Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Breaking Bad Season Four
Breaking Bad: Season Four (2011)
Showrunning by Vince Gilligan
Walter White is not in danger—he is the danger, and he spends much of this season trying desperately to prove it. Walt’s newfound braggadocio, a veneer built flimsily atop a foundation of underconfidence, nearly torpedoes his otherwise shrewd gamesmanship, which finds him once again navigating the machinations of the meth world as if it were the world’s deadliest game of chess. Showrunner Gilligan here betrays certain plan-disrupting tendencies of his own, too often opting for fussy visual maximalism when he ought to let the moral sophistication of this material speak for itself. As always, Breaking Bad is at its most compelling when it endeavors to frustrate our desires rather than sate them, challenging ingrained sympathies by articulating the evil lurking deep within an ordinary man. Do we root for Walter? Perhaps only until our fondness curdles. Calum Marsh (July 29 at Lincoln Center)

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