THE END OF THE F**ING WORLD (2018 – )

THE END OF THE F**ING WORLD (2018 - )

Cast: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Steve Oram

James is a 17-year-old who believes he is a psychopath. He kills animals as a hobby, but gets bored with it. He decides he wants to try killing a human. He sees Alyssa, a rebellious 17-year-old classmate with issues of her own. She proposes they run away together, hoping for an adventure away from her not so good home-life, and James agrees with the intention of finding an opportunity to kill her. They takes off on a road trip across England, and begin to develop a relationship after a series of mishaps.

Here is a British dark comedy-drama television program, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman.This eight episodes show follows James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), two damaged teenagers, as they run away from home to escape from their not so good home lives.The storyline often switches perspectives between the two protagonists with voiceover narration. By the way it is on Netflix in France. This pair of misfits are going on a road trip but after an incident sort of speak the two are going to try to evade the police that are on their tails. Both does not like their life at home so the decided to run away. Little that they know they need each other. The two police officers charged with the case, Detectives Teri Darego (Wunmi Mosaku) and Eunice Noon (Gemma Whelan) form an oddball narrative which they are trying to work out their own complicated romantic mess as their investigations narrows on the two teens. The ending leaves you hanging. Hopefully there will be a second season.

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THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES (2015 -)

THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES

Creator: Barry Langford

Cast: Sean Bean, Richie Campbell, Tom Ward

Inspector John Marlott investigates a series of crimes in 19th Century London. As he investigates he finds out it might be a scientist who is experimenting in re-animating the dead.

Yes for Netflix the series is kicking ass big time. Taking form the Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel it takes an approach from it all started at the beginning and yes the series is addictive. John Marlott (Sean Bean), a river cop who discovers the body of a small child on the beach. except it is several pieces of different part from other bodies saw back together. He’s hired by Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), an advocate for advanced medicine who’s trying to pass “The Anatomy Act” in Britain. Marlott goes to it but he has a past and has his share of pain plus he has a disease he can’t shake off. Sean Bean is perfect in this role and shines. The decor is perfect it feel dirty and hunger has set in plus the cold damp weather of London sets in.  Great writing the series moves along just fine. It is a bit rushed toward the end. It is a solid show that deserved to be watched.

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THE MECHANISM (2018 – )

 

THE MECHANISM (2018 - )

Creator: José Padilha

Cast: Selton Mello, Caroline Abras, Enrique Diaz

Based loosely on actual events taking place in brazil where an investigation took place because of corruption with the drug dealers, construction companies as well as the petrol company.

Loosely based on true events, Brazilian show The Mechanism is a fast paced crime thriller. The Mechanism is a great ride through the world of corruption in Brazil. The Mechanism’s story focuses on a small group of police officers struggling to uncover corruption leading all the way to the most powerful business men and women in the country. Led by  police officer Verena (Caroline Abras) alongside  Marco Ruffo (Selton Mello), the 8 episodes see an intriguing game of cat and mouse develop between the police and criminals trying to allude them. What begins as a simple task of capturing known crime boss Ibrahim (Enrique Diaz) quickly discovering  the highest levels of corruption in the justice system involving judges, politicians and big name company CEOs. Unbelievable when I was watching this I said to myself the police in Brazil has their hand full. The life of a cop is difficult here trying to get the warrant arrest from the judges who are reluctant to give them to they are corrupted as hell. It takes a toll on the personal life as well. The chemistry is there as well as the acting. It is addictive as hell I finished the series that is on Netflix in France in 3 days.

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FAUDA (2015 – )

FAUDA (2015 - )

Creators: Avi Issacharoff, Lior Raz

Cast: Lior Raz, Shadi Mar’i, Laëtitia Eïdo

Israeli secret services infiltrated the “occupied territories” of the West Bank, the mistaravim, kidnap a man in a mosque in Ramallah to tell him who is at the head of a nerve cell trafficking in Aqaba. In exchange, her daughter will receive a kidney transplant that will save her life. The leader is Abu Ahmad, known as “The Panther”, a Hamas fighter responsible for the deaths of 116 Israelis, whom the Misharavim believed to have been killed two years ago by Doron Kavillio, an infiltrator in retirement who decides to resume service …

Here is a Netflix series that is kicking ass I finish this one in 2 days it is so addictive. Fauda takes  us in the two communities , Israeli and Palestinian, portrayed with relative objectivity.  Hatred is fuelled by a war between the two communities for years , the most radical are not presented as an incarnation of evil: Both parties feel a deep affection for their family. Doron Kavillio and Abu Ahmad, whose fight takes on personal revenge, have a lot in common. Another open-minded sign of the series is in dialogues in Hebrew and Arabic, equally, and in a cast featuring some Palestinian actors. The series avoids the clichés, generates an impression of realism. The  scenario (FIPA d’Or in Biarritz in 2016): who does not have a spectacular twists, and managed to sustain a strong tension. But also you see the devastated land the houses run down, the sun bearing on the deserted land and the actors who incarnate their role very well here plus the cast has chemistry.

