Better Call Saul? OK, I Will.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you actually called Saul Goodman? Wonder no more.

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Binge Watch “Better Call Saul” With Me

*I will be adding to this post for the next month.*

Updated 1/28. Next Episode: Season 3, Episode 2

Hello, people!

Better Call Saul is one of my favorite shows. I’m in love with Bob Odenkirk, unironicly–is this a word??? This show is pretty underrated, and while they have been nominated for awards, they’re always shut out by Game of Thrones. Grr. Like Breaking Bad, BCS is smartly written, cinematically shot, and perfectly cast. And totally bingeable.

So, to prepare for Season 5, which starts February 23rd, I’ve decided to rewatch from the beginning. I realize this is not a wise use of my time, but I’m fully committed. The show is just that good. Have I mentioned I love Bob Odenkirk?

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If you’ve been thinking of watching but haven’t, or if you too would like to rewatch the series, I invite you to join me, starting with episode one. The first three seasons are on Netflix.

Let me say, before we start, this is not some kind of critical analysis. I won’t be analyzing every line of dialogue or dissecting scenes. (Though there may be a few times I’ll feel compelled to.) This is more like a running commentary of my thoughts as I watch, keeping in mind I have seen all of these episodes before. Like, if a reaction video were written down, it’d be something like this.

Of course, there will be gifs because I have an obsession.


Season 1, Episode 1: Uno

Iconic opening shot. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the amazing cinematography of this show? So many great shots throughout the series.

I was pretty much hooked from the beginning. Let’s be real. Saul Goodman has done some questionable things. Morally questionable. But he was always likable. He provided much of the comic relief that Breaking Bad needed. So I wanted to know what became of him–which this opening scene does. But even more so, I wanted to know how Jimmy McGill became Saul Goodman.

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As much as I enjoy the opening vibe–the black and white, oldie tune, his new name and job, and how tragic is it that he watched old tapes of himself?!–I don’t think the pilot did the greatest job in hooking people. New people, that is. If you hadn’t seen Breaking Bad and were watching this cold, I don’t know that you’d stick around. By the end of episode two, I think you have a better idea if you’re in it for the long haul.

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I Finished You on Netflix, and Here’s What I Thought

Clever title, right? My “You” review is as follows. *Spoilers.* First, this.

I never would’ve known this is Michelle Branch. It’s no Radiohead, but it’s all right. We really need a male POV for this song though. Anyway…

Generally speaking, “You” is one of the best things I’ve seen on Netflix. Bingeworthy for sure. I devoured the first season. As for season 2, I think it took me 3 days. To my credit, I put it on while I was taking down Christmas decorations. I didn’t sit on my couch for four hours at a time, thank you very much. That said, I liked season one much better.

Since I do best with lists, I figured I’d list what I liked and didn’t like. Let’s keep it simple.

What “You” Got Right

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Casting

Penn Badgley does an amazing job in this role. Can you win awards for Netflix shows? I mean, he’s a serial killer yet I want him to come out on top. Why?! He’s done horrible, unspeakable things, but I still think he deserves a happy ending. It makes no sense, but that’s what Badgley is able to do. I can’t help rooting for him! If you’re not crushing on him by the end of all this, well, you’re probably more sane than I am. Ahem.

Love was also cast well. She too can pull off a duel role. Normal baker girl and “oh yeah, I’ve stabbed people.”

Delilah and Ellie could be sisters in real life. Props to the casting director. I also really liked Will–the real Will. Though he did seem a bit too comfortable in that cage given the situation. Continue reading

Happy Halloween 2019!

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Hope everyone has an awesome Halloween this year. Just some news I spotted on Twitter…

My Chemical Romance is getting back together. So, that’s happening. Unless they’re releasing a new album, I’m not all that interested.

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Anyway, here’s some of my Halloween tips:

Don’t eat too much candy.

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Take advantage of the opportunity to wear more black than is socially acceptable.

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Or, if it’s more your speed, take this opportunity to dress like a whore without anyone questioning it.

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Don’t watch “In the Tall Grass.”

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Do watch “The Great Pumpkin.”

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Till next time.

The Best Halloween Movie You’ve *Probably* Never Seen

There are certain movies I watch every year, usually during a specific season. I always watch When Harry Met Sally around New Years, Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day, Fight Club on Valentine’s Day, and It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation and a dozen others around Christmas.

