The Rip

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Julian Fellowes’ America: Where ANY dinner jacket will do.

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January 7, 2013 on What We Talk About When We Talk About Downton Abbey

I know it wasn’t ultimately Lane’s first choice as a suicide method to hang himself, but that felt very public and personal in ways that the Jaguar method didn’t. The failed first attempt seemed to play out partially for sardonic laffs but also for the ways that it emphasized the emptiness of what all of them had just forfeited for the sake of Jaguar (a theme driven home by Don’s speeches throughout the episode). Hanging himself in the office ensured that those he was closest with would find him there and be forced to look at him, remove him, smell him (a really distressing detail…Joan’s face when she can’t open the door, but she sniffs the air…). Going out this way was, to my eyes, one of the most active, intentional, and fraught things Lane has done in the last few seasons, which were generally marked by his passivity.

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June 4, 2012 on Mad Men: Everybody Hurts

As someone for whom Small Wonder is her avatar, this story hits me especially hard. But as Tiffany MIchelle Brissette once said, “Less is more,” and by those standards, homeless Jerry Supiran is truly blessed.

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May 31, 2012 on Well, This Story About The Kid From Small Wonder Is A Goddamned Bummer

And more importantly, why did Harry have to remove his glasses for it?

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May 21, 2012 on Mad Men: Oh Right, Advertising

If a Glen catch a Sally comin’ through the Rye….I don’t want to know the rest.

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April 30, 2012 on Mad Men: Joan Isn’t Just Like Everybody Else

Cue the Fox News story condemning inter-species relationships.

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February 28, 2012 on The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Uggie Hanging Out With Oscar The Grouch

“I’ve prepared a Crisco-fried Crispo”–Ed

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February 9, 2012 on Top Chef S09E13: Welcome Back, Beverly

Kate is fittingly dressed as a bag lady, so I guess this makes sense.

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January 31, 2012 on Kate Hudson Spotted With The New Mr. Cool Disguise

“…Plus, the sci-tech Oscars really are the most relevant…”–Andy Serkis, at a nomination-watching breakfast in his apartment

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January 24, 2012 on The 2012 Academy Awards Nominees

Seriously, Oscars. We need to talk about Tilda.

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January 24, 2012 on The 2012 Academy Awards Nominees

“I took the challenge really literally, so I’ve prepared a plate of poached dwarf turds with just a hint of a dead girl’s nail clippings”–Grayson

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January 19, 2012 on Top Chef S09E10: Charlize Theron

Diablo Cody’s script for Juno 2 is headed toward a really dark place…

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January 9, 2012 on Separated At Birth: Michael Cera And Hitler’s Mom?

Regarding #2, I wondered if it had to do with his somewhat sullied reputation as a patent troll. I thought his name sounded familiar (and not from a culinary context) and remembered that This American Life had done an entire show on what a horrible nightmare this guy has been for patent development and innovation. I’m assuming he’s patented everything in his cookbook, so sorry, chefs, ya’ll about to get sued.

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January 5, 2012 on Top Chef S09E08: This Is The Barbecue Pits

Chris’ art is from the renowned 8th Grade Boys’ Bathroom Stall School.

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January 5, 2012 on Top Chef S09E08: This Is The Barbecue Pits

In related Christmas list news, my 8-year-old niece placed “100 Slim Jims” at the top of her list this year.

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December 19, 2011 on Just FYI: Suri Cruise Has A $130,000 Christmas List

Keep those puns coming, producers. Here’s mine: “Heather, you should be rendered unconscious. “

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December 15, 2011 on Top Chef S09E06: “Game Over” (Boo!)

I think you mean Dakota from Clarissa Explains it All.

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December 15, 2011 on Top Chef S09E06: “Game Over” (Boo!)

Glad to see a woman finally sneaking past the glass ceiling

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December 8, 2011 on Jennifer Love Hewitt Is Ms. Cool Disguise

Now instead of marrying Liv Tyler in LOTR he can screw Liv Tyler in Empire Records.

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December 6, 2011 on The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Viggo Mortensen’s Ridiculous Teen Heartthrob NYT Magazine Cover