OLIVE KITTERIDGE AND THE WIRE
Been a while since I’ve written here, but every once in a while I see a film or series so mind-blowingly good I can’t help myself. I’ve got a HUGE crush on the HBO series OLIVE KITTERIDGE, based on a book of short stories by Elizabeth Strout and directed by The Kids are Alright’s Lisa Choledenko.
This 4 part series is acted, written, directed and shot with such craft and tender loving care it’s simply perfection. Such sensitive, emotional, intelligent film making is so refreshing. In the setting of that fictional Maine town you feel all at once as if you’ve dropped into a Norman Rockwell painting except the edges pull away to reveal the dirty, uncomfortable moments lurking behind every pretty picture. This way, we experience a catharsis which is what art is for.
When most of the series I watch are still on hiatus I reach back out to those series I never gave a chance. The Wire was one of those.
People I respect told me, critics raved…and I finally watched HBO’s The Wire. It’s on par with Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. It’s refreshing to see a gritty, crime drama that tackles the same topics with more artistry and emotion than ANY OTHER cop drama…in my opinion. Also, this wasn’t just a cop drama simply because the majority of the storyline was about crime. I had presumed The Wire as just another SVU or the like but I stand corrected. This series is a biography of a city and the people who live in it.
The theme song really tells the tale: WAY DOWN THE HOLE.