Thursday, September 12, 2013
What I'm Watching
I've wondered why the crazy in 3D pictures. I get the challenge to a film maker for sure...and I enjoy them but they don't draw me to the theatre. VANITY FAIR HAD THE ANSWER recently in an article about Brad Pitt's Zombie movie.
Paramount originally agreed to green-light the film with a budget of about $150 million, said studio executives, an eye-popping sum for a horror film and even more so for the zombie genre. Because the story took Pitt around the world, the movie would be easy to market internationally, executives reasoned. And Paramount planned to convert the movie into 3-D, a big draw for Russian, Brazilian, and Chinese audiences, which meant the studio could earn a substantially higher price over regular tickets. Indeed, China, which limits the number of foreign movies imported yearly, is so important that, Paramount said, the filmmakers deleted a reference to intercepted e-mails from China, where, in Brooks’s book, the zombie scourge originates. Rob Moore, vice-chairman of Paramount Pictures, said the film has not yet been screened by Chinese censors. But, he said, “China has become the second-biggest market, and we evaluate how things play there.”
Aha...if you wonder why something is happening in culture...follow the money!
So, like, Jesse has to die…right? Breaking Bad is a marriage of BLOOD MERIDIAN and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN… So someone has to die and if Walt is the Judge …Jesse is surely the Kid. For many of us fans in seasons past we wondered if Walt was gonna get cancer again. But…duh….Walt is cancer. Manifest Destiny for Walt is the ultimate freedom to empire build killing anything in his path, unless he allows it to live. If Walt is like the Judge or Anton Chighur, then Hank is like sheriff Bell; unable to act or do anything to stop the cycle of greed and violence Walt embraces to fulfill his dreams and desires for power and control. Only a few more episodes of Breaking Bad left and I think Jesse will have to assimilated…
BREAKING BAD has such a strong Manichean character structure we can compare it to all kinds of literature that uses that format or philosophy.