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Casting 'Clown Car '16, the Movie'

Casting 'Clown Car '16, the Movie'
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?

When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.

All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is
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Deadwood, The Wire & The Sopranos – Who Is The Best of the Best?

Since HBO taught us how TV should be made, the medium has divided into two. On one side there’s the total shit that’s still being trotted out by the networks; filled with hackneyed characters, formulaic plotlines, endless chase scenes and flashbacks that patronise the audience by spoon-feeding them reminders of why something is relevant to the plot. Then there’s the good stuff; original ideas, realistic scripts and dialogues, compelling storylines, great acting and best of all, a faith on the part of the program makers that the audience has a modicum of intelligence.

Well actually there’s a third category: The stuff that shows a bit of both – Lost, True Blood, even Dexter with its you-need-me-to-explain-everything-you-are-seeing voiceover – all manage to tick the right boxes some of the time, only to let us down the rest of the time.

But we’re focusing on the good stuff. The shows which,
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The Wire re-up: season five, episode 10 – Baltimore's Academy Awards

Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who have already seen The Wire in its entirety. This week: in our final re-up, Paul Owen pays tribute to the cast of The Wire

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The Wire: the book

The Wire Re-up: The Guardian Guide to the Greatest TV Show Ever Made is out now from Guardian Books, and available in all good bookshops. The book features blogposts on every episode from all five seasons, plus interviews with the cast and features on the show – as well as many, many of your comments, which have made this blog the great forum it is. Buy the book by clicking here – and join our Wire Facebook group here.

Season five, episode 10

So this is it ­– our last re-up. Over the past 14 months we've discussed drug policy, race, the decline of the working class, the place of women
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The Wire re-up: season five, episode four – the big lie

Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who have already seen the show in its entirety. This week: contributor Andy Bullock looks at what The Wire has to say about the run-up to the Iraq war

The Wire: the book

The Wire Re-up: The Guardian Guide to the Greatest TV Show Ever Made is out now from Guardian Books, and available in all good bookshops. The book features blogposts on every episode from all five seasons, plus interviews with the cast and features on the show – as well as many, many of your comments, which have made this blog the great forum it is. Buy the book by clicking here.

Season five, episode four

This week commenter Andy Bullock takes over the blog to explain what The Wire has to say about the run-up to the Iraq war.

In series five David Simon decides it's time to get political – really political.
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'The Wire' comes full circle in its gripping finale

The following piece discusses the series finale of "The Wire" (which aired Sunday on HBO). If you're a "Wire" fan, I recommend watching the finale before reading what's below.

An image has been in my mind since I watched the series finale of “The Wire.” It’s a scene of a character named Dukie preparing to shoot up drugs.

It’s only a brief glimpse at Dukie’s fate, but it’s heartbreaking.

We met Dukie (Jermaine Crawford) and three other eighth-grade boys two years ago, in Season 4 of “The Wire.” He was a shy, smart, gawky youth who didn’t quite fit in on the tough streets of West Baltimore.

He blossomed when his teacher, a former cop, started giving Dukie clean clothes and soap and showing him how to use a computer. As he gained confidence and shed some of his reticence, it was impossible not to care about Dukie,
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