Saturday, 15 November 2008

The Ugly of 'The Wire'

Officer James 'Jimmy' McNulty (played by Dominic West)
He is a good cop, but hate authority. He is also a drunk and treats women like either shit or whores. He is also a terrible father.

Officer Thomas 'Herk' Hauk (played by Domenick Lombardozzi)
A brutal and unethical cop. Will do whatever serves him best, even if it means stabbing loyal friends in the back.

Dep. Commissioner for Admin. Stanislaus Valchek (played by Al Brown)
He starts an investigation against a man simply because of racism and pride. He is a little man with a foul mouth and no sense of what is right.

Sergeant Jay Landsmand (played by Delany Williams)
He may be a big panda bear at heart, but this porn reading, donut chomping man has only one thing on his mind: Not having to do any work.

Kenard (played by Thuliso Dingwall)
Just a child, but a foul mouthed, cat torturing evil child at that, and no one around even cares.

Chris Partlow (played by Gbenga Akinnagbe)
For a family man to go out and do what he does, without question is just so ugly.

Mayor Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti (played by Aiden Gillen)
Another one who promises everythig, but when it comes to either the people or his own political advancement, he chooses the latter...easily.

State Senator R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis (played by Isiah Whitlock Jr.)
Savvy and charismatic hustler. He has no other agenda that raising money for himself and saying it is for the people. Hateful.

Horseface (played by Charley Scalies)
I mean he is called Horseface for a reason. He is also morally questionable.

Friday, 14 November 2008

The Bad of 'The Wire'

Officer Anthony Colicchio (played by Benjamin Busch)
A thuggish and seemingly racist white cop (is there any other kind?). He views the corner boys as scum and is not adverse to pummeling them to a pulp.

Marlo Stanfield (played by Jamie Hector)
He is just evil. A hard hitting drug thug with no soul.

Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson (played by Felicia Pearson)
You don't wanna f*ck with her. She may be small but she is lethal and unquestioning. She will take her kill orders and not think twice about them.

Maurice 'Maury' Levy (played by Michael Kostroff)
The man is a lawyer to the criminal underworld. He is ferocious and unethical and as Omar said so brilliantly, 'a parasite'.

Calvin 'Cheese' Wagstaff (played by Method Man)
Dumb and thuggish. The man will sever family ties just to be where the money and the power are. Again a dumb thug.

Russell 'Stringer' Bell (played by Idris Elba)
Smart, sexy, and ambitious, he is also not above lying manipulating and destroying families in order to get ahead.

Avon Barksdale (played by Wood Harris).
Loves his family, but unlike Prop Joe, he is always ready to resort to violence to settle a dispute. Causing so many people great pain.

Scott Templeton (played by Tom McCarthy).
A reporter for the Baltimore Sun who just wants bigger and better things, even if that means questionable reporting for maximum impact.

Executive Editor James C. Whiting II (played by Sam Freed).
All the man cares about is winning a Pulitzer Prize, even if it means allowing a fabricated story to do so.

Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow (played by David Costabile)
Spineless and basically a whipping boy. He is also vain throws his weight about in a pathetic manner. He has no understanding of journalistic integrity.

Mayor Clarence V. Royce (played by Glynn Turman)
Like all politicians he promises promises promises and promises some more, yet rarely delivers. Manipulating the people using race is a low low blow.

Chief of Staff Michael Steintort (played by Neal Huff)
He advises the mayor as to who should get state funds for the highest margin of political gain. In other words pure evil.

Michael Lee (played by Tristan Wilds)
Michael is one of those bad characters that is really good, but always took the easy violent way out instead of thinking things out. Bad boy.

Thursday, 13 November 2008


Here are some of the most interesting, funny and ridiculous stories in and around the interweb:

Chris Rock is going to remake 'Death and a Funeral'. ok, I am kind of all for remakes, but this movie is a year old. What's next? A remake of 'Revolutionary Road'? Next they will be remaking films just put into production. Come on Hollywood - Some originality please.

