Mad Men: “Person to Person” (2015)

Mad Men:
On Don Draper’s Smile — In perhaps the most enigmatic smile since the Mona Lisa’s, Mad Men comes to an end with Don Draper grinning ever so slightly, sitting cross-legged on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean at a self-help commune, chanting “om.” The wry facial gesture unfolds as the edges of his lips turn ...

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything (2014)
What Place for the Humanities in a Theory of Everything? — Incapacitated by Lou Gehrig’s disease, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) in James Marsh’s film, The Theory of Everything (2014) is confined to a wheelchair that his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones) must operate with great difficulty. Crushed by the responsibility, Jane has sought out the companionship ...

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Our Revels Now Are Ended — I was resolutely planning on never seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron, having suffered through the three-hour mess that was the first installment, about a flying aircraft carrier that is attacked by aliens and defended by superheroes for some reason. However, one of my astute students knew exactly how to ...