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Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season (Sous-titres français)
Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: CDN$ 15.00
34 used & new from CDN$ 11.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it 6 stars?, Nov. 21 2013
What can be said about this spectacular saga that hasn't been said before? One of the very
few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing,
full of brilliant plot twists, rich, compelling characters and a pitch-black sense of humor.

A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.

In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.

This third season the story kicks into even higher gear. Every time there's a moment's
peace, a new crisis come crashing in to raise the stakes yet again. This is powerful, i
mportant and utterly enthralling stuff.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season (4 Discs) (Sous-titres français)
Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season (4 Discs) (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: CDN$ 15.00
40 used & new from CDN$ 8.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling, Nov. 18 2013
What can be said about this spectacular saga that hasn't been said before? One of the very
few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing.

A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.

In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.

The second season made clear the promise of the first would be lived up to. The show would
go to the edge, even if it meant risking alienating the audience. This is powerful, important
and yet utterly enthralling stuff.

Breaking Bad: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français)
Breaking Bad: The Complete First Season (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
Price: CDN$ 15.00
35 used & new from CDN$ 10.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of one of the very best series of all time, Nov. 18 2013
What can be said about this spectacular saga that hasn't been said before? One of the very
few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing.

A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.

In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.

It may take a few episodes to get into, in this first season there was a lot of groundwork to lay,
but you oweit to yourself to try. This is powerful, important and utterly enthralling stuff.

Breaking Bad: The Final Season
Breaking Bad: The Final Season
DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
Offered by TUNESUS
Price: CDN$ 27.62
24 used & new from CDN$ 25.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give 6 stars?, Nov. 18 2013
What can be said about this spectacular saga that hasn't been said before? One of the very
few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing.

A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.

In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.

The last season stays the course of and takes Walter's story to an ending that encapsulates
all the series was trying to do.

Kudos too, to creator Vince Gilligan to have the courage to end the show at just the right time
rather than string it out past where the story would bear. It may take a few episodes to get into,
but you owe it to yourself to try. This is powerful, important and utterly enthralling stuff.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
Offered by tekimoka-ca
Price: CDN$ 619.25
4 used & new from CDN$ 619.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give 6 stars?, Nov. 18 2013
What can be said about this spectacular saga that hasn't been said before? One of the very
few series that competes with the best films in history for achievement in cinematic storytelling.
Like a great novel slowly unfolding, it's funny, heartbreaking, incredibly tense, deeply disturbing.

A nebbishy high-school science teacher finds he has lung cancer, so becomes a meth dealer to
make money for his family before his death. Often visually stunning, with a breathtaking
performance by Brian Cranston in the lead, and great work from all the supporting roles,
this portrait of a man's decent into hell couldn't be much better, and it just grows darker and
more disturbing each year.

In a way, thematically it recalls "The Godfather I and II" in how that epic charts Michael's journey
from innocence to darkness, along with the moral murkiness of the endless drive for money
and success - how we lose ourselves, so that succeeding and having ever more becomes an
end in itself for which we will pay any price, rather than a route to happiness, trapping us in a
game we can never win.

Kudos too, to creator Vince Gilligan to have the courage to end the show at just the right time
rather than string it out past where the story would bear. It may take a few episodes to get into,
but you oweit to yourself to try. This is powerful, important and utterly enthralling stuff.

Surf's Up (Widescreen Special Edition)
Surf's Up (Widescreen Special Edition)
Offered by marvelio-ca
Price: CDN$ 11.10
26 used & new from CDN$ 1.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and particularly well 'voiced' animated mockumentary, Nov. 17 2013
A really sweet, good-natured animated film about a surfing penguin that dares to posit that
having fun is more important than winning. It’s got an original (for animation) mockumentary
approach that encourages an amiable improvisational feel to the whole thing, particularly the
actors’ voice recordings. Reportedly the cast really did record together in the studio, instead
of in the usual isolation, just so there could be that kind of comic by-play.

On the other hand, it never really rises from the pleasant and witty to be deeply funny, or moving.
And while some of the small story twists, and the structure is novel, the basic characters are pretty
stock. Some people have called it a Christopher Guest film in animated form, but for me it lacks
the complexity of characters that makes Guest’s weird worlds so amazing. None-the-less, I’m glad
I saw it, and there’s certainly enough for a grown-up to enjoy. I just wished it had blown me away.

