Numerous cultural critics, not to mention
With that in mind, here are six movies -- some intuitive, some less so -- that the show evoked and that, who knows, may be able to fill the void on a rainy
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"Fargo," or most things Coen-ish. A bleak Middle America populated by emasculated male characters who try to overcome their destiny with the help of some stylized violence? Not to mention tense moments interrupted by oddball humor? (Tableside guacamole. anyone?) The first episode of this season was titled "Blood Money." It could have been called "Blood Simple" and we'd barely have batted an eye.
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"The French Connection." Gilligan has cited this movie before, saying he was thinking about it as he made the pilot. The Gene Hackman film about a pair of cops caught up in an intricate plot makes the comparison meaningful; the fact that it all happens in the world of drug-trafficking only heightens the similarities. Then there's the look of the '70s classic, which Gilligan has said he was consciously trying to emulate.
"Falling Down." Middle-aged suburban ennui turns to something violent but oddly liberating. "American Beauty" isn't far behind either, if you're going down this road.
"Back to the Future." A stretch to compare a good-natured, sci fi-influenced piece of '50s nostalgia to one of the darkest shows in TV history? Perhaps. But a shrewd mad scientist, a young male protégé who in some ways becomes smarter than the master and a surprisingly tender if twisted love story -- all rolled into something hugely watchable that will have you glued to the TV anytime you come across it on cable? There are worse comparisons. Plus, aren't nuclear-trafficking Libyans just a little like Mexican drug cartels?
Meredith Blake contributed to this report.
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