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Character Names

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Aug 272014
Do you know how many continuing characters there are on shows like ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK? There must be upwards of 50 on that a one. And it is only recently that I realize that I cannot put a name on most of them. Partly it's because the series hops around so much, but I am sure I was raised on TV shows that only demanded a knowledge of 7-12 character names.

And those characters appeared week after week.

Now most shows have huge casts and storylines disappear and reappear episodes later. Am I the only one having trouble IDing Black Cindy and Big Boo on OITHB. Does anyone know the name of the character Daniel Stern plays on MANHATTAN. What is Bill Master's mother's name on MASTERS OF SEX? Who does Janet McTeer play on AN HONORABLE WOMAN?

I swear I knew every character name until about 2000-along about when THE WIRE came along. Is it me or is it a different way of telling a story?

Favorite Summer Movies: DO THE RIGHT THING.

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Aug 262014

Spike Lee probably will never top this early movie about an explosive situation one summer. Most summer movies are light-hearted or nostalgic. This is instead painful and real. It is the hottest day of the summer in Bed-Sty and things are about to explode. With a cast featuring Lee, Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Ruby Dee, Ozzie Davis and others, you feel the tension. You watch horrified as the situation continues to escalate.
It's the tension we see today in Missouri. It never gets better, does it? This film came out of nowhere and gave you a momentary feeling you had a grip on how things get out of hand. One of the great films (IMHO).