You can’t get any better than this action/drama about a chemistry teacher turned meth cook. Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, has been diagnosed with lung cancer, despite the fact he never smoked in his life. Making a measly $43k a year, Walt is now destined to leave his pregnant wife, played by Anna Gunn, and 15 year old son, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a huge medical debt plus foreclosure on their home. Eager to make a lot of money fast, as he was only given about 8 months to live, he turns to the unthinkable (cooking the best and purest meth for profit). He joins with Jesse, brilliantly played by Aaron Paul who is already in the business, to learn the ropes and get the necessary connections. To make matters more complicated, Walt’s brother-in-law, played by Dean Norris, is a DEA agent and of course, Walt has to hide his new venture from his wife and son, which makes for lots of deceitfulness.
Walt and Jesse’s journey is unbelievably extraordinary. You will be mesmerized from day one. The series ends Sept. 30, 2013 but can be viewed, in it’s entirety on Netflix. There are approximately 62 exciting episodes. This series was voted the “best series ever aired on television” and I most wholeheartedly agree.
Posted in Dramas, LOCAL TV & CABLE CRITIQUES, RIP TV SERIES
Tagged aaron paul, anna gunn, breaking bad, bryan cranston, cancer, cooking, cystic fibrosis, dea, dean norris, foreclosure, meth, pregnant, smoked, teacher
This was a quick Hollywood, holiday season throw-in. Decent plot but nothing to get excited about. A single dad and former, top DEA agent, played by Jason Statham, ends up having to clean up his new town by annihilating a current meth lab and teaching the locals a lesson or two. There is lots of violence and action. No surprise there — Jason is known for his fighting antics and no nonsense execution of lethal blows. The big surprise for me was James Franco who played a drug warlord. I’m not use to seeing James in this type of role. He did a pretty good job for a guy who kind of zoned out on the academy awards presentation he was hosting. Another surprise for me was that Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay.
If you’re looking for a nice family movie to take the kids, this is not the one. Lots of profanity as well as the violence. I wasn’t sorry I saw Homefront but it didn’t make me go WOW!
Posted in DVD MOVIE REVIEWS
Tagged drug warlord, execution, james franco, jason statham, lab, lethal, meth, nonsense, surprise, sylvester stallone, violence