When you think about revenge, death, blood, and other nasty things you don't really think of Steven Spielberg, and you certainly do not think of Will Smith, but these two power houses are going to team up to remake 'Old Boy'.
Yes...that's right. 'Old Boy'. You know for shiz they are going to tone that shizzle (they will need a f*cking lot of toner).

Anne Thompson gets my quote of the week "The ratings board couldn't tell him anything to cut. The rating was for overall intensity."

Is it me, or does the freedom of blogging bring out the poet in Roger Ebert?

Gold Derby tackles those pesky 'Doubt' reviews ad well as taking a look at 'Best Actress'.

The Great Kate interview with Vanity Fair, was well as those fantastic pictures of an airbrushed Kate. Airbrush or no airbrush, scary ass "taking over the world' hair extensions or no scary ass "taking over the world' hair extensions, the woman is sexy as can be.
She talks candidly about not winning the holy grail of acting awards, which is always fun to hear.
If this her year? Well it could be, no one knows anything till the night.

Can Michael Winterbotton get her to act?

Good to see Freeman going back to comedy. He shone in 'Nurse Betty'.


And ending on a political note. The US election result was fantastic. I was so relieved and happy, then I looked at the breakdown of votes and saw that it was kind of close considering I thought it would have been a landslide in Obama's favor. With a complete idiotic train wreck that was Sarah Palin, how did McCain get so many votes? Is this an example of plain stupidity or racism?

Any who all that will becoming to a theater near us at some point.

The Good of 'The Wire'

Detective Lester Freeman (played by Clarke Peters)
Doing desk work until his calling with the wire tap comes along. he will play dirty but only to get the bad guys in prison.

Colonel Cedric Daniels (played by Lance Reddick)
Politically ambitious, but not so much as to ever steer his staff in the wrong direction. Police work is his first and foremost.

Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs (played by Sonja Sohn)
An honest cop, and sexy lesbian all in one. She gets lead astray but rediscoveres her honesty and what is really important to her.

Sergeant Ellis Carver (played by Seth Gilliam)
After learning lessons about corruption and ethics he became an honest and effective police officer, and tried with all his might to do the right thing.

Dennis "Cutty" Wise (played by Chad L. Coleman)
Out on parole and trying to make a clean break. You see his struggle at making a life for himself and you see his kindness.

Proposition Joe Stewart (payed by Robert F. Chew)
Me may have been a drug king pin, but the man would always favour a peace settlement over violence (and profit above all).

Bubbles (played by Andre Royo).
Living on the street and addicted to heroin Bubbles takes in the lost sould of the city and helps out the police as much as he can.

Omar Little (played by Michael Kenneth Williams)
Armed with a shot gun, long trench coat, and his boyfriend, Omar robs the drug dealers - Batman style. The coolest and most emotional member of the street.

Butchie (played by S. Robert Morgan).
The blind barkeep and sometime drug dealer who stays out of sight and mind of Baltimore's major players. The man has a heart of gold.

City Editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes (played by Clark Johnson).
A news paper editor who is dedicated to getting things right. He also has an eye for a story and for a bull shit artist.

Norman Wilson (played by Reg E. Cathey).
Advisor to the mayor, a very vocal one at that. This previous reporter he knows his stuff and advises from the heart.

Frank Sobotka (played by Chris Bauer)
He is basically a good man having to do questionable things for his workers. His heart is always with his people and his family.

Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski (played by Jim True-Frost).
He was a frightened cop with terrible street instincts, but he found a niche working on the wire tap until he realizes his heroic true calling.

Assistant Principle Marcia Connelly (played by Tootsie Duvall).
Her hands are full doing what she can to keep the school running and in good order. You know she is based on so many people which is why she feels so real.

Duquan "Dukie" Weems (played by Jermaine Crawford).
One of the saddest stories in the show. The bright young boy living in hell who is still clinging on to his childhood friends as it is all he has.

