Unfortunately, I don’t have AMC and refuse to pay another $30 just to get it along with 50 lame-ass channels I’ll never watch, so I’ll have to wait for DVD. But wait for DVD I will and with the idea in mind of voraciously eating up each and every episode in a weekend binge.
From the performances to the directing to the writing, the story of a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher who goes into the meth business with fairly good intentions, is some of the best television I’ve seen since “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.”The arc of the characters, especially the main character, Walt (played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston), his wife, and his partner Jesse, is what keeps you glued year after year. Even as they surprise you, the show is so well written and layered that in the end whatever they do makes perfect sense.
Essentially, “Breaking Bad” is a study of evil; an examination of how there are no half-measures when it comes to dealing with the devil. You can’t dip your toe in a dirty business and expect to hold on to your soul.
With no threat of being accused of hyperbole, I can assure you no dramatic film aimed at adults released in the last five years has been half as good as any episode of “Breaking Bad.” Television is where Hollywood shines right now.
Director Joe Johnston via Screen Rant:
“Why would anybody go back to that island? It was hard enough to figure out the second and third reason for them to go, but it would take it off in a whole other trilogy basically, but when it gets to that level it’s sort of about studios and Steven’s thing and who knows.”
The reviews might have been mixed, but I’m a big fan of “Jurassic Park 3.” Obviously it lacks the wonderment of the first. By this time, your mind was no longer blown by the sight of realistic looking dinosaurs. And I’ll admit that my eyes rolled when kid arrived on screen like something out of “Lord of the Flies,” but if you look at “3” as B-film, it really works and when our intrepid crew finds themselves in the pterodactyl cage, that’s one effective reveal.
Nothing makes part three sing more, though, than its blissful runtime of 92-minutes.
Let’s just hope that if Johnston directs again he doesn’t kill our buzz by promising audiences that a movie about dinosaurs won’t be “about dinosaurs.” He’s funny that way.
Cowboys, aliens, Daniel Craig and maybe, just maybe, Harrison Ford acting like Harrison Ford again?
Where do I get line.
Furthermore, “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau is directing and what a breath of fresh air’s he’s been, especially in the arena of action. He allows you to see what’s going on. There’s a geography to his action scenes that makes sense and that you can follow. It’s too bad that lousy, lazy, shaky-cam addicted filmmakers like Paul Greengrass have set the bar so low that that actually being able to enjoy an action scene is now a draw, but it is.
“Cowboys and Aliens” hits theatres July 29th.
Dear MSM: To paraphrase Dean Wermer — desperate, pathetic and stupid is no way to go through life.
Here’s the actual clip. That’s an insult? Furthermore, anyone who knows anything about Don Rickles also knows that any attention the iconic comedian gives you is considered — wait for it, wait for it — a compliment.
How are we supposed to not hate these people?
CLASSIC PICK FOR TUESDAY JULY 19TH, 2011
Midnight: PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (1971) — Love story involving a pair of junkies (Pacino and Winn) struggling to survive on the harsh streets of New York City. Cast: Al Pacino, Raul Julia, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright. Director: Jerry Schatzberg
When Al Pacino could still act and New York City was at its most interesting — at least when it came to cinematography.
Depressing and disturbing to be sure, but still powerful.
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