What does Mad Men have to do with this blog or have anything in common with scifi? Well, there are several connection to Mad Men but for me, sometimes its more than just the connection. Sometimes you have to give yourself a break comics, movies, and crappy scifi movies. Not that I love watching my genre to death but there are times where you have to expand your horizons. I am always of the mind to expand an actor’s work. For example, Jeff Bridges is in the upcoming Tron Legacy and if I were to not check out his previous acting outings, I would be missing out on some great talent. Luckily, aside from the 1976 Kong remake, there was Starman (I know, scifi but…), Tucker, The Fisher King, and Fearless. There are others but I am going to explore his career later this year before I see Tron. What I am getting at, take a look beyond scifi and be captivated.
Since Mad Men is going on its fourth season, I am still in search of the Carousel moment. If you have been a faithful watcher of this series then you will know what I am talking about. If not, this YouTube clip above will give you a taste of a brilliant and unsurpassed moment in television history (To me, it is a classic moment in tv history.) When Don Draper (Jon Hamm) pitches the ad about Kodak’s Carousel Slide Projector he does it in a way that is touching and heartbreaking at the same time. I don’t want to explain the whole series, the whole mise en scene is spot on perfect from the casting to the lighting. I can not get enough of this show simply because it is so well done.
Alright moving now to the scifi connection, sort of, Jon Hamm will be in the upcoming Zack (300, Watchmen) Synder’s Sucker Punch (which I’m sure there will be more news coming from Comic Con.) Here is a brief description:
Zack Snyder is in production on “Sucker Punch” for Warner Bros. through Cruel and Unusual Films. He will direct and he co–wrote the screenplay along with Steve Shibuya, adapted from Snyder’s original story. Deborah Snyder will produce, with Wes Coller executive producing for Cruel and Unusual Films. “Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl, whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary…with potentially tragic consequences. Born from the creative mind of filmmaker Zack Snyder, the film features ensemble cast including Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Oscar Issac with Scott Glenn and Jon Hamm.
Zack Snyder is returning to the Imax format as Warner Bros. Pictures has slotted “Sucker Punch 3D” into a March 25, 2011 release on the super-sized screen. The booking, alongside the conventional release for “Sucker Punch 3D,” is part of a recent 20-picture distribution deal between Warner Bros. and Toronto-based Imax through 2013.
This next connection is a stretch but you will have to bear with my insanity. In season three, Don encounters Mr. Conrad Hilton, (you know, the hotels and the slut Paris). Don comes up with an almost “Carousel” pitch which I thought was very clever but this next YouTube clip show what Don missed.
Don did not give Mr. Hilton the Moon and lost the account. Had he the hindsight, he should have said these two words: “Product Placement.” Huh? Exactly, product placement. In episode above, the time frame was September 1963. Now, if you look below, from the classic Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey, we see a Hilton in space very near the Moon; which came out, (drum roll please) in April 1968. Granted, some 5 years later it’s not exactly the perfect fit but the whole idea of product placement in a futuristic movie would have been the perfect way to capture the imagination of their target audience and thereby saving the account for Sterling Cooper.
So, too much? WTF? I really don’t care if you get what I’m saying but do yourself a favor, watch this series from the beginning; you will thank me later. In closing, you know a series has made it when you see a parody of the series on another show. Take a look at the Simpson’s Mad Men opening. Very cool.