Articles tagged the wire

Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in ‘The Wire’

On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.

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5 Mar 2012 // 9:00 PM

Gender and Corruption in ‘Boss’

The women of Boss are strong, smart and strategic, but can powerful women be happy too? How can they be mothers and leaders? Do they have to be cold and calculating?

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The ‘Down-Low’ Is Still Kept Down and Low in Black Communities

Despite gay rights progress on many fronts, the problems of black LGBT people are still largely invisible, as they are often shunned by the black communities from which they come.

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Drawn Together: Cornell’s “Demon Knights” and the Ideal of Camelot

In Demon Knights Paul Cornell not only dramatizes the idea of Camelot, but exquisitely reenacts it at one of the oldest comicbook publishers.

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Reality, and Then Some, as Conveyed in ‘The Wire’ and ‘Oliver Twist’

The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.

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Still Flying: An Interview with Tim Minear, Part I

Both an integral part of the Whedonverse and a major television creator in his own right, Tim Minear was the co-creator of Firefly in addition to working as a writer on both Angel and Dollhouse. He is currently the showrunner of the FOX series The Chicago Code.

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13 Jan 2011 // 9:00 PM

Gotta Be ‘In Treatment’

Loss is a necessary part of life, sure, but must it be a necessary part of TV?

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7 Sep 2010 // 9:00 PM

‘The Wire’ As American Noir

The Wire’s intentional difficulty and rigor -- along with academia’s ongoing love affair with cultural studies -- might very well explain its emerging as a centerpiece in a growing number of courses at many colleges and universities in the United States.

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New Jurisdiction: How Will the Dark, Brooding ‘Luther’ Fare Stateside?

Airing on BBC America later in the year, the BBC's recent dark crime series, Luther, deserves to do as well stateside as it's doing here in the UK.

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8 Jul 2010 // 9:00 PM

Brava, Bravo!

Those Bravo executives are tricksters, fooling me into believing familiarity breeds contentment, not contempt. I'm totally hooked.

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11 Feb 2010 // 6:00 AM

The Wire routinely made our TV top 10 lists year after year while it was on the air and it’s one of the shows we

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19 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

Fast Train to Nowhere: Watching ‘The Wire’ Aesthetically

Every scene, no matter how seemingly throwaway, no matter how seemingly unimportant, contributes to a larger vision, a complex set of patterns and narratives. Which is why The Wire is both totally fascinating and utterly unrealistic.

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TNA's live broadcast against WWE on January 4 could be a turning point for American TV wrestling. One shot alone won't make it through the WWE's bovine skull, but at least someone's started firing.

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The Way Home by George Pelecanos

There's not a saint here, but most of the sinners have saintly moments.

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20 Questions: Paul Ben-Victor

We learn at PopMatters 20 Questions that in addition to his acting skills, Ben-Victor has a knack for doing wild makeup designs and body art.

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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1 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Necktie and the Noose

Will Barack Obama face the accusations that black professionals sometimes face of abandoning their heritage? Does it hinge on his choice of tie?

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24 Aug 2008 // 10:00 PM

Women and ‘The Wire’

Why the most intelligent show on TV, a compelling exploration of the circumstances and institutional pressures that make people who they are, gets an "F" in Gender Studies.

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The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season

The dense mythology, painstakingly created over five novelistic seasons, has enough drama packed inside to be easily spun out for the next five, ten, 15 years.

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Shunning resolution, shock and tears, ‘The Wire’ stays loose to the end

The epitaph to “The Wire,” HBO’s blistering five-season chronicle of urban decay, was delivered by Cheese (rapper Method Man) in what amounted to his

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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