New stuff:Watching Now:True Stories:Crack House More 4 24th May 2011

Looks interesting and i love documentaries. Started at 10pm so somewhat late but luckily is only just being set up in that it’s the story of how the Police in Rockford, Illinois USA set up a crack house with hidden cameras in it. Then sat back and watched…Not sure how they knew that the location would be chosen by the dealers in the first place? Must have missed that explanatory bit. Goes until 12pm..

It’s really interesting so far, i always thought that a crack house was a derelict building where people went to smoke crack but in this case it is actually a drug dealer’s house. Well multiple drug dealers. They all live there and have a lot of guns and watch telly all day and play play station and wait for the punters to turn up and knock at their door.

Guess their marketing technique and or advertising must be pretty good.
Nb. Missed what happened but one of their girlfriends had blood on her shirt and was sobbing on the floor for a very long time, piteous sobs, and nobody seemed bothered at all. We see things from the side/point of view of the Police from their surveillance and from the families of the drug dealers who tell us about their background and promising childhood before it.All Went Wrong…

Several of the Mothers of the guys in the crack house gang relate how they were once on drugs too. One Mother says she feels guilty for her son being in the drug trade. The main grandmother of the film proudly tells us how she provided for all her children and grandchildren:”i took care of them, i fed them, i clothed them, they were always clean, i made sure of that”.

The grandmother, her daughter and grand daughter gather in the empty house the grandmother still keeps and sweeps. The bedroom of her incarcerated grandson is still there. The grandmother tells us “this is a good area, near the park, Obama used to live near here”.
The daughter blames herself over and over again. She says how she feels guilty for her son being in the drug trade.”I haven’t done heroin for two months. I’m still wondering if i am the reason for this?” Her daughter says “don’t take this on, it’s ok, you didn’t beat us, rape us or abandon us”..

Another Mother describes how she was “once on the pipe and my son asked me to come off it” “he said i’m gonna go down with you” she tells how “i’m off the cocaine now, but he can’t see it, I botched motherhood” and starts to cry.

Another mother tells how she was never on drugs and how she “provided well for my son”. She describes how “I’m angry with him for allowing people to sell him a dream of nothing”. “It was the money, the cars, the rims” she explains. One of the boys from the crack house gang says “it was going into the room and seeing all that money in one place all at one time”.

All the boys are described by their mothers and grandmothers as having been well cared and provided for. The main grandmother says “i taught all my children and grandchildren how to punch a time clock like me”. She says of all the boys in the crack house that “it was their choice, everybody has a choice”.

The punters who go to the crack house to buy drugs are from every “walk of life”
“every age, every colour, soccer moms, people finishing work, young, old, black, white” says the Policeman.

nb. if i was in that situation of going to such a place, think i’d really rather prefer to wait on the doorstep, rather than come in and make small talk with guys with guns and generally have a jolly chat as we see some of the customers doing.

Shockingly, Bradford, one of the guys we learn about from the women telling the stories of their families gets his hands hammered to a pulp by his own gang from being suspected of stealing or snitching. Amazingly, he stays with the gang who did this to him. He says that he is afraid that if he walks they’ll do a lot worse.
Presumably he’s now in prison as you see a phone call to his son. Well it might be him, there are several phone calls from the guys from the crack house now in prison, to their families and sons.

Bradford of the broken hands describes playing the “hustler” “I was being what they wanted me to be” and waiting until they “have their guard down” to make his escape from the gang. He tells us the exact time he left the house “it was 10am and i got the 11am bus to Vegas”.

However Bradford is now in prison for 42 years we hear so i guess he didn’t get far. The lowest sentence for the gang is 32 years for Conspiracy. They were called the Titanic Stones. The Chief Policeman says of the leader of the gang:”he was simply being too dangerous and ordered too much violence”.
Bradford’s young son says to his Grandmother “He only got 30 years left granny?”

nb. i do wish they would ditch the supposedly sympathetic yet patronising (to the people in the Documentary) piano music.

The Grandmother of one of the boys now in prison from the Crack house operation talked a bit funny because she had no teeth and i am guessing no free healthcare for some false ones. “I do have a broken heart” she says.

