If you are looking to read up more on “Treme,” here is a lengthy profile on co-creator David Simon from last week’s New York Magazine that I missed until this morning.
David Simon hates being pegged as angry, but it’s his fury—and passion and empathy—that made The Wire into such transcendent TV. Now, with Treme, he’s moved from postindustrial Baltimore to post-Katrina New Orleans, his irascibility very much intact.
February 2010 shall henceforth be known as “the month of ‘The Wire'”…
“The Wire” Seasons 3-5 (2004, 2005, 2007) – 10/10 – I can’t describe just how much I enjoyed this series. Season 4 might have been the most affecting season of tv I have ever seen in my life. The series as a whole is now my favorite tv show of all time. If you still have this series as a cultural blind spot, I recommend you remedy this as soon as possible.
Moon (2009) – 9/10 – A great indie sci-fi feature from first time feature director Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie). The movie was made on a small-budget but the look of the film is sophisticated. I wish I had seen this last year to include it on my list.
Currently have out:
Jackie Brown (1997)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
A long but informative interview with David Simon from last December. It mostly addresses “The Wire” but touches a little bit on his upcoming series “Treme.” I’ll try not to focus too much on “The Wire” since not everyone just finished the series like me, but between “Generation Kill” and “The Wire” I am fascinated by the man right now.
David Simon is responsible for one of the greatest feats of storytelling of the past century, and that’s the entire five-season run of the television series The Wire. If that sounds like hyperbole to you, then you haven’t watched the show yet. It is the most intricate web of character, motivation, insight, action, repercussion, and emotion that’s ever been on TV, and it rivals the grand novels of the late 19th century, when novels actually, regularly, had scope. More hyperbole, but there you go. I and most of its fans are to The Wire as a Christian is to Christ or a junkie is to dope. It’s basically A FUCKING GOD. Too much hyperbole there, maybe. But you’re getting the point, right?
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From the creators of “The Wire” (which I just finished last night and am still digesting but I am pretty sure it is the best show I’ve ever seen on TV) comes “Treme,” a new dramatic series based in New Orleans three months after Hurricane Katrina. Freamon and Bunk from “The Wire” both star (awesome!), along with Steve Zahn and Khandi Alexander. I can’t wait.
The series premieres on April 11. Read more here.
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Gotta say, I mostly spent January watching seasons 1 and 2 of “The Wire.“
* indicates movies watched instantly
Gomorrah (2009) – 8/10 – A look at several perspectives of Italy’s modern-day crime families. Reminded me of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic in terms of look and how the stories interweave.
Sicko (2007) – 8/10 – An interesting look at universal healthcare in the U.K., France, Canada and Cuba and how it compares to the profit-oriented HMO’s in the United States. Always controversial as a filmmaker, Michael Moore paints an interesting picture at a time when healthcare is a big issue in the US.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) – 2/10 – Everything about this movie was pretty awful. Minus Sienna Miller’s cleavage.
The Wire: Season 1 (2002) and Season 2 (2003) – 10/10 – I came in having read multiple times that it is one of the best shows on tv ever. And I agree, wholeheartedly. Just superb television all around – acting, writing, editing, directing.
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009) – 2/10 – It’s not like I don’t know what to expect when watching these movies, but its disappointing when a movie doesn’t play to the strengths of the American Pie franchise.
The Hurt Locker (2009) – 8/10 – Intense performance by Jeremy Renner and some great set pieces. It may have been in my top 15 from last year.
Currently have out:
The Wire: Season 4, Disc 1 (2005)
The Wire: Season 4, Disc 2 (2005)
Last Cup: Road to the World Series of Beer Pong (2008)