As Breaking Bad has finally wrapped up, leaving me mostly satisfied and somewhat relieved to be free of the final season’s relentless tension, I’m realizing that something I’ve been waiting for throughout the series is never going to come to fruition: a truly rounded Latino character.
Walt and Gus are a match.
Yes, I am a Gustavo Fring aficionado; to be more specific, I experienced a phase in which I was more a Gus obsessive. For me, Gus is the most magnetic and elusive of all the Breaking Bad characters, but after his spectacular departure in the nursing home blast, I’m left wondering if part of his mystery was just carelessness on the part of Vince Gilligan. Fring’s Read the rest of this entry »
Walt wants what Walt wants. At this point in the game, he’s asking for ten murders in under two minutes. His precision in chemistry is now focused in mass murder, and the swastikas of the white supremacists surrounding him do not look out of place. Walt would have made an excellent commandant at a concentration camp. Yeah, it’s come to that. There’s really no coming back from this depravity.
I’ve been watching this season’s Breaking Bad with a sense of dread and intensity like no other. Every season has been fantastic, but this one, perhaps because it was truncated to make way for another next summer, has drawn me into the dark mind of Walter “I want an empire” White – his wanton ambition, ruthlessness, cunning, duplicity, and delusions of grandeur: gliding over all. Director Michelle MacLaren and writer Molly Walley-Becketthave both been working with the series for years, Read the rest of this entry »
There’s not a lot of thought here – just gushing. No spoilers if you don’t look at the pictures.
I love tv. In a major way. I remember shows from when I was a kid. I actually am baffled by people who don’t remember the shows they or their parents watched growing up. One of my earliest memories is watching the Mickey Mouse Club and desperately wanting a Mickey Mouse watch for Christmas – the one where Mickey’s in the middle and his arms are the hands of Read the rest of this entry »
Walt has a new hero that he wants his family to know about: Scarface.
After Walt learns from Marie that Skyler has had a breakdown, he not only falsely blames and reveals her affair with Ted, he recognizes how shattered and frightened his wife has become since truly learning what her husband is capable of. His reaction: to gather their children around the television and blare the conclusion of Brian de Palma’s Scarface, cheering on the hyper-carnage to rouse Skyler from her self-imposed seclusion in the bedroom.
Walt once again asserts absolute control, here showing Skyler that her fears mean nothing to him – other than a novel avenue to exploit her. By encouraging Walt Jr. to yell Read the rest of this entry »
Chloë Sevigny in Hit & Miss. The photo should reverse that to Miss & Hit for the pun to come off.
What is it with Chloë Sevigny and penises?
Tender sex scene between Hilary Swank and Chloë Sevigny in Boys Don’t Cry. No actual dick involved; nevertheless, there is penetration.
Either we’re bewildered as to how she doesn’t know that it’s not one, but rather some sort of prosthetic or strap-on, inside her vagina, as was the case in Boys Don’t Cry (1999), one of Read the rest of this entry »
Mike is back from Mexico, here playing with his granddaughter Kaylee, in whose name Gus Fring had funneled over two million dollars into a secret offshore account, which has been traced by Hank and seized by the government, pushing Mike back into the game, even with Walt, who he considers a time bomb, as his partner.
The fifth season of Breaking Bad has begun, and my obsession with Gus Fring shows no hint of abatement.
Mike’s return from the makeshift ER in Mexico suggests that I’ll learn more about Fring as the season moves forward, but then, Mike really know how to keep his trap shut. Note the poker face he maintains after Hank announces that the two million Read the rest of this entry »
The stare. Like Medusa.
Everything below pertains to the character of Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad. Forego the next paragraph if you aren’t up to the end of season four.
I steamrolled through the final three episodes of Breaking Bad‘s season four, with a sharp (and maybe nervous and twitchy) eye on Gustavo Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito with Read the rest of this entry »
Susan Tyrrell has crossed over.
She was the type of actor who just had to step into the frame and you knew she was from the wrong side of the tracks. She didn’t even need Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a YouTube video out there with clips from The Simpsons dubbed with lines from Breaking Bad.
It’s a great mashup – funny, clever and proof that the creator is a fan of both shows. My favorite detail is that even the opener is a mashup of both the Breaking Bad logo and The Simpsons font. They could have been lazy here but they went all the way. All the details are great – Bart Simpson as chronic fuck-up Jesse Pinkman, Maude Flanders as Skyler White, Cleetus and Brandine as meth heads, Lionel Hutz as sleazy Saul Goodman is spot on, Mr. Burns’ beloved teddy bear Bobo as the bear from the airplane crash and episode openings for season two, the barfing frog prince as junkie Jane is inspired and of course Ned Read the rest of this entry »
Why am I so irritated with the fourth season of the series Damages, the legal drama starring a Rasputinesque, Machiavellian Glenn Close as ruthless attorney Patty Hewes, and a lovely, doe-eyed, not-as-guileless-as-she looks Rose Byrne, on whom I Read the rest of this entry »