Howard "Bunny" Colvin (played by Robert Wisdom).
The most forward thinking man on the show. Tackles both the drug problem and the problem in the schools with great results, only to be blind sided by the powers that be.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The Wire

I have almost finished watching the entire series of 'The Wire'. I will go as far as to say it is the best show I have ever seen on TV. Although my love for 'Buffy' and sometime 'Battlestar' may out weigh my love for 'The Wire' there is no denying that when it comes to writing, acting and direction nothing quiet equals this epic study of the city of Baltimore.

I was thinking of the character of the show and how they all fit into one of the following characteristics: Good, bad and ugly. You can be a drug dealer and be good, you can be a cop and be bad, and you can be either and be incredibly ugly (on the inside).

Over the next few days I will post up my rogues galleries. I know most people do not watch the show, but this is a little thing just for me. I hope you enjoy, or at least it spurs you on to watch the show.

'Road to Purgatory'

Yep people there is a planned sequel to 'Road to Perdition' planned. The $20mil picture is being shopped around and looks to get the go ahead.

The original writer of the graphic novel, Max Allan Collins has the story as a trilogy (Road to Paradise is the last one) with the second part being about how Michael Sullivan Jr. - the son in 'Perdition' - as he returns home from WWII and vows to avenge the murder of his zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz snort zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Who the hell cares. Jude Laws character won't be in it, and he is what made the first film worth watching.

Totally filler post here.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Feeling Milow

Belium artist Jonathan Vandenbroeck aka Milow is one of his countries most successful singer/song writers.

Sure you can't tell his song writing skills from this cover of 50 Cent and Timberlakes hit song, but what you can tell is the boy can totally take a bland hip hop track and give it a breath of fresh air.

Plus he is also easy on the eyes (should you like your baldies like I do)

If you like it, check out his wonderful first track ‘You Don’t Know

On my knees ‘Beggin’

Gosh I am totally loving this track by Madcon.
With it’s retro soul funk vibe and temptations sounding harmony.

This Norwegian hip hop act is storming the World Charts.
This screams cross over and I hope it does.
As catchy as Gnarls Barkely’s ‘Crazy’ and funky as Basement Jaxx.

Going Ga Ga

Italian American Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) is a nice fresh breath of air. Doing my fave type of music dance-opo/electro. She started at an early age signing along to Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson and parlayed that into teaching herself to play piano by ear and attending open mic night in New York.

The new York attitude definitely comes across in ‘Just Dance’ which is heating up world charts. There will be comparisons to Gwen Steffani but aside from the blonde hair and music genre there is no real comparisons. Us weekly magazine even said she is “Pop’s new dance Diva” and said Madonna should “Move on” (sacrilege!)

Her new single ‘Poker Face’ is already charting around the world.

Check the video for that out here

I Miss Cree

My mate Andra posted this on my facebook wall, and I am in love with it.
Cree summer released an absolutely amazing album no one bought in 1999 called 'Street Faërie'. The album was produced by Lenny Kravitz and is one of my personal favourites.

This video for the unreleased song 'Savior Self' was directed by Summer and co-stars Lisa Bonet who she co-stared with in 'A Different World'. I wish she would release another album, such a crime she does not have a bigger career.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Love U!

Nicole Kid-MAN

Nicole Nidman is going to star in a produce "The Danish Girl," based on the true story of Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener (Charlize Theron) who's marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar (Kidman) stood in for an female model that Greta (Theron) was set to paint.
When their portraits become wildly popular in 1920s Copenhagen, Greta encouraged her husband to adopt the female guise. What began as a harmless game led Einer to a metamorphosis and landmark 1931 operation that shocked the world and threatened their love.

Yes....Nicole Kidman is going to play a post-op transsexual. No one can ever the say that the woman does not pick challenging roles.
However I do think she is going to have to try and beef up a bit ( mean look at that picture...she is in no way manly very curious to see how she pulls it off). With this and a planned bio-pic about bisexual singer Dusty Springfield, Kidman could be come a new gay icon, even more so than she is now.

