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15 Great unscripted movie scenes


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It has been a while since I have posted anything on my blog unfortunately. So I decided to come back with a list of some of my personal favorite unscripted scenes in movies. I will mostly include scenes that are confirmed to be unscripted so the Midnight cowboy scene which is disputed upon by the director and Dustin Hoffman will not be included, or any other similar scene.  The list will just be ordered alphabetically instead of keeping them ranked, since it will be hard to put criteria on unscripted scenes. Without further ado here are 15 of the many great unscripted scenes that made it into the final movie cut.



 1) Annie Hall (1977) “The sneeze”

Widely regarded as Woody Allen’s masterpiece, Annie Hall had one of the most famous sneezes in cinema history. What is mind boggling is the fact that it was never intended in the final cut, and was filmed during screen rehearsals. Woody Allen’s character Alvy was at a party where he is offered a tin can filled with cocaine. As he takes the tin in his hand he has a violent erupting sneeze which sends the white powder flying everywhere. All the actors started laughing uncontrollably which was so genuine and spontaneous that Allen decided to keep it in the final cut.



2) Being John Malkovich (1999) “Think fast!”

A disturbance on set is usually something that can turn the day sour instantly. Whereas for this movie a disturbance added more to the characters frustration during the scene. After Malkovich meets Craig Schwartz on the side of the road, he wanders off mad and annoyed. As he walks off a car passes by with a man leaning out of the window. The man throws a can while yelling “Hey Malkovich! Think fast!”. The can hit Malkovich in the back of his head which induced genuine frustration which felt believable in the context of the movie as well. The extra who threw the can was actually given a raise upon having the scene placed in the final cut instead of being fired!



3) Blade Runner (1982) “Like tears in the rain” 

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During the final battle between ex-blade runner Rick Deckard and replicant Roy Batty, as Rick tries to exterminate Roy. He puts himself in a very awkward corner on a rooftop ready to meet his demise. Rather than killing Deckard, Roy shows mercy and rescues him from the edge of the roof. He gives a final monologue before he dies. As he thinks about his past and the short life he lived, he says “All the moments will be lost in time…” Hauer then adds a very powerful phrase “.. Like tears in the rain” The line was so good it was it had become one of the most memorable of the entire movies.

 



4) Casablanca (1942) “Here’s looking at you kid”

This timely classic had so many memorable lines which stayed in the mind of the viewers. But the line it is most memorable for and most accredited for wasn’t even in the original script! The scene where both Ilsa and Victor are put on a plane bound to america one last line is uttered to Ilsa by Bogart’s character. “Here’s looking at you kid” instantly became the quote of the movie. According to some reports, it is said that Bogart would say that line to her as he was teaching her poker during the breaks.



5) Clockwork Orange, A (1971) “Singing in the rain dance”

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Kubrick’s incredible movie about the tale of a mischievous young man is not only one of his best movies, it is also one of three movies of his on this list. The scene in which the gang break into a random house is considered to be one of the most popular and disturbing parts of the entire movie. After shooting the scene many times, Kubrick wasn’t happy with the result. He finally suggested to McDowell to dance a little bit during the scene. McDowell did an excellent spontaneous dance that Kubrick was very pleased and kept it in the final cut.  As a side note, the scene was actually so difficult for the actress originally cast, that she had to quit and have her role recast.



6) Dark Knight, The (2008) “Slow clapping” & “Delayed explosion”

I have previously explained my problems with TDK and Nolan, yet I am not here to do that now. For me Heath Ledger was the savior of the movie and he showed it when faced with these spontaneous situations during filming. He perfectly stayed in character which should be a huge credit towards him. The first unscripted scene happened when The Joker was  incarcerated in the police department. As the mayor gives the news that Gordon is now the new commissioner. As the officers in the room applaud loudly, Ledger begins to slowly clap without changing  his expression or breaking out of character as he improvises. The improvisation is very subtle and simple, but it brought a very dark feel to the scene and added another layer to the character. The other important scene which showed how genuinely, even facing a spontaneous  event, Ledger was able to stay in character was the hospital scene. As The Joker was exiting the hospital wearing his nurse’s outfit, he pulls the trigger on the explosion and the fireworks begin. But as he was further away the explosions suddenly stop. Improvising, Ledger doesn’t break character and starts fondling with the remote. He brings out a hint of the style of Joker that is found in other renditions of batman in what was supposed to be a serious scene. The explosion goes off and he genuinely gets startled and runs off to the bus.



7) Dr. Strangelove (1964) “End Scene” 

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The second of Kubrick’s movies to make it on the list. Dr. Strangelove was known for its improvisations when Kubrick gave Sellers three roles to just improvise all he wants. Kubrick and his co-writer actually had to “retroscript” and change a lot to be able to include many of Sellers’ improvised lines. However, personally the end scene with Dr. Strangelove is my favorite unscripted scene in any movie. As we are coming to the end of the satirical movie, Dr. Strangelove who has been confined to the wheelchair suddenly stands up. At the very end in spontaneous fashion Sellers stood up and delivered the most brilliant unscripted line “Mein Führer! I can walk!” which was followed by the explosion compilation.  That line also created on of my favorite ending scenes in cinema history, and I applaud Sellers for his ability to improvise such great lines and ideas.



