Monday, 25 April 2011

The Linkage Volume II, 2011

The good thing about Easter is that it has given me an excuse to hide, not talk to anyone and consume lots of media. This is pretty much as good as life can get at the moment.

thirtysomething is the quintessential Reagan Era TV Drama that created many of the archetypes that today’s TV writers have taken for granted. This is wholly and solely a relationship drama centred around seven interlinked middle class Americans dealing with very middle class problems. Six episodes into the first season, there are times when it shows its age (It was first shown in 1987), but the writing is superb, which I’ve come to expect from Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, two of the architects behind my all time favourite teen drama My So Called Life. thirtysomething is essentially MSCL ten years earlier with the protagonists twenty years older. In other words, it’s the kind of shit I eat up and salivate over.

Somewhere, Sofia Coppola’s third film is a return to form after the somewhat disappointing Marie Antoinette and establishes her as one of cinema's most interesting directors currently working. Many will be turned of by the film’s sluggish pace, but it allows the viewer to understand the emotional impotence of the main character Johnny, a successful Hollywood actor who is emotionally unfulfilled as he embarks on a 10 day journey with his estranged daughter. The film is both perplexing and rewarding all at once.

Through his twitter account I have discovered what a comic genius Albert Brooks truly is. Accordingly I watched Defending Your Life, a kind of existential black romantic comedy with smart and thoughtful dialogue. The film asks what kind of life is rewarding when Brooks dies and visits a weigh station of the afterlife where a quasi-judicial system determines whether he can proceed on, or return to earth. It is both laugh out loud funny and tremendously thought provoking.

My favourite post rock band Explosions In The Sky have just released their sixth album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Postcard From 1952 is my favourite track, and is possibly the best song this year.

Last week’s American Idol had the very patchy Haley Reinhart perform Adele’s Rollin’ in the Deep, It was a good performance, but it also reacquainted me with just how good Adele is. I’m proud to say I liked her in 2009, before everyone else jumped on her bandwagon.

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