Most popular posts of 2010

4 01 2011


… And if you’re still game for pointless lists, here are the 5 posts that proved most popular on this ‘blog with you, the readers, in 2010:

'Paranormal Activity'


Location, Location, One Location December 2009

Luis Buñuel

Buñuel on set


The Luis Buñuel Film School February 2010
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Christoph Waltz in 'Inglourious Basterds'


Mind Your Language September 2009

Mad Men

Draper thinks about smoking a fag


At The Movies with Don Draper March 2010
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Bad Santa? Michael Haneke


Happy Haneke November 2009


At The Movies with Don Draper

21 03 2010
Mad Men, John Hamm, Don Draper, Matthew Weiner

Draper thinks about having a fag

Warning: the following article contains spoilers, and makes gratuitous use of the term ‘boffing’ as a euphemism for sexual intercourse.

One of the many pleasures to be found in Mad Men, the slow-burning, smoke-filled US television drama currently airing on BBC4, surely lies in spotting the countless cinematic references with which almost every episode is filled. Indeed, as the third series of the Sixties-set show continues to unfold on British screens, it’s becoming increasingly apparent just how much of a role movies from the period have in shaping creator Matthew Weiner’s vision.

For a start there’s the way that Mad Men looks. Like many films from the Fifties and early Sixties the show is, by and large, studio-bound. Don Draper, Peggy Olsen et al spend most of their time in the kinds of New York offices, apartments and bars that, with a few subtle modifications, are familiar to us already from films like The Apartment, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Girl Can’t Help It. And then there’s the way that Mad Men is shot: no hand-held malarkey here, just the kind of smooth, conventional compositions and strong, vibrant colours that one would find in any mainstream Hollywood movie from the period.

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