LAUDING: Breaking Bad on AMC. If I'd told you one-year ago, today, that by January 2008, two of my favorite shows would be on AMC, would you have said, (a) are you turning 67 this year, (b) you're crazy like a dacshund chasing a rabbit, or (c) would you have just thought it odd me making such a statement? Like, who cares says crap like that?
Next year, two of my favorite shows will be on The Oprah Network.
See ...I say things like that all the time.
Where was I? Ah, yes ...Breaking Bad. It's kinda weird to see Malcom-in-the-Middle's Dad playing a desperate, terminally ill meth-cooker, but he makes it work. His character is not much different than his Malcom's-Dad character - skittish, nervous, and on the verge of a complete crazy-man meltdown.
The premise, the characters, and the filming are, again, top-notch. Like Mad Men, I think AMC has another winner - if the writers ever stop striking, darn it! Or, I should say, if the nets and producers open their wallets!!! Pay those people and pay them now. I shudder to think what it's going to be like in about 10 weeks. I won't be well.
If you're reading this, it's not too late to get hooked on Breaking Bad. You only missed the season premiere and it airs again next Sunday and probably a half-dozen times throughout the week. Set your Tivo ...this show is great.
I'm never a fan of the wobbly cam, but it kinda works here.
AND LAUDING: Cloverfield. I know I'm the last person to actually be talking about this movie, but its a rare occasion that I get caught up in hype the likes of which surrounded this movie. I called my brother and we acted like we were back in h.s. as if it was essential that we see Cloverfield on its opening weekend. The camcorder-esque shooting of the entire movie didn't bother me and I liked this angle on the whole Godzilla-genre. Was there a monster? Yes. Was there running and screaming and buildings being smashed? Oh, yes. Was it cool? Totally. It's what going to the movie theater is all about. Big movie, big monster, big explosions, and big special affects - maybe some of the best since Lord of the Rings.
But, why am I writing about it ...I'll leave the juicy stuff to my fellow spunkybean writers ...Mr. B's review is here and a more in-depth look at the movie and JJ Abrams work will be along in the next day or two.
The biggest thing I took away from it was this nagging feeling that something actually happened in New York and I had just seen some incredible footage. It was meant to feel like people's personal footage we've all seen from 9/11, and I think the effect worked.
I thought the musical number right in the middle of the movie when they were walking on the train tracks was a bit zany and found it hard to believe anyone in that situation would start singing "Doo Wa Diddy", but I guess it was meant to ease the tension. It felt very forced.
ASKING: Why is everything I watched this weekend shot by non-steady cam or, as in the case of Cloverfield, a hand-held camcorder?
Who's excited for American Idol for four more hours this week, raise your hand!
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