Archives for September 2013

Astrology: Television: ‘Breaking Bad’: Series Finale: ‘Felina’

If culminations ideally revert back to beginnings, “Breaking Bad”’s series’ closer did real good. We finally got to hear Walter White, in true Saturnine fashion, define himself. Saturn is all about boundaries. Unlike Neptune, whose hallmark is one massive, fuzzed-out, merge-energy that makes it impossible to know where things begin and end, Saturn is all […]

Astrology: Television: ‘Breaking Bad’: How It Ends

Jesse’s futile escape attempts in last night’s “Granite State” – using a paper clip as makeshift key to uncuff himself, hoisting himself up to make it out of his underground prison, and just almost climbing over what seemed to be a mile-high wire fence – set me thinking about a scene in the “Breaking Bad” […]

Astrology: Television: ‘Breaking Bad’: “Granite State”

“Breaking Bad” has always been about the compartmentalization of Walter White’s motives. Caring for his family, so he says, propels him. But so does rising professionally, based on how he uses his chemist’s skill sets, no matter how many people’s lives he destroys. From the very first episodes, we saw Walt’s frustration being a high […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Rush’ (2013)

It’s the ultimate guys’ movie. Ron Howard’s Rush, which chronicles the professional and personal rivalry between two Formula One drivers in 1976, is jam-packed with testosterone and just about every traditional Mars-fueled behavior in the book. The real-life protagonists are Brit James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), and their over-the-top competitiveness […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Prisoners’ (2013)

Do you remember the prophetic scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark in which Dr. Marcus Brody tells Indiana Jones not to mess with the Ark of the Covenant? Jones saw no reason to respect spiritual order or the Ark’s energy to take care of itself, and he paid dearly. A similar issue faces Keller […]

Astrology: Film: ‘A Single Shot’ (2013)

At the beginning of the novel The Road, Cormac McCarthy writes, “Nights dark beyond darkness and days more gray each one than what had gone before.” David M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot is spectacularly gray – a gorgeously shot moody hue of a sky, replete with a breathtaking, overhanging mist set against the pines – […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Enough Said’ (2013)

Under the guise of a middle-age romance, Enough Said is really a movie about broad-based boundary issues poorly handled by adults who should know better. Sharply written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said centers on Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a single mom living in Los Angeles with no man in her life, and who’s coping […]

Astrology: Television: ‘Breaking Bad’: ‘Ozymandias’: What’s in a Name?

The title of last night’s “Breaking Bad” episode, “Ozymandias,” comes from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s short poem about an ancient ruler commemorated in a sculpture which, like his kingdom, has disintegrated. The pedestal, still intact, reads, “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings.” So much for Walter White’s empire. Those craggy, sky-topping desert cliffs looked like […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Blue Caprice’ (2013)

A son’s being taught by his dad how to drive a car is one of those seminal steps to manhood. This celebrated ritual becomes a deadly foreboding in Blue Caprice, a film that tracks a murderous sniper spree conducted from inside that titular vehicle by a man and the abandoned male teen he’s metaphorically adopted […]

Astrology: Film: ‘Mother of George’ (2013)

When cultural values and expectations are slavishly upheld but not adhered to, there’s a good chance, out of desperation, that deceit will worm its way into the proceedings. That’s the situation Adenike (Danai Gurira) must maneuver in Mother of George, directed by Andrew Dosunmu. Adenike, a Yoruban immigrant, has married Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), the […]