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Instead of working, I'm enjoying one of my Christmas presents, my DvD box set of Breaking Bad's season 4. Sue me!

By the way, Dean Norris has been quite active on twitter and revealed that HE IS THE ONE WHO WIPES !

Also, I just have to share this interview with Daniel Mendelsohn. I love that man!!! I don't agree with everything he says but the interview is just so quotable.

Here are some bits I do approve of. They are worth reading, people!

"I think criticism is potentially just as legitimate a literary genre as any other kind of writing. Writing is writing. But I don’t know what people think in the abstract of writers—critics vs. novelists vs. memoirist or any kind of writing. I think it depends on what you write."

[...]

"Critics are trying to illuminate texts that they find interesting, and to educate readers. I have a friend, who’s also an editor, and he always says that “criticism is a service industry.” Really your job is to illuminate whatever it is that you’re looking at—movies, or books, or novels, or non-fiction, whatever it is. And because you’ve done the homework, and you’re sharing your impressions—now, they’re your impressions and people might not agree with that—but you have to lay groundwork of what you’ve learned about the writer, the other books that they’ve written, you’re the one who has to synthesize it all."

[...]

"I mean novels are like that, novels are written by people who have a story they want to tell. And they’re not trying to package it to a certain group. If it’s a good novel, it will mean something to everybody. That’s the difference between a good novel and a mediocre novel. So, I am who I am, I write about what’s interesting to me. I’d like to think that my thinking out loud benefits the reader to perceive things that she or he might not have thought of alone."

[...]

"Barnes & Noble is interested in genre because they have to figure out where to put your book in the store. Why bother? I write narrative nonfiction that incorporates lengthy analyses of literary texts as part of the fabric of the book. It’s just what I do. I don’t know what the name for it is. I don’t know if it has a niche in the Barnes & Noble worldview, but it just is what it is. These people wrapping themselves in knots trying to give a name to what they’re doing, it’s not interesting to me personally what the “name” is: a piece of writing is a piece by whichever writer produced it. Period. That’s what it is."

[...]

"I think people whose orientation is essentially critical, who write primarily as critics, have a harder time being novelists. I don’t think that’s a rule, I just think that’s probably a fair summary of the available evidence. Being a critic is not a day job, it is an orientation to the world. Your orientation to reality is to analyze, break it down, figure it out, and present your findings. That’s how you do things, and that is where you live as a writer. And being a novelist, I’m sure, is a different orientation to the world. I just think these things are different. I think all comparisons are invidious. I think it was John Banville who was interviewed in some French magazine about me, and he said something along the lines of,  “Oh, well his writing is so interesting, and his criticism is so sharp, but it would be nice to see what he could really do as a writer, with a novel.” And I’m just like, “Yeah, and it would be nice to see what you could do as an Abstract Expressionist.” The sort of fallacy that everyone is gearing up to write their great novel is just a kind of holdover prejudice from a different era."

[...]

"The book that is only meaningful to the gay reader cannot be a great book. It is precisely the gay book’s ability to be interesting to a straight reader that makes it a great book. What makes Things Fall Apart a great novel is the fact that it can say something to me, a middle class white person in the USA, that is meaningful and rocks my world. If it only speaks to its black audience it is a more limited book. What makes literature literature is precisely its ability to go beyond borders, beyond identities. "

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Remember that great tribute to Breaking Bad on The Ecstasy of Gold that I posted before season 5 started?

Well, the vid-maker has edited it so it's longer and now includes several moments from the first 8 episodes of the last season. And it's fantastic!




Holy shit !

Sep. 3rd, 2012 06:35 pm
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I could talk about my first day at school and how tired I was after hearing a thousand times the 'how is your thesis going" question, but right now all I can think about is how wonderful my tv show is.

I'll have to rewatch the episode, because it's a gem, but here are my first thoughts:

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A much more detailed review of "Say My Name".

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chani: (Walt/Jesse)
Breaking Bad usually provides brillant and shocking penultimate episodes. "Say My Name" was great but not that shocking, not the way "Phoenix" or "Half-Measures" were.

A longer review will come later, as I'm sure there's a lot to ponder and analyse but here are my first reactions à chaud.


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Remix aren't necessarily my thing but this is wicked!




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It's all [personal profile] selenak 's fault because she got me thinking about Breaking Bad and possible crossovers.

Spoilers for all shows mentioned )

Two to go

Aug. 20th, 2012 06:39 pm
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If Breaking Bad were a lesser show I'd say that there are, at least, two scenes "Buyout" is worth watching for. Of course, the series being so well-written, beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted, the whole episode is first class television, so the other scenes are quite compelling too.

Still two scenes were the highlights of night (well, afternoon in my case):

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"Dead Freight" isn't my favourite episode this season, and despite some lovely visuals it is far from being the best, yet it was an important episode, moving the plot forward and putting the characters in a place from where lots of things may happen.
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chani: (Breaking Bad by stolengarden)
That last episode of Breaking Bad made me want to rewatch Deadwood again !!!!!

Will post a review of "Dead Freight" tomorrow.



chani: (Breaking Bad by stolengarden)
I've just re-watched "Fifty-One" and noticed things I hadn't seen the first time and didn't mention in my review.

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I could discuss Breaking Bad for hours. Such a well-crafted show, so many stuff and details to seek and ponder.

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chani: (Walt/Jesse)
"Hazard Pay" was simply close to perfection. Every scene mattered and was significant. And the cinematography was gorgeous.
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Tonight I watched the first three episodes of The Kennedys, that was showed on ARTE. I didn't expect much but I watched it for Barry Pepper who is one of the best American actors these days, in my opinion.

They hinted at JFK's Addison disease but, so far, shied away from the subject of Rosemary. Poor Rosemary Kennedy, still written off.

Anyway, The Borgias is a much better show. Don't think I will check the next episodes, sorry Barry!

Also, just saw this interview with Jonathan Banks in which he gives his take on Mike...and Wiseguy gets mentioned which reminds me of how much I loved the show, back in the 80's. It was one of my favourites along with Magnum P.I, and later The Equalizer. Not the brilliant series we have in this golden age of television, but still great shows.

In Wiseguy, I liked, above all, the Sonny Steelgrave/Vinnie Terranova relationship. It was my first tv bromance, I guess, and it prepared me for many others, especially Raylan/Boyd in Justified.

So let's remember Sonny the mob king and Vinnie the infliltred cop...and how Banks looked like 20 years ago!

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I have re-watched the episode and realised I forgot to mention a few details in my review:


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I haven't watched the episode a second time but here is a review nonetheless.

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I love you, Jesse Pinkman!

You keep breaking my heart, boy. But I would love you if only because you named the RV, the Crystal Ship !

I love you too, Walter White, no matter how reckless, megalomaniac and creepy you have become.

I love you Vince Gilligan for creating that tv masterpiece.

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