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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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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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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OZARK (2017- )

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Creators: Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams

Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Ozark, the new neo-noir series that Jason Bateman has directed a couple of episodes on Netflix is kicking some ass here.

Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) who’s best friends put him and his family in a bit aof a pickle has to relocate in Ozark Missouri. You see Marty  launders money for the drug dealer named Del (Esai Morales) great choice for a bad guy here. It seems that Marty best friend here has taken over a certain period of time 8 Million dollars which pissed off Del. In order to save his own ass Marty made him a deal to relocate to Ozark and to continue to launder Del’s money. So far so good. But once in Ozark Marty is going to walk on someone’s feet. 

Marty here has this sex less marriage and has two kids. He has an investment firm which is laundering the money of their drug lord. Marty is awesome at his job. Yes the series at first tries to settle but by the third episode shit is hitting the fan big time and does it takes off. The series is constant does not follow any time line and it is brilliant, and so I love it. The all characters are a joy to watch even they have great chemistry. Voila a must see and have fun. You will be hooked as I was.

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EL CHAPO (2017- )

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Creators: Silvana Aguirre, Carlos Contreras

Cast: Marco de la O, Danny Pardo, Humberto Busto

Too funny I heard on the news that El Chapo escape from prison but way later he got caught again and escape from prison once again in Mexico where he was detain. And now Netflix has done a story about his life. The most dangerous drug dealer from the Cartel family and the one who can escape jail .

You see El Chapo want to rise in power as fast as possible and he is not a patient man. But unfortunately he gets shafted left and right at times. You see the Mexican government has to call the military to try to caught those drug dealers because sometimes the police is too corrupt and they need help. The first season is about El Chapo personal quest of becoming the most powerful drug dealer. You will find out that it is not easy to be a drug dealer seeing the life of El Chapo who sometimes gets in trouble and over his head. However there is a couple of people who want him behind bars. It is not going to be as good an Narcos but it will come close. You will be addicted to it, and wanting more. It is on Netflix streaming so have fun with it.

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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (2017 – )

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Creators: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller

Cast: Veronica Falcón, Alice Braga, Peter Gadiot

Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Some how she found herself in Texas doing drug deals left and right. On to become the queen of the biggest empire in Texas so she can  avenge her lover’s death.

After her lover ’s death Theresa tries to warn her friend that her husband is going to be killed for skimming drugs and money which he was doing with Theresa ’s lover. Theresa flees on to the US to find herself in this gas station which the owner phoned the ex-wife of her lover’s boss named Camila Vargas ( Veronica Falcòn) who is in Texas and has a drug empire. . Theresa gets pick up and in order to stay a live she runs drug for her. However Camila wants something from Theresa a book that her lover got her and Camila wants the book before her husband finds Theresa and the book.

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Theresa know she has to keep the book in order to stay alive. She however wants to learn the business she has needs and wants to get a piece of the pie. Also she is trying to get her friend settle once she is in America. Theresa will stop at nothing to get to the top. Veronica Falcon as Camila Vargas is extremely talented as well as Alice Braga. Camilla here dresses well has the legs and the cleavage men are turned on by her she got them by the balls and turn on their brains so they can be on the same level as her, she is manipulative as hell. She seems to get what she wants. Here is a terrific series by Netflix that should not be over looked.

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