THE PUNISHER (2017 – )

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Creator:  Steve Lightfoot

Cast: Jon BernthalAmber Rose RevahEbon Moss-Bachrach

After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as The Punisher and revenge is on his list.

The punisher was introduced in the second season of Daredevil which now has his own series. And the Punisher after seen his family murdered decided to avenge them and to kill everyone involved. He discovers that his family was not murdered randomly and it links back to his actions when he was in the military. And no he has no super power well he knows how to use a gun. In the title role, Jon Bernthal is fantastic and embodied his character beautifully well. He his on a revenge path but also became a psychopath capable of killing anyone and everyone,  and beside behind strong he has also a charming side. The series is making human at times a human who has feelings. The series has a conspiracy thriller and it works here very well. Yes there are the occasional flashback so you can see where he came from. And  Yes the Punisher has a big success on Netflix therefore they will be a second season.

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LACASA DE PAPEL (2017 – )

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Creator: Álex Pina

Cast: Úrsula CorberóItziar ItuñoÁlvaro Morte

English title: Money heist

A group a robbers let by a genius called the professor planned a heist in the Factory of Moneda and Timbre which is going the perfect heist that Spain as ever seen in the total of 2.4 Billion Euros.

Here is a cool series from Netflix the most popular on Netflix today. A dude named the professor recruits delinquents to plan a heist int the Factory of Moneda and timbre, well where the print the money and the stamps. It is a heist with precision and well planned but the thing is that is it going to go as plan? Money Heist covers the story of one complex crime across the whole series (Parts 1 and 2 combined). The beginning of the scene set the series which   includes flashback from time to time. Where the robbers came from and how the got recruited. It is fast-paced, with cliffhangers, surprises and an ensemble of characters that is like family. And yes the professor has rules for a successful plan and yes there will be hostages and the police who does not know how to handle this but will caught on later on, maybe. The acting is great and the chemistry between the actors is there. It is a well written tied script. Of course there will be part 3 the next season. It is on Netflix now and you can watch the all first season as well as the second. The word is out it was supposed to be a only 2 season but due the popularity of this series there will be a third season in 2019.

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4 SEASONS IN HAVANA (2016- )

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Cast: Jorge Perugorría, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Luis Alberto GarcíaFour

We follows lieutenant Conde who solve crimes, sleep with beautiful women, drinks alcohol to forget his days, and the internal affair is breathing down his neck to top it all off his boss is watching him closely.

Seasons in Havana is a very stylish, well written crime series it has a fell Neo-noir to it. It is hot in Cuba you can sense the heat as you follow Conde where the landscape is dusty and the sun shine on th top of your head all the time. Conde the drinking smoking, having sex with beautiful women along the way is having a hell of the time to solve murder in Havana with the internal affair breathing down his neck along side his boss. It has 4 episodes of  one hour and a half. What I like about it is that Cuba is stuck in time so there is old cars from the 50’s 60’s and still a rotary phone. it is set in the 90’s so no computers yet nor cell phone. The drone shot here is fantastic and you will see the rich and the poor neighborhoods. The atmosphere is noir to the core, the bars, the night life, the crimes, the police corruption as well as the government. Is fun to see this series that is shot on location with the different decor and houses or apartments. The cast is perfect and stand out and so is this wonderful production. Do not miss this one. 

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THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES (2015 -)

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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 – )

 

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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 – )

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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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