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Mixed Notes -- May 29

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 29, 2012

The weekend was a busy one with family/household matters. No drama, but a lot of chores. And here and there was some TV watching, including "Mad Men" and the most recent Jesse Stone movie.

"Mad Men," which I finally watched Monday night, and which was a thing of great, sad beauty. Think just about the way it used hands: Joan's touching Don's face (and the way the context changed) and Don's holding Peggy's formally outstretched one; Joan's gesture is so intimate, Peggy's so deliberately not, and each affecting Don in a deeply emotional way.

And all that followed Don's brief return to Master Of The Universe status, albeit status built on his skill at presentation but on someone else's idea, and that being shattered by Joan's presence at the partners meeting. Not only had she done something he believed was harmful (with the memory of his artist/whore friend echoing) but he now did not know if he had indeed been Master or it was simply Joan's ploy that got them the Jaguar account. And that was even more damaging because Jaguar was supposed to be Don's rebound -- his objection to the Joan ploy was based very much on his wanting this to be his win. But the partners had other ideas, so Don had already been cut off by their deal with Joan, and then even more by Joan's taking the deal. Add to that his reaching a new degree of friendship with Joan not long ago, and losing Peggy .... Just sorrow on top of sorrow. And that all in pointed contrast to what a sleaze Pete has become.

I generally like the Jesse Stone movies, and much admire Tom Selleck's performances in them, but the latest was too much of a ramble.  Yes, the films are as much about character as whatever mystery is used to move things along, but the mystery seemed weak and the character segments a bit too digressive. I expected better.Andthis may be the last in the series.

Al Gordon, an Akron area native who wrote for Jack Benny and Carol Burnett, has died. The New York Times obit is here.

The ubiquity of the Black Keys continues. They are set to perform "Gold on the Ceiling" at the MTV Movie Awards on June 3.

 

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