Halloween is no exception. And while The Great Pumpkin is a must-watch and House on Haunted Hill (the OG Vinny Price version) is a beloved classic, my favorite Halloween movie is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken from 1966.

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Starring The Andy Griffith Show’s Don Knotts, Mr. Chicken is the story of a pipsqueak type setter of a small town newspaper who is offered his first story if he spends the night in the town’s most notorious haunted house–on the 20th anniversary of the murder-suicide that happened there. Continue reading

El Camino Review

So of course I watched El Camino on the release day. My Friday night was unexpectedly open. While this seems like a slam on my social life, I usually teach Friday but students were unable to take classes because of school–on the weekend, yeah.

This is more of an outpouring of thoughts rather than a cohesive review.

First, Aaron Paul. Love him. And that’s it.

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As for the character, Jesse was my favorite Breaking Bad character–maybe tied with Saul–so it was nice to see what became of him when the series ended. Although, while I enjoyed the movie, I don’t know if it was necessary.

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There was something satisfying seeing Jesse drive away, assuming he would get away and start a new life somewhere. Not sure we had to see the ins and outs of how he made that happen. Continue reading

Have a Laugh Before El Camino

I reluctantly admit, I decided to binge the entire Breaking Bad series before the El Camino premiere. I wanted a refresher AND this show is amazing. I will not admit the number of days it took to complete this binge. Let’s just say, being single and childless with a pathetic social life leads itself to bingewatching quite well.

Anyway.

I may do another post about my favorite scenes or what I remember most, but today, I wanted to share some funny videos I found on YouTube. Given the overall tone of Breaking Bad, El Camino is sure to be dark, so enjoy some of the lighter side of these characters before the movie comes out.

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10k Views? Really?! Let’s Break it Down

So what do ten thousand website hits actually look like?

I’m still amazed from every view I’ve had on this site. I don’t understand it, but I’m amazed. Somehow, Lauren See Writes has reached ten thousand views. Ten. Thousand. I know.

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To celebrate this milestone, I thought I’d share some stats. This may or may not be interesting to you, but I’m intrigued by analytics. So here we go! Continue reading

My Currents: August 2019

I’m skipping June and July, so here’s a recap of some of my August interests. I should really rename this, “Why I Don’t Get Anything Accomplished.”

A List of Currents and Lasts

Current Album in My Car

Ember Breaking Benjamin

I have had the same album in my car for so long, you’d think it was stuck and I had no choice.

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Ha! Not to worry.

 


Current Album in My Stereo

OK Computer Radiohead

I had a bit of a Radiohead binge this summer while I cleaned out my spare room. Such an awesome band. I’ll probably do a post about them at some point, namely the total brilliance of Street Spirit and Paranoid Android.

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Last Song Played on Spotify YouTube

“Allison Road” Gin Blossoms

I miss the 90s.

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She fills up her sails with my wasted breath.

Love.


Last Netflix Binge

Orange is the New Black

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Current Netflix Binge

Mindhunter

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Other Noteworthy Binge

Better Call Saul

For some reason, I’d never finished watching season 4. I watched the last half in about 2 days, I think. I love Bob Odenkirk and that character. The show is just fantastic. It’s so well written and the cinematography is perfection. Ah, it’s so good. I’ve considered rewatching the entire series. I still might. It’s that good.

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My Currents: May 2019

Wow, I’m late. These particular updates aren’t that high on my priority list, which is actually a pretty good confession to make, I’d say.

A List of Currents and Lasts

Current Album in My Car

Ember Breaking Benjamin

Yep. #noshame

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Current Album in My Stereo

Saturate Breaking Benjamin

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Last Song Played on Spotify

I’m listening to Mark’s playlist as I type this. Currently:

“You Won’t Be Mine” Matchbox 20

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Last Netflix Binge

Waiting for OITNB…

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Current YouTube Obsession

Kitboga

Love. So this guy calls scammers and wastes their time. That’s pretty much it. While this doesn’t sound entertaining, I’m obsessed. He has a voice changer of some kind, and his granny voice is perfection. I love him. And his eyebrows are awesome.

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Last Movie Watched

Captain America: Civil War

I think…

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Current Read

*crickets*

I really need to read something. #forshame


Thanks for spending some time here!