The Week: Most Recent from Scott Meslowhttp://theweek.com/editor/articles/scott-meslowMost recent posts.en-usMon, 21 Apr 2014 03:29:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent from Scott Meslow from THE WEEKMon, 21 Apr 2014 03:29:00 -0400Mad Men recap: 'A Day's Work'http://theweek.com/article/index/260217/mad-men-recap-a-days-workhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260217/mad-men-recap-a-days-work<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0118/59004_article_main/w/240/h/300/i-dont-know-if-its-heaven-or-hellnbspor-some-kind-of-limbo-but-i-dont-seem-to-exist.jpg?204" /></P><p>Sunday's episode of <em>Mad Men </em>offers audiences a chance to return, once again, to Don Draper playing "Don Draper" &mdash; but not immediately. Don begins the episode alone in his apartment, which gives us the chance to see what his life is like without work and Megan to occupy his time: Sleeping until 12:30 in the afternoon, throwing on a bathrobe, eating some Ritz Crackers, and watching <em>The Little Rascals</em>. It's only at the end of the day, when Dawn stops by his apartment, that Don even bothers to put on his customary suit and tie. Appearances, no matter how flimsy, must be maintained at all costs...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260217/mad-men-recap-a-days-work">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:29:00 -0400The sexual politics of Game of Thrones just got enormously worsehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260173/the-sexual-politics-of-game-of-thrones-just-got-enormously-worsehttp://theweek.com/article/index/260173/the-sexual-politics-of-game-of-thrones-just-got-enormously-worse<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0118/59002_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-unlikely-hero-no-morenbsp.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">More often than not, I like it when <em>Game of Thrones</em> changes on its way from the page to the screen. George R.R. Martin's books are immersive and sprawling, and the TV series is admirably tighter and more narrative-driven. Both are totally successful in their distinct own ways.</p><p class="p1">Several of my favorite scenes are totally original to the HBO series: Robert and Cersei's sad detente about the state of their marriage, Catelyn's dark confession to Robb's wife Talisa, or the tense mini-arc in which Arya served as cupbearer to Tywin Lannister. There have been some minor missteps along the way &mdash; but...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260173/the-sexual-politics-of-game-of-thrones-just-got-enormously-worse">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:01:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Story of Film: An Odysseyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260170/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-story-of-film-an-odysseyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260170/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-story-of-film-an-odyssey<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58989_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-story-of-film-an-odyssey.jpg?204" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145321756%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-iqQwj&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>The Story of Film: An Odyssey</em>:</p><p> </p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jAQNc6aQtO0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more Netflix recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Terriers</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Double Indemnity</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p><p> </p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260170/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-story-of-film-an-odyssey">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:45:00 -0400Listen to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reflect on the show's legacyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260005/listen-to-mad-men-creator-matthew-weiner-reflect-on-the-shows-legacyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/260005/listen-to-mad-men-creator-matthew-weiner-reflect-on-the-shows-legacy<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58809_article_main/w/240/h/300/can-there-really-be-a-perfect-ending.jpg?204" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144872824%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-4mMkq&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p>Read more of Scott's television reviews:</p><ul><li><em>Mad Men</em> premiere recap: "Time Zones"</li><li><em>Game of Thrones</em> recap: "The Lion and the Rose"</li></ul><p><strong><br />Listen to more of The Week's mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>The tragic price of ivory</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Terriers</em></li><li>How modern capitalism is re-segregating baseball in the 21st century</li></ul><p ><strong><br />*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260005/listen-to-mad-men-creator-matthew-weiner-reflect-on-the-shows-legacy">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:25:00 -0400A Minnesotan's guide to Fargohttp://theweek.com/article/index/260029/a-minnesotans-guide-to-fargohttp://theweek.com/article/index/260029/a-minnesotans-guide-to-fargo<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58913_article_main/w/240/h/300/oh-gee-whiz-lester-what-are-ya-up-to-now.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">Tonight, FX is set to premiere a limited, 10-episode series based on the Coen brothers' legendary 1996 film <em>Fargo, </em>which scored with audiences and critics alike by infusing a twisty neo-noir narrative with a healthy dose of Minnesota nice. Having seen a few episodes, it's clear that the <em>Fargo</em> series is more than a mere cash grab attempting to capitalize on the movie's legacy; this is a smart, beautifully acted miniseries that honors its source material while carving out some new ground in the crowded TV landscape.</p><p class="p1">Some critics have lavished praise on the new series; others have been more skeptical...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/260029/a-minnesotans-guide-to-fargo">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:06:00 -0400Mad Men premiere recap: 'Time Zones'http://theweek.com/article/index/259889/mad-men-premiere-recap-time-zoneshttp://theweek.com/article/index/259889/mad-men-premiere-recap-time-zones<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58852_article_main/w/240/h/300/hes-ba-ack.