I just spent ten minutes humming some of the incidental music from Mad Men
, trying to figure out what it reminded me of. I kept thinking Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
, but knew that wasn't right. It evoked a similar tone (disturbed melancholy), but I've listened to Jon Brion's music for that film so often I can tell when I've got it wrong. In the end, I realised the film in question was Being John Malkovich
... does anyone else ever do that?
Also, I am enjoying Mad Men
The dialogue for this show (at least in the first series) is almost always incredibly boring and said with such a stale delivery, even by the good
actors, that I find this detracts from my appreciation of the design. The design is gorgeous, in every way - the sets, the costumes, the composition of each shot, the colours and patterns. I'm working my way towards feeling sympathy for a few of the characters - which I think has been my biggest hurdle so far in actually wanting to watch an episode. But yes - bad dialogue, said stiffly. If this is a style thing, maybe I can appreciate it too, on some level. But mostly I just want to give the characters new, interesting lines to say that would convey deeper forms of the same sentiments.