It is well-directed by Assaf Bernstein is the director  filmed with a mobile camera, the series is punctuated by scenes of action, violence with  an interference in their personal life-giving them empathy. And yes there is a second season. Have fun.

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GRENSELAND (2017 – )

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Cast: Tobias Santelmann, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Benjamin Helstad

English: Title: Borderliner

To protect his brother who is a policer officer who committed a murder, Nikolai (Tobias Stantelmann) who is a police detective tries to cover it up. Little did he know that one thing after an other is going to go wrong and there will be a fine line between right and wrong.

Here is an other Norwegian series that is addictive as hell. I finish it in two days; it is on Netflix. Nikolai who is being on vacation to see his brother due to the fact he is going to testify on trial against one of his own . As soon as he gets there his brother has to go to a crime scene, a man hang himself by the lake. He brings his brother who ends up investigating due to the fact that they are short-handed. He soon finds out that his brothers killed the man and made it look like a suicide.

Here is a series that is fast paced with more than a few surprises. The captain Anniken (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) is on their trail and won’t let it go. So Nikolai is going to take some drastic measure to protect his brother, as he comes to find out that more there is more people involved. Every time he thinks he is out of the water, he sinks back in. It is the hidden and seek of a cat and a mouse going on with somewhat the  picturesque norwegian background. A terrific series here that should be seen. 

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ALTERED CARBON (2018 – )

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Creators: Laeta Kalogridis

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda

Set in the near future A prisoner has a second chance after 250 years in jail sort of speak to go into an other body. As soon as he sees foot outside he is taken to where a rich man wants him to solve a murder in order to get full immunity.

In the new Netflix sci-fi  Altered Carbon, the human soul , its essence, is no longer contained in the body, but in a technological marvel called a “cortical stack” that is attached to the base of the neck. With the “stack,” people can change bodies regularly and live for decades, even centuries. The human body, called a “sleeve” can be changed as often as one can afford it . But if the cortical stack is damage it is the end of the road.

Altered Carbon is part Blade Runner, The Expanse, and Firefly, with a conceived mystery with action tossed in the mix.  And by god you will be hooked. Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) here has this life time sentence and after 250 years has a new body and find himself working for Bancroft (James Purefoy) so he can solve the murder Bancroft ’s own. There are quiet of colourful characters in this one it is like a sci-fi Neo-noir plus Altered Carbon takes us on quite the wild ride during its 10 episodes and there are twists and turns enough to keep you occupied. There is one character named Poe which runs the hotel where Kovacs reside. Poe here acts like is a security personal and his concierge as well. Joel Kinnaman does a great job incarnated his character which has plenty of demons. There it is on Netflix so don’t miss it. 

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LE TUEUR DU LAC (2017 – )

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Creators: Bruno Dega, Jeanne Le Guillou

Cast: Julie De Bona, Lannick Gautry, Julie Depardieu

English title : Killer on the lake. 

Lise (Julie de Bona) and Clovis (Lannick Gautry) got married and are in this town called Annecy. She is a police captain, he is a gendarmerie commander. Tom (Valentin Desmazières), their son, has just been 9 months old. And Marianne (Marie-Anne Chazel), Lise’s mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s, lives near them on the shores of the lake in a specialized institution. They seem happy and united, surrounded by loyal friends, when two violent murders of women are discovered.

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Clovis may give the impression that everything as it should be a nice couple loving each other and happy, but the two characters will wake up during their investigation and old traumas that will hurt each other , their family life  and disrupt their work. Thus, the character of police captain Lise Stocker, (Julie de Bona) ,whose brighter face brings an interesting contrast to the darkness of the series, is decked out with a double trauma, one of her former life of her mother who has some secrets plus the murders that is going to pile up and who is this woman who her husband is seeing? All that will add up the stress of the relationship. Also you think you know you neighbours think again they have secrets too. All that will had up to the tension and the stress to find the killer in time so he does not kill again. With this breathtaking script and the beautiful cinematography here is a series worth the look.

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