Gwyneth Paltrow’s Best Movies, On Her 41st Birthday
And for good reason: There are scores of film references in just a single episode of the Bryan Cranston show. AMC s finale Sunday night garnered a whopping 10.3 million viewers (more people than went out and paid for tickets to a solid cinematic hit like, say, The Purge this past summer, speaking of movies. And we have a feeling this one will be around a lot longer). With that in mind, here are six movies — some intuitive, some less so — that the show evoked and that, who knows, may be able to fill the void on a rainy Netflix day now that Walt and Jesse are gone from the airwaves forever. PHOTOS: ‘Breaking Bad’ scenes | Every season, every episode “Taxi Driver.” A man is driven to the edge by forces (possibly) beyond his control and squanders whatever sympathy we have for him with his increasingly desperate acts. And of course, there are the bloody gun fights. Academic papers galore could be written about the Travis Bickle-Walt White dichotomy. Or just watch a few episodes and the Scorsese movie back to back. You may not sleep for weeks. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Gilligan has said he sees his show as a Western, above all else, which only makes this comparison more resonant. The fact that both Breaking Bad” and “Butch Cassidy” are about two men on the run whose fate we somehow know wont turn out well cements the comparison. Fargo, or most things Coen-ish. A bleak Middle America populated by emasculated male characters who try to overcome their destiny with the help of some stylized violence? Not to mention tense moments interrupted by oddball humor? (Tableside guacamole.
“Iron Man 2” (2010) 73% 12. “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” (2004) 72% What’s your favorite Gwyneth Paltrow movie? Blue Book Ball at Rockefeller Center in New York. In this Monday, April 22, 2013 photo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. This film publicity image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Robert Downey Jr., left, as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in a scene from “Iron Man 3.” (AP Photo/Disney, Marvel Studios) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the world premiere of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) This cover image released by People shows actress Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover of a special double issue. The 40-year-old actress tops the magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Beautiful,” announced Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/People Magazine) U.S actress Gwyneth Paltrow poses for photographers during the Iron Man 3 premiere, in Paris, Sunday April 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and Robert Downey Jr. pose during a photo call to promote their new movie “Iron Man 3” in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, April 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) BRENTWOOD, CA – APRIL 04: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the opening of Tracy Anderson flagship studio at Tracy Anderson Flagship Studio on April 4, 2013 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images) Gwyneth Paltrow poses with her new book “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” before a signing at Barnes and Noble on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 18: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing Diamonds from the Tiffany & Co. 2013 Blue Book Collection at the Tiffany & Co.
Its kind of a bummer. The month still features a large number of limited releases and video-on-demand horror films, such as Nothing Left to Fear (co-produced by former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash) opening Friday, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Oct. 11) and Haunter (Oct. 18), with Abigail Breslin. Theres even a spider invasion film starring Greg Grunberg as a hero exterminator called Big Ass Spiders (Oct. 18). But if youre in a small town, the multiplexes dont show these limited-run movies. So youre stuck at home watching them on VOD, says Ryan Rurek, the managing editor of horror film website ShockTillYouDrop.com. October is normally all about the communal experience of having it on the big screen and getting that energy rush in an audience. Its that time of year where everyone wants to share that. There are reasons for the October boo malaise. Horror movies have now become a year-round phenomenon, thriving even in the age of piracy and shrinking box office. In July, The Conjuring reigned as the box office champion while Insidious 2 was audacious in September. The horror hit Mama was supposed to come out in October 2012, but moved out of the crowded month for a January 2013 opening. Producer Guillermo del Toro says distributors are not afraid to put horror movies out anytime now. A lot of people are moving (horror movies) everywhere, he says.