Better Call Saul: Season 4 (2018)

“I don’t wanna talk / About things we’ve gone through / Though it’s hurting me / Now it’s history / …. / The winner takes it all / The loser has to fall / It’s simple and it’s plain / Why should I complain?” In the first three seasons of BETTER CALL SAUL, Jimmy McGill…

Better Call Saul: Season 3 (2017)

“Don’t bother. What’s the point? You’re just going to keep hurting people….You hurt people, over and over and over, and then there’s this show of remorse….I know you don’t think it’s a show. I don’t doubt your emotions are real, but what’s the point of all the sad faces and the gnashing of teeth? If…

Better Call Saul: Season 2 (2016)

“The moral of the story is I chose a half-measure, when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half-measures, Walter.” That quote of Mike’s may be from BREAKING BAD, but it defines so much of BETTER CALL SAUL’s second season. Characters consistently pull unsustainable half-measures that the…

Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)

“East symbolises the dawn. It’s why pretty much every grave everywhere faces east; so the spirit of the dead person faces the rising sun. Dead things, burial things.” As a prequel spinoff to BREAKING BAD, in some ways BETTER CALL SAUL would seem a “dead thing”. What happens to the titular character (and deuteragonist Mike)…

Chernobyl (2019)

“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.” In the style of prestige miniseries like HBO’s own TRUE DETECTIVE, CHERNOBYL was entirely written by the one man, and entirely directed by the one – a separate, but still singular – man. The writer was known for…

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Lacking the novel simplicity of the first film, or the wondrous lore-unfolding of the second, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” struggles a bit under its inferiority to its predecessors, but nonetheless offers much of what made those two films such enormous standouts in the genre. Gorgeous visuals, stunningly well-executed choreography, inspired action sequences, idiosyncratic…

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019)

For a short while in the beginning of the film, it lives up to the “Detective” aspect of the title in a noir-tinged kind of affair, with characters talking like 40s cops and dames (Kathryn Newton is the stand-out of the live-action cast as seemingly the sole actor involved understanding the tone the film best…