Television Show Review: Vinyl: Season 1

Vinyl Season 1

Vinyl: Season 1 created by Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, and Martin Scorsese (Paramount Television, Sikelia Productions, Jagged Films) Starring Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P. J. Byrne, Max Casella, Ato Essandoh, James Jagger, J. C. MacKenzie, Jack Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, and Ray Ramano. Design Failure In my line of work, we like to discuss the weight of organizational identity. In particular, the visual mark of a company cannot carry the entire strategic sensibility of the business. If a logo represents every last detail of the organization, it will crumble under the pressure. The design will fail. For this reason, I think of logos when I consider the effectiveness of HBO’s Vinyl. At its core, Vinyl depicts the shifting music… Read More →

Film Review: Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows  written by Seth Grahame-Smith (screenplay) and John August(story), directed by Tim Burton (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Infinitum Nihil, PG-13, 113 minutes). Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Eva Green. What Is Good? My wife and I rented Dark Shadows  against our better judgement. The popular movie rating site, Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a whopping thirty eight percent, meaning, thirty eight percent of the people that watched it would actually recommend it. Thirty eight isn’t a good number; it’s discouraging, and it means that the movie is probably awful. This got me thinking. What makes a good movie, really? The problem with art, any medium therein (visual, oral, or aural) is incredibly relativistic. What makes a movie good should be really only one thing: entertainment value. This entertainment… Read More →