Category: television

The Archetype of the Sociopath

There is perhaps no more popular character in modern television (and to a certain extent, the movies) than the Sociopath. Going back at least as far as The Sopranos, but probably much further, writers and showrunners figured out that a charismatic, successful sociopath is a great character to build a show around – perhaps because they’re willing to make questionable…

The Ideology of MacroCinema

To say that the relationship between narrative and reality always involves violence is not to say that narrative is wrong. It is more accurate to say that narrative is never neutral – it never “just is” – in a closed system, there is no creation without destruction, no translation without interpretation, one cannot act in the world without leaving a…

Age of Loneliness

Via the Guardian: One of the tragic outcomes of loneliness is that people turn to their televisions for consolation: two-fifths of older people report that the one-eyed god is their principal company. This self-medication aggravates the disease. […]¬†Aspiration, which increases with income, ensures that the point of arrival, of sustained satisfaction, retreats before us. The researchers found that those who…

Must See TV

I’m taking a break from television. For a couple of reasons. I just finished re-watching The Sopranos – all of it, six seasons worth, which works out to roughly 70 hours of television. It’s so good, really a great artistic achievement. And, also, a 70-hour investment. I came late to the brilliance of our generation’s television – I¬†watched a lot…

TV and Heroin

An excerpt from an interview with my good friend Hillel, presented in three acts, the chemical dependency element neatly framed by his experiences working in and living with television. De Lorenzo would be proud, Hillel. Other episodes in the Life After Film School series are here and here. Filmed in Los Angeles in May of 2006. Eight minutes long, another…