THE INNØCENTS (2018 – )

THE INNOCENTS

Creators: Hania Elkington, Simon Duric

Cast: Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce 

When two teenagers, Harry and June, flee their families to be together, their escape is hindered by an extraordinary discovery – June’s ability to metamorphose. As the young couple struggle to control this strange and new power, a mysterious teacher reveals that June is not alone: many people are capable of shape-shifting like her, and he promises help her control it and to reunite her with her mother who has deserted for 3 years. As the adventure begins thinks are getting complicated.

June (Sorcha Groundsell) and Harry (Percelle Ascott). June’s father is planning to move her far out-of-town on her 16th birthday. June’s dad may have had a very specific reason to get June far from civilization when she turned 16 because, well, June’s got some kind of power. The couple will discover it when a strange man wants to kidnap her but the couple seems to get away with one little problem: June can shapeshift, taking the form of someone nearby while that person’s body is incapacitated in something that resembles a coma. The couple will try to find out what is going on here but in the mix they are trying to figure out why this man wants to kidnap June. Meanwhile, in a remote commune at which June’s mother Elena (Laura Birn) is one of the residents. It’s run by the mysterious Halvorson (Guy Pearce) and Sigrid (Lise Risom Olsen). What is June’s mother is doing there? Well you are going to find to have to watch the series. The subtext here is simple kids sometimes does not know who they really are and kids do run away from home. Not too bad for a series but it is a bit predictable here. Did it do well on Netflix I assume so it is targeted to a younger audience but some adult will like it as well. The storytelling is fine but it is missing something. I hope season 2 will be better.

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THREE GIRLS (2017)

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Cast: Molly WindsorRia ZmitrowiczLiv Hill 

Three Girls is a mini series of child sexual grooming ring in Rochdale, where men had sex with teenage girls for years in the Northern English town and led to other cases being discovered across England.

we follow three victims of the grooming, Holly Winshaw (Molly Windsor), whose family recently moved to the town, and  Amber and Ruby Bowen (Ria Zmitrowicz and Liv Hill). These girls are given free food and alcohol by much older men before being sexually abused by them. During the four years the police ignore that those girls were being abuse due to lock of evidence. There are different aspect of the case the first one we see the girls groomed, and being raped and the network of men who are in line for sex. Plus one of the parents who tries to pull their daughter out but keeps in getting back to what she was doing like it is the thing to do. which we are getting to the second part of the interview with the girls and a new set of police officers reopening the case which was not easy to do due to the fact that the girls was pissed off because the first time the police didn’t help them. The third part is the trial and after the trial and the effect on the community. The director here made sure that the story was told like it was supposed to be told. It is a true story as they say in the beginning. Three Girls is obviously tackling a sensitive  subject and the mini-series is not for the faint of heart. Some rape scene where the director pulled away the camera so you can heard the noise and it is more freighting this way. The Rochdale case was controversial because the victims were white and the perpetrators were from Pakistani (That is all I am going to say here). The series here focuses on the girls how they fell into it and how the police failed them. Some of the girls were pregnant and as young as thirteen. Here is a brutal story which when they started investigating they found out that this was going on in at least two dozen cities in England. The thing is here it is the first time this has happen in England.

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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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LIAR (2017)

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Creator: Harry Williams, Jack Williams

Cast: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Warren Brown

After going on a date with surgeon Andrew Earlham schoolteacher Laura Nielson accuses him of rape.

Here is a woman who goes on a date and the next morning is feeling that something is seriously wrong, she has this feeling she has been raped. Later she thinks that Andrew has put in something in her drink than rapped her. Here is a classic she said, he said on this touchy subject which is rape. The viewer has this view of a detective as the story unfold. One little flaw in the series in the third episode you will know who did it. What they should have done is let the story unfold where you will see both characters fight it out sort of speak, the reveal until the very end who did it. At first you go ok who is right and who is lying. On the top on that Laura will uncover secrets of others. The further she digs in the more she is going to piss off Andrew. The police even tells her let us do our job.

