I hear you. I was pulling my hair out for almost all of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle for showing towns in New Jersey that should've been all flat cornfields (Cherry Hill,) and having them with mountains that could be hang-glided off of. Or having non-existent burger joints in towns that didn't have them, or giving non-accurate information (the joint in Edison saying the closest White Castle was in Cherry Hill, when there was one 5 miles away in New Brunswick.)
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Homicide used to do that kind of shit, too, as I've complained many times, but The Wire has been incredibly accurate, including throwing in silly little jokes only Marylanders could get. Except, of course, for the accents. God it pisses me off when someone with a New York or Boston accent talks about growing up in Baltimore
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BTW, not sure if they are the same things that were posted on page 9, because those earlier YouTube links keep crashing my computer . . .
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For some reason, they've just started showing the first season of The Wire only now on Norwegian TV. I watched the first season on Swedish TV about five years ago, but there was an incredibly long gap between the first and the second season, three years or something, and I got forgot all about it.
The good thing about being five years behind is that they will probably show the whole thing in one long sequence rather than season wise woth breaks in between. I vaguley recall from last time I watched it that there was a lot of different characters involved and it was pretty hard to remember who they all were. With constant long-term exposure it will be much easier to keep track of the different people in the series.
Anyway, I look forward to catch up with this thread in a few years time when I know what you are all talking about.
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Yeah, Belhaven, one of the strengths of the show is that is assumes that you are smart and patient; as David Simon put it in an interview, "Fuck the average viewer." The show is so complicated that it's bewildering when you first watch it, but you will be amply rewarded.
Here's an article from the Baltimore Sun; there are some very minor spoilers:
quote:Fact and fiction, down to 'The Wire' HBO drama to end run with new and old faces, public and private lies
By David Zurawik
Sun television critic
December 6, 2007 Click here to find out more!
Baltimore defense attorney Billy Murphy does an extended turn defending a state senator indicted on corruption charges.
Former state legislator Larry Young, who was expelled from the Senate in 1998, appears as a talk-show host interviewing Murphy's client on WOLB-AM - the Baltimore station where Young now works as a host.
And former city police commissioner Edward T. Norris, now one of Baltimore's most popular radio personalities, is back as a cynical homicide detective.
Such a strange brew of Baltimore fact and fiction could mean only one thing: a new season of the HBO drama The Wire. Season 5, consisting of the locally produced drama's final 10 episodes, is scheduled to premiere Jan. 6, and HBO made the first seven hours available this week to critics.
One of the best things about the season is that Dominic West, after a minimal presence last year, returns to a leading role as rogue detective Jimmy McNulty.
Even better, Clark Johnson, who did such stellar work as Detective Meldrick Lewis in NBC's Baltimore-based cop drama Homicide: Life on the Street, joins the cast in a starring role as Augustus "Gus" Haynes, hard-bitten city editor of a fictionalized version of The Sun newsroom. (Though some scenes were shot on Sun property, the paper did not review the scripts or have any other involvement in the production.) Haynes appears to be a moral center in a government and media landscape of lies, hypocrisy, back-scratching and back-stabbing.
Each season of The Wire has explored different territory. Season 1 examined the ways that the Baltimore Police Department and area drug operations resembled each other. Season 2 looked at organized labor through the prism of the port of Baltimore. Season 3 focused on City Hall. And last season, which ended last December, went inside the city school system to deliver some of the series' most memorable moments.
This year, creator David Simon - who spent 13 years reporting for The Sun before leaving to become a writer and producer on Homicide - turns his lens on media.
The season's theme is public and private lies. The epigram at the opening of the Jan. 6 episode says, "The bigger the lie, the more they believe."
The author is Detective William "Bunk" Moreland (Wendell Pierce), and the first scene features Moreland and Norris coercing a confession from a teen criminal by lying to the young man.
Two major lies drive the action this year - one cooked up by an out-of-control McNulty in reaction to Draconian cutbacks at police headquarters, the other born in the belly of the fictionalized Sun newsroom by an ambitious and amoral reporter with a history of making up quotes.
Nowhere is the line between real and imagined more blurred than in Simon's version of The Sun. He populates his TV newsroom with several former Sun reporters and editors.
Two of the first Sun staffers that viewers will see Jan. 6 are played by former Sun columnist Michael Olesker and former reporter Laura Lippman. The latter is Simon's wife.
And from the same article:
quote: Catching up with your favorites BUBBLES Andre Royo The longtime addict has been off drugs for more than a year. He's living in his sister's basement and working at a soup kitchen.
OMAR Michael K. Williams Omar has left Baltimore for sunnier climes, but he will be back and more deadly than ever.
MARLO STANFIELD Jamie Hector Marlo has so much money that he needs help laundering it. But he's still scheming for more.
DETECTIVE WILLIAM "BUNK" MORELAND Wendell Pierce He just wants to do honest "police work" at a time when that seems all but impossible.
Series 5 has arrived at work. I am unspeakably excited, but I'm not here next week so won't get to see any till the week after. Well, I might get to watch ep 1 if I stop faffing around on the internets.
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lyra, I hope by "faffing around on the internets" you mean "uploading the entirety of the season to a torrent site".
Edit: Oh God, that's awful, jv. I would have lost my shit if that had happened to some set-in-Maryland film. Once when I was visiting my friend at UCLA, we stumbled upon a shooting location on campus. In front some buildings there was a sign that said, "Harvard University". I am not sure who, exactly, thought UCLA looked like Harvard. The movie turned out to be "How High" with Redman and Method Man, so I guess there wasn't really a need for great verisimilitude.