Month: February 2015

Female Driven Drama: “Orange Is The New Black”

–Heidi Belec

Who would have ever thought that women who laundered money for her lesbian lover in 1993, and then is convicted of that charge a decade later would turn everything around? Piper Kerman did. She went on to write a best selling book Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, and help create a top rated story for Netflix Original series beginning in 2013 (approximately 20 years after her ill fated escapade). Because of her stint in the women’s prison in Danbury Connecticut she also became a great advocate for prisoner welfare. She currently serves on the board for Women’s Prison Association according to an interview on YouTube Piper Kerman, Author of Orange is the New Black Interview by Sarder TV and is an advocate for these women.

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You Have 2… See This: “Good Morning”

Good Morning (お早よう)(1959)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Written by: Kogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Koji Shitara, Masahiko Shimazu, Kuniko Miyake, Chishu Ryu, Yoshiko Kuga
Running time: 94 minutes
Not rated
Distributed by: Shōchiku Films Ltd.
Japan

Good Morning is one of Ozu’s last films before his death in 1963. He’s considered by many to be one of the greatest directors of all time. (more…)

“Breaking Bad” in the Third Golden Age

–Becca Johnson

Brett Martin states in his book Difficult Men, “Every great TV show tells its whole story in its pilot. Often in just one line” (2013, p. 59). As soon as I read that line, I immediately thought of Breaking Bad and Walter White’s speech to his chemistry students in the very first episode.

Technically, chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change. [Starts a demonstration for his students]. Electrons, they change their energy levels; molecules change their bonds; elements, they combine and change into compounds! Well that’s, that’s all of life, right? I mean it’s just, it’s the constant, it’s the cycle, it’s solution, dissolution, just over and over and over. It is growth then decay, then transformation! (Breaking Bad, S1:E1)

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Is “Breaking Bad” Promoting Crime?

–Guillermo Aguilar

Breaking Bad is considered one of the most successful and critically acclaimed television shows of all time. With a viewers rating of 9.6 out of 10 on IMDB, Breaking Bad has become a landmark in the history of television series, ultimately becoming a very significant element of this current third golden age of television. Not only did it get great reviews as a whole series, but it is the only show that has ever gotten a perfect score on an episode’s rating on IMDB. With Ozymandias holding the first place (10/10) and Felina holding the third (9.9/10) it is impossible for the show to go unnoticed. Growing by an astonishing 10 times the amount of viewers from the series premiere to the last episode, Breaking Bad‘s popularity sky rocketed in only 5 seasons. Besides, the show nearly double its viewers in the last eight episodes alone! It is safe to assume that Breaking Bad has reached, and influenced, the homes of many viewers in United States and worldwide. But it’s popularity raises several issues. (more…)

“Under the Skin” and the Trouble with “Weird”

In a spin-off of our “Great Expectations” blog entry, Ryan looks at Jonathan Glazer’s 2013 film Under the Skin and some of the negative criticism it received. Consider this a defense of the abstract, unconventional, and otherwise “weird.”

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A Difficult Woman: Skyler White and the “Tip of a Very Big Iceberg”

–Nick Fleming

Among the many reasons to both celebrate and study television’s Third Golden Age, the last fifteen years has been further distinguished by the development of difficult women; women who’ve broken traditions and crossed boundaries once reserved for their male counterparts.  Unlike the lightweight, agreeable and ultimately benign TV wives of the past including: Donna Stone (The Donna Reed Show), Edith Bunker (All in the Family), and Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch), Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos) and subsequent difficult women have come to define women for the masses.  Written as morally ambiguous people, these characters are often, for better or worse, their husbands’ equal, and affect the trajectory of the plot in profound ways.  Nevertheless, they are held to a different standard; much like a woman is in all facets of life.

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