Monthly Archives: October 2012
Everybody on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” took advantage of Easter 1923 to take stock of where their lives are as opposed to where they had been. In some cases this meant desperately trying to return to normalcy, while in others it meant realizing that things had to change forever. “The more things change, the more they stay the same?” ehhh…Maybe.
**Spoiler Warning!! This article will discuss details about “Sunday Best.”**
After two action-packed episodes, The Walking Dead was bound to slow down a little. Especially when the focus shifted from Rick and the Grimes Gang clearing out a zombie-infested prison to Andrea and Michonne in the seeming utopia of Woodbury. But even though this episode took a bit of a breather, it still opened with a helicopter crash, featured the return of Merle Dixon, introduced the TV version of the comic book’s greatest villain and squeezed in more killin’ than most episodes last season. In my book, that’s still a win.
The pilot for the season included serial killers, aliens and Jessica Lange as a nun who wears red lingerie. The only things missing were an exorcism and Zachary Qunito. So it’s probably not all that surprising that the second episode included Quinto performing an exorcism. Although Lange killing a child was still pretty shocking. It’s another jam=packed episode of American Horror Story. So let’s dive right in. Read the rest of this entry
I spent the first 30-some days of this countdown reviewing my step-by-step plans for our Disney World trip. And then, just as I was finishing it up, Disney made some scheduling changes that shifted things around. So with just over a week to go, I tweaked every step of my plans.
I won’t subject everyone to another blow-by-blow of the newly revamped plans. But for today’s countdown, I’m sharing the actual plans I generated at touringplans.com.
With 10 Days left to go, I thought it would be fun to do a Top 10 List. So, these are the Top 10 New Experiences I have planned for our trip. Some of these experience are new to the resort. Others are just new to us.
Last week’s season premire got the third season of The Walking Dead off to a strong start. That episode seemed designed to show viewers that it had learned its lesson from an uneven second season. The second episode of the new season continues playing up the strengths of the series. The endless circular conversations and soap opera theaterics have been replaced by high stakes and immediate danger. It’s everything a zombie show should be.
Better late than never, here is my long-promised write-up of the season premiere of the second season of American Horror Story subtitled Asylum. As a programming note, I am going to try to keep up with this season as best I can. But sadly, when a show airs after my bed time in the middle of the work week, delays are likely.
In yesterday’s countdown, I ran down a list of snacks I was looking forward to sampling on the trip. Today, I am going to cover our “must-see” character list.
A lot of people tend to look down their noses at character meet and greets. They take time out of your day that could be spent on one-of-a-kind attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion or Tower of Terror. But for us, meeting the characters is an equally important part of the Disney World experience.
“What kind of man are you?”
Juror #11 is perhaps simultaneously the most broadly and most subtly written character in Reginald Rose’s legal drama 12 Angry Men. He’s the “noble and respectful Eastern European artisan immigrant,” a character type we’ve all seen a hundred times. You could cast Gepetto in the role if you wanted to. But his immigrant status is barely alluded to, and it sharply informs some of the conversations being had in the jury room. The other members of the jury appear to talk around him, avoiding him, ignoring him, or (maybe unintentionally) patronizing him. None of them really know how to deal with him. Next time you see the film, put the word “commie” in a thought bubble each time one of the other characters is looking at or speaking to him. Remember that the Army-McCarthy hearings had occurred just three years prior, and McCarthy himself had died of hepatitis earlier the same year. The HUAC-motivated Hollywood blacklist was still in effect. Any man of eastern European extraction was still subject to silent suspicion. Juror #11 could be forgiven if he just kept his mouth shut…or if he lost his patience and started shouting at everybody. The only fellow juror he eventually takes to task is #7, who doesn’t seem to care whether justice is served or not. He cares deeply that the jury does its job faithfully and honestly. This character personifies many of the strengths of both the United States’ open society and the jury system.