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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

EW loves MSCL!

In Entertainment Weekly's "Best of 2007" issue, it listed "My So-Called Life" as the best DVD of the year! They wrote

"Nineteen episodes that changed pop culture...well, so it has sometimes seemed. Without the teen heartache and the gloomily lit thrills of Claire Danes' Angela Chase and her suburban Pennsylvania loves, pals, and neurotic parents, I doubt TV would have spawned Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The O.C., Laguna Beach, or the (so far) online-only Quarterlife. And if you see diminishing returns in that list, it only emphasizes what an original MSCL was for just one season on ABC in 1994 and 1995. The Complete Series set contains six discs in which a young girl struggles to be heard by the world, just as Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick — moving ahead artistically and backward generationally from thirtysomething — strove to bring a different mixture of realism and idealization to prime time. The duo found their muse in writer-creator Winnie Holzman, whose commentary contributions make clear just how much Angela was her adolescent alter ego: self-conscious yet joyous and hopeful about the screwed-up world. Shot with moviemakers' eyes — unusual for the small screen (both Zwick and Herskovitz had helmed feature films and would go on to produce and/or direct others) — MSCL was deep focus in every sense. Awkward angel Angela could pine for her soulful, dim-bulb cutie Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto); a brainy boy yearning for her (Devon Gummersall) could spy on her sitting in a leafy suburban tree, his hair a nimbus of frazzled nerve endings. No TV show ever made young love seem so pure, so complicated, so vexed, so fleeting. One perfect season of television on DVD, with all the trimmings — something to be thankful for."

MSCL is my favorite show of all-time, I'm glad to see it getting props!

1 comment:

Mandy said...

i can't believe that review came out recently! haha. it just further proves how impecable your taste is. you taking care of the MSCL crew jacket?

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