So another year to wait for the golden globes 2014 but the awards season from this year is far from over. The Oscars is the big award show the one that people deem that matters but the nominations are not even out yet. The oscar nominations will be announced in a few days and the award show will take place on March 2nd which is very late this year. Anyway last nights awards have caused a stir in my opinion but I am glad that it has. People seem to be upset about the winners and the nominees so far and this makes me look forward to he oscars as I don’t think the people who won at the golden globes will necessarily win at the oscars. I was surprised to see that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender lose out to Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto. I do think awards shows are strange as 12 Years a Slave won best Drama but the actors did not win. If it was voted best film surely it should triumph in all categories. It missed out on everything except best drama. I still predict that 12 Years a Slave will do well at the Baftas and I reckon at the oscars it may clean up as well.
I was also surprised to see Jennifer Lawrence win as I felt her role in American Hustle was very underwhelming. I do like her a lot but if she goes on to win an oscar this year she will just become the next Meryl Streep who gets nominated for the sake of a nomination rather than actually being one of the best roles. DiCaprio won for best actor in a comedy and took a jab at the Hollywood foregin press by joking about his fellow comedians who were nominated. Unfortunately I think DiCaprio may miss out on an oscar nomination and I feel that even if he picks up a nomination he will not win. So far in the film awards it is interesting and this may be one of the best awards seasons in years as it doesn’t seem to be predictable.
Bryan Cranston rightly won for his role of Walter White in Breaking Bad and the show itself won for best drama. This was a really fitting send out for the show. So many people were impressed by Breaking Bad and having Cranston win was predictable but it was what everyone including myself wanted. It was also good to see Robin Wright win for House of Cards which is due to return on Netflix in February.
Here is the full list of winners.
Winner: 12 Years a Slave
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: American Hustle
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Winner: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club as Ron Woodroof)
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine as Jasmine Francis)
ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street as Jordan Belfort)
ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Amy Adams (American Hustle as Sydney Prosser)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle as Rosalyn Rosenfeld)
Winner: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Winner: Spike Jonze (Her)
Winner: Alex Ebert (All Is Lost)
Winner: Ordinary Love by U2 and Danger Mouse (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Winner: The Great Beauty
Winner: Breaking Bad
MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad as Walter White)
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Winner: Robin Wright (House of Cards as Claire Underwood)
ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Jake Peralta)
ACTRESS, MUSICAL OR COMEDY SERIES
Winner: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope)
ACTOR, MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra as Liberace)
ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake as Robin Griffin)
Winner: Jon Voight (Ray Donovan as Mickey Donovan)
Winner: Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge as Lady Livinia Cremone)
MINISERIES OR TV FILM
Winner: Behind the Candelabra
The Golden Globes does not only celebrate movies but it also celebrates Television shows. I do think that Television has delivered so many great shows. This year we saw the final series of Breaking Bad which was excellent. Netflix has also made a splash this year with House Of Cards, Arrested Development, Hemlock Grove and Orange Is The New Black. House Of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange Is The New Black have all picked up nominations at the globes this year.
The reason that I love television shows is that I feel you get to know the characters a great deal more and the shows seem to be more intimate. I feel that the shows on television regardless of their content are able to attract audiences as the level of intimacy is relatable on so many levels. Shows continue to deliver high quality and great stories and the audience love it. Some shows I love have been snubbed by the Golden Globes but I am glad to see some of my favorites make the list.
I think that Breaking Bad will clean up at the Golden Globes this year. I felt the final season really delivered and I don’t know many people who were disappointing with the ending. Even people who were disappointing with the ending, none of them will claim that the show was rubbish. As many claim now we are in a golden age of television and this will not end anytime soon. Netflix is currently changing the way we watch programmes and is aiming to evolve constantly. There will always be a place for television shows in the entertainment industry and I think it is a far more popular and cheaper medium that the movie industry.
