TV Review: Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

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Breaking Bad is a crime drama about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who starts cooking crystal meth, and I regard it as the closest to perfection any filmmaker has ever gotten, especially on TV. The acting and characterization are outstanding and the writing is beyond phenomenal. The cinematography as well as the music, original and otherwise, are extremely favorable. Breaking Bad is unparalleled as the best Television series I’ve ever watched so I strongly urge you to start binge-watching right away if you haven’t already seen it.

I wouldn’t advise kids younger than 13, maybe 12, watch Breaking Bad.

Available on iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.

TV Review: How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)

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How I Met Your Mother is a sitcom told almost entirely through flashbacks about a man recounting to his kids the very long story of how he met their mother. It’s fairly entertaining throughout but the last season goes downhill, especially the last episode, which does a pretty bad job of wrapping up the story. Easily the best part of this show is the running gags of which there are many. If you need a nice 20-minute show to binge for a while then maybe give How I Met Your Mother a try.

Kids 13 and up should be fine watching this.

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.

The Fountain (2006)

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The Fountain stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and is about, well, I can’t tell you much but it’s about a man seeking the cure for his wife Izzi’s cancer, as well as much more. It is a mind-blowing story that may take multiple days of processing until it finally clicks. The soundtrack by Clint Mansell as well as the acting and visuals are all very beautiful. The Fountain is most certainly not for the weak-minded and I highly recommend buying the film and the soundtrack.

Kids 13 and up, if they like mind-blowing, beautiful movies, should enjoy this.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Book Review: Bone 1-9 (1991-2004)

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Bone is a tremendous Tolkien-esque high fantasy/comedy about three cousins who are run out of their hometown, Boneville, and upon stumbling into an ancient valley are caught up in a vast adventure spanning 9 graphic novels. The series has a lot of mythology and lore comparable to fantasy epics the likes of Lord of the Rings and it can pass from dark fantasy adventure to light-hearted humor in one panel. If you enjoy high fantasy, top-notch comics, or both then go out and buy all 9 full-color books of Bone, it’s more than worth owning!

At first glance, Bone may appear to be a series of children’s books, but while it can be read by kids it really is an awesome story for anyone. Think of it like Avatar: The Last Airbender.


Book Review: Castle Waiting Vol. 1 & 2

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These two excellent graphic novels, Castle Waiting Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, are brilliantly simple yet complex at the same time. They follow the day to day lives of the diverse inhabitants of an old castle. The slow, relaxed pace of the story builds a rich and detailed world over the two books and every character has such an intriguing story behind them that you will not be able to stop reading!

The beautiful story of these books can be enjoyed by virtually all ages.

TV Review: Lost (2004-2010)

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J.J. Abrams applies his exceptional handling of mysteries, secrets, and unanswered questions to Lost, a very mysterious series about a group of plane crash survivors on a deserted island. It has very rich mythology and greatly developed characters. I really can’t say much about this show other than watching the whole thing many times over is practically a necessity. You’ve probably heard from at least 5 different people that the ending sucks and while its not as bad as they say, don’t expect a satisfying finale. I still recommend watching Lost and NEVER looking at anything on the Internet relating to airplanes, islands, J.J. Abrams, or Michael Giacchino until you are done binge-watching.

I think 11 and up could watch Lost if they are good at following insanely complicated plotlines.

Available on iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.

Cloverfield (2008)

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From Bad Robot, Cloverfield stands above other monster movies by showing the entire attack from the perspective of bystanders on the ground, in the midst of the carnage, without showing shots from above. This results in the audience truly knowing only that which the characters know. Cloverfield also has plenty of well hidden easter eggs to find. I highly recommend you give this awesome found footage monster movie a try. I wouldn’t suggest letting kids under 12 watch it because it can be pretty thrilling/frightening as well as having some violence and gore.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.