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Jan. 24th, 2009

Oh my God, go here.

It is the 404 page for b3ta. Some of these are HIDEOUSLY offensive and some of these are the funniest things I have seen in weeks.

And now I shall return to my ridiculous crush on Michael Sheen who has a glorious Welsh burr, messy hair and just told Miranda Sawyer, who talked about Laurence Olivier's process of building a character, that when he is building up a characterisation he "starts with the arse". I love you Michael Sheen. You, me, Guy Garvey and Barack Obama are getting married, right now. Some of you lot can join our polyamorous union as long as I don't have to do the cooking or the washing up.

I went to see Milk today. I really liked it but I thought it couldn't quite decide whether it wanted to be a mainstream biopic or something less naturalistic à la Gus Van Sant usually. It was very unexplicit, unconfrontational, almost sanitised, as though he wanted to avoid alienating any potential audience member.

There was a moment where he did a Brady Bunch style screen-split, which jarred because it was exceptional and unnaturalistic in this film. I think he either needed to lose those moments or have more of them. As it was it felt like Van Sant couldn't decide what it wanted to be.

Sean Penn is excellent in the central role, conveying how charismatic and infuriating Milk was, and Josh Brolin was tremendous in what had to have been a tough role. I enjoyed the film very much but I thought it could've been a great film and it was only decent.

And now The Culture Show is talking about The Wire. They have an interview with Ed Burns on writing the show and Generation Kill. Everyone at work is talking about The Wire. People are posting on the noticeboard about The Wire. M is lending out the boxsets like a crack dealer trying to build his market.

I think the universe is telling me to watch The Wire. I am RESISTING. RESISTING, I tell you.

"The trick is to make them people"

Goddammit, I am going to have watch the bloody bastard Wire.

Comments

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ropo
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I've never seen "The Wire." Everyone I know who has says it's THE BEST SHOW EVAR.
lilydale
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I'm with ropo. (Except obviously not everyone she knows says that since I have never seen the show either.)
spectralbovine
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
It's true! That is, everyone says it is, and then I watched it and realized they were right. Figuratively, of course.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
A friend at work says there are two kinds of people: those who love The Wire and those who haven't seen it yet. Naturally, I hate him.
spectralbovine
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
However much you hate him, I have not met someone who has seen The Wire and not fallen in love with it. That is also true, with a couple exceptions, of Avatar.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
My friend SEP has burned me Avatar and made enthusiastic recommendations. I shall have to settle down with it soonish
spectralbovine
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you enjoy. Give it a few episodes; it doesn't really begin to show its awesomeness hand until halfway into the first season. It's a steady build, however.
noelleleithe
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I am sniggering madlessly at your current music. Is that the Black Crowes' "Hard to Handle"??
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is. Here's Smells Like Teen Spirit as played on the ukelele
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=a846hzbvuFc&feature=related
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
And yet I resist!

::dances::
spectralbovine
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Resist as long as you want; when you finally succumb, you'll wish you hadn't resisted so long! Hee.

President Obama loves The Wire! And Spider-Man, by the by. Which means he will surely commission some sort of Spidey-in-Baltimore television show.
vivwiley
Jan. 24th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
think the universe is telling me to watch The Wire. I am RESISTING. RESISTING, I tell you.

Resistance is futile. Join us!

The Wire rocks in ways I don't even have words for.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
So I hear. I've just been told it so often that I am resisting purely for that reason.
dine
Jan. 24th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
dude! you totally need to check out The Wire - I haven't completed the series yet (cause I'm an idiot) but it's just amazing.

come on, you *know* you wanna lemming
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
I know, I know. It's just the critical mass of people who are telling me to do it that makes me completely resistant
spectralbovine
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Heh, I completely understand, by the way. I get like that too sometimes. Right now, I'm doing that with Mad Men.
dine
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
oh god, I totally relate to that! there's a lot a avoid because so many people are insisting I need to read/watch/listen to it. then sometimes later I regret the delay, but sometimes I stick to my guns. I *still* haven't seen E.T. - everyone and their dog was raving about this touching movie that was essential viewing, and I dug in my heels and said "NO". I'm sure it's a nice movie, but somehow, I think I can live without it. (though I am fond of Reese's Pieces)

but yeah - The Wire has received all sorts of raves, but despite that, it really is excellent /pressure
marakara
Jan. 24th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Goddammit, I am going to have watch the bloody bastard Wire.

I like cop shows and I won't watch it. I'm tired of being made to feel I'm intellectually inferior because I was disinterested in the first ten minutes and never returned.

Here are the first four seasons in four minutes:



I think there is just one season after that.

Take Care
Mara
tzikeh
Jan. 24th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh my GOD, infinitemonkeys, DON'T watch this clip before you watch first episode or two, and see if you LIKE it. This clip will ruin everything if you wind up enjoying the show when you give it a go.
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
So many people have told me to watch it that I am now in the position of the five-year-old child who shouts "SHAN'T!!!"
tzikeh
Jan. 24th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Have you considered watching The Wire?
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Why thank you for your comment. Have you considered a career in comedy? :P
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infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
At least you come by your pimped goods via a singular reliable source. I have all my friends at work (and some colleagues too) going "watch the Wire, it's really good. Watch the Wire or you'll regret it. Watch the..."

"OMG SHUT UP ABOUT THE WIRE!"

This is how my work life goes.
penumbra23
Jan. 24th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
I love The Wire - it's exceptional in its realism - but it's dark and violent and crack dealers you have grown to love are going to die, and dude, you are going to sob when this happens. It's certainly not for everybody. One thing I really like about it is that each season looks at it from a slightly different angle - from the perspective of dock stevedores or the staff of the Baltimore Sun, an inner city school, etc. Fascinating stuff.

Edited at 2009-01-24 08:57 pm (UTC)
infinitemonkeys
Jan. 24th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, this sounds as though it would jump up and down on all my buttons, while dancing the hula. I like a bit of earned angst and wrenching realism.

I am going to have to give in. I can tell.
angstville
Jan. 25th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Don't watch it. See if I care. *g*

But, whatever you do, DONT WATCH THAT VID that Mara posted. Goodgod, one of the best things about The Wire is having NO idea where it's going until after you've gotten there.

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