8)  Full Metal Jacket (1987)  “Drill Sergeant” 

The third of Kubrick’s movies to make it onto this list and for good reason. FMJ felt like it was split into 2, first showing the actual real hardships that soldiers go through in boot camp, and the rest was on the actual war and how it really is. As for the first part, R. Lee Ermey wasn’t even cast for the role of the drill sergeant. Ermey later sent a video tape to Kubrick of him spewing insults at soldiers for 15 minutes straight. This lead to an immediate casting of Ermey. Ermey then wrote down 150 pages of insults and submitted them to Kubrick! The director admits that more than 50% of the dialogue was improvised by Ermey and one of the few times Kubrick has allowed this much improvisation.



9) Godfather, The (1972) “Take the cannoli” & “The cat”

Widely regarded as on of the greatest movies in cinema history just by sheer brilliance in hitting the mark on most aspects. The Godfather actually had two scenes which were not in the original script. The first one though not as well known as the cat, it still gave this great taste to the scene, and created a famous line for the movie. As Clemenza was ordered to carry a hit out on Paulie, he approached the bullet covered car.  Castellano’s original line was “Leave the gun” but reminiscing an earlier scene, he improvised “Take the cannoli” which was the creation of this famous line. The other unscripted scene in the movie had to do with Don Vito’s cat in the beginning of the movie. The Godfather was known for being very coldblooded, ordering for a man to be beaten for the beating of another man’s daughter, all the while gently stroking a cat. The insane thing about this is that the cat was never even part of the original script. Yet it has evolved into becoming one of the most memorable scenes of Don Vito. As for how the cat came to be in the movie. Some people say that Coppola just plopped the cat onto Brando’s lap right before filming. Other reports say that Marlon found the cat wandering around set and he carried it with him to filming. Whatever the reason may, I’m  sure I am not the only  one who is happy that the cat ended up on the final cut.



10) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) “Gun vs. Sword”

Though I am not a hardcore fan of the Indiana Jones series, I can still appreciate the hilarious unscripted scene which became an iconic part of Indiana for all his fans. While Indiana is hurrying to rescue the damsel in distress he stumbles into a huge sword wielding man dressed in black. The bad guy shows off his sword skills for a while to scare Indiana. Instead of fighting him, Jones just pulls out a gun and moves along. This was not intended to be in the movie, it was actually supposed to be a very long sword fight between the two. Unfortunately the day of shooting Ford had a bad case of food poisoning and didn’t have enough energy to film a long fight scene. After a discussion with Spielberg, the scene was changed to the now famous Gun vs. Sword fight.



11)  Reservoir Dogs (1992) “Can you hear me now?”

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Tarantino’s first movie, the independent Reservoir Dogs, contained many memorable scenes, but not more memorable than the torture scene by Mr. Blonde. One of the most gruesome scenes of the movie had Mr. Blonde torture an officer by slicing his ear off.  Tarintino never really gave Madsen any direction or instruction as to what to do after the cutting was done. So he eventually improvised all his actions and lines while shooting. This led to an incredibly cold blooded scene which included the great unscripted quote of “Can you hear me now?” as Mr. Blonde says it to the cut off ear.



12)  Silence of the lambs, The (1991) “The hiss”

For anyone who has seen this movie, they know that Anthony Hopkins gave one of the greatest renditions of Hannibal Lecter to ever be on screen. Though I may not be a fan of Hannibal Lecter and his story, I appreciate the movie and Hopkins’ role. Even though he only had 16 minutes of actual dialogue to be said, it was enough for him to portray his character and the many layers perfectly. It was also enough for him to receive an Oscar. From his 16 minutes his most memorable would be his story he told to Clarice about eating a liver with fava beans and Chianti. After it though Hopkins gave this eerie Hiisssss sound which added a huge amount to the creepiness of his character. The hiss however was never in the script. It was said that Hopkins did it during rehearsals just to creep out Jodie. The director was very pleased with the hiss, that he told him to keep it for the shooting of the final cut.



13) Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) “I know”

Again same issue with Indiana Jones, not a hardcore fan to adore this line but I do appreciate it.  This unscripted line is here because Harrison Ford was able to add a line that just summed up the entire smug character more than any other Han line.  As Solo is about to be cased in carbonite, Princess Leia finally reveals her affections for him. She went on and said “I love you”, and the script originally had Solo saying “I love you too” Ford decided that Solo wouldn’t say anything like that so he changed it to “I know” making it a perfectly fitting way for smug Solo to reply to Leia.



14) Taxi Driver (1976) “You talking to me?”

Taxi Driver, known to be one of the greatest movies ever is chock full of incredibly memorable scenes which included the insomniac Travis. One of the key scenes was when Travis is seen talking to himself in the mirror. Yet all the script had written for that scene was “Travis talks to himself in the mirror” and nothing else. Everything that was said was improvised by De Niro on the spot. This led to an interesting set of lines of a man who had started to loose it. The famous line of “You talking to me?” eventually came out of De Niro as he faces himself in the mirror. To this day that line is stuck in everyone’s head as they see themselves in the mirror.



