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Auto da Fé: The Long Life of Taxi Driver
Mostly Film revisits a masterpiece, as hangovers from Scorsese Day rage across the globe
Man Bites God
Niall Anderson discovers God alive, unwell and living in Brussels in Jaco Van Dormael’s new comedy
On the inside, looking out
Niall Anderson watches Lenny Abrahamson’s hotly tipped captivity drama Room
Exit, Molested by a Bear
Niall Anderson girds his loins, then girds them again, for his second snowy revisionist western in as many days, The Revenant.
Niall Anderson struggles bravely with Tarantino’s sadistic Western epic The Hateful Eight
Swing While You’re Whingeing
In anticipation of Frank Sinatra’s centenary, Niall Anderson watches Alex Gibney’s four-hour documentary on the singer’s life and work
David Cronenberg, Hippie
Niall Anderson looks at the early work of cinema’s favourite bodyhorror auteur
Listen Up Philip
Niall Anderson is unimpressed with the latest from indie whizzkid Alex Ross Perry.
Better Call Saul
Niall Anderson thinks Saul Goodman is just about worth your money.
All of the main characters in Breaking Bad – and most of the minor ones – exist somewhere along a spectrum between greed and desperation. Walter White starts out desperate, but his initial desperation unlocks the greed that’s always been there. Jesse Pinkman would like to be purely greedy, but he just doesn’t have it in him, so he’s doomed to desperation. Even the icy Gustavo Fring, who appears beyond any human consideration whatsoever, is finally undone when he can’t resist a confrontation with the historic source of his miseries. It turns out he was desperate too.
So where does that leave Saul Goodman, the Technicolor criminal lawyer (“criminal lawyer,” as Jesse puts it), with his bad wigs, his hundred cell-phones, his papier-macher office? At first he looks like a comical example of pure greed, and over the course of Breaking Bad there’s nothing he won’t try to keep the money flowing. But in the process he genuinely fights for his clients. Even the notorious ricin cigarette switch is an attempt to get Walter and Jesse back on the same side of the desk – fighting together rather than dying apart. Over the course of Breaking Bad, Saul might be the only person who doesn’t break his word. Continue reading Better Call Saul