If you didn’t follow Walter White’s descent into the seedy meth- and murder-filled underbelly of suburbia when “Breaking Bad” was on TV, it’s a bit daunting to sit down and binge-watch all 62 episodes.
Fortunately, a pair of devoted fans with time on their hands have made a feature-length fan flick, aptly titled “Breaking Bad - The Movie,” according to Maxim.
“It’s not a fan-film, hitting the highlights of show in a homemade homage,” according to the film’s description, “but rather a re-imagining of the underlying concept itself, lending itself to full feature-length treatment.”
French filmmakers Lucas Stoll and Gaylor Morestin spent two years cutting and editing the movie, which is drawn from nearly 70 hours of footage. The end result is a surprisingly well-crafted standalone video, like a primer for those who never watched the series to its end. It’s also a nice refresher for diehard fans who don’t feel like starting over from episode 1.
Obviously, the movie is going to gloss over a ton of subplots covered in the series. On the upside, now you can watch actor Bryan Cranston’s transformation from Walt, the timid high school chemistry teacher, to the murderous meth kingpin Heisenberg in a few scenes, instead of several months.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."