15) The Usual Suspects (1995) “The line up”

One of the most memorable scenes in the movie apart from the ending is the line up scene in the beginning.  For this scene the writer (Christopher McQuarrie) just wrote this line “Give me the keys you fucking cocksucker!” for the line up scene. It was on each individual actor to say it however they wanted. McQuarrie actually played the cop in the scene speaking to the suspects, and he had to say “In English please” to Del Toro for not being very clear. His reaction after that was completely natural and unscripted and created a great comical moment for the character. Also according to some interviews the laughing during Del Toro’s turn was due to the constant farting on set! In the end the opted to keep it for the final cut of the movie.




Conclusion

Thank you all for reading this, I know it has been a while but I have been under a lot of stress with university. All in all I hope you enjoyed this list and hopefully I will be bringing back the reviews for the 1001 movies to see before you die book. Finally if you ever want me to write about anything either a review or a list or just a general article please feel free to contact me in any way, all my contact info’s are in the “contact us” page. So yeah please tell me what you want to see because I sometimes have writers block and never know what to write about.

Thanks again, Omar

1001 Movies Challenge: The Apartment (1960)


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I’ve been sort of having a marathon since I just came back home, and I am so happy to have seen The Apartment. It is also the first Billy Wilder movie I saw which gave me a good impression of him. I apologize in advance for not writing anything for soundtrack.

-Summary-

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own occur.

-Story/Script 8.8-

Though it may seem like a simplistic gimmick on the romantic comedy genre, the story is actually very unique and clever. While watching the movie I thought to myself “huh, this is actually very clever”. The layers and the characters were laid out so neatly in their own cluster of strings intertwining each other from time to time. It’s the characters that make the story not the apartment. C.C. Baxter’s lines as well were just superb and very well written which really surprised me. I went in the movie with zero expectations and came out with a good impression of it, opinion-wise. 

-Acting 8.9-

The acting in this movie was superb. Especially between the two main leads of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Jack Lemmon to be precise was really great and on key with every line. He really fit the role and it suited him well. His scenes when he was sick were just great and made me smile and how good he was at it. On the other side of the spectrum we see the female lead who gave a very opposite feeling. A very dry and needing feeling emerged from Fran as a character. She and Baxter complimented each other well as a mixture of quirky and dry. The only complaint would probably be that some of the minor characters really annoyed me with their accents, as some of them felt really forced. Other than that the acting was great. 

-Directing 8.6-

The directing was great from Billy Wilder cinematography-wise. The scenes in the office building were genius. I loved the endless rows of employees all working, its something I envisioned for a project I’m thinking of. Some shots though in the apartment felt very repeated and overused, though that might be because of the limited space of the room itself. Nevertheless I would’ve enjoyed more creativity with that room as he did in the office building. Maybe he should have taken a page out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope”. All in all the pacing was great and I loved the curve that he decided to go with the movie. It always kept us engaged and enthralled as to what might happen next. I hope to see Wilder’s other works and see if they are as good as this.

-Average Score 8.76- 

-Should you watch it?-

Absolutely, this movie will be great for anyone. People who would just like to relax and watch a simple movie will love it. Like-wise, people who enjoy great and acting and looking at detail will enjoy it very much. It is a black and white movie yes, but that shouldn’t put you off of it. These movies are just as good and in my opinion way better than most of the stuff people find popular these days. 

Thank you for reading.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Review


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I knew that this would happen when they announced that The Hobbit would span out into three films instead of one. I knew that when they announced The Hobbit they could go two ways: either doing one 3 hour movie which just goes by the book, or span it out into 3 movies and add a ton of bullshit. They essentially went with the second choice which in my opinion for a content creator is a bad choice. All they had in sight was the money that they could make by advertising this brand new epic trilogy that will be as bad ass as The Lord Of The Rings, yet still stay faithful to the fun style of the book. Nothing worked out for me to be honest. Lets talk about the issues one by one.

-The CGI-

It’s gone, the feeling of middle earth is gone. The over use of CGI is just awful. When someone wants to create this magical fantasy universe they should try their best to make it as immersive as possible. You want us to feel like we want to be part of the world and make it have a specific look and feel. What you gave us was something I couldn’t watch to be honest. I felt like after every cut I was somewhere else, a great example is the river rapid scene. It was literally a joke. I felt like it was 5 different places. The far shot looked like middle earth in terms of the colors and the feel. They turn back to a close shot and they look like they are standing behind a horrible projected screen as the actors ride the rapids so unnaturally. Then we finally get this weird first person view which looks like its been filmed with a flipping phone from the stone age. I don’t understand it. Why would you want to disconnect us from your world. I understand the use of CGI for mythical creatures and what not. What I don’t like is the use of CGI for everything except the humans. I mean the landscapes and the areas of LOTR were what made the movie iconic. It gave us the right taste of middle earth. It never took us on this incredible art gallery then suddenly threw us in the janitors closet. We felt that human touch and struggle in LOTR, this just feels like dead. The thing that annoys me the most is that now with double the budget of the first trilogy, they could have expanded their search of areas. They could have focused more on real sets and real areas, not just green screening everything and wasting every cent to the graphics department. I guess my only compliment of the CGI was that Smaug did feel very terrifying. Though when again a lot of times he just felt out of place which was again, sad. I know that this might be very negative, but this is not something good for the film industry. Same goes to many other mediums which have advanced, they started to forget the core of the art itself. Remember when movies had no sound, what did they do? They were creative. Look at a trip to the moon for gods sake, that movie was more immersive than this one, and that came out A HUNDRED AND ELEVEN YEARS AGO. Sigh, I don’t want this to start being the norm. We have these movies which are being praised by mainstream public, and when I see a beautiful modern movie with core film elements it gets shat on by everyone. I don’t know, I hope the public will start to change their taste and not stand by overuse of CGI and not allowing it to become something normal.

