Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers’ worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.
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It’s about the fight for public housing and desegregation in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1987. If you think that doesn’t sound dramatic or exciting, you’d be dead wrong. I watched all six hours straight through and found the series riveting from the first scene to the last.
[Simon’s] work is more morally and politically and dramatically advanced than almost anyone who naysays it. Show Me a Hero practices exactly this kind of storytelling, and the approach here might be the most radical yet in a Simon series. When you watch it, you often feel as if you’re simultaneously reading a novel about the main story (the council) and a collection of short stories about all the other characters.
These distancing indulgences are unsurprising for Haggis, but they’re shockingly uncharacteristic of The Wire’s Simon and Zorzi, and it’s simultaneously startling and depressing to watch a Simon production that’s this stilted and obvious.
David Simon is either an extraordinary modern philosopher or the greatest sociologist of our time. Perhaps both. The morality tales that strengthen his writing reveal a great understanding of the human condition while avoiding judgment. It's also fantastic to see how he's able to translate dense and complex themes into the cinematic world so seamlessly.
Oscar Isaac is outstanding in the lead. The drama is gripping and unsettling, and showcases a certain type of racism that still feels contemporary. Multiple story arcs build throughout the mini-series, and I appreciated the approach taken to the public housing residents. My favorite moments were the scenes where the two older black women talked to each other. This one is worth your time.
So, it is obviously a credit to SHOW ME A HERO that it remains steadfastly compelling. It's about municipal politics. In frickin' Yonkers. So remaining compelling is impressive. And it's not demanding or pleading. It is quietly compelling. Not showoff. Yeah. I kinda dug it. But I cannot possibly be the only person to notice that minority characters are represented for almost the sole purpose of being illustrative.
I am so torn lately between my desire to transcend humanism and my acknowledgement that there is only humans. David Simon is my greatest hope for the latter. What's stunning is how his aversion to myth-making and his subversion of the title only serves to further his encompassing empathy. In all their pettiness there is only humans, and perhaps that's what's so heartbreaking for me to accept.
Brilliant! You want what wrong with American politics and government it is all here. It is a six hour drama about housing and, despite the wonkish subject matter, it held my attention throughout. Well worth the time investment you put into it.
who knew that the housing situation in yonkers would turn out to be an interesting topic. it all goes to show that strength of good storytelling, proper use of social issues (and revealing them to the wider public) and believable characters go a very long way. now if there were more interviews and lectures with simon i'd be a very happy camper indeed.