Meet the Sullivans: Med Men, Gatsby and Zombies

July 2, 2013

Med Men, Gatsby and Zombies

I have so much to say about the two movies I saw last weekend and this season / finale of Mad Men I thought I'd write it all in one post.

Let's start with my favorite show at the moment, Mad Men.
There were some big surprises this season (Betty is thin again? Don is in love with his mistress? Pete's wife finally kicked him to the curb!) and some mysteries too, hello Bob Benson, but what had been most interesting to me is watching Don Draper slowly become more Dick Whitman than Don Draper. That scene with Hershey's where he confesses that he grew up in a whore house, holy moly, that is not something Don would have ever said.

No huge cliff hanger this season, but I think we're all wondering where the final season will take Don and his family, his career, his wife Megan, not to mention the rest of the formerly Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Cutler, Gleason and Chaough---especially Roger Sterling, he is always good for a great laugh! I'm already missing my Sunday night period piece fix, so I've started re-watching the show from the beginning.

Last Saturday night Keith and I saw World War Z in the theater and we both thought it was good. I liked it a little more than Keith and I know exactly why. Keith loves a good gory, scary zombie movie, while I like them mainly for the survival aspect. This movie was intense and had me on the edge of my seat, you'd be surprised to know that it was only rated PG-13--pretty rare for a zombie flick. That's because there is little to no gore or whatnot. When watching a zombie movie or television show you expect to see that, but in World War Z there is barely any. You see a fair share of zombies, but you don't have to see the yucky parts. I think I might even go as far as to say this is my favorite zombie movie I've seen, ever. And that's saying a lot!

I finally got out to see The Great Gatsby last weekend too! Can you believe that? Two movies in a matter of a few days? I'm a lucky lady! My friends Jackie and I both re-read the book and we LOVED the movie. I thought it was the perfect balance of great acting and Baz Luhrmann-esque glitz and glam. Having seen Romeo and Juliet years and years ago I expected it to be kind of weird and a little off. I hated the modernization of Romeo and Juliet. Gatsby wasn't that way. The costumes were beautiful, and while the lighting in the film often looked like it had been overexposed, I loved every moment. The characters were all exactly as I pictured them, or even better. Leonardo DiCaprio was a perfectly nervous and self conscious, but hopeful and mysterious Gatsby. I almost forgot I was watching Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. And Carey Mulligan was a perfectly demure, innocent, sweet Daisy Buchanan.

Have you seen Gatsby? Or World War Z? What did you think of them? Are you a Mad Men fanatic like me?


the girl in the red shoes said...

I want to see The Great Gatsby so badly! But I need to re-read the book first. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

E Hayes said...

Ahh so happy to hear Baz didn't go overboard with the glitz and whatnot! Can't wait 'til we can netflix it, we NEVER go to the movies haha... And have you read World War Z? I haven't but my brother is super into scifi, horror, supernatural and fantasy type stories (think big star wars/LOTR geek, but loves horror movies and is a HUGE book nerd... he's worked in a book store for 10+ yrs!)... anyway, apparently its one of his favorite books. He said he didn't mind that there wasn't gore, even though he'd enjoy it, he knew it was PG13 and that the end is different from the book, but apparently, if you like that stuff it's a must read!

rachel said...

So behind on movies! Dying to go see these. Also behind on Mad Men. :( Still have to finish season five...

Erica Layne | Let Why Lead said...

Fun! Thanks for the recommendations! I'm really glad to know World War Z didn't have much gore—now I might actually see it! :)