telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Linkdown: 6/4/10 by Barbecue Bros

Godspeed You! Black Emperor add Weird Al Yankovic (what?) to their All Tomorrow’s Party lineup which includes experimental acts Bardo Pond, Deerhoof, Black Dice and Tim Hecker

An update on the Star Wars kid, Ghyslain Raza

Vampire Weekend played “Holiday” on “The Colbert Report” last night

– Olivia Munn (hott) debuted as a “Daily Show” correspondent last night

– Alan Sepinwall begins his recap of season 3 of “The Wire” (or “The Greatest TV Drama Ever” in his words)

– He also breaks down the Television Critics Association Awards nominations

Interview with Get Him to the Greek director Nick Stoller

– Vulture analyzes the voiceover work of different actors, including John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Jon Hamm

Read This: Pugnacious D by Barbecue Bros
April 12, 2010, 10:04 am
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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.


Linkdown: 3/31/10 by Barbecue Bros

– I think Slashfilm says it best: We’re Getting Old – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live-Action Movie Was Released 20 Years Ago Today

– Todd Phillips and The Hangover cast are all returning for the sequel

Interview with Ed Norton, who plays twins in his latest movie

The latest flop examined by AV Club is Grindhouse

– Sad news: David Mills, Emmy winning writer for “The Wire” as well as writer and co-executive producer for the upcoming “Treme,” died yesterday of a brain aneurysm (via Vulture)

Wilco recently did a Take Away Show for La Blogotheque, performing “Country Disappeared” in Montreal

– Some new “True Blood” season 3 posters

– Matt Damon to guest star on a “30 Rock” episode later this season

Netflix Rundown: February 10 by Barbecue Bros
March 12, 2010, 11:56 am
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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:
Up (2009)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Read This: Vice Interview with David Chase by Barbecue Bros
March 9, 2010, 3:29 pm
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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?


Trailer: “Treme” by Barbecue Bros
March 9, 2010, 11:57 am
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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.

Netflix Rundown: January 10 by Barbecue Bros

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)