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Breaking Bad is but one more (absolutely exemplary) story of the human condition. Love of family, love of life, facing one's own mortality and the complete and utter corruption of all of that love for.......money. Clearly knowing right from wrong (legally and, more importantly, morally); knowingly producing one of the most addictive substances known ('if I don't do it, someone else will' rationale) and the acceptance of and willingness to be deadly violent in order to keep the machine running that "pays the bills".
Love, corruption, ego and greed......Vince Gilligan has outdone everyone else with this series. Period! The show is more addictive, imho, that the 99% pure blue meth that Walt churns out. It's a combination of crystal meth, crack and nicotine.
If you have not seen this series yet, you need to.
Breaking Bad took the "Best Dramatic Series" Emmy last evening during the penultimate 60th episode showing live on AMC. One more show to go!
Some people call this the best TV show ever. Is it a reflection of out times and American culture?
A high school teacher with broken dreams and lost potential develops cancer and builds a drug empire by being the best meth cook ever, eventually accumulating 80 million dollars, to take care of his family after his imminent death. But he kills so many through circumstance in the meantime his family doesn't want anything to do with him or the money.
You're either bad or you're good, there ain't no grey angels.
...in other words, follow the dollar. It'll lead you to the primary perpetuators of the sisyphean struggle. I saw that documentary as well (I actually prefer his "Why We Fight"; an engaging documentary on an equally tough topic). $1 tln spent logically leads to someone is getting paid in the status quo! The 'good news' is our corporate overlords have begun to see greater profit potentials in weed being legal. I just wonder how the private prison lobby is going to react, and for whom they will be taking out the long knives next. In the meantime, chief on!! (as they say, "Smoke 'em if ya got 'em")
an outstanding documentary from filmmaker Eugene Jarecki from 2012 regarding this country's war on poor people and minorities, aka, the war on drugs. Far too much to review for my meager writing abilities but lets just say, it's extremely honest, accurate and informative. "jury nullification" is the name given to the procedure whereby a juror, completely legally, disregards the judge's instructions and votes with his/her conscience and can thereby throw an entire case. It is one method, recommended here, to help change the terribly unjust drug laws and sentencing guidelines used to fuel the highly profitable prison business.
The documentary opens with this: "Since 1971, the War on Drugs has cost over $1 trillion and has resulted in more than 45 million arrests. During that time, illegal drug use has remained unchanged."
Judges, lawyers, police, prison guards, prisoners, psychologists and historians all weigh in on this ludicrous system.
Be a good citizen and smoke some herb before you watch this :)
I can't believe I haven't commented on this TV show yet! Daniel Tosh is a 30-something comedienne with his own TV program and production company called "Black Heart Productions" (with his own almost fictional Black Lab called "Ubu" (Sit Ubu, Sit!) The name of the production company, by the way, mirrors his brand of post 2000, i-phone video, quick hook-up generation now cutting it's teeth on 50 Shades Of Gray.
The Dark Humor is what mostly sets it apart and is more than a bit scary in it's reflection of reality. "Sit, Ubu, sit! She said seductively as she rolled down the dark nylons...
Hope the show hasn't been canceled from the FX Network.
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about Breaking Bad. Saw all of Sopranos on dvd; this series eats that one for lunch. I have only been able to watch this through Netflix and just finished the last two episodes of the first half of season 5. The "behind the scenes" sections on each dvd with Vince Gilligan and the actors is priceless. Really gets into his thinking and creativity, how the scenes were done -like Gustavo's demise - 19 takes - and even some bloopers. Vince was also on Charlie Rose a short time ago for the entire hour discussing the series.
It's already been said about the last 8 episodes that "if you can't watch the series as it happens, you're going to have to take the spoilers like a man because there's no way you're not going to be able to NOT hear or read about it". I'm already cheating and reading a really detailed recap on Mondays after each new episode. Can't help it!! Gotta know! And I'm still gonna watch it on Netflix when it becomes available on dvd.
I've been touting this show since the third episode of season one, six years ago. It has proven to have wide popular acclaim and has racked up a slew of Emmies.
After this weeks episode (Season 5.2; #10) the confrontation between Walter White and his DEA brother-in-law reaches white-hot as the DEA agent wants Skyler to testify against her husband.
Meanwhile, Walt's erstwhile partner has angst about the huge stacks of cash he has made and has been arrested for distributing wads of cash from his car like a newspaper boy.
I do enjoy the real pathos going on here. The writing is speaking to true, raw human emotion. The story is reaching a logical conclusion. But, much like a good work of fiction, there is sure to be surprising twists at the end.
Can't wait for the last six episodes and then maybe canceling my subscription to cable. I don't think I'll find another TV show that will ever beat this one, imho.
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