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1"><em>Mad Men</em> has never been the subtlest show on television. The cleansing, spiritual rebirth of a character was represented by an actual dip in the ocean. An existential fog might be symbolized by an <em>actual toxic fog</em> drifting through Manhattan. Indeed, last season began with the middle-aged, eternally straying Don reading a quote from Dante's <em>Inferno</em>: "Midway in our life's journey, I went astray from the the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood."</p><p class="p1">Sunday night's season premiere "Time Zones" opens with a similar gambit: A static shot of Freddie Rumsen, staring into the camera and...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/259889/mad-men-premiere-recap-time-zones">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:01:00 -0400Game of Thrones recap: 'The Lion and the Rose'http://theweek.com/article/index/259879/game-of-thrones-recap-the-lion-and-the-rosehttp://theweek.com/article/index/259879/game-of-thrones-recap-the-lion-and-the-rose<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58847_article_main/w/240/h/300/congratulations-are-in-order.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay our respects to King Joffrey Baratheon, First of His Name, who died just a few hours after his wedding to Margaery Tyrell in tonight's "The Lion and the Rose." Though he was just 19 years old at the time of his death, he accomplished so much: Starting a pointless civil war by cutting off Ned Stark's head, killing babies and prostitutes, and claiming credit for a bunch of victories he had very little to do with, including the Battle of Blackwater and the Red Wedding. His final act on earth was a long, pointless attempt to humiliate his Uncle Tyrion...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/259879/game-of-thrones-recap-the-lion-and-the-rose">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:01:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Terriershttp://theweek.com/article/index/259882/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-terriershttp://theweek.com/article/index/259882/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-terriers<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58850_article_main/w/240/h/300.jpg?204" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144243997&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Terriers</em>:</p><p> </p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tkb8h5P3-zw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>Listen to more Netflix recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook</em></li></ul><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Alex Karpovsky double feature!</li></ul><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Tabloid</em></li></ul><p > </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/259882/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-terriers">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:47:00 -0400Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reflects on the show's legacyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/259798/mad-men-creator-matthew-weiner-reflects-on-the-shows-legacyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/259798/mad-men-creator-matthew-weiner-reflects-on-the-shows-legacy<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58809_article_main/w/240/h/300/can-there-really-be-a-perfect-ending.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">We're just a few days away from what AMC has dubbed "the beginning of the end" for its critically beloved drama <em>Mad Men</em>. On Sunday night, the network will premiere the first of seven episodes that mark the first half of the period drama's final season. (The second half of the season, which will also consist of seven episodes, will air in 2015.)</p><p class="p1">It's a surreal moment for the show's cast and crew, who have been immersed in the show's distinctive take on '60s life and culture since 2007. How do you bring a dense, sprawling TV series like <em>Mad Men</em> to a close? During a recent conference call, series...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/259798/mad-men-creator-matthew-weiner-reflects-on-the-shows-legacy">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:12:00 -040031 TV shows to watch in 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/254763/31-tv-shows-to-watch-in-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/254763/31-tv-shows-to-watch-in-2014<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58705_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-beginning-of-the-end-for-don-draper-and-co.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">It's going to be tough to top the staggering array of high-quality TV shows that aired in 2013, which included Netflix's aggressive forays into original programming, top-tier dramas from England, and the triumphant end of AMC's <em>Breaking Bad</em>. It's been said time and time again, but it bears repeating: We're in the midst of a golden age of television &mdash; and fortunately, 2014's lineup is just as promising.</p><p class="p1">With so many new and returning TV shows hitting the air, which ones are your best bets? A guide:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>Game of Thrones</em> </strong>(HBO, April 6)</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xZY43QSx3Fk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1"><em>Game of Thrones</em> fans have spent the past nine months...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/254763/31-tv-shows-to-watch-in-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:35:00 -0400Game of Thrones premiere recap: 'Two Swords'http://theweek.com/article/index/259382/game-of-thrones-premiere-recap-two-swordshttp://theweek.com/article/index/259382/game-of-thrones-premiere-recap-two-swords<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58659_article_main/w/240/h/300/jamie-lannister-gets-the-sword-but-not-the-respect-of-father.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">It must be difficult for <em>Game of Thrones</em> showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to decide how to begin a new season. So many characters, such rich source material &mdash; what's the perfect image to launch season four of the wildly popular HBO series?</p><p class="p1">Well, for "Two Swords," Sunday night's episode, the duo found the perfect answer: Tywin Lannister melting down the famed Valyrian sword of Ned Stark &mdash; a chilling act that cements the Lannister family's dominance over the Starks and attempts to erase the legacy of their once-powerful rival.