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Friday, November 4, 2016

Bryan Cranston as LBJ in ALL THE WAY

Lyndon Baines Johnson once said, "Cast your bread upon the waters and the sharks will eat it." A consummate politician, a born political animal and a deeply flawed man, he makes for an excellent character and in All the Way, Bryan Cranston brings him to vivid life. All the Way is about LBJ
s fight to get the Civil Rights Act passed. And it was a down and dirty dog fight all the way.

A side note about Cranston.  When you live in Los Angeles, you're never more than one step away from practically any actor you see on TV or in the movies. There's David Caruso in the grocery line ahead of you; there's Steve Carell opening the door for you at the Firestone place; there's Kevin Costner banking at the same time. Or you live on a block next to an actor. Or you go to church with an actor.And on and on. And it doesn't take long before you learn which actors are d-bags. And which are the good guys. Bryan Crnaston is a good guy. His kids went to school with a friend of mine's kids and even before he hit it big with the role of a lifetime on Breaking Bad, people said nice things about him. And in L.A., the default option is to say nasty things about people. It's the whole reason TMZ exists.

Entertainment is a tough industry and anyone who lives in L.A. also knows one or two people who were broken by the business, or who have resigned themselves to a lifetime of IMDB credits like "mall cop" and "suburban mom." Cranston's been on my radar since he played the dad on Malcolm in the Middle (one of my sister's favorite shows) and it's always a treat to see him in anything. If you're a fan of his, like I am, you will really like this movie just for the sheer excellence of his performance.  Just look at the trailer and you'll see what I mean. Watch this movie over the weekend and think about how much things have changed and how far they still have to go.

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