-The Story- 

I can explain the entire story of the hobbit with one sentence. A journey with countless impossible situations and last minute bail-outs. This is one of the worst trends I’ve seen in movies. This “trope-y” style has to stop. Every popcorn movie nowadays seems to just put the main character(s) into impossible situations over and over again and have them magically escape them. This is merely there to elongate the story as they have clearly made one book into three movies. They just make everything drag on and place a few funny one liners to lighten up the mood. The Hobbit was a joyful lighthearted adventure as opposed to the LOTR, and I am okay with that. What I am not okay with is what they did in the movies. It feels like a tug of war between trying to create an epic-er trilogy while still holding true to the lightheartedness of the book. It won’t work like that, each piece of content should be given what it deserves and shouldn’t be based on what it’s predecessors did. If you want to create something new, you shouldn’t just go off, of the nostalgia factor. Give it what it deserves and it will be something different but it will still be good because it is what was needed for that piece of content.

-The Verdict-

This review is short but that’s only because I just came back from the cinema and I haven’t had a chance to let my thoughts sink in. I usually tend to steer clear from these cult movies and popular mainstream movies. The reason is that my opinion isn’t a very popular one, and I am not here just to bash on these movies for the mere fact of being cynical. I just say what I think and that’s all that matters, and whatever your opinion is I respect that as well. It is just helpful I believe to write something even if it isn’t a popular opinion. If it is presented well maybe some might agree, or no one would, that is fine, it is good to have two sides of an argument instead of one. At the end of the day, if you enjoyed it, that’s really great and that’s all it comes down to. Finally, I want to emphasize that my negative remarks towards this movie were not just out of hardheartedness. This review  comes from a fan of the Lord of the Rings series. I am a person who doesn’t really enjoy fantasy that much, yet I adore the LOTR series for what it presented. It gave us that immersion and that connection to the adventure and the hardships. I wanted this movie to be a joyful adventure which stuck true to the fans and the contents. I don’t want to see another LOTR, I want to see The Hobbit, on it’s own as it should be. Anyway that is my very short review feel free to discuss and give your points, I accept any criticism and feedback no matter how harsh it may be. Visit the contact me page if you want to talk  to me anywhere about whatever~

Thank you for reading.

Breaking Bad: The Show of Change


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I would like to preface this article by saying that this article will be filled with spoilers. If you have any intention of watching Breaking Bad or have yet to finish the series PLEASE stop now. I really do not want to ruin anything for anyone because I will go in depth on the final 3 episodes and my overall thoughts on the series. I know this is not a movie, but this is a show which has a reason to be a show and I shall explain why. With that out of the way let me begin.

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– The Show –

The show breaking bad started off back in 2008, when it aired it’s first episode. Created by Vince Gilligan, he wanted to create a show where he turned Mr. Chips into Scarface and see how far he could take it. He admitted himself that he believed that once they saw the darkness and evil that was about to erupt from this man, that the fans would stop watching. Yet to his surprise the fans held on to the ride and went along with them.

Through the course of the show we are riding along the dysfunctional life of Walter White. A man who has been dealt a bad hand, but abruptly decides to take his life in his own hands. Now in the show he sees Chemistry which is his passion as the Study of Change rather than matter. This is the whole philosophy of the show in my opinion. The show is the show of change. It went through this dramatic process and changed completely. Not just plot wise but also in the skill of the cast and crew. You can feel the difference. It started off with not as much support and suddenly gained this huge fan base which  enabled them to go on and beyond their own expectations.

Now I usually do not enjoy TV shows for a couple of reasons. I am a person who enjoys closure. Not really meaning I like things with closed endings, I just want something to end. Which is why I enjoy movies so much, they have a clear beginning middle and end most of the time. As for a lot of TV shows they usually start of great with this idea in mind, but slowly start to go off the path and turn into something completely different. They loose what they had first intended. Many shows are great examples like Lost and the recently ended Dexter. They just weren’t complete. On the other hand breaking bad is complete, it is finite as is chemistry. It starts at point A and ends in Z. We don’t want breaking bad to start at A and end in 34 or XYZ. Obviously though you can’t please everyone but in my opinion as a whole show it is one of the strongest. My reasoning is it  uses it’s status as a show and multiple episodes to actually allow for character development in an insane way as well as plot development. You look at the best shows like Sopranos and recently House of Cards, they all accomplish the need of actually developing the plot and using each episode as a step to get to the end. There doesn’t need to be any flat surface in the steps of a show, it should work for a better end and progression.  For reference if anyone is interested Kevin Spacey has an excellent speech during the MacTaggart Memorial that you should all watch on TV Shows.

