SUBURRA: BLOOD ON ROME (2017 – )

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Cast: Alessandro Borghi, Giacomo Ferrara, Eduardo Valdarnini

A Netflix series. There are TV series that start at a high level and keep up the level from start to finish. They are small miracles that spring up to the top, at the highest levels of serial production. But they are rare cases. More often there are highs and lows, between pilot episodes that shoot all the cartridges and remain without anything to say then, you have the series that grow and they keep it interesting . These are the ones that have balls and confidence. When you see the first episode , the first scenes  you go damn they control the situation right off the bat. It is the case with Suburra, whose first episode, directed by Michele Placido as the second, goes a step away from the disaster but it saves showing right away those that will then be the best and central aspects of the series inspired by Stefano Sollima’s film, of which Netflix production is a kind of prequel. Nice move.

It is about the gypsies and the mob that fights for the land which politics is going to be into play. The story of tow clan who youngsters want to take over and make their marks. Two will be friend and form an unlikely relationship. The series focusing on the relationship between state, church and crime. In fact, the religious institution is present in a very small, in-depth manner, and politics becomes less important, leaving room for everything else, and that is fine because the rest is a story of criminal families  is told by a very good cast. It is very addictive and when the first season is over you will want more. Season 2 please.

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13 REASONS WHY (2017 – )

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Creator: Brian Yorkey

Cast: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro

The series follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

The series  from Netflix is based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher 13 reasons why. Before committing suicide Hannah (Katherine Langford) recorded 13 cassettes, each involving a  class mate that was somehow responsible to end her life. The tapes are to be listened to in its entirety and then passed along to the next person on the tapes until everyone has heard them. The series focuses on Clay (Dylan Minnette), one of the people on the tapes and how is he going to react to it after hear them.

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Here is a series for young adolescent but the adult can watch it as well. It is quit addictive. It has a bit of realism into it like the realities of teenage insecurities and the power people’s words and actions have over others. But the thing it is unlikely that a teenager will do that and leave tapes for everyone to hear. It is a fictional story here. Clay doesn’t listen to all the tapes in one night it does in 13 days one at the time and try to figure out why she ended her life. He is playing detective a bit, and the thing is you want to get to the 13 episodes to see why gives. The series is design well here to keep you interested until the last episode 13. Terrific series here on Netflix. Do  not miss it.

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LA MANTE (2017)

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Creators: Alice Chegaray-Breugnot, Grégoire Demaison, Nicolas Jean

Cast: Carole Bouquet, Fred Testot, Jacques Weber

Jeanne Deber (Carole Bouquet)  La mante (a famous serial killer)  who terrorized France, has been imprisoned for more than 25 years. When a murder who is  identical of  the crime scenes of “La Mante”, Commissioner Ferracci (Pascal Demolon) decides to collaborate with Jeanne. However, the latter has only one request: to have as sole interlocutor her son (Fred Testot) that she has not seen since her arrest.

Scary maybe but well writing and directed here is an other series, well here is my problem they said it is a mini-series but there may be a second season so I will let you know as soon as I can. However let’s go back to the series shall we. In the series there is this balance between action and psychology trying to get inside the head of a killer. It is not going to be easy for Damien seen his mother since he is with his new girlfriend who has a kid from a previous relationship. Carole Bouquet does an outstanding job here to play this series killer even though she has played plenty of femme fatale before that. The game between her and her son and the manipulation begins. The fear of not finding the killer in time plus other thing is going to be in play. Here is a refreshing thriller that is nice and works well because of its great cast.

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THE DEUCE (2017 – )

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Creators: George Pelecanos, David Simon

Cast: Kevin Breznahan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva

The rise of the pornographic industry from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. In the specialty stores, another cinema is sold under the coat. Pornographic movies are made cheaply as fast as they can make them.  But soon, all this will change … At the forefront of this cultural revolution, two twin brothers who owns a bar serving as a cover for the local mafia, Vincent and Frankie Martino and Candy, a prostitute in search of freedom, a courageous visionary, listening to the evolutions of his time.

