When it comes to couples who have been together 32 years, it's easy to say they have a habit of finishing each other's sentences. But with writing-producing team Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov, they have a habit of finishing each other's paragraphs.
You know what an audience-friendly film is. It tells a story that engages you about characters you can like and root for. Yet those films -- movies that seek to tell a story that uplifts or inspires -- often get short shrift from critics for that reason alone.
If critics have one thing to offer these days, it's context, and Alan Sepinwall really knows his history: His enthusiasm for television as an art form and as a repository of our collective consciousness is palpable.
There are a number of ways to view Mad Men. For my own part, I can take it as a period piece, a sort of time capsule of the early '60s, at once relatively close yet far enough away to be intriguing for its unfamiliarity.