Posts on: television
Jul 23, 2014
@ 5:40 pm
No banter = time saved, but also, no banter = what’s the point?
Despite Fielder’s flat affect and seemingly limitless collection of crisp oxford shirts, Nathan for You tends to be jazzy and anarchic. Plots unfold in a linear fashion, each new piece of information a trapdoor. In an episode from the show’s second season, he approaches a real estate agent with a plan to market her properties as “100 percent ghost- and demon-free.” With the uneasy grace of someone trying not to hurt someone else’s feelings, she agrees. Part of this, of course, means hiring a medium to canvass the agent’s listings for supernatural activity. The medium wanders the rooms, metaphysical antennae up, shooting ominous glances into empty hallways and corners. Fielder and the agent — a genial woman named Sue — follow. The moment is hot with possibility.
In the bedroom, a tremor comes over the medium, and he announces his discovery: “an incubus” — or, more specifically, “a ghost that will have sex with you until you die.” The real estate agent, who until this point has seemed like she has better things to do with her time, says she knows what the medium means. It reminds her of a ghost she met many years ago in Switzerland. A violent ghost that grabbed her by the throat and choked her.
Jun 22, 2014
@ 5:40 pm
On this weekend 30 years ago, in the summer of 1984, you could stroll into a movie theater and choose between the following films:
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Karate Kid
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
More of this, please.