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Breaking Bad Sunday


BREAKING BAD IS BACK!!!!! The second part of season 5 begins tonight on AMC. I feel like it has been a year since this show was off the air. I knew about this show but never got on it for some idiotic reason. Thank God for me being a student and having winter breaks off because December 2012 is when I finally got it together and watched the show.

For anyone that has waited for this to return, you will not be disappointed. When we last saw them, Hank (Dean Norris), Walt’s DEA brother-in-law, had just stumbled upon a huge clue that made him realize that Walt is Heisenberg; Walt (Bryan Cranston) killed Mike (Jonathan Banks) and had also had all of Gus’ former employees killed in prison. He also paid Jesse (Aaron Paul) all the money he owed him and told Skylar (Anna Gunn) that he retired from the business.

The episode back will not disappoint. I had the pleasure of going to the Los Angeles première about 2 or 3 weeks ago and watching it with the cast (I met Aaron Paul – the nicest guy ever). The episode starts with a small recap of the entire show and then resumes from where it ended with Hank in the bathroom figuring out that Walt Heisenberg. I won’t say anything further about the episode but I’ll just say this – the end of the episode is EVERYTHING.

AMC is showing all the previous season 5 episodes today at 12:30/11:30am leading up to the première of part 2 at 9pm/8c.  If you don’t want to wait, the entire series is on Netflix to binge on. Also be sure to catch Talking Bad after the episode airs where the last 8 episodes of the series will be discussed.

Argo


Argo is one the best movies I have seen all year. Bold statement? Yes, but it’s true. Argo is the story loosely based on CIA agent Tony Mendez’s account of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats – with help from Canada – from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, there were six Americans who managed to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, Tony comes up with a risky plan using a fake movie to get them safely out of the country.

The film stars Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, and a million other people (no really, there are literally a million recognizable faces in this movie). This was incredibly tense and caused so much anxiety for me but it was also really funny. Alan Arkin and John Goodman were so great together as Lester Siegel and John Chambers, the Hollywood director and producer who put together the fake movie. The whole cast is wonderful. I mean kudos to the casting director, Lora Kennedy because I loved picking out all the familiar faces.

This is Ben Affleck’s 3rd film as director and he has gotten better and better with every movie. His earlier films were Gone Baby Gone and The Town. I’m proud of him. He has really turned that whole Bennifer debacle around. He has directed and starred  in some good stuff. If you have liked all the other Affleck directing vehicles, then you need to go out and watch this one as well. You definitely won’t regret it. Argo is in theaters now.

 

 

Total Recall


Total Recall is a reimagining of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone flick of the same name. This time around it stars Colin Farrell playing the Schwarzenegger character and Kate Beckinsale playing his wife, the Sharon Stone character. It also stars Jessica Biel as a resistance fighter.

The plot is pretty much the same as the original. Farrell is Douglas Quaid, a factory worker with a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who keeps having memories about his earlier life as a spy. When he goes to Rekall to try to retrieve some of these memories, something goes wrong, and Quaid becomes a hunted man. He finds himself on the run from the police, controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston). He ends up teaming up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his real identity, his true love, and his true fate.

I had very little expectations for this movie. I thought it was going to be awful. Turns out it wasn’t good but it wasn’t as terrible as I thought. The action is pretty typical but decent. The best thing about the movie is Kate Beckinsale. How can such a tiny woman kick so much ass? She has really found her niche with the action movies. If you like her in the Underworld Series, then you will like her in this. She’s just really good at the action thing. Farrell is alright. While watching, I just kept focusing on how hot he looked. Jessica Biel’s character, I felt could have been played by anyone. She didn’t really bring much to the movie. short For those of you that want to know about the 3 breasted woman. She makes an appearance but her role is cut severely short. She I would classify this as a matinée movie. Don’t pay evening prices for this. Hell wait for it on the Redbox or Netflix.

Total Recall is in theaters now.

 

Drive


Drive is a movie starring Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Crazy, Stupid, Love).  He plays a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. When one of the heist he drives in goes wrong, he finds out that a hit has been put out on him.  I saw this movie and I WAS NOT READY.  I went in thinking, “Ok, this is going to be a heist movie with some nice driving stunts a la Fast and the Furious.”  WRONG.  It turned out to be a pretty slow at the beginning, which was fine, but it left me wondering where exactly it was going.  Gosling was soo creepy to me in this movie.  He reminded me some of his character from Murder By Numbers. It was just weird seeing him this way since I just saw Crazy, Stupid, Love last month and he was just so delicious in that one. The movie itself when it finally got going about an hour into it got extremely violent and kind of went off the rails.  I liked the movie though.  The acting was good and it has a good cast (Carrie Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks).  If you are a fan of film noir, then you’ll like this movie.  It opens in theaters Sept 16.