Monday, June 29, 2015

West Haven Part II

The seediness of Campbell Avenue, with all its way-too-young mothers pushing baby strollers passed the landlord-neglected storefronts and methadone clinic-bound dudes at the bus stop, is off set completely by the sea salty aroma that invades my senses when I turn right onto Captain Thomas Blvd. and park curbside.

Yeah, it's that time of year again.

A reader of this very blog would know how I discovered West Haven beach, this gem amongst coal, last summer after only about 3 years of living here.

If Connecticut had no coast, boy, it'd be the worst state in the country. This bumps it up to like, third worst.

West Haven is a tough town. If it had to be personified, it would be a 76-year old overly-tanned Italian man rocking a Vietnam POW hat. But this is my summer happy place. I get a beach jog in, a long walk, then I hit the Oyster River Tavern for some raw Blue Points. It doesn't get too much better than this, and not much bothers me on these days.

Of course the numerous broken sea shells surrounding discarded Dunkin coffee cups throughout the sands are annoying, as is the fact that the water is pretty much off limits due to pollution.

What bothers me the most though, is this...

This high-rise erected for West Haven's impoverished and elderly, has windows facing East and West. That ugly old brown wall, likely where the interior elevator or stairwell is located, has the southern view of the Sound.

So in the most economically unequal state in America, you build a publicly-financed housing project for the disadvantaged, a high rise that stands among other tall condos, unaffordable by even West Haven standards, along the coastline on a beach for crying out loud, and you can't even give them a view of the water?!!

To quote Al Pacino's portrayal of Satan, touch but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow.

Poor people just can't get a break, even in this so-called land of Progressivism.


Now I'm gonna go grab some IPAs and oysters.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

From Masterpiece To...Meh!

The car conversations between Detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cole were deep, as they meandered along country roads through the eerie and desolate Louisiana bayous.

Life is a flat circle, and this show is and was pure brilliance.

Nic Pizzolato's best decision though? Aside from the creatively genius use of Ambrose Bearce language within the dialogue and other concepts from old English lit, the use of the particular setting which became a character in itself, and the riveting murder mystery plot that seemed to encompass not only corruption of the police but also the entire Old Money swamp culture, aside from all this, the best thing about this show was its actors. I've always considered Woody as among the best, but who would've thought McConaughey would prove himself as well?

Its fatal flaw though, was another decision, to throw all of this into only eight episodes, and not only that, but to completely end it there.

Myself, not a TV producer in any form, yet this show I believe would've been better suited as a 3, maybe 4 season series focusing on this one case.

Pizzolato had illusions of grandeur, to do something different, something that HBO has never done, and in fact, something no one has done: a TV series that changes completely every season, that changes everything from the characters to even the theme song. And points for that.

I had faith in Season 2, even after it leaked that Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell would lead. But what I saw last week was a shell, a cheap imitation of Season 1. I felt it to be almost the first hour of a Batman movie. There was a bit of who-dun-it entertainment, but that's not what made Season 1 so brilliant. If I wanted entertainment I'd watch Family Guy. HBO is, well was, better than that. The gold standard, usually.

They should've stayed down in that bayou.