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I always thought Jonah Hill was a good actor, but oh, boy. Superb acting on his part and the rest of the cast as well. The series is just spotless, enough said.
Dark Tourist (2018)
Ignorant journalism on flimsy ethical premises.
I was appalled by how a so-called journalist seems to be constantly confused about what's going on to such an extent that ends up in some way or another supporting dark tourism. The series starts out with him giving unlimited room to a mass murderer to expose a glamorized approach to assassination. Did he go as far as paying for his participation? The very two-faced and impressionable presenter even stated to have found this prolific hitman to be a very likable individual. "Popeye" has admitted to having killed around 300 people and having arranged the murder of another 3000. Today Escobar's right hand has become a YouTube celebrity and has gone to be engaged in the promotion of some Spanish town's tourism per request of its own mayor (which obviously ended up in scandal).
I won't go on to spoil the series for you, but limit myself to assert this confused "journalist" won't put an end to his ambivalence nor will he come to be better informed.
Succinct and well documented
Well documented and beautifully produced documentary film of interest to anyone curious about the history of basketball or immigrant minorities in the United States. Worth highlighting is the quality of the photographic material provided.
Mad Men (2007)
A work of cinematographic art. One of its kind.
I finished the last season of this show a couple of years ago and yet I really feel I need to write a review about what I consider to be a work of cinematographic art, as well as the best TV series I've ever watched.
1. The acting: superb. I can't think of a character that was less than perfectly portrayed. Each and one of them was of a completely different nature and, nevertheless, constantly spot-on, never overdoing it, never attempting to betray what seems to be the true essence of the character. And believe me, these are complex, all too humanly ambivalent and realistically evolving characters. Thanks to Mad Men I've discovered a bunch of brilliant actors.
2. Historical recreation and background. Being myself in advertising and having achieved a decent level of expertise and experience in international media planning, copywriting, creative direction, analytics and account management, I was blown away by the degree of precision with which the show succeeded in portraying the finest nuances of many historical facts, the dynamics of the industry, the professional chemistry inside and among agencies, the moral standards and the psychological complexity of the characters. If you loved Mad Men just like I did, consider reading "The Real Mad Men". The book goes over the real events and people that inspired the show and it's as fun as the series. I had read the book before watching the show, but I suggest proceeding inversely.
3. The language, the humor, the psychology, the references. English is not my native language, but my comprehension of what is said at any given time is complete and not limited to the realm of literal interpretation. I'm not bragging, but I do think you need to feel really comfortable with this language in order to appreciate not only the wit and beauty of the dialog, but also of that which is not said. Reading between the lines and grasping the truly complex nature of the characters and events presented in this show was one of the most exciting things to me and this led me to the conclusion that anyone oblivious to these little realizations might not enjoy the show all that much.
4. Human, all too human. After Pete's first appearances in the plot you can't help but be annoyed by him, and yet only after a couple of episodes, while he's still proving himself a douche, you can tell you'll end up loving him. The same goes for most of the characters. Ultimately you can't help feeling empathy for most of them because, notwithstanding the fact that the vast majority of them are hugely immoral individuals, they succeeded throughout the show to reveal their most inherently human nature. Well, Harry might be the exception, but that also served a purpose.
5. One of the least anachronistic shows I've ever seen. If someone felt offended by the various depictions of that era's sexism, racial segregation or other subjects, they should reconsider their interpretation. TV and films usually narrate events full of extreme attitudes towards a multiplicity of social groups; sometimes it's extreme hate, other times we observe dogmatic political correctness which instead of helping achieve integration, perpetuates an image of minorities as if they were bound to be hopeless victims. MM doesn't go down those roads. My opinion on this subject is not based on personal experience (I'm 33 and I've only been a couple of times to the States as a tourist) and yet I'm convinced they've captured in the most objective and complete fashion the different shades of attitudes and ways that probably were at the core of New York's everyday life during a critical decade of transition towards a new model of society.
6. Do you remember Roger always being jealous of David Ogilvy, the Godfather of Advertising? Hilarious. Read Confessions of an Advertising Man. You'll love it.
7. In case you didn't know, the denomination "Mad Men" comes from the fact that most of the top NY ad agencies where on Madison Avenue and admen (and adwomen!) back in the sixties were often pretty wild and eccentric.