Matt Dodge

With the overall decline of traditional TV viewership, the networks put an enormous amount of pressure on every show to be a hit right from the start. If the pilot episode of a show gets bad ratings, it is entirely possible that the show will be canceled. This pressure is in many ways counter-intuitive, and […]

  Matt Dodge

“Everybody! The neighbors are filiming, time to go inside!” With the premiere of Trophy Wife, ABC seems out to prove that despite its cancelation of Happy Endings, The B**** In Apartment 23, and the moving of Cougar Town to TBS, the network still has not completely given up on single camera comedies. At a time […]

  Matt Dodge

After twelve episodes of intense stare downs, illegal acts of every kind, and the broadest BAH-ston accents outside of an Affleck film, Ray Donovan has reached the end of its first season. It was an interesting journey leading to the finale, and the show did not always feel like it had the clearest grasp of […]

  Matt Dodge

Some would argue that Breaking Bad is the best television show on the air right now. Some would say that Breaking Bad is the best television show of all time. With the massive media blitz leading up to last week’s premiere, we’ve been inundated with articles, reviews, think pieces, and blog post all eager to […]

  Matt Dodge

Ok, so I guess I wasn’t as burned out on middle aged white male anti-hero protagonists as I thought I was, because half way through its first season, Ray Donovan has me fairly hooked. When discussing the show’s pilot episode, there  were several issues that came up. Scattershot plotting, violence for the sake of violence, […]

  Matt Dodge

“The thing about Batman is that it always goes on, and that’s the thing I love about these characters… When I’m dead and moldering there will still be Batman.” -Grant Morrison In August 2009, four years and an entire universe ago, I bought my first Batman monthly comic. It was Batman And Robin #1 by […]

  Matt Dodge

I love Batman, and as a result the premiere of a new Batman TV show is always something I get excited about. July 13 saw the debut of Beware the Batman, featuring the first 3D version of Gotham City, which promises to be a whole different take on the Dark Knight legend. Instead of doing […]

  Matt Dodge

It seems like we have just finished a period of time in pop culture where 80’s nostalgia was in vogue. Wall Street got a sequel, Teen Wolf became a tv show, Red Dawn got an unnecessary remake, and Hot Tub Time Machine just went right back to the decade itself for the maximum amount of […]

  Matt Dodge

Remember when Survivor was the biggest show in the world, kicked off the second era of reality tv and launched a wave of imitators? Survivor became a ratings juggernaut for CBS, and the show crisscrossed the world, with seasons in Kenya, Brazil, China, Thailand, Fiji, and more. Ten years later, the show is still going […]

  Matt Dodge

“Don’t worry, you’re in the solution now.” With Mad Men and Breaking Bad heading towards their final seasons, and The Sopranos fading into memory, the Age OF The Anti-Hero continues to push forward. The latest offering of conflicted, morally ambiguous protagonists comes from Showtime in the form of Ray Donovan. The show follows a Hollywood […]

  Matt Dodge

“I get my news online, just like everybody else.” For the vast majority of my life, and for a good chunk of time before that, tv has been a desert in the summer. All the shows on all the networks wrapped by the last week of May, turning the tv landscape into a wasteland filled […]

  Matt Dodge

“Can you keep it down? I’m trying to drink.” Although the idea is impossible, it feels as if Matt Weiner was afraid that Mad Men would get canceled after the end of this year, because this week’s season finale almost feels like a finale for the entire series. All the characters experience major changers, and […]

  Matt Dodge

“Wah, wah, wah.” Don Draper is a giant baby. That’s the metaphor that this week’s episode of Mad Men set out to teach us. He shrugs off responsibilities, only thinks of himself, whines when he doesn’t get his way, and ends the episode curled up in the fetal position. His flashbacks earlier in the year […]

  Matt Dodge

Note from the Editor: Two of our My Cinema staffers saw Man of Steel this weekend and they couldn’t disagree more on whether or not it was actually good. So, in keeping with our grand tradition of writer debates, we’re publishing both perspectives.  “You will believe a man can fly” – Superman: The Motion Picture Superman is the first and the greatest superhero. […]

  Matt Dodge

“I don’t want his juice, I want my juice.” We all knew that this was bound to happen. After at least a decade of infidelity spread across two marriages, Don was finally caught in the act. What made it so impactful and emotional was that it wasn’t Don’s wife that stumbled upon him in bed […]

  Matt Dodge

“Apparently, I am a curious child with a full head of hair and a thriving business. And you’re a terrible swimmer.” After spending the majority of its run in that strange time period of the early 60’s, when the Rolling Stones wore suits and hippies were beatniks, it’s quite enjoyable to watch Mad Men enter […]

  Matt Dodge

“Danger is real. Fear is a choice” –Possible Scientology Propaganda I like Will Smith. You like Will Smith. Your grandmother likes Will Smith. Everybody likes Will Smith. So we’ll all like a mini Will Smith, right? That is basic conceit of After Earth, the new Will Smith movie that’s not really a Will Smith movie. […]

  Matt Dodge

“He’s interested in the idea, and you’re interested in your idea.” After the craziness of last week’s drug fueled fever dream of an episode, Mad Men returned to some straightforward story telling with familiar tales of casual infidelity and accidental stabbing. We start in a meeting with Don, Ted, and Peggy, as they go over […]

  Matt Dodge

“I’m not from somewhere other than this moment?” Well that was weird. Mad Men has made it a habit to air an episode with a weirder bent to it around two thirds of the way through the season. Two years ago, it was the Rashomon-type of episode with the Sorbet, last year was Roger’s acid […]

  Matt Dodge

“How are you, my little angry difficult misunderstood friend?” I am Marc Maron. I don’t mean literally, but metaphorically. If you had told me five years ago that the person I would identify most with- whose personality and thought patterns come closest to my own- would be a 49-year-old, twice divorced, recovering addict, bitter, angry, […]

  Matt Dodge

“It’s easy to give something up when you’re satisfied.” Welcome to Fifty Shades of Mad Men. This week we saw the new partners move into the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office, Peggy chafed under her new/old bosses, Pete aced like a slime ball and Don went into full sex master mode. Don likes power, he […]

  Matt Dodge

In 1939, the fledgling comic book company Detective Comics released the 27th issue of their self-titled series, and introduced Batman to the world. Seventy-five years later, Batman is still here, with a few changes along the way. If you are a fan of the comic books, you’ve probably heard of DC Comics’ New 52 initiative. If […]

  Matt Dodge

“You’ve given up on me at exactly the wrong time. I have big things coming, you have no idea.” I never would have guessed that this would be the episode of Mad Men where we see the end of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. But with a handshake and surprise press release, the agency is gone, […]

  Matt Dodge

“You are bright, but there is an ocean of knowledge that is still hidden from you.” Da Vinci’s Demons airs on the STARZ network, and aims to tell the story of young Leonardo Da Vinci, inventor, painter, genius, and, judging by his portrayal on the show, huge jerk. Seriously, the Da Vinci that we’re supposed […]

  Matt Dodge

“We’ve already met. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’ve had this meeting already too and it went well.” Mad Men has made it a point to keep episodes dealing with famous historical events focused on its character reactions, as opposed to the events themselves. This was the case with the assassination of President Kennedy in […]

  Matt Dodge

“It sounds like New Year’s Eve when they empty out the garbage, there’s so many bottles.” For everyone who complains that nothing ever actually happens on Mad Men, this was the episode for you. The structure of the episode perfectly balanced moving the plot forward and having interesting character moments. The episode opens with Don’s […]