Breaking Bad, Enough Said

I just looked up Breaking Bad on Wikipedia.

I heard about it, for the first time, a couple of weeks ago. Somebody asked me if I had seen it and I thought it was a movie, possibly an HBO series.

Since then I’ve seen it on Facebook constantly and on all the news sites.

I know… the series finale was tonight.

I was shocked to see, on Wikipedia, that it started in 2008!

That’s a long time to be completely out of it. Has it been this popular all this time?

Breaking Bad must be *@*&ing good.

I guess that’s what Netflix is for.

I just recently started watching 30 Rock and am making my way through the series on Netflix. Enjoying it very much. I never saw a single episode on regular TV.

I guess this is just to say that I don’t watch much TV anymore. I get hooked during elections and wars — but for me, TV has become a place to get bits of current news. Something to turn on when I take a break for 15 minutes and grab a snack.

For dramatic entertainment, I go online — or to the movies (still my favorite).

Last night, we saw “Enough Said.” It’s odd. Good. Not as good as the reviews say it is. But good. It’s a fun but unsettling film. I enjoyed seeing Julia Louis Dreyfus. Like most people, I was a huge Seinfeld fan. Unlike most people, I haven’t seen her in anything since then.

All the characters in “Enough Said” (except one, the daughter) suffer a certain syndrome that has them making big complaints little things done by people they most love. That may be A LOT LIKE REAL LIFE, but it’s not that dramatic.

In fact, I found the movie a little upsetting. Not because the world doesn’t come back together in the end — but because the bomb that blows it up in the middle needs a slightly better aim and a bit more explosion.

Netflix instant download + Projector = awesome!

So far this year, I’ve been in vacation mode. Much needed.

I’ve continued 10k steps per day. Done yoga each day.

And, I’ve watched three movies.

Milk
The Shift
La Vie En Rose
I’ve always gone to movies and theatre on a regular basis.

Thanks to the economic downturn, I think I only went to two movies all last year.

And we canceled our Netflix membership.

And I’ve worked quite a bit.

My entertainment, along with a bit of local theatre, was basic cable — and of course all the stuff online. I’ve spent much of my free time, since that amazing Iowa primary in January of ’08 — watching political squabbles on cable.

But I got inspired the other day, listening to Here and Now on NPR while delivering Coffee News.

Ty Burr shared his list of 10 best films of the decade. I’ve seen a few of them, but there are a lot on the list I want to see. On his website, his list includes 33 of the best films of the decade.

So I rejoined Netflix and filled the queues (the DVD and instant play)

Now, with the instant play feature, it’s awesome. I hooked my laptop to my projector and speakers and voila — movies on the big screen with big sound — and the supply is unlimited.

Will I have to ignore the fascinating political squabbles in order to use that time to watch a few good films?

Not really. It only takes a car radio and few minutes of reading a day — not two hours of repetition on cable — to keep with the news.