requests, and the gulf between his ambition and what most people thought was achievable on film. But it’s worth pointing out, as we start looking at Hitch’s 1940s output, that he was no “late bloomer” as some people assume. By the time he arrived in Hollywood, Hitchcock was already a consummate filmmaker.

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Game of Thrones: “You Win or You Die” and “The Pointy End”

Posted by therebelprince on March 5, 2012

Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister

After introducing us to all the pieces, Game of Thrones‘ seventh and eight instalments spend most of their time pushing them into place for the events of the finale (and, really, beyond…)

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Mad Men: “Blowing Smoke”

Posted by therebelprince on March 3, 2012

Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper

With mere weeks until Mad Men returns to our screens, I’m continuing my season 4 rewatch with the penultimate episode, Blowing Smoke.

“When I think about forever I get upset. Like the Land of Lakes butter has that Indian girl, sitting holding a box, and it has a picture of her on it, holding a box, with a picture of her on it, holding a box. Have you ever noticed that?”

— Sally Draper

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