September 30, 2012 |
When you get a new roommate, you enter an entirely new social compact. You must negotiate new compromises and re-invent living habits. Also, if he happens to be a center-right economist, you'll have to do a lot more reading. My new roommate Pat has a master's in economics, so we spend a lot of time evaluating economic policy decisions. "C'mon, man, targeting nominal GDP is the way to go," I'll say after we've stayed up till 2 in the morning discussing the Fed's recent actions.
March 12, 2013 |
You know how these popular political shows like “Scandal” and “House of Cards” are always trying to keep the hokey out of their political characters? For instance, my roommate is obsessed with re-watching “The West Wing” on Netflix right now, and it got me thinking, if any of these shows introduced a character as flamboyantly cruel, simple-minded, and ideologically right wing as Paul Ryan, the producers would have to say, “C'mon, let's not be a bunch of Hollywood liberals making a cartoon character Republican who...
December 16, 2013 |
During his time at Chicago's iO Theater in the early '90s, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" director/co-writer Adam McKay learned the value of avoiding the first joke that comes to mind, and doing even stupid characters creatively. That philosophy has so informed the filmmaker's career ("The Other Guys," "Step Brothers") that he constantly shouts out improvised and tweaked lines while shooting, to the point that both "Anchorman" films have entire movies worth of alternate jokes. Rest assured, "Anchorman 2" is quite good -- hilariously picking...