Surf's Up [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
Surf's Up [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Shia LaBeouf
Price: CDN$ 10.99
10 used & new from CDN$ 5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and particularly well 'voiced' animated mockumentary, Nov. 17 2013
A really sweet, good-natured animated film about a surfing penguin that dares to posit that having
fun is more important than winning. It’s got an original (for animation) mockumentary approach
that encourages an amiable improvisational feel to the whole thing, particularly the actors’ voice
recordings. Reportedly the cast really did record together in the studio, instead of in the usual isolation,
just so there could be that kind of comic by-play.

On the other hand, it never really rises from the pleasant and witty to be deeply funny, or moving. And
while some of the small story twists, and the structure is novel, the basic characters are pretty stock.
Some people have called it a Christopher Guest film in animated form, but for me it lacks the complexity
of characters that makes Guest’s weird worlds so amazing. None-the-less, I’m glad I saw it, and there’s
certainly enough for a grown-up to enjoy. I just wished it had blown me away.

The Brak Show Volume 2
The Brak Show Volume 2
DVD ~ Andy Merrill
Price: CDN$ 22.07
20 used & new from CDN$ 8.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and wonderfully surreal and strange spoof of sit-coms, Nov. 16 2013
This review is from: The Brak Show Volume 2 (DVD)
An often very funny, absurdist take on the family sit-com. but in this case the lead is… well I guess
an adolescent cat-headed space alien? His father is a self-obsessed, vaguely insane, quietly
indolent diminutive Hispanic human, sort of Desi Arnez on acid (the funniest element of the show
to me), and his mother the same strange ‘thing’ that Brak is.

Not every joke works, but this is a very entertaining, surreal twist on every bad ‘Leave It To Beaver’
type family TV comedy. For me it takes a big leap between season 1, which was funny and weird
to seasons two and three where it attained almost Monty Python like levels of complete nonsensical,
hysterically funny strangeness. In tossing out any attempt to make sense, and allowing all the rules
go out the window, you end up with something you might have had if Dali and Bunuel had made a
cartoon together as teenagers. (Note, I seem to be in the minority, most people prefer the earlier,
lighter, less perverse version of the show).

The Brak Show, Vols. 1 & 2 [Import]
The Brak Show, Vols. 1 & 2 [Import]
Price: CDN$ 41.99
11 used & new from CDN$ 27.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and wonderfully surreal and strange spoof of sit-coms, Nov. 16 2013
An often very funny, absurdist take on the family sit-com. but in this case the lead is… well I guess
an adolescent cat-headed space alien? His father is a self-obsessed, vaguely insane, quietly
indolent diminutive Hispanic human, sort of Desi Arnez on acid (the funniest element of the show
to me), and his mother the same strange ‘thing’ that Brak is.

Not every joke works, but this is a very entertaining, surreal twist on every bad ‘Leave It To Beaver’
type family TV comedy. For me it takes a big leap between season 1, which was funny and weird
to seasons two and three where it attained almost Monty Python like levels of complete nonsensical,
hysterically funny strangeness. In tossing out any attempt to make sense, and allowing all the rules
go out the window, you end up with something you might have had if Dali and Bunuel had made a
cartoon together as teenagers. (Note, I seem to be in the minority, most people prefer the earlier,
lighter, less perverse version of the show).

The Brak Show: Volume One
The Brak Show: Volume One
DVD ~ Andy Merrill
Offered by Kay's Movies
Price: CDN$ 13.99
28 used & new from CDN$ 5.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and wonderfully surreal and strange spoof of sit-coms, Nov. 16 2013
This review is from: The Brak Show: Volume One (DVD)
An often very funny, absurdist take on the family sit-com. but in this case the lead is… well I guess
an adolescent cat-headed space alien? His father is a self-obsessed, vaguely insane, quietly
indolent diminutive Hispanic human, sort of Desi Arnez on acid (the funniest element of the show
to me), and his mother the same strange ‘thing’ that Brak is.

Not every joke works, but this is a very entertaining, surreal twist on every bad ‘Leave It To Beaver’
type family TV comedy. For me it takes a big leap between season 1, which was funny and weird
to seasons two and three where it attained almost Monty Python like levels of complete nonsensical,
hysterically funny strangeness. In tossing out any attempt to make sense, and allowing all the rules
go out the window, you end up with something you might have had if Dali and Bunuel had made a
cartoon together as teenagers. (Note, I seem to be in the minority, most people prefer the earlier,
lighter, less perverse version of the show).

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