The X-Files, like the conspiracy thrillers of the '70s, worked because there was a general atmosphere of paranoia and mistrust engendered by real-world events. What should be obvious now is that we live in a culture in which a show like The X-Files would flourish once again.
Johnathon Schaech is best known for his role in the Tom Hanks film, That Thing You Do. The memorable film reminded us all of the 1960s, a perilous time in the country -- ironically also a time that produced some of the greatest music in history.
You may know him as Jimmy Barrett, the loose-cannon insult comic on Mad Men who told Don Draper off for sleeping with his wife, or Phil, the overzealous security officer on Lost who fought to maintain order until his bitter end.
I feel as though I carved a solid four days of films out of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, concluding with a final day that offered four films, the best of which was at once mysterious and compelling.