</p><p class="p1">Let's take a step back and appreciate the depth...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/259382/game-of-thrones-premiere-recap-two-swords">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: A Young Doctor's Notebookhttp://theweek.com/article/index/259429/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-a-young-doctors-notebookhttp://theweek.com/article/index/259429/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-a-young-doctors-notebook<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58680_article_main/w/240/h/300/a-young-doctors-notebook.jpg?204" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143105919%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-a6DhE&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>A Young Doctor's Notebook:</em></p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NzMqoNZ43po" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more Netflix recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Double Indemnity</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Alex Karpovsky double feature!</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Tabloid</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p><p> </p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/259429/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-a-young-doctors-notebook">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:46:00 -0400The untold story behind The Grand Budapest Hotel's 'Boy with Apple'http://theweek.com/article/index/259203/the-untold-story-behind-the-grand-budapest-hotels-boy-with-applehttp://theweek.com/article/index/259203/the-untold-story-behind-the-grand-budapest-hotels-boy-with-apple<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0117/58589_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-faux-masterpiece-in-processnbsp.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">The plot of Wes Anderson's <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em> hinges on a single, much-discussed painting: "Boy with Apple," a Renaissance masterpiece by the artist Johannes Van Hoytl the Younger. ("The rest of his shit is worthless junk," confides Ralph Fiennes' Gustave H.)</p><p class="p1">In reality, "Boy with Apple" isn't a centuries-old masterpiece by a Czech painter. It was created just two years ago by the acclaimed English painter Michael Taylor. Fortunately, the real-life origin story of "Boy with Apple" is just as interesting as the one presented in <em>The Grand Budapest Hotel</em>.</p><p class="p1">To get the full story on "Boy with...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/259203/the-untold-story-behind-the-grand-budapest-hotels-boy-with-apple">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:06:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Double Indemnityhttp://theweek.com/article/index/258994/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-double-indemnityhttp://theweek.com/article/index/258994/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-double-indemnity<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0116/58488_article_main/w/240/h/300/double-indemnity.jpg?204" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141916117%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-jCI5B&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Double Indemnity</em>:</p><p><iframe width="620" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yKrrAa2o9Eg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more Netflix recommendations: </strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Alex Karpovsky double feature!</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Tabloid</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Happy Together</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/258994/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-double-indemnity">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:24:00 -0400Entertainment Weekly wants you to write for it for free. Don't do it.http://theweek.com/article/index/258918/entertainment-weekly-wants-you-to-write-for-it-for-free-dont-do-ithttp://theweek.com/article/index/258918/entertainment-weekly-wants-you-to-write-for-it-for-free-dont-do-it<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0116/58450_article_main/w/240/h/300/this-job-is-tough-enough-without-getting-paid-for-it.jpg?204" /></P><p class="p1">In the <em>Hunger </em><em>Games</em>-esque world of online journalism, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and increase traffic. Unfortunately, industry giant <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> has hit on the most depressing and shameful strategy for doing just that: Exploiting hundreds of aspiring professional writers for a new platform called "The Community," which will rely on a base of "community contributors" &mdash; the vast majority of whom will be paid absolutely nothing for their work.</p><p class="p2">You can ignore <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>'s spin about "passion and unique voices." This is a deeply cynical decision that feeds off...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/258918/entertainment-weekly-wants-you-to-write-for-it-for-free-dont-do-it">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:34:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Alex Karpovsky double feature!http://theweek.com/article/index/258517/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-alex-karpovsky-double-featurehttp://theweek.com/article/index/258517/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-alex-karpovsky-double-feature<img src="http://media.theweek.com/img/dir_0116/58303_article_main/w/240/h/300/alexnbspkarpovsky-double-feature.jpg?204" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140751211%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-zAbbT&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Rubberneck</em>:</p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vVAJyqPCoxE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Red Flag</em>:</p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jac82LjV3GY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Listen to more Netflix recommendations:</p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Tabloid</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Happy Together</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Hard Eight</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Swell.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/258517/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-alex-karpovsky-double-feature">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:19:00 -0400