Gallery 1988, our favorite showcase for pop culture-inspired art, has struck again. Fictional Food is a new exhibit from G1988 regular Joshua Budich, showcasing some of the most iconic food products in film and television — both wholly invented (Krusty Burgers, Los Pollos Hermanos chicken, Lone Star Beer) and given new cultural immortality (who can hear the word “Chianti” without doing an Anthony Hopkins impression, or ask for a Baby Ruth bar without hearing good ol’ Sloth?). Here are a few of our favorites from the show. … Read More
Breaking Bad was, for many, a constant moral struggle — fans often found themselves completely enamored of the increasingly monstrous Walt,… Read More
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan hosted a lively Reddit AMA last night. From overzealous fans throwing pizza on an old lady’s roof while recreating a scene from the former to what cameos we can expect in upcoming Better Call Saul episodes, he answered viewers’ most pressing (and hilarious) questions. Highlights below: … Read More
Any Breaking Bad writer doing anything new is bound to be newsworthy, but when that writer is Moira Walley-Beckett, who penned “… Read More
Yes, you heard that correctly. The Vince Gilligan who brought us the tale of the best blue meth in Albuquerque is now… Read More
There’s a video on YouTube in which someone — likely one of Breaking Bad’s many obsessives — looped Better Call Saul’s 14-second theme song for 10 hours straight. It has nearly 50,000 plays. In the comments, fans analyze the guitar tone: Would it be considered a surf riff? Is it played on a Fender Stratocaster? Comments on similar clips compare the theme to Mac DeMarco, Dick Dale, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, and the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” with impressive fervency given the hook’s brevity.
Being that “Marco” is Better Call Saul‘s Season 1 finale, this week’s o-ending title bore a bit more import than last week’s (which was “Pimento,” and which referred, yes, to the cheese of choice betwixt a character’s breads). “Marco,” it turns out, alludes to a fundamental character in Slippin’ Jimmy’s (i.e. James McGill’s, i.e. soon-to-be-Saul Goodman’s) past. In fact, Marco is the character with whom Slippin’ Jimmy would often “slip.” When we first get a glimpse of the opening scene’s bluish tint (which has come to represent the past on the show) and subsequently Jimmy’s “I’m younger!” hair/mistake (the show’s other, less successful method for declaring “Flashback!”), we know that perhaps, finally, the flashbacks will come together to explain just why Jimmy went to jail, and thereafter transitioned to the jail of his ostracized existence in Albuquerque. In this vein, “Marco,” written and directed by Peter Gould, ends up exceeding expectations in a manner that beats even the lusty talking toilet for scatological inventiveness. … Read More
Look, nobody really misses VHS. Sure, there’s a small and weird movement of VHS artisans whose nostalgia for their childhood and an apparent love for tracking lines has convinced them that the ugly, low-res analog mainstay is a superior format, and some note that a lot of movies never made the DVD crossover so it’s not a bad idea to keep a VHS deck around (and this is true) — but generally speaking, VHS died because DVD is superior in every way, end of story. But that doesn’t mean those of us who came of age in the VHS era don’t have some leftover affection for the ugly packaging and pre-Photoshop artwork that lined our video store shelves (see, it was this place you went, and you picked out tapes, and took them home and watched them, and came back and paid an exorbitant late fee), which is why so many movie geeks have flipped for “Stan VHS.” According to “Stan”’s Tumblr page, he got the idea of making old-school VHS covers for new movies and TV shows, and posted them on April Fool’s Day, claiming them to be the work of “a Parisian hipster named ‘Stan’ [who] only watched modern films and TV series on VHS.” You can read his full article here, if you speak French; otherwise, here are the clever covers he put together for the project. … Read More