“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”
Director Richard Linklater has a powerful-looking follow-up to Everybody Wants Some! and Boyhood in Last Flag Flying. The timeliness of the topic plus the caliber of the three leads, all Academy Award nominated actors (Cranston, Fishburne, and Carrell) lends both gravitas and unexpected humor to the story of a father and his friends taking his son’s body home for burial. Amazon Studios looks like it has another winner here after the overlooked Lost City of Z that came out earlier this year. Last Flag Flying will open November 3, 2017.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared experiences of the war that continue to shape their lives. Director Richard Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan collaborated on the screenplay which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present.
Ok, full honesty here: I know little to nothing about the Power Rangers. It was the toy/TV franchise of the 1990’s and I’m a kid of the 1980’s (and our stuff was better). It passes my understanding how Bryan Cranston is involved in this, but Anthony Hopkins is in Transformers 5, so who can tell which way is up anymore? Lionsgate is counting heavily on Power Rangers to be their next huge franchise after The Hunger Games, and is rumored to already have committed to six films (because that worked out so well with the probably-never-to-be-finished Divergent franchise). At any rate, The Power Rangers will land in theaters on March 24, 2017. Because of my ignorance of the franchise, I’ve included the piece from Coming Soon below, as they are masters of all things I am not. Continue reading Trailer Time: Power Rangers Trailer #1 (2017) *GO GO POWER RANGERS!!!*
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.
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. July 15th has three major releases: the controversial reboot of Ghostbusters, Bryan Cranston’s thriller The Infiltrator, and Woody Allen’s latest film: Cafe Society. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/15/2016) – Ghostbusters, The Infiltrator, Cafe Society