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Peter Reynolds

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The Fat Lady Is Singing And She’s A Soprano.

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The Sopranos

I’m not sure whether it’s my second or third time through but I’m now halfway into the sixth and final series and I really don’t want it to end.  I feel like I’m about to enter mourning with only half a dozen episodes left.

‘The Sopranos’ is magnificent drama.  In my opinion, it is, without doubt, the best of them all.  ‘The Wire’ was great, ‘Breaking Bad’ was good but nothing comes close to the tale of Tony Soprano and his family.  I’m not a fan of violence on film or TV but it’s all in context and appropriate.  The story of an Italian, organised crime family in New Jersey contains everything you would imagine but a whole lot more.  It is sensitive, intelligent, insightful, funny, frightening .  The acting is superb and the characters are marvellous.  Once you get to series three or four  they have been so well constructed and developed that the script becomes very subtle and the issues tackled transcend the storyline and become poetry, parables, allegories for our time and our lives.

James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano, is a great actor, now sadly passed.  He could have done so much more but this iconic role is a masterpiece.  The rest of the cast is fantastic too, different lives portrayed in all their humanity, good mixed with bad, venality mixed with morality.  There is much to learn from enjoying this wonderful, masterful exposition of TV drama.

I give ‘The Sopranos’ my highest possible recommendation.  Don’t miss it.  It is extraordinary.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

September 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm

The Newsroom

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This is a wonderful new HBO television series of the standard of the Wire, The Sopranos, ER and, most significantly, The West Wing.  Its writer, the legendary Aaron Sorkin, also writes and produces The Newsroom.  Official website here.

Emily Mortimer

It is beautifully done and sows so many seeds of so much plot and character potential in its first episode – and it gets even better in the second.

Emily Mortimer is gorgeous as the female lead.  It amuses, irritates and then enrages me that this delightful British actress plays the noble American “land of the free” story but at least she doesn’t feign any accent and it’s clear she’s a Brit.

It starts as the Gulf of Mexico disaster is breaking news and it has a great, inspirational philosophy too – do you remember when we used to regard journalists as heroes and seekers after truth?

The Newsroom is exciting and very special.

Watch it.

Written by Peter Reynolds

July 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Back On The Wire

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I’m back.  Apologies to those who have missed my posts.  Thanks to the hundreds who have asked where I am.

Truth is that I was under the cloud of a vile, vicious, unforgiving flu virus.  If anything ever deserved the unremitting attentions of the Israeli Army and everything that Mossad has to offer then it was this.  Misery, depression, lack of motivation – nothing could have been more unforgiving and merciless in its attack.

I survived.  Perhaps Palestine will not.

As I emerged from under this dark cloud there was one thing that helped me through.  I have read about it for  months.  The HBO series, The Wire.  I have seen it described as the best thing ever on television.  These superlatives seemed different from most and as I immersed myself in the stories of Baltimore I understood why.

This is magnificent television. Wonderful characterisations not based on “star quality” or reputation but on acting ability.  Utterly credible dialogue, surely much of it improvised.

What seems at first glance as just another American cop show is revealed as the very best in drama, capturing every nuance of the human condition.

I pray for the people of Palestine.  I curse the evil Israeli state.  I look for hope in mutual understanding through drama like “The Wire”.

Written by Peter Reynolds

January 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm