The Invincible M.A.E. (harleymae) wrote,
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I need one more week of Thanksgiving

It's been a good holiday. I went to the Blackhawks/Sharks game last Wednesday with lastcatastrophe and backcheck, two of my favourite people! ♥ Em wanted to watch the Hawks warm up so we went down to the glass, where I got to see various people skate by, including Patrick Kane whose stupid face made me start laughing hysterically every time I saw him. I love him more than ever! I also saw Marian poke a puck away from Hjalphabet then steal it and skate away, teehee.

The game itself was a competition to see who was more incompetent (the Hawks) given that one team had 3 days off and the other team had 3 days off and went to Vegas. :P It was still enjoyable, though. Perplexed that Niemi got first star for making a series of awkward saves, yet Patty who had a really good, physical game and 2 goals wasn't a star at all. Also, I somehow brainwashed myself into thinking that Heatley's goal was actually Patty's and that he had a hat trick that was completely ignored by everyone except 2 guys in the lower bowl whose caps hit the netting and didn't even make it to the ice.

But there was no hat trick, and those 2 guys were... well, I have no explanation for them.

Tessa cooked Thanksgiving dinner all by herself! She had a couple of friends over and Alex had his mom and half-brother over and it was pretty nice, although I kind of missed Chip and Jenny. I spent pretty much the rest of my time playing games, watching TV and assembling my replacement PVR computer. Sadly, the 2TB (!!!) drive was broken so I had to exchange it. Boo.

Found out that the director of The Walking Dead directed The Shawshank Redemption! And Gale Anne Hurd (who produced The Terminator and lots of other summer blockbuster movies) is the producer. Guess that explains the quality of the show.

You know how sometimes you'll watch a movie or TV show and there's an amazing character who's funny/smart/cool/tough/kickass and then you watch an interview with the actor who plays the character and they're really dumb/boring and it's incredibly disappointing? Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper on Mad Men is the exact opposite. I watched an interview with him on Conan and he's funny, smart and charming and it's such a contrast to his character on the show, who is LAME.

In a way it makes me more disappointed with Mad Men because he's clearly capable of playing somebody who's interesting, but he's not written that way. I mean, he's basically an identity thief who did it for no reason. I mean, come on, that's only fun in the modern era when you can go on credit card sprees! :P

Not to say the show is bad; I'll keep watching it because it's really quality in terms of sets/make up/clothes and has these great '60s moments like... having a chubby stripper and children jumping around in the back seat of a moving car and a pregnant woman smoking and drinking.

But take those things away, and it's boring. The common response to that is, oh, you're just all ADD and MTV generation and Bourne movies and everything has to be fast-moving blah blah but that's not why I find it boring. Like, I've watched and enjoyed plenty of '60s movies that are really fucking slow. There's this one scene in Butterfield 8 where Elizabeth Taylor comes home in the morning after a night of partying and has a drink. That's all that happens and IT LASTS TEN MINUTES. That's slow. Mad Men is just boring because nothing meaningful ever happens in it.

Googling uncovers this blog post from someone who has the same reasons I do for finding it boring:
Don’t believe the hype – Mad Men is THE most boring show on TV

He's kind of mean about it, though, and I'm not actually too bothered by it being boring. Something like Supernatural's stupid storyline is much more bothersome to me and I've enjoyed it enough to keep watching. I'm just not in the OMG, it's the best show on television! camp. That would be The Walking Dead, LOL.
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