Here’s what I’ve been up to . . . what are you watching?

I guess I really do love TV
I guess I really do love TV

Masters of Sex

Ray Donovan

True Blood

Vicious

Covert Affairs

The 100 (in reruns!)

Suits

Graceland

Rush

Satisfaction – I gave up on this one

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

Last Tango in Halifax – I like it but its too heavy for me right now

Series on Netflix and Amazon:

The Killing

House of Cards

Queer as Folk (I could watch this a hundred times – to me, it’s the most romantic and emotionally satisfying show ever to grace the airways)

My So-Called Life

For Research Paper:

Crime dramas from the 1950s through the present: Partial list (on my DVR right now)

Starsky and Hutch

The Blacklist

The Lone Ranger

Mod Squad

CSI: NY

Hawaii Five-O

Knight Rider

Murder in the First

Monk

Walker, Texas Ranger

Matlock

Dragnet

Studying Directors

I went back to school this spring, and will finally have my bachelors in TV Writing and Media Arts within the year. For my American Cinema Class, I have to choose a major star or director to focus a research paper on. We’re supposed to pick three films over the course of their career and discuss reflections on society at the time the films were made. Since feminist issues seem to be a central theme through all of my classes, I went in search of a great female director. I was only able to find a few with a large enough body of work to study samples from different time periods. Since I write screenplays myself and dream of becoming a slash, I’m super-concerned with the Hollywood boy’s club’s misogyny and ageism.

I chose the director Kathryn Bigelow. I knew of her, of course, but hadn’t seen most of her films or studied her in any way. Last night I watched “The Weight of Water,” from 2000, which was fascinating, although it received mixed reviews. I had no idea that she had directed “Point Break,” which of course I saw in my Keanu Reeves phase – hahaha. She’s building an impressive body of work, and at this point I’m frustrated about having to pick three to focus the paper on. I’m sure I’ll change my mind once the deadline starts looming, but I’m also sure that I’ll see as many of her films as possible.

Here are some interesting facts about her. She was born in 1951, which makes her 63 now and still going strong. She’s divorced from Cameron Crowe, which I’m sure was a huge factor in her earlier success — being married to him, I mean. I love that she beat him out for the Oscar with “The Hurt Locker.” Another factor that I find extremely interesting is that she is 5′ 11 1/2″ tall. I read once that tall men are more likely to be successful and make more money than shorter ones — I’m sure that’s true for women as well. Many people consider her movies to be “guy movies.”

If you want to discuss any other female directors, I’d love to hear from you. I’ll keep you posted on my studies of Kathryn Bigelow.

Here’s the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nelE1UbylSE

The Most Honest 3 1/2 minutes in TV History

I love this monologue delivered by Jeff Daniels in the pilot episode of the HBO series “The Newsroom”

http://youtu.be/16K6m3Ua2nw