– The Ending –

Now obviously I explained that it contains spoilers and if you are still reading and haven’t watched please stop. Okay anyway, let us continue. Now as for the ending in my personal opinion the last 3 episodes are the “ending” to breaking bad. Think of it this way, if it was a book, “Ozymandias” would be the final chapter of the book, and the last 2 episodes would be the Epilogue.  That is of course completely my opinion and I will elaborate on it of course.

In Ozymandias we see the end of Walter White, it was the moment that cannot be undone. Everything before that there was a chance that he could continue without being caught or exposing himself. Nevertheless, during Ozymandias Walter White saw his end and it was clear that it was never going to be the same. We then see the episode Granite State a week later which shows us the aftermath of Walt’s “end”. It is has this sad and somber tone throughout the episode that Walt has given up. Inside of Walt lies two very distinct people. The Walter White that everyone has known for so long, and the strong Heisenberg. During this episode we see Walt trying to become Heisenberg again as he has throughout the entire show. Through the show we see the many sides of Walter White. As Walt pretending to be Heisenberg, or Heisenberg pretending to be Walt. These conflicts are what made him as a character. During Granite State we see this battle every few minutes. He seems to have given up on life, seeing no solution while Heisenberg wants to leave and make one. It shows the battle of everyone really, of either playing with a bad hand or inevitably folding and staying out of it. However at the end of the episode we see him helpless at a bar waiting for his demise when he looks at the TV. We see the Schwartz’ talking about Walt like he was this poor and kind man that they lost. This is the moment when we finally see Heisenberg emerging again. The facial expression shows that Walt is gone for good, and here he decides to take it into his own hands. As for Felina now, it was a very neat way of wrapping things up. Some say it was too “tidy” for the show breaking bad but I sort of disagree. Yes it did tie up every loose end of the show leaving it with a very finite ending. That is what I believe it deserved. I will explain in the next section of a full analysis of the last three episodes individually.

– Ozymandias Analysis – 

This to me was the best episode I have ever seen on any TV show period for so many reasons. The amount of plot development they were able to get in this episode. The incredible directing that made so many little stuff meaningful. To start it of, the beginning where it showed Walt and Jesse during their first cook. We see something that we never saw during the first season. Walt goes up a hill and calls Skyler.  Now the shot that comes after it was actually really important because it ties in to a later shot.  The shot of the knife being way more focused than it should, it is as if it is what we have to see most out of the shot.

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Now the later scene when Walt comes in the house and Jr finally knows the truth. We see a similar shot but with another object in the mix. Both the phone and the knives are in focus. With that shot we see that Skyler here has a choice of both of those things. She could only choose one and must live with her choice. As seen below.

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Alright back to the flashback in the beginning. I feel like it was very important to show it in particular in the beginning of this episode. As i mentioned Ozymandias notes the beginning of the end in terms of the show. The flashback not only signifies the site of the first cook will be the site that the end will commence, but also in a show of lies it shows the first lie. That phone call to Skyler was the first time Walt lied to Skyler to be able to cook. It may not be in specific the “first” lie but it was the first of many that mattered with his cooking.

After that obviously the still shot changes and all the objects fade out and the present day shooting fades which begins the episode.  We see instantly Gomez is dead and Hank is wounded. As Jack approaches Hank and Walt watches, Walt sees that his line is finally about to be crossed. I feel like this is important to the series because each person in life draws their line in a different place and they try not to cross it. For all the bad things that Walt has done throughout the entire series he has yet crossed his line. His line is his family, and at this moment we see that he is willing to give away everything to stop his line being crossed. His family has been involved in all of this, but he has never lost someone because of it.  Hank being the man he is knows for a while that it is over, and stares death in the face. Mid sentence he is shot. Walt falls to the ground as he knows that it is it, it is the end. One of his family has died because of his actions. In his fall we see a parallel between Walt and Gus. Though different positions and stories there are so many similarities between them. Which is why they both knew they couldn’t both continue in this journey. The fall is similar to Gus at the loss of his brother, we see both of them now have fully broken down. Behind there rough personas is still a human being and we witness it here.

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After this, he gets his money stolen, his brother in law murdered, he stands up and returns to who he truly is again. He reveals where Jesse is, and the Nazi’s decide to take him with them to “interrogate” then kill as Walt wanted. Still after everything that happened to him a Jesse. Walt simply comes up to him and tells him that he watched Jane die, and that he could have saved her. This was such a powerful statement, showing Jesse how much bad this man did yet he does not even care about it.

I wont go into everything but what I feel is important to analyze. After seeing Jesse as a tortured meth slave and Jr knowing about his dad. We see the fight in the house which is a big turning point in the story. Jr even though he has known for a while abruptly goes against his dad. He feels like he has the task of protecting his family from the person trying to protect the family. As Walt rises from the fight and screams “What’s the matter with you? We’re a family” Reality hits him. You see it through the acting of Cranston how he was not fully able to do to his family what he wanted and go away peacefully.

