GET REC’D – Week 7: Favorite Criminals

I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the seventh week’s entry.  I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a movie, a television show, and a book.

Week 7: Favorite Criminals

Movie: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

From IMDB: Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.  George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

Everything about Oceans Eleven reaks of fun. The characters, the actors, the plot, the comedy, and all the details that fall into place makes this a fun movie to watch no matter what mood you might be in. I couldn’t pick a favorite criminal out of the pack because the ensemble comes together so well. However, Carl Reiner is the best ever in all things.

Television: Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

From IMDB: A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

When Breaking Bad first aired, I had no interest in watching the show. I did not want to follow a story that condones making drugs. Eventually, enough people convinced me that the show was not like that at all and I finally caved to peer pressure. They were right. The show is a level above all other shows out there. The writing, acting, and film-making of the series make it one of the best all time shows.

Book: Fight Club (1996) by Chuck Palahniuk

From Goodreads: An underground classic since its first publication in 1996, Fight Club is now recognized as one of the most original and provocative novels published in this decade, Chuck Palahniuk’s darkly funny first novel tells the story of a god-forsaken young man who discovers that his rage at living in a world filled with failure and lies cannot be pacified by an empty consumer culture. Relief for him and his disenfranchised peers comes in the form of secret after-hours boxing matches held in the basements of bars. Fight Club is the brain child of Tyler Durden, who thinks he has found a way for himself and his friends to live beyond their confining and stultifying lives. But in Tyler’s world there are no rules, no limits, no brakes.

I saw Fight Club in movie form before I read the book. I loved both the book and the writing style. Ever since then I have read every book Chuck Palahniuk has written. The book contains a few differences from the movie which Palahniuk agrees makes for a better story. Since this was his first novel, I think we can cut him a little slack.

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One thought on “GET REC’D – Week 7: Favorite Criminals

  1. The Yuppie Hobo says:

    Fun list! My favorite criminals are:
    Movie – Martin Blank from Grosse Point Blank. A hitman with a heart returning to his high school reunion. It also boasts a fantastic soundtrack with a score composed by Joe Strummer and partially produced by Elvis Costello.
    TV Show – This would also fall into your “Best adaptation” list. Both the cartoon and game show version of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” were awesome. Based off the educational video game, both TV incarnations tried to include geography and history lessons in each episode. A daring art thief with a red trench coat and floppy hat has to be one of the coolest criminals in fictional history.
    Book – Artemis Fowl II from the young adult book series. He’s an evil genius kid who matches wits with leprechauns, the mafia, and a kleptomaniac dwarf.

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