by Kelsey Kennedy
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
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Hitchcock made Psycho infamous by
killing off the main character 30 minutes into the movie. Audiences were
shocked — some even walked out of the theater. This had never been done before.
Viewers had already invested 30 minutes into Janet Leigh. But her character’s
death — as shocking as it was — created an essential space for Norman Bates to emerge
and develop. The movie took a twist for the unexpected, and Norman Bates
remains one of the most fundamental characters in the history of film.
me awhile to get into House of Cards.
The series seems to pick up more steam the longer you watch. Kevin Spacey makes
me uncomfortable (for good reason). I wasn’t hooked right away. Like Heisenberg
in Breaking Bad, we are captivated by
the villains — the evil doers. Frank and Claire Underwood are the political
equivalent to Bonnie and Clyde. The audience is part of a first-person psychopathic
journey through a politician’s road to world domination, and we’re frozen on
the edge of our seats.
turning point for many was the first episode of the second season, “Chapter 14.”
Here we are, fully engaged with these characters, rooting for the journalists (I was rooting for the journalists) and
waiting to see what amazing one-liners this series would come up with next. And
then Zoe died. I had to re-watch the subway scene twice before I believed it
was real. It was quick and dirty (just like Frank), an ingenious move on
creator Beau Willimon’s part.
kind of moment where you think about criminal intent and defendants blaming
their murders on “insanity.” Frank Underwood is an insane character with direct
criminal intent. He didn’t get angry and frustrated and regret his decision. He
saw an opportunity to get rid of a pesky journalist, so he took it. We all knew
Frank was capable of stepping on anyone (Peter Russo) who was in his way. But
this…this was different. This was a character that he had an established sexual
and professional relationship with. And he killed her in two seconds. (It was
so acrobatic and ninja-like.) That was the turning point for me, the point
where I was hooked. Zoe’s death was a classic Hitchcockian move, only viewers had already
invested an entire season into her.
reason why Zoe’s death was so shocking to viewers is because we don’t believe
our government officials to be capable of throwing journalists in front of
trains when they are getting uncomfortably close to the truth. (9/11 truthers
will disagree). In reality, dictatorships and corrupt regimes all over the
world have the power to kill and do so regularly. Especially journalists. I
find it so interesting that we are fascinated by a concept of unethical
government and abuse of power when there is so much damn truth to it. We are
romanticizing tyranny. We are making crooked governments into a drama series
and it’s enticing and addicting because that’s not how we think we live. It’s dramatic
to imagine Congress as a group of blood-thirsty criminals. Things like that
“just don’t happen” in this country — so we make it into a TV show.
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The wiry Sam Rockwell, one of the most sensitive and exciting actors to emerge from the indie scene, nicely plays an astronaut finishing up a three-year stint as a moon miner, working for a corporation that needs a lunar mineral for energy demands on Earth. His only real companion is the robot/computer GERTY (voice by Kevin Spacey). "Moon" shows first-time director Duncan Jones to be capable of giving us a relevant, literate, thought-provoking sci-fi movie that also has clever, pop-fueled twists. Grade: B.