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#1 iambre

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:04 PM

Let's start this topic with a 36-minute video essay on the visual style of HBO's "The Wire" with that of other television programs.

If you are a fan of The Wire or quality made television shows in general, you will enjoy this video. Unfortunately, I cannot embed the video, so you will have to watch it on Vimeo.

Style in The Wire by Erland Lavik on Vimeo.
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#2 Arya Stark

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:39 PM

Here you go. Give it a minute to load. For a fullscreen, use the link above

http://vimeo.com/moo...toplay=0&loop=0

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:39 PM

Nearly 10 years later I can still tear up at the sight of Wallace. The most heartbreaking moment on television I have ever seen.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

Nearly 10 years later I can still tear up at the sight of Wallace. The most heartbreaking moment on television I have ever seen.

I started to watch The Wire way back when but it just didn't grab me. It is one of the few shows I regret not "getting"

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

Thanks for posting the video!
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#6 iambre

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:52 PM

Nearly 10 years later I can still tear up at the sight of Wallace. The most heartbreaking moment on television I have ever seen.

I started to watch The Wire way back when but it just didn't grab me. It is one of the few shows I regret not "getting"

Don't regret, it will always be there waiting for you when you decide to give it a chance. The Wire is timeless and will stand the test of time.
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#7 Arya Stark

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:01 PM

Nearly 10 years later I can still tear up at the sight of Wallace. The most heartbreaking moment on television I have ever seen.

I started to watch The Wire way back when but it just didn't grab me. It is one of the few shows I regret not "getting"

Don't regret, it will always be there waiting for you when you decide to give it a chance. The Wire is timeless and will stand the test of time.

I have a group of friends in the DC area who were obsessed with the show. They didn't understand how everyone they knew wasn't watching it

Every now and then HBO puts the whole series on VOD, I'll keep an eye out and save them or request the DVDs a gift

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:12 PM

I never really got into the Wire because I live in Baltimore and you could always tell which actors weren't from here, and it bugged me too much, lol. It seems really well done as far as writing, directing, acting, producing goes...I just couldn't watch it.


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:59 PM

I keep hearing about The Wire, but have never watched it. I think that video might have just convinced me that it's time. Hopefully it's on Hulu?


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 04:50 PM

I keep hearing about The Wire, but have never watched it. I think that video might have just convinced me that it's time. Hopefully it's on Hulu?

 

You will not be disappointed if you give it a try.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 10:33 AM

A friend just let me the DVDs for this and acted like she was handing over the Arc of the Covenant. I'm curious to see if it lives up to the hype.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 01:22 PM

A friend just let me the DVDs for this and acted like she was handing over the Arc of the Covenant. I'm curious to see if it lives up to the hype.

 

I feel the same way about West Wing so they may be on to something.

 

West Wing is available on Netflix, I've watched the whole series several time but I ordered the complete DVD set from Amazon just the same.


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:36 AM

A friend just let me the DVDs for this and acted like she was handing over the Arc of the Covenant. I'm curious to see if it lives up to the hype.

 

I feel the same way about West Wing so they may be on to something.

 

West Wing is available on Netflix, I've watched the whole series several time but I ordered the complete DVD set from Amazon just the same.

 

I haven't watched the West Wing yet either O_O 


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 11:38 PM

I haven't watched West Wing either, but then again I don't constantly hear about West Wing either. I have heard about The Wire a few times, but still they are not nearly as mentioned as shows like Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead, of which the latter one sucks in my opinion. Maybe one day when I have nothing else to watch?


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#15 iambre

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:25 PM

Here's your chance to watch one of the best series on television in HD. I'm so excited!!!

 

HBO Will Broadcast “The Wire” in Full HD for the First Time Ever

 

 

If anyone in your life has yet to watch The Wire, the time has come for you to do your duty.

 

Beginning on Thursday with the very first episode, HBO Signature will re-air one episode of the critically-acclaimed show every single weeknight at 8 p.m. This is not a typical broadcast, however; each episode has been fully remastered and will be presented for the first time ever in HD.

 

Even if you have seen the show, how could you resist the chance to see Avon and Stringer back together, Omar on the prowl, McNulty get uncomfortably wasted, or even poor, poor Bubbles slowly redeem himself?

 

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#16 iambre

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:52 PM

Here's an old article for newbies who need more encouragement to watch. This was the very first show I binged watched back in 2005 before binging was hot.

 

Sports Guy Seal of Approval by Bill Simmons

 

17. "The Wire"

"Readers kept telling me to watch this show. They implored me. They kept e-mailing me. They badgered me. I didn't listen. As I've described multiple times in this space, I hate being told that I should watch a show; I like discovering them at my own speed. And if it made me three or four years late for the party with classics like "The Sopranos" and "24," so be it. It's just that I can't willingly jump onto a show; it needs to happen organically.

