MAD MEN 5.3: “Tea Leaves”

I know that MAD MEN is moving into the part of the 1960s when the clothes and interior design started to suck, but does the show have to become boring to go along with it? I cannot recall ever being so bored by an installment of the four-time Emmy-winning drama.

Maybe because so much time was devoted to Betty (January Jones), my least favorite character. In today’s parlance, Betty is struggling to get her body back after baby. She currently resembles one of the Kardashians — the large one who looks like she could play for the Jets… Khloé. Jones donned a fat suit to exaggerate her own weight gain from her real-life pregnancy.
Continue reading

Remember Total Recall?

Somebody (somewhere) decided it would be a good idea to remake the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick Total Recall, and the result is being released this summer — whether sci-fi fans want it or not.

Offhand, I cannot think of a reason why the Paul Verhoeven-directed special-effects extravaganza (which was more schlocky fun than any kind of classic to me) needs to be remade, but then again, when has that ever stopped Hollywood? This is another one of those productions (like Dark Shadows) that I had no interest in when it was announced — Colin Farrell replacing Ah-nuld as an amnesiac who may or may not be a freedom fighter/terrorist on Mars? — but after seeing the full-length trailer I am… less disinterested. Not quite interested, but I don’t see it as a black hole of nothing anymore, because it looks like the producers are really trying to be different. But it’s keeping the same name.

This version features Farrell, Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) and Jessica Biel, and is directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld) — Kate’s real-life husband. And it features a wicked catfight between Kate and Jessica, so that could theoretically make up for a multitude of sins. And visual effects have come a long way since the late-1980s technology used to turn Arnold into a woman. Still, I’m not convinced I need to see this in a theater, so the flick still has some work to do.