Here are the nominations.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
BREAKING BAD (AMC)
Sony Pictures Television
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
CBS Television Studios in Association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime)
Showtime, Sony Pictures Television, Round Two Productions, Timberman/Beverly Productions
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House Of Cards
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters Of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Fox)
HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Twentieth Century Fox Television
PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX Networks)
Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (HBO)
HBO Films in association with Jerry Weintraub Productions
DANCING ON THE EDGE (Starz)
TOP OF THE LAKE (Sundance Channel)
WHITE QUEEN (Starz)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen,
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On The Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing On The Edge
Janet McTeer, White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House Of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Do you agree with the nominations? Have any of your favorite shows been snubbed? Please comment below and thanks for reading.
A few months ago I talked about how Netflix is evolving to be the future of television. It now has a few shows of original content for its viewers as well as regular updates of new films and television shows. Over the summer Netflix took things a bit further. It is continuation to evolve and be the top of its game. Basically Netflix has taken a leaf out of HBO’s book and wants to produce original content but also show other content that viewers can enjoy.
I live in Britain and usually if I want to watch a television show I need to wait usually a week until it comes on British television or I can find it on the internet. I really like the show Breaking Bad and Netflix allowed streaming the next morning of when the show aired. I could watch it within hours of it being shown live in the USA. Also Breaking Bad is not shown on Television in Britain at the moment. Even though Season 5 Part 2 is over you can still not watch it anywhere but Netflix or find it ‘illegally’ on the internet. Also I have watched stuff on the internet before but it was of poor quality and it contained adverts. The great think about Netflix that it is perfect quality and all the adverts are taken out. That is amazing. Some people would want to watch the show at the same time although it is early morning on a Monday when Breaking Bad was shown and I was happy to wait just a few hours before watching it. Breaking Bad episodes became available the next day at 9am.
Being a member of Netflix I was asked to fill out a questionnaire about Breaking Bad on Netflix. The message I got implied that more shows from the USA will be exclusive to Netflix and be available the next day on Netflix. That would be fantastic. There are lots of shows that I would love to watch. For example another AMC show The Walking Dead is due to air on US television this week and the only way I can watch it will be on the internet or I think I have to wait a week before it is shown on television. I want to watch it as soon as possible so I would love for Netflix to do the same with The Walking Dead to what they have done with Breaking Bad.
Netflix has shown initiative and with its original content as well as its wide selection of films I am sure that the company will do well. If Netflix is able to secure more US shows to be shown the next day after airing I think this will secure more customers for Netflix. Also if they can make more money they will be able to produce more original content like House Of Cards. I may be wrong but I can only see this proposal as helping Netflix make more money and make more original content.
Breaking Bad has now finished, no more episodes unfortunately. Breaking Bad came onto our screens back in 2008 and after 5 fantastic seasons it has come to a conclusive end. I am upset that the show has ended but I am glad that it ended well. It is good that the story came to a conclusive end rather than dragging out and ending by cancellation. The show has constantly delivered and surprised its audience and I’m sure the writers could have written more but I personally think that the show ended at the appropriate time. The show is one of my favorite shows due to its great stories and characters and I think that the show has left a fantastic Legacy and people who are not born yet will watch this show and it will be known as one of the greats.
This weeks episode starts off with Walt in New Hampshire breaking into a car and fearing he may be caught. Walt then arrives back in Albuquerque and confronts Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz. Initially you think he is going to kill them but he gives them all of his money and asks them to set up a grant for his family. His family must not know the money is actually from Walt. in Granite State Walt sees the Schwartz’s on Charlie Rose talking about a trust they have set up to support people addicted to Meth. Walt believes that Skylar and Junior will accept the money from the Schwartz’s if they think it is from them. Walt says if they fail to do so he has hired two hit men to kill them if they fail to. Laser sights point at the Schwartz’s and they take Walt seriously. We later find out that Walt was just tricking them as the guys pointing the lasers were simply Badger and Skinny Pete. It is then established that after this Walt goes to the Denny’s to pick up the machine gun and back to his house to pick up the ricin.
