Breaking Bad

Clever Artwork Depicts Pop Culture’s Favorite ‘Fictional Food’

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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.
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The Troubling Afterlife of ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Pizza-Throwing Scene: 6 Things We Learned From Vince Gilligan’s Reddit AMA

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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:
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Meet Little Barrie, The Band Behind The Infectious ‘Better Call Saul’ Theme

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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.

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 1 Finale Recap: “Marco”

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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. 
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