Further thoughts:
I found it odd watching the young guys in the crack house since it seemed like they knew that they were being filmed. I had to remind myself that this was not the case.
I also found myself wondering:is it really de rigeur for every drug dealer to wear a big baggy white T-shirt a’ la The Wire? The guys couldn’t really go on like that, talk like that all the time surely? It was exaggerated.

It hit me later on finding out that Bradford (who had his hands bludgeoned “to hamburger” by his own gang) said that after that happened to his hands he was “playing a part” “the part of a hustler”. That made sense. It also fitted to me that the other lads were indeed acting like they were in a movie. Like The Wire for example. Had they seen The Wire? I’m guessing so. Was it cool to be a drug dealer for them? I think so.

They were living ‘the dream’ eg. the gangster/drug dealer dream. I suppose every generation may have done this, acted like their cowboy heroes, in a cowboy movie. Like their idea of gangsters from a gangster movie. Or later the Sopranos. The boys were living out their own movie fantasy or rather The Wire.

nb. The sentences (42, 35 and 32 years each) seemed somewhat draconian for no murders. (Unless i missed that bit). One of the boys shot the other “in the bum in McDonalds, totally brazen” said the Policeman.

At one point a policeman said “We didn’t want to bring violence to the area by setting up the crack house”. Later when justifying the sentences the Policeman said: “We had to get this violence off the streets and away from this area”.

New!:PART 2 Vampire Diaries Summary of series & Finale:Warning Contains Spoilers:26th May 2011

See . Part 1 Vampire Diaries Finale &Character list for prologue and identification(if bothered) tho a bit of background does help., or not, probably..

nb. Other characters not mentioned much more minor and all tend to be graded in evilness as to the more unsmiling and/or blond they are; eg. Klaus, very evil Vampire, the oldest who is part Werewolf but can’t transform and wants to unlock his whole Werewolf side via breaking the confusing curse mentioned in Part 1.

Klaus’s brother Elija is also very evil but also a gentleman, chivalry being a good point of Vampire men, when they’re not slaughtering people..Except for Stefan of course who is very smug and self-righteous about being a non-killer like he was vegetarian..

Elija has been searching for the ‘Doppelganger’ as previously explained all his life, much like Klaus, but for the life of me i can’t remember why now. Possibly to help in walk in daylight however all the other Vampires seem to have this covered by means of a fancy special silver ring. Elija organises all the participants i mean victims for the triple sacrifice already mentioned in which Elena, a spare beautiful werewolf woman who ‘just came into town’ (and was helping new werewolf Tyler adjust) and Elena’s Aunt, Jenna are to be sacrificed..

This triple sacrifice entails three beautiful women lying supine and screaming a lot on the forest floor whilst encircled by individual rings of fire. Dunno about you but if i was shortly going to be sacrificed i think i would risk jumping through that ring of fire. It was quite low in height, i was urging them all on to do so but alas, alack..

To re-cap this aztec style splurge will enable the evil Klaus to reawaken his dormant werewolf side since he is a hybrid, meaning part werewolf part vampire. He wants to try out a whole new way of killing to add to his repertoire. This is quite enlightened really since we learn that Vampires and Werewolves are deadly enemies since a werewolf bite is the only thing that can truly kill a vampire. I know, i thought a stake could do the deed, however i have seen numerous stakeings now in Vampire Diaries where the staked on pulls out the bit O’ wood and get up so strike that.

Once bitten the afflicted Vampire gets a very bad case of pulsating skin infection resembling a bad case of athlete’s foot. This spreads and grows and throbs a lot making the Vampire very ill with flu symptoms and they swoon in bed then generally stagger about a lot.

nb. to re-cap Damon is the bad evil Vampire brother and Stefan the good one since he slurps from blood packs using the tube like a straw from a freezer full of blood in the basement of his requisite cool mansion pad. Damon takes his energy drinks from the living and breathing kind..

Our fair Elena (human) is in love with Stefan so ignores the bad antics of Damon. Damon did at one point kill Elena’s brother whilst in a bad mood. Elena was extremely forgiving about that i felt, just pouting a bit and ignoring him, luckily since Jeremy was wearing a magic ring he eventually was resurrected Lazarus style..