Walt then confronts Todd and Lydia and says he needs money and wants to sell some new formula to create meth without methlamine. They reluctantly agree to Walt’s proposition but plan to have him killed as they know he is dangerous, wanted from the police and dying. Lydia then looks for more Stevia to put in her tea. The waiter hands her one from the table Walt was sitting at before he approached them. Walt then goes to see Skylar and admits everything he did was not for the family but for him, he said it made him feel alive. Walt is then seen testing out a mechanism for the machine gun. He also gives Skylar the location of where Hank and Steve are buried and informs her that he is going after his old associates. Walt arrives at the Aryan compound at night and drives up to the club house. Jack and Todd tell him they are not interested in his proposition and are going to kill him. Walt shouts at them saying they did not kill Jesse and are now partnered with him. Jack is furious and brings out Jesse to prove they are not partners but Jesse is his slave. Walt attacks Jesse tackling him to the ground. As this happens Walt reaches activates his keys and the machine gun from his boot begins to fire and kill the Aryans.
Walt is then wounded by the gun and so is Jack. Todd avoids getting hit but in the aftermath Jesse kills Todd. Walt approaches Jack who says if he kills him he will never find the money. Lydia then calls Todd but Walt answers the phone. Lydia has flu like symptoms and Walt informs her he poisoned her with ricin and she only has a few days left to live. Walt simply shoots him in the head. Walt throws the gun to Jesse asking him to kill him. Jesse asks him to say that’s what he wants. Walt says so .Jesse sees that Walt is wounded and says he should do it himself if he wants it. Jesse then drives off crying into the night. Walt is left wounded at the compound and walks into the meth lab that he designed. The police can be seen arriving at the scene. Walt looks at his reflection which resembles himself when he lost his hair. He then falls the ground leaving a blood hand print on the container. Walt is seen lying dead on the ground and the police arrive in the room and surround his dead body.
For me the series has come full circle. Walt has achieved what he wanted to by leaving some of the money he made to his family. He was also able to save Jesse from the hell he had been living for a few months. He also avenged Hank’s death and secured Skylar’s name. Despite in his final moments Walt was Heisenberg it makes me think that Heisenberg is nothing but a name and the good man who is Walter White was always there. Walt had a difficult journey and although he was not able to leave his family all the money he had ever made he left them enough which was his original intent when he started cooking meth.
Jesse and Walt reflect each other in this episode in my opinion. They both look worn out and rough. They are both bearded and have longer hair. At the end they are equals. Jesse was now an experienced cook even though it was against his will. Also they both proved that they were good people. Walt saved Jesse and Jesse spared Walt’s life. I am very glad that Jesse did not kill Walt as I do think their inner goodness and their father and son relationship was stronger than vengeance.
Overall the show is fantastic and it came to an appropriate end. The show made me sad as well. I was so sad to see Walt admit he was selfish as well as seeing him accept his death. The show was emotional and it worked so well. I am glad too have watched this show and although the suprise will be gone I will re watch this show again and again for its brilliant content.A Saul Spin off is also being talked about at the moment but will be a prequel to Breaking Bad. I did like Saul as a character but I think his standalone story will not be as interesting as the Breaking Bad storyline. Breaking Bad is the best show on television in my opinion and I don’t know if anything will be able to replace it ever.
What did you think of Breaking Bad? Was the finale a good end to the story? Please comment and thanks for reading.
Grand Theft Auto V has been one of the most anticipated games of the year and is a sort of send of before the next generation consoles take over. First of all I will say that I am surprised that this game was not saved for the next generation consoles. I am glad we were not made to wait. This game has so much more to it than the previous game GTA IV. The graphics have improved so much and the world looks far more realistic and colorful than the previous game. GTA IV at times seemed dull and bleak.
For the first time we have three playable protagonists in this game as oppose to one. The characters are all very different. Michael who I guess is the main character of three who I would say is the main story arc. Michael is a former bank robber in witness protection. He represents the classy criminal in a way. Despite not being a part of a mob he seems to be mature and calculated. Trevor who is friends with Michael is a psychopathic criminal. He is a fun character to play as because he sort of doesn’t care about anything. He is the most dangerous of all the characters in my opinion. Finally Franklin is a black character who represents the lower class criminal who has to climb the ladder in the criminal empire. Personally I find Franklin quite bland but he does have his moments in the game. I have a tough time deciding who my favorite character is. Trevor seems the most interesting but maybe not my favorite.
