Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Wire Season 3 Episode 5: Straight and True. Irish actor Aidan Gillen dellivered a consistently outstanding performance in The Wire as Councilman / Mayor Tommy Carcetti an essentially principled though conniving and adulterous politician. While certainly not as pivotal as the role of Detective Jimmy McNulty, Carcetti's journey as the white renegade councilmember wanting to unseat an entrenched black mayor in Baltmore adds further complexity to an already complex narrative of the city's efforts to save itself. Gillen, known best in Britain as the star of the original Queer as Folk and now as member of the large cast of characters in Game of Thrones, is a fine actor who is given one of the most dramatic speeches (and the series has quite a few such moments) as he dresses down the city's police brass for their inability to defend and protect the citizens of Baltimore. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vmWkJ8hLoE
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The Wire Season 2 Episode 11: Bad Dreams This episode features the fateful encounter between two celebrated gunmen -- renegade Robin Hood Omar Little and Barksdale hired gun Brother Mouzone of NYC. Stringer Bell, in a move that will ultimately lead to his downfall, tells Omar that the torture and murder of his young lover Brandon was not done by the Barksdale crew, though it was, but by Mouzone, as vicious a killer as ever walked the earth. Omar bites and tracks down Mouzone with the help of his associates Kimmy and Tosha. He shoots and wounds Mouzone in his downtown motel and tries to extract a confession from him before putting him away permanently. Mouzone denies the charge that he killed Brandon but accepts that his time has come and tells Omar to do what he wishes. Omar lets the wounded Mouzone live and calls 9-1-1, believing he's been had by Bell. It's a wonderful scene. And is among the best in the series as it is both terse and tense and probes provocative questions like definitions of honor and loyalty and goodness.
The Wire Season 2 Episode 10: Storm Warnings When Nick Sobotoka tells his uncle, union leader Frank Sobotka, that Frank's son, the irrepressible Ziggy, has gunned down two members of the Greek's smuggling and prostitution syndicate, Frank asks Nick, "Where were you? You're his cousin." And Nick responds, as if just becoming aware of the fact he's about to share, "But you're his father." Dysfunction runs through all of the relationships on The Wire, and Simon and company explores the dynamic of several interesting father / father surrogate and son pairings over the course of the series' five seasons. Detective Jimmy McNulty's tenuous grasp on paternal responsiblity was a central element in the writer's development of his character in Season 1. (The McNulty boys, for all intents and purposes, disappeared after Season 3.) In Season 4, the flinty exchanges between incarcerated Barksdale trigger man Wee-Bay and his thuggish son Namond (and Namond's ghetto fabulous mother, De'Londa) were comic highlights and one of a handful of representations of a complete family unit among the Barksdale crew. When Frank meets with the beaten Ziggy downtown, he clearly is staring into the face of his own failings. His attempt to boost his son's confidence that all will work out fall on deaf ears. "You're a Sobotka," Frank tells his son. "Fucked, is what I am." And there's no denying that.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Drew Goddard's Cabin in the Woods is a cinematic feast for those of us who love horror movies and understand that the tease "don't look in the basement" is an inevitable invitation to do just that. But the wonder of Cabin is that that hackneyed warning leads to a fantastic array of outlandish terror/slasher genre tropes and tricks all in the service of ... well, I'll leave that alone. The story, written by wunderkind Joss Whedon (Buffy, the Vampire Killer and Firefly) and first-time director Goddard, is a bloody moebius strip, twisting in and around itself after introducing the four comely college kids (slut, jock, geek and virgin) and one unrepentant stoner who go off for a weekend in a remote cabin, without Internet or cellphone access. The film is brimming with vitality and smartness and humor and is, not a little bit, inspired.
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