29 Aug 2009

Tapping The Wire

Further to my previous post about The Wire, here's a special Charlie Brooker did for the FX channel. It's a fascinating 1/2 hour look at the show, including interviews with the creator, David Simon, some of the main cast members and famous fans.

The Wire - Best TV Show Ever made

I found this video whilst browsing YouTube. In it, Charlie Brooker, lead television critic for the UK's Guardian newspaper, does a pithily excellent job in explaining just why The Wire really is the best show on television. What's even more telling is the fact that he made this video without having yet seen the fourth season, which is regarded by most as the best season of the show.

Anyway, here's the video. It's well worth watching if you want to learn a bit more about The Wire and it's only four minutes long.

10 Aug 2009

Books: Moab is My Washpot

Just finished reading Stephen Fry's autobiography Moab is My Washpot. Being a Stephen Fry fan, I knew I'd probably like the book and wasn't disappointed.

The timeline of the book is Stephen's life from birth to age 18. While for most people this may not be long enough to justify the writing of an autobiography, Stephen's tales of English public-school life (for those not in the know, in England "public"school actually means private school. I would explain, but I can't be bothered) are amusing and interesting enough to keep the reader entertained.

The 21st century's answer to Oscar Wilde in terms of dry wit (if not literary genius), Stephen's writing is consistently hilarious, thought-provoking and more than a little embarrassing (for him, not you).

His tales of the minutae and traditions of attending public school are a mix of the sad and the funny, as are his continuous grappling with his own sexuality and propensity to thieve at every opportunity.

In short, entertaining, well-written and a good insight into one of England's most beloved popular culture figures. Recommended.

Looks like it might be good...

Just came across a preview for HBO's new comedy show Bored to Death. It stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson and looks like it'll be pretty funny. Click here to see the trailer.