Finally the most important thing to talk about is the phone call and how detailed Walt’s words were. It was basically him pulling Skyler out of trouble for the very last time. He knew the police were listening over and made it certain that Skyler had nothing to do with it. He even realized that he cannot even be with Holly anymore and had to leave everything behind.

– Granite State Analysis –

Now this to me is the beginning of the epilogue in my opinion, and the after math of the end. The title of the episode obviously having a double meaning of both New Hampshire being known  as the Granite State, and for it to be a synonym of Grey Matter. I feel like Grey Matter plays such an important role in the plot of breaking bad. Walt was so brilliant at Chemistry and so proud yet had his idea taken away by people he knew. In this episode it all came around full circle in the end when he knew that blue meth was still out there. He was not going to let it happen again to him. He worked so hard to build this legacy and this craft. “What does a man do Walter? A man provides for his family. And he does it even when he’s not appreciated, or respected, or even loved. He simply bears up and he does it. Because he’s a man.” -Gustavo Fring. Walt’s motivation for building his drug empire was driven by his past with Gray Matter Technologies and Gretchen Schwartz, but his goal was to provide for his family. Throughout the series his motivation and goal have repeatedly come into immense conflict with each other. This also ties in to the last scene of the series which I will explain later.

There is not as much to dissect in this episode compared to the last but there are still parts I wish to talk about for a while. First, Saul and Walter’s confrontation. As Saul and Walt are talking and things are not going the way Walt wanted. Heisenberg emerges again in front of Saul and you see the absolute fear in his eyes and the way his body language is. This fear has been built up through all the seasons so that he is able to have that affect on everyone he meets. Though in the end Saul finally stands up for himself and just leaves Walt there, as he goes to his new life.

I will first talk about Jesse’s heartfelt loss before I start with Walter. Jesse is now beaten and destroyed. A person whom he saw as the father he never had poisoned a kid, killed Mike his friend, and watched his love die. He is completely broken and feels like he cannot loose anything else in life. He tries to escape and shows his true self how impulsive Jesse is. He is the polar opposite of Walt who usually plans things out. He does not wait and gets caught at the gate. He wants to die, he thinks he has nothing left in life. That isn’t enough though. They take him to Andrea’s house and kill her in front of his eyes. That scene was one of the toughest scenes to ever watch in Breaking Bad. You see him completely shattered. I have to praise Aaron for his phenomenal acting, he really showed us how that level of pain looks.

Now I will dissect Walter and his conflicts in this episode. This episode is the best example of the constant struggle between Walter White and Heisenberg. Two distinct characters battling each other every step of the way. During the beginning when he first came to the log house we see Walt immediately trying to become Heisenberg even if he is not. He puts on the hat and paints the persona that he really is Heisenberg. Though, every time he goes towards the door he can see that he is just Walter pretending to be Heisenberg as seen below.

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He stays as Walter White for the next few months, paralleling the loneliness that he used to face on a day to day basis.  He feels very helpless and angered that he is not in control of the situation. Heisenberg wants to again play his hand no matter how bad the cards are, but Walter White is still hesitant. You can see how low he has come to when he offers 10 thousand dollars to the guy to stay with him for one more hour. I love this fluctuation of Walt’s character during just one episode let alone the span of the entire season.

After all of this Heisenberg finally gets one up on Walter and has the courage to leave the log house. He is then beaten down again after his son still doesn’t accept him and hates him. He goes to the bar and sits hopeless waiting for the police to arrive. Then the TV switches to the Schwartz’ talking about Walt and Grey Matter. They state that he had nothing to do with it and that the sweet innocent man is gone. He finds out as well that blue meth is still out there. Both of these elements tie in beautifully as his meth empire is going around full circle and he is going to loose it like he lost Grey Matter. This is when Walt finally turns back to full on Heisenberg in this episode. It also triggered the intro music as the police came in which was just phenomenal and so thrilling.

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 – Felina Analysis – 

The final pages of the epic tale of Walter White. Vince decided here to tie up everything together, and leaves no loose ends. Now I have read some opinions online and some people have stated that the ending was too tidy for Breaking Bad. How everything went according to plan. I kind of disagree, I don’t believe “everything” went according to plan. This point also brought up another with some people that a lot of stuff depend on Walt suddenly being lucky. I think this is more good than bad. The reason is throughout the entire show Walt has been powered by being dealt a bad hand of luck. The scene that is often not noticed is the scene in the car. The keys fell from the top visor and some people complained at how over the top his luck has become. For me though, if you look at Walt it was one of the few times he has been humble in a very long time.

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Now for the scene with the Schwartz’. Let me begin by saying that the directing was so phenomenal and I give extreme praise towards Vince for that. The perspective that he gave the audience was just perfect and couldn’t have been done any better. Walt comes to Gretchen and Elliot as a plan to finally be able to get his money to his family, or what is left of it. He obviously threatens them with the aide of two “hit men”. We later find out that it was actually just Badger and Skinny Pete with a couple of lasers. Nevertheless I was so happy to see them in the last episode. They are the only two constants in the show. They are the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of breaking bad. To add to that their only dialogue as well was actually a great interpretation of the entire moral of the show.

