“For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”
You could have an extremely entertaining argument over exactly when in Breaking Bad Walter White stopped being a decent man in a bad situation making extraordinarily bad decisions and became an evil person. For me, the point of no return for Walt occurs both in the second season’s finale, but also brilliantly teased out over the course of the entire second season. Through the whole season you kept getting expanding clues that we were headed toward a calamity….then it became more clear that calamity was a plane crash…but it wasn’t until the finale that it became clear that Walt’s decision not to save his partner’s girlfriend (Krysten Ritter) from her drug overdose was not only a clear case of murder by inaction, but would cause a chain of events that would cost hundreds of people their lives.
Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Breaking Bad Season 2 (2009) “Cause and Effect”
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 2nd looks to be the only weak opening weekend in an odd year where the quality in September (usually the elephant graveyard of studios) is better than October. At least we’ll hope it is. Five subpar movies try to knock Don’t Breathe out of the top spot. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/02/2016) – The Light Between Oceans, Morgan, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Yoga Hosers, Skiptrace
Breaking Bad sounds like a horrible idea in concept. A high school chemistry teacher finds out he has terminal cancer, so to earn some money to leave his family he begins cooking meth with one of his old students. In practice, it’s a slow burn to some of the most intense scenes in television history as Bryan Cranston‘s character, Walter White, slips deeper and deeper into a world of darkness.
Anyone who’s ever told me that they couldn’t get into the show, has always said the same thing: that the first season is too slow and they lost interest. That’s actually exactly what happened with me the first time I watched it, but you have to push through, and when you do, you’ll realize all the groundwork the first episodes lay for what is really a five-season tele-novel. As Walter drives himself harder and harder to make money, he falls in with a crazed gangster who beats his partner half to death and steals a batch of their product. This confrontation between the gangster and the first appearance of Walt’s alter ego – Heisenberg – marks a tipping point in his ever shifting line in the sand between making money for his family and just making money by any means. It’s also probably interested more people in chemistry than any ten textbooks have ever managed.
September is usually a cinematic wasteland. It’s where studios dump loser films they don’t think can cut it in the summer or compete during awards season. It’s probably the worst month of the year for moviegoers, but that doesn’t look like it will be the case this year. This year in September we have the Clint Eastwood-directed Sully, starring Tom Hanks. We have Denzel Washington and company’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. Oliver Stone will direct Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden. Tim Burton’s adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Deepwater Horizon, the promising-looking animated film Storks, the third Bridget Jones movie, and several horror films that I never pay attention to unless the reviews are good. That’s a pretty packed month, and that it’s September means that maybe we’ll have as good a fall as we did last year. Opening on September 2nd, is an intriguing entry with an interesting trailer, that-quite honestly I had nowhere on my radar: The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Continue reading Trailer Time: The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) *Could This Start A Fall to Remember?*
Eye in the Sky stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Continue reading Movie Review: Eye in the Sky (2016) *Modern Warfare Via Conference Call*