With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 29, 2013 -
In an unusually enlightening ninety-minute panel, the cast of Breaking Bad – including show creator Vince Gilligan – discuss the process of making the show, of bringing it to an end, and of coping with its aftermath.
Towards the end, Gilligan spoke fondly of show director Rian Johnson, known for his work on films like Brick
. Johnson had previously directed Breaking Bad's most controversial episode, Fly, which critic Alan Sepinwall called the best bottle episode in TV history
. Gilligan took his praise a step further: "[Rian directed] what may be the best episode we've ever done." [approx 1:27:30]
He was referring, not to Fly, but to Ozymandias, the show's third-to-last episode, and the inspiration for this previous post
. Ozymandias, which aired tonight, was accompanied by [SPOILER LINKS FROM THIS POINT FURTHER] livetweets from Aaron Paul
, who plays Jesse Pinkman, and provoked immediate visceral reactions from critics
posted by Rory Marinich
on Sep 15, 2013 -
As soon as it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman
in the sequel to the Superman reboot, twitter-ers were a-flutter with jokes and bemoaning the choice
, and YouTube user started putting together a Man of Steel 2 Comic Con Teaser Trailer
, in the style of the original Comic Con MOS audience recording
. YouTube user soylentbrak1
, aka "Steve," recently released a slightly longer, cleaner version
of his fan-made trailer, pulling from 20 different video sources, including features of the rumored role of Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor
. If you like that sort of thing, soylentbrak1 also made a Mad Max: Fury Road trailer
and over 100 other short clips in tribute to films, franchises, and dreams of what could be.
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 28, 2013 -
In our past midnight conversation
, Steve Albini discussed his interesting history with Kurt Cobain, his abandoned work with Fugazi, the stories behind making In Utero, the mostly good but surprisingly sad and surreal professional aftermath of making In Utero, how it might have changed his life, how the new Shellac LP’s test pressings are on route to the band, and why he doesn’t care about Breaking Bad but can tolerate The Newsroom.
posted by mannequito
on Aug 17, 2013 -
Perhaps the most dangerous effect of the Big Crunch mentality has been to make television creators think of themselves as auteurs, to convince them that in spite of the massive interference with their work, they can somehow create a work of aesthetic integrity and sociological insight even if they don’t know where it’s going. Well, sometimes you get lucky, but more often, the result is disaster, and the effort spent toward that failure is redirected from where it would be better put: creating great trash. An essay on the challenges and pitfalls of writing serialized TV plots
from The American Reader. [more inside]
posted by chavenet
on Jun 23, 2013 -
A fascinating interview with Vince Gilligan, showrunner of Breaking Bad.
The questions are as excellent as the answers.
This points to that quality of improvisation with the work you’re doing. In a traditional crime show, like “CSI,” if it were a big band, it’s a big band working off charts. The arrangements are very tightly controlled. And what I sense with “Breaking Bad” is a sense of, I don’t know, “John Coltrane on acid.” You have this sense of improvisation where you go with things you know, where you tell the story the length it needs to be told. You’re inspired collectively by a moment and you decide to go deeper into that moment. You’re in essence leading a parallel life with your characters and letting those characters take you where they want to go — not necessarily where the dictates of commercial convention say they have to go.
Meanwhile, Alan Sepinwall asks actors Bryan Cranston (2)
and Aaron Paul
about some of their most iconic moments on the show. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Jul 25, 2012 -