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  • Retro Review: Pan Am, Boardwalk Empire Open with A+

    Posted on September 27th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 6 comments

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    Well Retro-Loving friends, you couldn’t ask for much more this weekend than these two fantastic shows: Pan Am, and Boardwalk Empire.

    We kind of knew Boardwalk Empire was going to be good. Last season was the perfect blend of gangsters, half-naked 20s chicks, Atlantic City boardwalk and booze. The season opener didn’t disappoint, with plenty of action bootleg hootch.

    But the real surprise was with Pan Am, the retro-tastic “drama” that ABC premiered to take advantage of the Mad Men-nostalgia kick. And man, did it deliver! knucky

    Opening with (the actual) Buddy Greco version of “Around the World” and ending with (the actual) Bobby Darrin version of “Mack the Knife”, this 1963-era show hit the mark on every second of film. Interesting characters in very kool garb acted perfectly through multiple storylines…and, unlike The Playboy Club, not one murder during the entire show! It was the kind of show with the kind of cinematography that made you smile throughout. Can’t wait for next week’s episode.

    The Bunny Club gets a second shot at getting my attention tonight. I have high hopes for this show…but then again, I’m on my third Scotch.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Television Room at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Pan Am Takes Flight Tonight From The Tarmac At ABC

    Posted on September 25th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    The Crew of Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci

    The Crew of Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci

    It’s no coincidence that the new retro-fab TV drama “Pan Am” has taxied into the same time slot that Mad Men should be filling. ABC is hoping to bank off the popularity of Mad Men with this slick, cool-styled show.

    Set in 1963, Pan Am gives us a glimpse into the lives of what have become icons of the jet-set era…the Pan Am stewardesses, those beautiful, sexy goddesses that served our mini-bottle liquor in tight skirts and had a reputation for being easier to make than a toaster waffle. Read the rest of this entry »