I find the equation of and allegories surrounding death and suburbia to be super fascinating. And so does movies and television, it seems! A dissection as to why that is, sparked by the new trailer for Suburban Gothic, over on Bustle.
I’d really like if you read it because I think it’s a pretty OK piece of work.
"People want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. “Oh, women do that” and “Oh, men do that” and the reality is that all women don’t anything. We as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. And I think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are."
Laverne Cox isn’t just a hero for the trans* community, she’s a beacon of hope in the fight we all internally struggle with when it comes to becoming our fully, individualized selves in a world that obsesses over labels and order and “the way things are.”
Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli says there’s a talk show we should be watching that’s not broadcast by CBS, NBC or ABC, or even Comedy Central. It’s The Graham Norton Show imported by BBC America and shown on Saturday nights. And though it and the host have been around for years, David says it’s never been better. Matt Damon even said “This is the best time I’ve ever had on a talk show.”
Why did Damon enjoy himself so much? Well, he got to swap stories with fellow guests Bill Murray and Hugh Bonneville while swigging champagne, and even knock an audience member off his chair in a specially rigged ejector seat. One secret ingredient of Norton’s show is that, most of the time, the guests all come out at once, sitting and interacting together the way they used to on the old Merv Griffin Show. The other secret ingredient is that Norton, like Craig Ferguson, isn’t so much interested in what a celebrity is there to plug as almost anything else.
If I ever hosted a talk show I would want to be like Graham Norton.