‘Breaking Bad’: Six movies the Bryan Cranston show evoked
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Gilligan has said he sees his show as a Western, above all else, which only makes this comparison more resonant. The fact that both Breaking Bad” and “Butch Cassidy” are about two men on the run whose fate we somehow know wont turn out well cements the comparison. Fargo, or most things Coen-ish. A bleak Middle America populated by emasculated male characters who try to overcome their destiny with the help of some stylized violence? Not to mention tense moments interrupted by oddball humor? (Tableside guacamole. anyone?) The first episode of this season was titled Blood Money. It could have been called Blood Simple” and we’d barely have batted an eye. VIDEO: ‘Breaking Bad’ parodies The French Connection. Gilligan has cited this movie before, saying he was thinking about it as he made the pilot. The Gene Hackman film about a pair of cops caught up in an intricate plot makes the comparison meaningful; the fact that it all happens in the world of drug-trafficking only heightens the similarities. Then theres the look of the ’70s classic, which Gilligan has said he was consciously trying to emulate. Falling Down. Middle-aged suburban ennui turns to something violent but oddly liberating. American Beauty isnt far behind either, if youre going down this road.
25 weekend. Normally, its that time of year you go to haunted houses and and then catch a horror flick at the theater, says director Micheal Tiddes, during a production break of his horror comedy A Haunted House 2. But its just a really quiet year this October for horror movies. Its kind of a bummer. The month still features a large number of limited releases and video-on-demand horror films, such as Nothing Left to Fear (co-produced by former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash) opening Friday, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Oct. 11) and Haunter (Oct. 18), with Abigail Breslin. Theres even a spider invasion film starring Greg Grunberg as a hero exterminator called Big Ass Spiders (Oct. 18). But if youre in a small town, the multiplexes dont show these limited-run movies. So youre stuck at home watching them on VOD, says Ryan Rurek, the managing editor of horror film website ShockTillYouDrop.com. October is normally all about the communal experience of having it on the big screen and getting that energy rush in an audience. Its that time of year where everyone wants to share that. There are reasons for the October boo malaise. Horror movies have now become a year-round phenomenon, thriving even in the age of piracy and shrinking box office. In July, The Conjuring reigned as the box office champion while Insidious 2 was audacious in September.