Staff Picks: Movies
Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.
Mad Men is my newest television pleasure. Written and directed by a former Sopranos contributor, Mad Men’s depiction of a bustling New York advertising agency in 1960 is just as stylish and focused on probing the mythologies and contradictions of American consumer culture as Tony and his “made” buddies yet without the ubiquitous violence and criminal activity. Swinging back and forth between the bruising chauvinism of the male-dominated work place and the pre-Feminine Mystique suburbia, the characters of Mad Men are consumed with angst-filled feelings of inadequacy and personal demons yet smile through such inconvenient truths in order to conform to the social and cultural norms of the day.