Badger: You know, I don’t exactly know how to feel about all this.

Skinny Pete: For real, yo. Whole thing felt kind of shady,you know, like morality-wise?

Badger: Totally.

(Walt holds up the money) Walt: How do you feel now?

(They take the money) Skinny Pete: Better. Badger: Yeah, definitely improving.

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The next scene I will talk about is the conversation between Skyler and Walter. Such a beautiful and important part of the plot and development. Walt comes to Skyler to finally say a proper goodbye. He knows that tonight is the last night of his life, he is just there to finally lay everything to rest. Apart from the great shot of Walt being behind the column, the dialogue is what stood out. One was when Skyler tells him he looks awful. Walt simply replies, yeah but I feel good. This shows how he is able to accept his end in anyway it comes out. The second and most important scene in the entire finale in my opinion is when Walt admitted the truth. He finally admitted to Skyler and more importantly to himself that he did everything to himself. That he himself enjoyed it and didn’t continue on lying. I never realized how important this scene was until I actually saw it. You could finally see Skyler breathing and being in relief since a very long time. He had finally been totally truthful in his statement since the start of all of this. It feels like she saw something else, she saw the man she once married. Like when she allowed him to see Holly. I feel like that statement was enough for her to be relieved now and live on breathing again. That scene alone was one of the most outstanding moments of the show.

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Moving along to the final confrontation. A lot people say that the way he disposed of everyone was very neat and tidy. It just went according to his own terms this time. Not everything though in my opinion went to his plan. I truly believe that he went there with the intention of killing Jesse with everyone else. Vince also talked about that in the last episode of Talking Bad. He explained that in his mind the ending was kind of like the popular western The Searchers. In The Searchers the main character is hunting down this woman who he intends to kill. At the end of the movie when he gets to her. He sees her imprisoned and punished, so he can’t morally kill her so he ends up freeing her. This is the same with Walt in my opinion. I feel like he went in wanting to kill Jesse along with everyone to fully tie up all loose ends. When he sees Jesse tied up and tortured he is just not able to do it so inevitably he saves him. He kills off Jack mid sentence which was similar to how Jack killed Hank which I found interesting. Jesse was able to finally get rid of Todd even though he does not want to kill anyone, he couldn’t resist taking him out. The confrontation later where Walt gives Jesse the gun and asks him to do it. I believe here its like Walt knows he will die one way or another. He wants Jesse to at least have the chance, to keep it under Jesse’s terms. Jesse refused in the end which I believe ties in to a moment in the middle of the season where he tells Walt that he will never do anything he wants of him again. Jesse has had it with Walter and wants to leave him in his own death. Jesse gets in the car and is finally free. This is a moment to remember honestly because for once he is the one to decide where he goes. As seen below.

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To end it all we see Walt’s death. Walt is finally at peace with himself, though not perfect, he was able to do what he intended. He goes down to the meth lab in the barn house. He looks around, and here we see how Walt is finally proud of what he did. It is his, it hasn’t been taken away like Grey Matter. He looks upon the gas mask and a song by the name of Baby Blue starts playing which I feel was a great touch. Walter White falls and the camera pans out from top and we see how he is finally dying on his own terms in peace. It may not have pleased everyone, but in my opinion it was a very fitting ending to Breaking Bad. I will miss the show dearly which did so many stuff right.

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Thank you for reading, please send feedback if you feel like it.

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This is not a normal post…


As it says in the title, This post will not revolve around anything relating to movies. It will actually surround a topic which has been an issue for me. Which is depression. If you do not want to continue on reading I understand. I just feel like I should try and help as many people as I can so they do not feel what many went through. I just want to try and help anyone, even if it’s one person. So I already warned you that I will be writing about this. I will try to handle it easily, but I can’t promise anything. If you don’t want to read this just read the last paragraph “final request”

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What depression is for me: 

A lot of people honestly think that it is just silly, or something that can be easily dealt with. What’s worse is when people think it is done for attention. To me what it is metaphorically, imagine you are walking when you suddenly fall into a long well and break your legs. You cannot move or climb up the well. 

What you can do to fix it:

This is the important part honestly and what is intended for this post. Based on the metaphor there are two things you can technically do, you can slowly and painfully wait for your legs to heal so that you can slowly attempt to climb. Second you can try and scream as much as you can so that you can hope someone will come and help. From my experiences it is difficult to do both. Even though the second choice might seem easier, it will be difficult to find the “right” person to help you. Sometimes you might run into people who lend you a rope and start pulling you half way then just forget you there. 

I think first you should try and find someone you fully trust. I would recommend first and foremost to try and confront your parents. I do not know your personal situation, you may have abusive parents, so I do not honestly know. But if you think you can, even if they might feel sad or won’t accept it at first. I do believe that they are one of the few people in the entire world that truly and fully care about you. That is my opinion on going for a person for help, find someone you fully trust, do not go on a limb with someone you don’t know. Because it might hurt you later on more than it helps. 

