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. Back to the Future. A stretch to compare a good-natured, sci fi-influenced piece of ’50s nostalgia to one of the darkest shows in TV history? Perhaps. But a shrewd mad scientist, a young male protege who in some ways becomes smarter than the master and a surprisingly tender if twisted love story — all rolled into something hugely watchable that will have you glued to the TV anytime you come across it on cable? There are worse comparisons.
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In the Seattle area, DVDs and CDs of popular titles can have queues of hundreds of people waiting to check them out. E-books have been offered for years now. “Public libraries do not have the budgets to compete with Amazon, Comcast, and Netflix and will not be able to pay a premium for online content,” Blankenship said, adding that DVDs will continue to be the best way to offer popular movies. Updating and maintaining that physical collection takes time and money. It also means libraries have to pay for the media upfront, while Hoopla allows them to pay per time a title is borrowed. Those costs depend on the type of media and its release date, and range from 99 cents to $2.99. Seattle libraries have allocated $10,000 a month limit so far for Hoopla items and patrons are limited to 20 checkouts a month, Blankenship said. That limit may change, depending on demand and how usage grows. Hoopla’s launch won’t affect the stocking of physical DVDs at library branches for the time being, Blankenship said. For Seattle resident and library patron Jamie Koepnick-Herrera, Hoopla has joined her other streaming services such as Netflix, which she uses for movies, and Hulu, which she uses to watch current seasons of television shows. On Hoopla, she found the yoga videos she was looking for. “I think it provides a great free source of entertainment for families who can’t afford to get a movie for family night or for teenagers to have access to that album they can’t afford,” Koepnick-Herrera said. Hoopla’s movie and television collection is impressive in its numbers: About 3,000 titles. It is, however, chockfull of B-movies. Some of the newer movies weren’t exactly hits in the theaters, such as Keanu Reeves’ “Generation Um” and Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” which preceded his hit “The Butler.” But there are also many older films, including some classics and a healthy choice of foreign flicks.
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11 Directors: Murray Wais, Steve Winter, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff, Rob Bruce Plot: The adventurous life of extreme skiier Shane McConkey is explored in a documentary. Friday, Oct. 11 Mike Osborne, The Weinstein Company ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Director: Jonathan Levine Stars: Amber Heard, Michael Welch, Anson Mount Plot: The 2006 horror flick finally getting a release stars Heard as a shy outsider invited to spend the weekend at a secluded ranch house targeted by a killer stalker. Wednesday, Oct. 16 Director: John Krokidas Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall Plot: Columbia University is the hot spot for up-and-coming poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr and William Burroughs and a scandalous murder. The story is based on true events and characters. Friday, Oct. 18 Director: Mikael Hafstrom Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel Plot: Stallone and Schwarzenegger come together – for the first time as leading men – as inmates escaping from the most protected and fortified prisons ever built. Michael Gibson, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/Screen Gems ‘Carrie’ Director: Kimberly Peirce Stars: Julianne Moore, Chlo Grace Moretz Plot: The 1976 horror classic featuring the worst prom-dress disaster story ever returns with Moretz taking on the Sissy Spacek role of a outcast girl with the overbearing, religious mother (Moore). Carrie unleashes her telekinetic terror after being pushed too far at the school dance. Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt Plot: A free black man (Ejiofor) in pre-Civil War America is abducted and sold into slavery, then comes across cruel plantation owner (Fassbender) and a kind carpenter (Pitt). Director: J.C.
Post to Facebook Wanna introduce a film on Turner Classic Movies? on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/19YNe7U Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Wanna introduce a film on Turner Classic Movies? Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY 11:32 a.m. EDT October 2, 2013 A new contest will let a Turner Classic Movies fan co-host a film with Robert Osborne. (Photo: TCM) SHARECONNECT 4 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE If I watch a classic film on Turner Classic Movies, I make sure to catch Robert Osborne’s insightful introductions and postscripts. More often than not, he tells me something I didn’t know, and that even goes for movies I’ve seen dozens of times (like, say, The Graduate). This month TCM is holding a contest that will let one lucky fan co-host a movie with Osborne. Over at the site for its ” Ultimate Fan Contest ,” you can submit a 90-second video of yourself introducing a classic film. Along with being featured on the air, the grand prize winner will win a trip to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where he/she will also introduce a film. The contest just kicked off, so few submissions have been posted on the site. However, this clever sample sets the standard for what they’re looking for.