To get back to the finale in the last two episodes: Oh Dear, the admittedly fairly useless woman Sheriff, Caroline’s mother who has spent all the previous series not noticing that there are Vampires everywhere shoots Jeremy by accident. She was aiming for the evil Damon, having finally realised he is a vampire, presumably loading up with a wooden bullet. However Damon ‘whooshes’ out of the way.

Jeremy has a very smoking large hole in his chest. Caroline (vampire ex-happy cheerleader) has to do the usual which is getting a bit tiresome now eg. sinks her handy just shot out fangs into her wrist and shoves it up against Jeremy’s face:”drink, Jeremy, drink”! When this doesn’t work Bonnie, poor long suffering Bonnie the witch is required to do her eye blinking and candle lighting chanting thin again. When it’s really a stressful spell blood spurts out of her eyes. Great, a whole new way with blood..Jeremy rises yet again, phew, however see end of Part 3..

Yay, our fair Elena ends up with not Stefan but Damon, who we’ve been secretly wishing she would for a while now. They are obviously better suited as they both have black hair. These things count in TV dramas..Cuddling up to him and crying whilst supporting him as he lies dying from a werewolf bite inflicted by Tyler when doggied up. Elena is pretty practised now at supporting dying people.

Stefan vs. Damon:
Yes, i know Damon is evil. He has killed loads, nay countless people. However since this doesn’t seem to be a deal breaker for Elena i have as described, been secretly rooting for damn for a while now. Stefan, much like Bill in True Blood ahs killed loads of people too, just not for a while. A fact airbrushed out of his whole i’m a good guy act. Stefan is wooden of face and frowns frequently. His whole holier than thou thing is surely the vampire equivalent of a smug vegetarian. Stefan never takes Elena out, just soft focus shags her and squires her about like medieval chattel.

Damon has all the best lines and they are funny. He has a sense of humour. He is increasingly obviously in love with Elena Ahh..but won’t admit it. Moodily drinking at the bar in town and his his fab vampire pad. He frequently does brave and foolhardy things to save Elena, breaking his carefully cultivated cool persona. He cries, he shouts a bit, he sulks. He staggers abut mortally wounded by a werewolf bite in front of an open air showing of Gone With The Wind. Priceless..

That Gone With The Wind touch nearly transcended Vampire Diaries into Art House film form for me albeit briefly. Damon and Stefan, both from the 1600’s originally as we see in the tiresome dress up flashbacks, were confederate soldiers. geddit..

Back to the story:
However all is not lost as later Stefan does a deal with the dastardly Klaus to come away with Klaus and be really evil. The catch is he has to leave his love Elena behind. In return Klaus offers his very special blood which is the only thing that can cure dying Damon. Klaus’s blood is special now since he is a hybrid werewolf vampire whose whole unexplored werewolf side has been released via the triple sacrifice i spoke of earlier.

Sadly,Elena’s Aunt Jenna, the only family she has ever known (bitten and turned into a vampire) doesn’t make it through the triple sacrifice nor does the beautiful werewolf lady. However Elena, though appearing to be dead is not really and is re-invigorated thanks to a very complicated spell process involving Bonnie and Elena’s birth Dad John. John who dies afterwards due to the draining of his soul and transferring it to Elena. I think i have that right..

Hilarious scene of the whole series:Stefan on his hands and knees doggie style on the stone floor looking up pleadingly at the evil Klaus. Numerous empty squished blood bags are strewn all around him. Pleadding to Klaus:

“No more!” meaning no more blood. Quite. i so agree…

Stefan as a character is so woefully wooden of face whilst remaining impressively handsome throughout all the heinous horror of the series. He still manages to look completely the same in expression if perhaps a little cross despite the harrowing if hilarious nature of this scene.

nb. In the start of the series they were wont to show us gratuitous shots of Stefan shirtless. His washboard stomach was 6 pack to the power of infinity. I thought it looked painful personally. Like when someone puts an elastic band on their wrist and forgets to take it off. Stefan, being a 16th Century vampire might not have known it was unsafe to put multiple elastic bands around his waist and tummy. Then look what happened..

More to come later..