Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Wire Season 4 Episode 1 Boys of Summer

The Wire Season 4  Episode 1 Boys of Summer  In its fourth season, The Wire became the children's hour as Simon and company turned their lenses on the young people who provided the drug trade with new (and highly dispensible) blood. Michael (Tristan Wilds) is a dour, parentized kid who must care for his younger brother and protect him from their predatory step-father. Namond Brice (Julito McCullum) is the contrary and sullen son of incarcerated Barksdale assassin Wee-Bey Brice and the ghetto-fabulous De-Londa. DuQuan "Dukie" Weems (Jermaine Crawford) has been essentially orphaned by the drug trade; his whole family is on the pipe. Randy Wagstaff (Maestro Harrell) is a hustler by nature, living with an aunt, with the enticement of drug trade dollars just outside his front door. They make up a quartert of remarkable characters, who, in addition to all the regulars from previous seasons, drive an extraordinarily complex narrative about the intersection of the streets, the corners and the homes of children in West Baltimore. Many viewers were moved more by this season than the three prior because children were front and center.

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Queen & Slim

In the soon to be iconic photograph from Melina Matsoukas's distressing Queen & Slim, stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith...