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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 1

The sense that a man, when faced with a problem, be it the legality of his enterprise, death, the ineptitude of other humans, or all three, might flail in the desert air, and find nothing giving resistance, moving him forward.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Max Winter
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  • August 13, 2013 9:52 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 3

Dave Bunting Jr.’s video essay on Season 3 of "Breaking Bad" opens with time-lapse landscapes, which are de rigueur establishing shots in TV these days. Here, though, they are uniquely awe-inspiring, in part for their exotic nature, and in part for how they seem to breathe life into everything.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Gary Sullivan
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  • March 15, 2013 8:35 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of Breaking Bad, Season 4

Hollywood can keep its 3D, its CGI and whatever Dolby Surround version they’re up to now. For a contemporary cinematic experience as visceral and visually arresting as "Breaking Bad," audiences must look abroad, to Gaspar Noé’s "Enter the Void," or further, to films coming out of Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Gary Sullivan
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  • October 25, 2012 8:45 AM
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Chameleon Soul: On Lana Del Rey's RIDE Video and BREAKING BAD

While femininity is perceived as a construct, an outfit that can be removed, replaced, strengthened or destroyed completely, masculinity is increasingly perceived as a fixed kind of attitude.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • October 25, 2012 8:42 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 5.1

"Breaking Bad," with its carefully thought-out look, dependably relies on its cinematography to deliver crucial narrative/thematic information, just as it relies on its characters to deliver significant exposition in a straightforward manner.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Derek Hill
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  • September 4, 2012 10:50 AM
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BREAKING BAD RECAP 2: MADRIGAL

The most striking aspect of tonight’s episode was our introduction to German mega-company Madrigal Elektromoteren (and, of course, the short-order introduction and elimination of suit Herr Schuler, who was clearly complicit in the late Mr. Fring’s meth empire, though we don’t quite know yet to what degree).
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr.
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  • July 22, 2012 10:55 PM
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BREAKING BAD RECAP 1: LIVE FREE OR DIE

In the months since the explosive Season 4 finale of "Breaking Bad," and Walt's certainly premature declaration of victory, we've had a long time to ponder what exactly he meant by saying, "I won."
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr.
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  • July 15, 2012 10:55 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: From Mr. Chips to Scarface: The Evolution of Walter White

"Walter's a shithead!" I had just walked in the door to the family home in Forestville, California. My dad had just finished the second season of "Breaking Bad."
  • By Serena Bramble
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  • July 13, 2012 8:55 AM
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BREAKING BAD's Greatest Scene

If longtime fans of "Breaking Bad" were asked to identify the show’s most memorable scene, many would probably point out gems like Walt and Jesse’s standoff with Tuco in the Mexican desert in early Season 2, Hank’s shoot-out with the cousins in mid-Season 3, or Gus’s spectacular demise in last season’s finale.
  • By Mark Greenbaum
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  • July 12, 2012 9:00 AM
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VIDEO: The Story of BREAKING BAD, As Told by The Cousins

The two boys were inseparable growing up. They were twins, and although they fought on occasion, there was a special unbreakable bond between them at all times. Words were rarely necessary. They would just look at each other and know what the other one was thinking. It was a psychological and intellectual bond, bordering on the spiritual. It is a profound thing to not need words. Nobody else could enter their cyclical closed bond. That was okay by them. As long as they had each other, they didn't need anyone else.
  • By Sheila O'Malley & Dave Bunting, Jr
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  • March 13, 2012 3:32 AM
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