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The Wire (2002)
The King Stay the King.
I have just watched the Series Finale of The Wire, and I must say I'm impressed. The plot summary isn't all that attractive, and most people have not heard of it. Well, it's quite a downer actually, because if there is one thing to be said about The Wire is: Amazing.
Well, people may think that it is another cop show with incredible action sequences, guns blazing, criminals eating it. Well, to their disappointment (Or not), it isn't.
The Wire goes much deeper than that,it certainly is a cop show, but at the same time it delivers so much more than you ever thought possible. With a realistic, gritty, and a bit direct approach, this show takes on both sides of the law, and not only on the investigative side, but on their personal lives as well.
With that said, The Wire has quite a number of incredible characters, that are flawlessly developed throughout the five seasons. Each character has not only his "role" on the show, but real lives, daily activities, dialogues, fights, troubles, like any other human being. And that can be taken literally, as some of the cast actors are real life cops and Baltimore citizens. But at the same time it has this focus on the character's personal lives, it does it so well not to become have a soap opera kind of approach.
Each character is a lot more than his contribution to the plot line, these characters have family issues, problems at work, trouble with their own morals, relationships with other characters. All of this while happens while they're involved in the show's main and secondary plot lines. Which makes it more real, life does not give you time, it just throws everything at ou at the same time.
Adding up to the extremely good characters, you have a solid plot line throughout each season, that manages to keep its quality in high standards all the way. There aren't any singular episodes that you can point as an all time high of quality, The Wire is like a 13 hour story, it all fits together in the end.
The Wire also approaches certain social subjects and has a critical posture on them, kind of reflective actually. It approaches corruption, politics, public education, media, public administration, ethics and morals. And it also does it flawlessly, never making it look like a documentary or academic research. And with each new season and new subject comes new characters, and not once I have been disappointed in any of them.
It all adds up as a very complete experience, going from the struggles of the power of a politician, to the personal troubles a husband has with his wife, to the reality drug addicts live in, to the everyday police work, and to much more.
Certainly is a must watch if I may say so, if you are looking for an intelligent show that actually makes you use your head a little, you just found it.
North by Northwest (1959)
Certainly worth watching.
Recently, I had to slow down on watching the movies from my Watchlist because of my girlfriend, and finally after a long time I could get her to watch this great piece of cinema.
Cary Grant's acting is worth watching the movie, the great pieces of dialogue, the charm and how natural it all looks is amazing. Still, I'd change that pair of gray socks for a pair of black socks anytime.
The plot is full of surprises and it's quite hard to predict anything until much later in the movie, so be prepared for quite a few twists along the movie. It's a must watch if you are slightly interested in Hitchcock's work.