I dreamt of becoming a writer. I found the spot on the library or book store shelf where my book would reside. And yet, somehow, I knew that writing a book wasn't an occupation. At least not a realistic one for me. It was compartmentalized as a dream.
Don Draper takes stock of the future, his own, his agency's, his family's, maybe even a bit of thought about the world.
Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.
The tragedy of King Draper is that now that he is "ready" (as he tells "Di"), the tough new girl in his life reveals that she is not. She needs to suffer a bit more for her past misdeeds. And so it goes. The heaping mess of karma, born long before Dick Whitman even entered this world, is still inflicting its vengeance on our late-blooming ad man.
Grab the Scotch! Mad Men has returned for the second half of its seventh season. Among the many reasons to watch AMC's drama -- including Don Draper's smoldering presence -- is the fact that the costumes created by Janie Bryant are, simply put, impeccable.
Gratitude doesn't sap strength -- it makes a boss more powerful.
In a sense, the title of the latest episode of Mad Men, "New Business," is a misnomer. For most of it concerns old business. Yet dispensing with old business as good a way as any to get on with the new, and this episode clears the decks of much that remains from the past.
One man always seems to manage to navigate above the fray, with his marriage still intact even, wonder of wonders. And that man's name is Ken Cosgrove.
What is the future of men? Followers of AMC's Mad Men will be asking that question as the final episodes unfold over the next few weeks.
Don Draper's power move has worked. With Sterling Cooper & Partners now a subsidiary of McCann Erickson, he's restored his central creative role in the agency, rid himself of a hateful rival, and further enriched himself.
In many ways, what Mad Men did best was to chronicle the stories of its female protagonists during shifting times. Joan and Peggy climbed up the winding staircase from office manager and secretary to less supporting roles while Betty, Trudy, and even Megan showed they wore the Capri pants in the family.
Brian, a young writer, is walking, he is in his head, we hear his voice: "...In New York City, you are never more than 20 feet away from someone you know, or someone you are meant to know."
She let her words lie there for a beat. And then with a twinkle in her voice she said, "But I've still got the voice." I could almost feel her breath in my ear."Yes, Peggy, you've still got the voice."
At a time when the romantic drama is all but on the endangered-species list, writer-director Victor Levin tacked straight into a headwind with his new film, 5 to 7. The romance is the story of a love affair between a 25-year-old would-be writer and an older, married Frenchwoman.
If you pay enough attention to little details from various episodes, you can figure out the cap table for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
Why do intelligent people wanting to use their intelligence to solve the world's social problems tend to shun marketing?