The great thing about this game is that you can switch between characters throughout the game. Unfortunately you do not have all the characters to begin with. This is not really a problem. As the game is more story driven than ever before its okay to have to play as a certain character for a while. Also each of the protagonists have a special ability which helps the play through. An issue is though you can forget which special ability you have and cause some problems. Although this is not a major issue. Trevor has the ability to go into a rage mode which makes him immortal for a short amount of time, Franklin can slow down time whilst driving and Michael can slow down time when shooting which is identical to Max Payne’s ability in Max Payne 3.
This game is more mission heavy and really focuses on the story. Whereas many people who play GTA may just want to run about a commit crimes, people who play this game will be forced to play the story which I do not think is a bad thing at all. The game does focus on heist missions which are very fun but there are not enough in my opinion. I like the fact that heist missions require preparation. In GTA IV the one bank job that takes place is just one mission. No planning is required to do that mission. Also part of the heists you can do different options playing it smart or loud. This means there will be different preparation. The fact that there are different ways of playing the missions is really cool. I think this is a great perk in the game.
The scenery of the game is incredible, there are so many locations and places to explore, from the city of Los Santos to the deserts in San Andres to the mountains and the bottom of the sea. Some of the NPC’s are not in great detail but that does not bother me at all. When cars crash the damage to them is relative and really adds something. All of the small details really make the difference in this game. How NPC’s react in the environment is also cool. The fact that police chase people during game play and people are seen going about their daily activities. Also there are some references to popular culture. Some of the heist mission remind me of The Italian Job and Heat. Also Trevor in the desert cooks crystal meth and RV’s are seen driving about. This is a reference to Breaking Bad I think.
Overall this is an incredible and the best GTA game yet. Its one of the most detailed free roam worlds I have seen in gaming to date. The world is large and there is so much to do. I will spend more time exploring the world but like I said this is the first GTA game to be story heavy which is a great thing. Fans of the series will love this game and this would be a great introduction to the series for those who have not played the series. The game however is not perfect and has very few flaws.
If you don’t already have a Netflix account then you should probably get it. However I will explain this before you get this. Netflix allows you to watch a large selection of films and Television for £6 a month. May I say this is a good deal. It does have some issues but I do think that Netflix is the future of Television at least. Let me explain.
Netflix has now started to produce its own shows which is fantastic. I have watched House of Cards and I loved it and Arrested Development and I was so happy to see that return. As you will know TV Shows have several episodes and usually they are released every week for a few months until the show is over. Despite this is the normal way to watch TV, most people would rather record the whole series and watch it in a few sittings. It makes practical sense to have a show on weekly and waiting for the show does become part of your routine, But as most people just record shows anyway and watch them later it does make far more sense to release all the episodes at the same time. When I first got Netflix there were lots of shows available that I had never watched but always wanted to such as Arrested Development and Breaking Bad, I do think I got more pleasure out of the series and got more out of the stories told by watching episodes back to back.
So when House of Cards was released as a Netflix Original program all the episodes came out at the same time and I believe I watched it in three sittings. Same with Season 4 of Arrested Development I was able to watch all the episodes in a couple of sittings and I think I enjoyed it a lot more. Netflix simply is like having the box set and I hope that Netflix starts to produce more shows and release them in the same way. Audiences can get up waiting 20 weeks to see the end of the season, so why not release all the episodes at the same time?
This is a long way off yet I think and Netflix in its early days or market domination. With the income they get from viewers each year masses up to around $2 billion. If more people start to use Netflix they will be able to start producing more original content and give it to the audience when they want it and a reasonable price.
So I think that this will be the way that Television works in the future but it is a long way off. Obviously income on channels comes from advertising and we are far away from telling the advertisers to go away. The way Netflix is delivered to us should be considered by other channels and now we just have to sit back and wait for the evolution of television to take its course.