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Will we ever be completely satisfied with a series finale?

Fixating with a demented passion only rivalled by creator Matthew Weiner’s deliberately enigmatic and uncompromising attention to detail, it’s likely that all viewers (myself included) will be left disappointed husks, continuing to pick over the corpse for clues long after Mad Men concludes. Read more »

A petri dish of sexual politics: Showtime’s Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex is a new quality US drama about sexologists William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson. In the pantheon of twentieth century researchers who wrenched sexuality from the dark ages of shame and secrecy and shined a rational, humanist light on it (so we are … Read more »

Facing the phenomenon: Bitchface/Smugface

Image Credit: kris atomic   ‘A bitchface is a way to express your passive aggression,’ announced 16-year-old online wunderkind Tavi Gevinson to Jimmy Fallon. A recent guest on Fallon’s late night talk show to promote the release of ‘Rookie Year One’ – an exciting text appropriation of … Read more »

The souls of successful men

Playing like an episode of Mad Men reworked into a treatise on the Current State of Twentysomethings, Any Questions for Ben? is a film insistent on its own contemporariness. Note the superimposed text at the start of the film pointedly informing us that Ben can’t stay one … Read more »