What I did:

Though I may not have gone through what most people have gone too, but I have gone to difficult parts of my life filled with loneliness. I am just truly trying to help and not trying to get sympathy of course. Honestly for me, one of the best methods that helped me (though it may seem silly) is writing. I am a very shy person, so studying abroad and meeting new friends was a challenge. Something that really helped me was my notebook. I would literally write down everything. The act of letting it out on paper is the thing that helps the most. Just write whatever you feel and what comes into mind. You can also burn or tear the paper, its fine, the most important thing is to not bottle it up. That is the number one rule. Never bottle it up, because it will keep on filling up until it bursts. For my notebook I write down everything, events of the day, dreams, whats on my mind, and many more. I really hope this helps, that is all I want is to help anyone else. 

 

Final Request

This is paragraph is for everyone who came upon this. I hope everyone reads this. I am not one of those people who believe the world is a ray of sunshine and rainbows. I also don’t believe that it is all crap and cruel. I do however believe that we are the ones who control how it turns out. At the end of the day, we are all human, no matter of race, gender, religion, age, or whatever. Everyone is a human being, so please just be kind to people. Even if they aren’t to you, just treat people the way you want to be treated. Do not be prejudice as well, because same way as you don’t like it for you, don’t accept it for others. So yeah my final words, please feel better and I hope this helps one person 🙂

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Thank you for reading, I am sorry because this isn’t a normal movie post. Suggestions and feedback is always appreciated. 

 

Documentaries: A miss or a hit


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For me honestly, documentaries are one of my all time favorite things to ever watch. For many reasons of course. For me honestly, I love documentaries which bring out the emotions of true people, interesting and surprising real life stories, and finally showing us the side of life aspects that we don’t see.

 

How can you know a good from a bad documentary:

 

That’s just my opinion which usually differs to many people. The only difficult side is to know how to differ between a good or bad documentary.  Mostly people will document an interesting  story, because who would really make a movie on a story that isn’t worth it. It eventually comes to the commitment and way that it is decided to be documented as. The documentaries with super interesting and unique stories usually don’t do as much. The secret honestly is to know which aspects to hit with the questions and the story of that certain person. It is the power of the director to ask the question that people won’t usually dare to ask. This is how people usually make a seemingly uninteresting subject into a super fascinating one.

The best documentaries make you feel like you are there and experience it with them. So basically either a story so unique that it emerges on its own, or to go on a semi interesting topic and ask the right questions without forcing a single point.

 

Now for some of my favorite documentaries:

I haven’t really been watching the modern ones yet, so my range is a bit limited but here are some that you must try. 

 

Hoop Dreams (1994)

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One of the greatest stories I’ve ever witnessed and many people agree with that. What initially was intended to be a 30 minute short, ended up leading to 5 years of filming and 250 hours of footage. The level of intimacy and the filmmaker’s commitment to their lives made it into a piece of beautiful piece of art. Highly recommended. 

 

Crumb (1994)

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Honestly not only one of the most disturbing individuals I’ve ever seen, but his family is even freakier. Following the story of the controversial artist who literally draws what ever he wants. I have two warnings before you watch. If you don’t enjoy disturbing images or people do not watch this. Second, if you are sensitive towards women degradation  then do not watch it, because this man is a huge sexist. So yeah very disturbing individual.

 

Louis Theroux Documentaries (Varied)

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This is a bit controversial with most people, you either love it or hate it. Some people just say that his appeal is that he explores topics that aren’t usually explored. Well as I mentioned above that is a way to make a good documentary. What I love about him even though he doesn’t go for the out there questions, he comes along as a human like one of the viewers. He is asking as if he is the viewer from back afar. From real life nazi’s to the porn industry, Louis is certainly unique and I love his style.

 

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

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One of the biggest documentary Oscar snubs ever. Such an amazing story with amazing filming. It showed how one thing can turn your’e life around. A story of a wrongly accused person and the tale of how his life turned out like that. I can still hear the distinctive music every time I remember this movie.

 

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)

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Honestly this was one of the biggest surprise for me on the list. Every other item on the list I actually wanted to watch for one reason or another. This was a movie I thought I wouldn’t be that interested. Honestly one of the best, funniest, and lightest (in a good way) documentaries I have seen. I have had a new appreciation to street art and you see the passion from the film itself. Really recommended for someone who doesn’t want to see something shocking or with intense emotion. Though it may not have the shock factor, it has great passion. 

 

Conclusion

Honestly as I mentioned documentaries are one of my favorite type of movies. It brings out the true emotions as sometimes is lost through acting. I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any suggestions for your favorite documentaries I would really love to hear your favorites!

 

Thank you for reading, suggestions and feedback is always appreciated.

Recently…


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Yes, recently I have had writers block. I can’t even review movies let alone normal posts. I have been trying everything. I usually just read blogs, think of ideas or just try to distract myself. But for the past month nothing has worked honestly. It is weird really, having writers block and I ended up writing about the thing that is not letting me write. Quite odd.

But anyway, if anyone has any ideas i’m dying to know. I’ve recently been also trying to start at writing a screenplay. It is not going so well, as the picture above I ended up with many crumbled up pieces of paper. I have just been trying to stretch out the countless ideas I have had. I’m hoping it will work out.

So yeah please help? 🙂

Thank you for reading, Suggestions and feedback is always appreciated.