The drama is the grippy mystery with Joanne Froggatt is a powerhouse of an actress, while Ioan Gruffudd is superb and fits the bill perfectly well. This amount to some great drama / Crime / thriller with a cool musical score and great cinematography.

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TOP BOY (2011 – 2013)

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Creator: Ronan Bennett

Cast: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Shone Romulus

A thriving but underground drugs business is being run by Dushane (‘Ashley Walters’) and his friend Sully (Kane Robinson) to become the richest men on the block.

Here is a cool totally great 2 parts series of 4 episodes. What I like about it is fast paced and has a bit a realism into it. It is about a local gang to want to get rich, they want to move up the latter as fast as they can and in the drug business you either die young if you are no careful enough, or if you careful enough you can retire rich. But the thing is here and the real world being a drug dealer has a short life to begin with.

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A good kid (aka a top boy) who stays out of trouble but whose kindly actions result in criminality, a local gangster who hopes to become a top crime-lord but who must reconcile personal ethics, friendship and morality with a violent career path, a reformed criminal whose ethical behaviour gets him killed etc. Dushane here is this bottom drug dealer who manges his gang but wants to get into the big leagues. He want to get rich. Top boy here has his mother in the hospital for depression and he leaves now on his own. A friends who works at the hospital makes sure he is ok. Top boy here has been friend with this young lady who is trying to make money by growing cannabis so she can buy the flat. All those characters are going to cross each other. It is a cut throat business as we know it. A cool series that won’t dissapoint you.

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BLACK MIRROR (2011 – ) SEASON 3

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Creator: Charlie Brooker

Cast: Chris Martin Hill, Hannah John-Kamen, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

The first two seasons of the great British series Black Mirror consist of a grand total of seven episodes (including the Christmas Special starring Jon Hamm). So far so good. The third season of the series has 6 episodes, nearly doubling the seasons one and two. Each season has their own stories.

NOSEDIVE: In a distant future where people rate each other through their daily social interactions, we follows a young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) trying to move into an upper-class neighbourhood. she must secure a high-ranking and a friend’s wedding seems like the perfect occasion to up her social status. But unfortunately , not everything goes according to plan. It is like the network that we have now but friends has to like you in order to be popular. I thought they were going to go somewhere dark with it  but the episode turned  out to be funny.

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PLAYTEST: An adventurous backpacker (Wyatt Russell) signs up to test an experimental virtual reality game. While the technology starts off as fun, it eventually it goes into this horror trip from hell. Actually it is my favourite one.  Nightmarish imagery is employed to scare the viewer and a few moments. It was a bit predictable here but hey! what isn’t those days. I knew how it was going to end. Maybe it should end differently. well c’est la vie.

SHUT UP AND DANCE: Here is the coolest one of them all . Anteenager (Alex Lawther) is  blackmailed  after the hackers record him through his webcam. In order to keep an embarrassing video off the internet, the teenager goes through with their increasingly strange demands. Great performance by the actors here. What I like they think they are done and the hackers keeps demanding stranger demands.  The ending is just right there they nailed it. So cool.

SAN JUNIPERO: In 1987,  (Mackenzie Davis) meets an outgoing party girl (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in a strange town. However, things aren’t exactly what they seem and a timeless romance soon blossoms between them. They keep meeting in different time and you think they are time travellers. They try to look for each other every time the switch world. I do love this on as well do to the fact this one is the romantic one and become a bit twisted.

MAN AGAINST FIRE: After his first battle a soldier with an elusive enemy A soldier becomes experiencing unfamiliar sensation and strange technical glitches. I do love this one where they will be a twist in there they even ended it just right. This soldier goes in battle to fight the enemy but he comes back he has some vision and glitches that will question him of what is going on here. When he does well he superior gives him an alternative and the end I did not expect here it is so good.

HATED IN THE NATION: A journalist (Elizabeth Berrington) is brutally murdered, two detectives (Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay) investigate a series of homicides that are linked to social media. Unfortunately, the case is complex and things are out of control. So far season 3 seems to deliver some great episodes. I can’t wait until season 4.

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