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I enjoyed that.
Do you have any respect for anyone who refuses to snitch? I'm not sure what i think about it really
try the iplayer?
because he spent most of the time with the police who werent his subjects, so his usually tactics didnt work, he should have moved into the ghetto
nothing we haven't all seen a million times before, all handled by louis theroux's borderline-simpleton journalistic style. no thanks.
but how much can you do in 1 hour, least it wasnt filmed like that Prison series with celebs on the virgin free channel, got made me giddy trying to follow the quick paced camera work
that is all
when nobody is willing to talk to you, even a little bit. The good thing about Louis is that he manages to infiltrate groups by being an unthreatening, unconfrontational weinhole, and so gets them to open up. When he can't do that he's just a dorky wang end asking silly questions
He is more suited to a group of nutballs with some warped idealogy or crazy system. Most of these people were just poor, undereducated and over medicated; no great philosophy to lance by being faux-naive and chummy.
but then i haven't watched an episode of the wire yet
i probably would have been shocked by some of it but it was pretty much run of the mill stuff. Would have been better if he could have focused on one particular person involved in the drug trade or something.
when he was high.
it makes you cut your face off and feed it to your doggies.
nom nom nom
The cops were all big ol tough wankers. You wouldn't find guys like that over here
They're all softies over here
on that corner, waving her arms around, shouting "There aint no niggers here!"
I couldn't help but burst out laughing!
too many of the others seemed like Herc from the wire, with the "let's fcuk these guys up!" attitude. Theroux started to get the people he spoke to to reveal some interesting stuff, but most were holding back too much to offer a lot.
It was still pretty good but not as good as the prison one, which was excellent.
It was a startling reminder of how accurate The Wire is.
It was a bit different to his normal stuff because he didn't really infiltrate a group, but highlight the intractable problems of American cities in decline. The Police can go and do what they want but because they can't address the systemic problems so will just continue to fight them forever. The corner boys are in a system of violence which takes pride in being obtrusive to the police, in spite of the fact that their bosses, just like those of any corporation, live in big houses far away from the problems they create and the people they exploit. The community is caught between fear of crime and the crossfire of the police having to act tough to try and do anything. I was incredulous when that man was having a go at the police officer and the officer was like "We just took a gun off the street, we just saved a life"
"Yeah, but I got frisked harsh the other day" - talk about perspective.
So yeah, I thought it was good.
I thought it suffered from the Curse of The Wire: An hour is no-where near enough time to get right down into how things are in any situation, let alone policing in a major city. The cops he was hanging out with felt like Hercs and Carvers rather than a Daniels (i.e. someone who might be able to tell the viewer something he doesn't already know), and I don't care what anyone says - interviewing a junkie while they're high is a total waste of time, for them and us.
So, in conclusion: Meh.
the junkie bit did seem a bit pointless
I thought it was interesting and gritty. I was hiding behind my cushion for some of the dead people bits..The Junky girl looked so beautiful, I thought, but was on a 12 or 20 bag of heroine a day, then she smiled. She said she couldn't go home to get high cause she didn't want to get beat up, she felt safer in that dis-used bombsite like area. Louis looked like a square maths teacher in amongst the street urchins.
and from that it made it all seem pretty grim and desperate.....I think when Louis put it to the police that the young guy who was running cos he was scared and got an elbow to the face, could have been innocent and the police saying nah he was guilty, kind of summed up the problem with any sort of documentary on this sort of thing......either could have been right, although my heart kind of went with the young kid that had been elbowed.
I LOLed when all the people on the street loled when the police held up the ittie bittie 22 cal pistol as proof of a guys 'badness'
(sorry dont mean to make lite of people who have been killed with 22's but it was just that i guess that if u want to impress other corner gangs that a 22 isnt really going to make a big impression a .357 .38 or .45 or 9mm would impress more)
but a bit shallow in the end. Not long enough, and Louis didn't get to spend enough time with any one person. I', still waiting for him to to reach the heights he did with his Thai Brides weird weekend again.