Panel Discussion with The Wire Cast 2014

It's all in the game, yo. Photo Credit: HBO

It’s all in the game, yo. Photo Credit: HBO

This is great! The cast, well, most of them, from HBO’s The Wire reunited to talk about the series in a panel discussion at the fan event Paleyfest NY.  It was good to see them again and it made me want to re-watch the series over again. Watch it when you have time. I enjoyed it.

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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye (1953) by Raymond Chandler, paperback

The Long Goodbye (1953) is my second time reading Raymond Chandler. His iconic private detective, Philip Marlowe, embodies much of the traits writers like Chandler thought he should have. Among those traits are the sympathetic “everyman”, the lone wolf, the hero who can physically defend himself: “Don’t let him hit you in the guts,” Menendez said with a sour grin. “His right hook ain’t funny.” Philip Marlowe is a rebel with a cynical worldview. He’s not overly friendly to the cops but he’s not all that friendly with the enemy either. He’s right  square in the middle where you want him to be.

In this story we have a cast of characters to fill in the parts of hoodlums, tramps, writers, lonely drunks, abusive cops, arrogant rich men and beautiful dames set against the backdrop of Southern California. The novel is told from Marlowe’s first person POV and the story’s print length is said to be 384 pages in the first edition copy.  In 1973, Robert Altman directed the movie version of this book that starred Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe. From a quick look at the reviews, it seems to be a good movie. Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on FX’s Fargo: TV Series

FX's Fargo  (2014 to present)

FX’s Fargo (2014 to present); Won for Outstanding Miniseries at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards this year

 

He’s not gonna stop. You know that, right? A man like that. Maybe not even a man. – Molly Solverson from Fargo 

I haven’t been reading much lately due to work but I have watched some TV. Fargo is a terrific award-winning series and yes, I dismissed it after the first episode. Big mistake. After much prodding, I went back to give it another look. Excellent acting and directing. Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo makes for a memorable and formidable bad guy. Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson made for an excellent, smart cop hot on his trail. The series is categorized as a dark comedy with violence and strong language with some nudity.

The premise of the series goes like this: Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) breezes into town and leads Lester Nygaard down the path of destruction (from IMDb). Essentially, Malvo disrupts his life and is the culprit for a string of violence in the small town in Minnesota. And the series is filmed during the winter so the shots of the snow ridden streets and buildings was lovely to look at.

I enjoyed Fargo very much and I’m looking forward to season two that’s supposed to air in 2015 and will take place in 1979 Sioux Falls. The writer, Noah Hawley, maintains much of the tone and sensibility of the 1996 film which I loved. And the cinematography was nice.

The series releases on DVD next Tuesday in the US. I’m sure I’ll be watching it all over again. Also, I enjoyed this series much more than the highly praised True Detective. However, I do think both series are excellent.

 

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