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My Favorite Scene: Breaking Bad Season 1 (2008) “Fulminated Mercury”

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.

Bryan Cranston, Walter White, Heisenberg, Breaking Bad

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.
AMC Breaking Bad, Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Aaron Paul, Walter White

Trailer Time: Sully IMAX Trailer *Brace for Impact!*

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. Sully opens September 9, 2016.

Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Sully

Trailer Time: Sully Trailer #1 *Hanks is ALWAYS the Captain!*

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. 

Look, if you want someone to play a heroic captain, you need to ask Tom Hanks if he wants to do it first before shopping it around, because it’s kind of his thing.  Apollo 13 and Captain Phillips both saw Hanks receive Oscar nominations for playing captains in extraordinary situations.  He and Clint Eastwood now tackle one of the most amazing miracles in aviation history: The Miracle on the Hudson (which probably a better title for the film than “Sully”).  Two things give me pause.  One, why is the first trailer or press of any kind for what seems like an Oscar contender only being released two months before release.  Two, why is that release in the traditional dead-zone of September (though if you look at the line-up for this September, it’s the strongest I can remember for that traditional dumping ground).  This was a genuine miracle, and honest-to-goodness real life Hollywood story that played out before our eyes on TV (much like Captain Phillips).  Let’s hope Eastwood brought his American Sniper game to the director’s chair rather than his Jersey Boys fiasco.  Sully opens September 9, 2016.

Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Sully

My Favorite Scene: Breaking Bad Season 5 (2013) “Say. My. Name.” *Series Spoilers*

I just got finished re-watching Breaking Bad from pilot to finale, and – I have to say – this is the most consistently good, well-plotted show I’ve ever seen.  It’s not my favorite, though it’s up there, but in terms of NEVER being off, this show is just stellar.  It’s the first TV show to get two seasons honored in this column (Season 4 here).  DO NOT WATCH THIS CLIP IF YOU AREN’T AT SEASON FIVE YET!  I’d feel horrible ruining ….what I can’t mention.  Breaking Bad is really a long series of consequences to some incredibly poor decisions.  By season five, Walt has made the full journey from mild-mannered chem teacher to Heisenberg the Drug Lord.  Not many actors could pull this scene off, but Cranston’s acting during the entire series is so good that I can’t give it enough words of praise.  Perfect show.  Great scene.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you have your Netflix assignment for the week.Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad Season 4, Meth, Bryan Cranston, AMC, Aaron Paul, Walter White, Jesse Pinkman

2014 Emmys – Winners and Billy Crystal’s Tribute to Robin Williams

The Emmys have a long history of making me throw things even more than the Oscars do, so I normally do not watch them, but since this was Breaking Bad’s last year, I caught the show.  Seth Meyers did a nice job hosting.  Matthew McConaughey took no end of abuse for encroaching on television.  The night’s highlight, though, which I’ve included above, was Billy Crystal’s moving tribute to his friend Robin Williams.

Modern Family won Best Comedy for the FIFTH straight year and Breaking Bad dominated the night, as it should, winning Best Drama, Actor, Writing and Supporting Actress.  Full list of the awards handed out at the ceremony below courtesy of the AP. Continue reading 2014 Emmys – Winners and Billy Crystal’s Tribute to Robin Williams