For instance, here's what happened with "The Wire:" On a Tuesday night in mid-August, the Sports Gal and I were home with nothing to watch and ending up stumbling onto "The Wire Re-Up" button on HBO On Demand. I'd been avoiding this show for four years because the Baltimore drug scene didn't appeal to me unless Raffie Palmeiro and Miggy Tejada were involved. But the Sports Gal was the one who said, "Let's watch the first show of 'The Wire' and see if we like it."

Within 10 minutes, we were hooked. We ended up banging out three episodes the first night and another three the second night. Then our cable system switched to a new provider ... and all the Season 1 episodes disappeared into thin air. Now we were scrambling. None of the video stores around us had Season 1 in stock. I ended up ordering Season 1 online (two-day delivery courtesy of Amazon Prime), but we were so hooked on the show that when someone returned Season 1 to our video store, we rented the last three discs that same night. We banged out the last seven episodes in two nights before the DVD was even delivered. That's how hooked we were.

I'll go this far: I'd put Season 1 of "The Wire" against anything. The first three seasons of "The Sopranos." Seasons 1 or 2 of "24." The first seasons of "NYPD Blue," "ER" or "Miami Vice." You name it. I have never seen a show like it. Season 2 wasn't as good (if Season 1 was an A-plus-plus-plus, then Season 2 was a B-plus), and we're just about to dive into Season 3, so I don't have an opinion on that yet. Everyone seems to agree that they outdid themselves with Season 4 and that it's a legitimate masterpiece. Just know that you can absolutely start watching Season 4 without having seen the other three seasons. It's not an ideal way to break into the show, but you can do it.

Without giving too much away, four more things you need to know:

A. Before I started watching "The Wire," my four favorite TV/movie detectives of all-time were Sonny Crockett ("Miami Vice"); Jack Cates ("48 Hrs."); Johnny Kelly ("NYPD Blue"); and Nick Curran (Michael Douglas' character in "Basic Instinct"), who couldn't break away from Sharon Stone even though he knew that every time she climbed on top during sex, there was a 50 percent chance she might ram an ice pick into his chest. But Jimmy McNulty in "The Wire" (played by Dominic West) ... he might end up beating them all before everything's said and done. He might have even moved to No. 1 during the scene in Season 2 when they raid a brothel and he ends up in a threesome before the rest of the cops arrive. Not even Sonny Crockett would have done that.

B. I love any show with a slew of mostly no-name actors that bang their roles out of the park, although it was weird to see one of the leads from "Remember the Titans" playing drug lord Avon Barksdale. With that said, Alonzo Mourning gives an inspired performance as Stringer Bell (Avon's manipulative consigliere). Maybe the best athlete/Hollywood crossover since Kareem in "Airplane."

(Wait, that's not Alonzo Mourning? Are we positive?)

C. In an attempt to be gritty, they didn't cast any of those Angie Harmon/Jill Hennessey types who always seem unrealistically cute for a drug/crime show set in a place like Baltimore. And since the actresses on the show are average-looking down the line, guess what happens? It's like the Lambeau parking lot, any press box or any NESCAC keg party ... the females who do appear on this show end up seeming disproportionately hot by about the fifth episode. Absolutely bizarre. I love when this happens.

D. Omar might be my favorite HBO villain since Adebici. And that's saying something.

Anyway, I can't believe I didn't watch this show sooner. It enrages me. I'm not doing the "YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS SHOW OR YOUR WHOLE LIFE WILL BE INCOMPLETE!" routine, because that might scare you away. Just know that it's one of the five greatest shows I've ever seen. And I hope you stumble across it some day."

 


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Posted 27 December 2014 - 09:45 PM

I've pretty much given up my weekend to watch the marathon. Season 2 was the only season I've never watched in its entirety and I must say that it's very good and I see how it setup season 3. The Wire never got award show recognition it truly deserved. It was overshadowed by The Sopranos which is unfortunate.


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Posted 28 December 2014 - 03:37 PM

The Affair ruined the actors playing Noah for me. I can't separate the two characters even though he looks younger on here.


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#19 iambre

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 09:13 PM

You know McNulty and Noah are very similar. Both cheated on their wives and put their motives and needs over top of everyone else. The only difference between the two characters is that McNulty had heart of gold and even though he was a drunken, womanizing asshole most of the time, it came from a place that the viewer knew was good. I see none of that with Noah. Maybe the character of Noah wasn't well written but it's very difficult to care about him in the same way I did and rooted for McNulty.

 

The actor John Doman who plays Noah's father-in-law also played William Rawls on The Wire. Both characters had a very contentious relationships with Noah/McNulty. I almost wonder if the actor was cast on The Affair just because of how well he played against Dominic West in The Wire.


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