Damn, we’re finally back to the grind after an extended hiatus. It’s Pop Culture Roundup 32, let’s make it magic.

Caught The Master at my favorite Los Angeles theater, ArcLight Cinemas, Monday before last. I thought it was a great film; possibly one of my favorite Paul Thomas Anderson works. I think PTA might be the best auteur out there right now; a methodical, cerebral and conscious filmmaker. I am continually impressed by the manner in which he summons these unique narratives out of the ether. Joaquin Phoenix was mesmerizing and should be a lock for an Academy Award (I hope). An amazing and uncanny performance by the harelip. If I had a gripe, it would be that they could have shaved off at least fifteen minutes off of the third act. I should say though, having the film available in 70 mm, which is usually reserved for epics and war movies, is a stroke of genius. Go see it on the biggest screen you can, the film is gorgeous. The Master is not for the “average” movie-goer though. You know, it deals with “complicated” stuff like the “human condition” (insert condescending sarcasm). But go see it now. Give it your hard-earned money.

Watch the insightful press conference with director Paul Thomas Anderson, actor Amy Adams, and producer JoAnne Sellar, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), at the header.


Some Breaking Bad postmortem material for your druthers. Talented thespian cat Aaron Paul locked in his consecutive second Best Supporting Actor Emmy this past Sunday. We feel bad for Giancarlo Esposito, who was nominated in the same category, and also deserving for his tour de force performance as Gustavo Fring. But we couldn’t be more ecstatic for Paul. We loved the two BB actors bro-hugging it out; a monster moment. I’ll be honest, I got a little choked up.

Halloween is nigh; may it break bad.

Before we roll on to the goodies don’t forget to peruse Uproxx’s revealing piece about the upcoming final half season: The 9 Biggest Revelations About ‘Breaking Bad’ We Learned From Vince Gilligan Interviews This Week.



Here are the GIFs.

45 Seconds of Walt Freaking Out.

Breakbad Mountain

We’re done.

Who needs magnets when you have Yoda and the Force? Via the comical mashups from Breaking Wars! Star Bad! at Something Awful.

Missed this during summer. Team Nerdist challengesd Bryan Cranston and Team Breaking Bad on their home turf in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

via Jonny etc.


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Dead Freight by Julia Lavigne

LMAO. So wrong. We’re going to hell. Breakfast, Anyone? (by unknown)





Skyfall International Television Spot


Lincoln is in theaters November 9th, 2012 (Limited) and Nationwide November 16th, 2012. Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.


Les Misérables


A fantastic animated version of the trailer for Looper.


Cloud Atlas Trailer 2


42, Brian Helgeland directs the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball‘s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. 42 stars Harrison Ford as the innovative Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.


Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña talk about filming End Of Watch.


Everybody Has a Plan (Todos Tenemos un Plan), tells the story of Agustín (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become, after years of living in Buenos Aires, a very frustrating existence. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro, Agustín decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in the Tigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agustín will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.


Identity Thief, unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”…and it belongs to an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.


The second official trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Starring Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan. The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.


Stand Up Guys, a pair of aging con men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment…to kill his comrade.


Stoker, after India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.


Love these mock/faux advertisements from Robot and Frank. See the rest of the ads in previous PCRs.





Honest Trailers: The Avengers


YES: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 8 (Thursday, October 11th, 10pm, FX) Trailer, all new cast!


Fight Dub by Eclectic Method


Great Movie Cliches: There are Two Kinds of People


How Time Travel Works


The Goonies Supercut Name Game


A Mess of Memes


Thank you for your patience. We’ll see you next time, PCR Fam…


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