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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 5.2

The final episode of "Breaking Bad" was a tender goodbye. The great Heisenberg went out with a sigh of contentment, rather than a roar of pride.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Arielle Bernstein
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  • October 1, 2013 12:11 PM
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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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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: 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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VIDEO: The story of BREAKING BAD, as told by its opening scenes, seasons 3 & 4

Season 3 opens with a surreal scene of a group of people crawling in the dirt through a rustic Mexican village. It seems that some well-known ritual is taking place. Nobody seems too surprised at the sight. A gleaming car pulls up and two men get out. They are bald, handsome, and dressed in immaculate suits. They are also identical twins. Without hesitation, they join the ritual, lying down in the dirt, despite their silk suits, and crawling along with the others. The destination is a run-down shack which has been built into some kind of shrine. Inside there are lit candles with dripping wax and bouquets and skulls draped in beads. The men in suits pin a picture up on the wall. It is a sketch of the chemistry teacher. Wherever we are in this opening scene is far from the sun-blasted streets of Albuquerque (the stomping grounds of the chemistry teacher), but it is clear that his fearsome influence is spreading.
  • By Sheila O'Malley & Dave Bunting, Jr
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  • March 12, 2012 9:42 AM
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VIDEO: The story of BREAKING BAD, as told by its opening scenes

Albuquerque has a huge meth problem. Meth labs blow up in the desert, in the suburbs, in the center of urban areas. High schools are broken into, chemistry labs ransacked. The situation has gotten so extreme that an FBI task force has been assigned to investigate. They argue over what to call their investigation. "Operation Icebreaker." "But isn't that a breath mint?" There are two Mexicans of the criminal class who have vanished, and it is thought that the disappearance has something to do with the meth war going on in Albuquerque. The meth found at the various crime scenes is purer than anything before seen in the area, so it is clear there are "new players in town". The FBI is determined to find out who it is.
  • By Sheila O'Malley & Dave Bunting, Jr
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  • March 7, 2012 4:14 PM
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