Stuipid Bloody Bollocky Pig Dog People

That is what happens when you allow morons into a test screening. Baz Luhrmann has bowed to studio pressure and have been forced to change the ending to 'Australia' simple because some simpering twats didn't like it the way it was.

The story originates from Australian new but it has spoilers so please do not read this if you do not want your movie going magic ruined.

Such sad sad sad news. I guess the studio has forked out a lot on money for this, but still there is no reason to change the work of such a visionary man. It is an insult. I just hope we get to see the original ending.
Test screening reviews that I have read have said the film is wonderful as it is. These changes probably come because some idiot who couldn't tell you the difference in film making between a Fellini picture and a Michael Bay production.

Can you imagine if Luhrmann changed his other films? What would we have?

At the end of 'Moulin Rouge!' it turns out that Satine just had a really bad cough and after some lemsips and TLC from Christian she got better and they all lived happily ever after?

In 'Romeo and Juliet' whilst laying unconscious Juliet senses Romeo's presence and wakes up just as he is about to kill himself. They kiss and run off to Paris and live happily ever after.

Or how about just as Fran and Scott take their final bow, a crazed and jealous Tina Sparkle jumps onto the dance floor with an AK47 and takes out the whole room. A Strictly Bloody Ballroom indeed.

Then again those three films were based on famous stories, La Bohème, Romeo and Juliet, and Pygmalion respectively.

Gosh Hollywood can make me so mad...although I am sure the film will still be wonderful. Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed, Fingers Tightly Crossed,

Sunday, 9 November 2008

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Green Christmas.

In keeping with sundays being about things that matter to me personally ("Like movies and music isn't??! - I hear you asking) I will talk about something that brings some people joy, and others sleepless nightmare filled nights - Christmas Shopping.
Every year I go out and spend a fortune of gifts for loved ones. And for what? They end up gathering dust most of the time. Still not sure that my brother-in-law has finished any of the Star wars lego I got him. At least I know my sister uses her baking stuff all the time, and my dad uses his new kettle every morning.

This year I am determined to get gifts that really matter. I mean in the big scheme of things what do any of us really need of a material nature?

Sure there is loads of things I want in my life, I even have various wish lists to prove that, however this year it is becoming apparent that my group of friends really do not need anything. As my good friend Anne-Marie said “If I want something, I buy it myself”. Too true.

This year I am giving charity gifts and gifts that in some way make a difference. If Uncle Chester does not like his adopted whale, I am sure the people at WWF appreciate it…so at least someone does.

Here are some great places you can get some really amazing Christmas gifts this year.

Check them out and make a difference:

For some great eco gadgets, energy saving toys and ecological house hold supplies check out It Must Be Green.

On a similar note, but with a lot more in their catalog is one of my favourite shops online. Check out Natural Collection.

Oxfam needs no introduction.

There is also everything you could possibly need at the Ethical Superstore.

If you are in the US check out the Green Earth Market

Project Concern allows you to give the gifts of health, hope and nutrition to those less fortunate.

A really cool site, with some lovely gorgeous things is This Fair Earth. Seriously y'all the goods they sell are stunning and ethical.

You all know how much I love LUSH. They use natural ingredients but more importantly all of their ingredients are ethically sourced. Plus they do not use a lot of packaging and offer freebies if you return the black pots some of the moisturizers and face masks come in. Also it just so happens the products they sell are amazing. Honestly my skin has not looked better, and I drink A LOT! Check out LUSH USA and LUSH UK.

Get a child a great gift that is stimulating and educational. A subscription to Kids National Geographic.

WWF memberships are wonderful presents, and the also have a great store.

Also you can donate to Sea Shepherds and Green Peace who are doing amazing work across the world, but can only survive with your donations.

And for those of you who just demand a new wardrobe for the new year, please check out Fair Indigo and Sandbag

Go on, make a difference this Christmas. Let 2009 be a better year for the earth as well as us.