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It is New York and two twin brothers here who are working for the mob owning a bar so they can launder their money , their father in the construction business has on foot with mob also, plus the pimps and the hookers that are roaming the streets trying to make a buck. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an astute prostitute with aspirations, and Marty Hodas (Saul Stein), the real-life King of the Peeps, knowledgeably discussing what could be lucrative. The actual Deuce, is in the area of New York City that was Times Square/42nd Street. The deuce here is the real deal, you fell like you are in the 70’s early 80’s and that you are going a part of something. For those who were there back then it is going to bring back memories. I was there in the late 70’s in the U.S. and it is was the coolest thing back then. The cars, the women, booze, the bar scene the music it has it all. Maggie Gyllenhaal here shines big time she even steal the show, however James Franco who is doing double duty doing an outstanding jobs here of which the casting is near perfect I will even say perfect. I say this to you do not miss this one. The first season consist of 9 episodes of an hour and  1/2.

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GOOD BEHAVIOR (2016 – )

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Creator: Chad Hodge, Blake Crouch

Cast: Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney

Letty Raines ( Michelle Dockery) is a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn on one  bad decision after an other. Fresh out of prison, she’s attempting to stay …

Based on the Letty Dobesh series of books by Blake Crouch, the show follows Letty Raines (Dockery), a woman who is out of prison for good behavior. And is she going to stay out of trouble. She has a son who is staying at her mom. She is certain that she can be a good person by not using drugs and drinking too much not to mention stealing. After being fired from her job for stealing which she did not,  so she gets into stealing in hotel in rooms of the guest. Well that is how she meets this hit man Xavier. Some how she is drawn to him but can’t seen to go on her own. And the adventure begins.

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Terrific series here that works well with a great cast. Letty here tries to be good but can’t help herself because old habit dies hard. Here comes this hit man and she kind of know that they need each other. Later in the series it is reveal how Xavier became a hit man and why he is  out of touch with his family for 20 years. The pilot sets up the series but still leaving you intrigued enough to keep you coming back for more. Letty is smart and quick on her feet, but also vulnerable. She is strong and find ways to succeed plus she want to in order to see her son again. Xavier is the same way but has anger issues and wants to get reconciled with his family especially his father. The series is character driven  full of twists and turns and Dockery and Botto bring a depth to the series that makes it not just fun, but interesting to watch.

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BANKEROT (2014 – )

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Creators: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Malene Blenkov

Cast: Martin Buch, Esben Dalgaard Andersen, Viktor Lykke Clausen

Niklas (9-year-old Viktor Lykke Clausen) wakes up every night to draw the ever more precise contours of a recurring dream: he sees his mother stretched out on the road, overthrown by a driver. An accident that happened  two years ago. Since then, the little boy is no longer talking and Thomas (Martin Buch), his father, has sunk into alcohol. Dion (Esben Dalgaard Andersen), a friend of Thomas, gets out of  prison, but is expected by the Mafia aka  “P’tite Souris” (Nicolas Bro) to whom he owes money …

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he story evolves around two friends struggling to get their dream restaurant off the ground. They need money and Dion owes money to the Mafia Don (Petite souris). The thing is that Thomas is mounting his wife and can’t move on plus he is left to raise his son. He was the top sommelier who is dyslexic. Dion owes money to the mob plus got pregnant the female prison guard. It seems to me that trouble finds him every where. The actors are outstanding plus the chemistry in near perfect. It is hilarious at times plus there are detours left and right and a few surprises along the way. There the series feels like a modern western kind of cool. The French however copied it and named it Chef. Yes it is good but the second season of Chef is missing something. Anyway Bankerot means Bankrupt in english.

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SHOOTER (2016 – )

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Creator: John Hlavin

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Shantel VanSanten, Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. The series is done as a thriller conspiracy theory.

Now days they are doing series off the film. Ok fine but this time done a little differently I think. You know it is going to be predictable well like  the instructor (Character in the series) tells Swagger “what they ask you to help them to figure out where the shooter is going to shoot the president and you didn’t see that one coming? “ exactly I saw that one coming as I watch the series. You damn well know that you have a sniper who is the best at his job, he is secluded for good reason and a man arrives at his home and said that they need for him to figure out if there were a shooter who is going to kill the president where who he take the shot. The thing is you know what is going to happen now you have a series kind of like the Fugitive. Swagger is now framed for the murder of a president and he is on the run.

Yes there are some shady characters in it and you do not who to trust. It is a fine series here but I wish they would make them less predictable I know not easy to do. The writing is fine and the actors has chemistry, and formidable. The series move along at the pace you want it to move no doubt and you are going to be addicted it is on Netflix In Europe. It is entertaining as hell.

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