THE PRINCIPAL (2015)

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Creators: Kristen Dunphy and Alice Addison

Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Mirrah Foulkes, Rahel Romahn

Here is a great TV series from Australia that is worth seeing. It is a bit of a complex story here which involves muslin kids at school. The old way is not working and the kids are miss treated. The boys in the school are almost all traumatized by violence and some of them don’t make it out alive. Every years there is one or two that died. There are in territory ghetto where the drug dealers are king and deals in school.

Enter Principal Bashir who comes from an all girls school as a teacher now is a step up as the principal and yes he has his own issues to deal with , don’t we all. The opening scene show us a murder happening we do not even know who did what and who is the victim then we jump to 2 weeks before. When the principal comes in the school he did not get the welcome he was hoping for. He has a new way of getting the kids around respect them they will respect you. But is not an easy task because the teacher here does not know how to teach and to react toward the kids. But slowly they will come around. The police on the other hand are trying to solve the murder. Well acted and written in only 4 episodes , do not miss this one.

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LUKE CAGE (2016)

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Creator: Cheo Hodari Coker

Cast: Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi

Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix there was a character names Luke Cage. Well you also knew that it was going to be  series. You should anyway our  superhero brooding and tender, shackled by the memory of his dead wife and enraged when he discovered the truth of her fate. Just because he had unbreakable skin didn’t mean that his heart couldn’t split in two. The series uses film noir ambience and rhythms to set itself apart from the usual action-oriented superhero adaptations which I like a good move there it put me right in the mood. The series takes place in Harlem it’s the steady drumbeat of visual and spoken references to Harlem’s history and culture. So you are going to love it or hate it depending on your taste.

Of course there is a corrupt politician’s self-serving development plan is called the New Harlem Renaissance. it is a comic-book adaptation about a reluctant hero taking on gangsters and crooked politicians. And our hero here is black and had impenetrable skin even bullet can’t hurt him.There’s plenty to like about Luke Cage, including the gorgeous Harlem locations  and lively performances by musicians like Raphael Saadiq, Charles Bradley and Jidenna. Coker’s surrounded Colter with a stellar supporting cast, Ali and Woodard give extra dimension to their complex antagonists, and Simone Missick is a welcome discovery as Misty Knight, a detective who acts as both Luke’s love interest and foil. Frank Whaley who I love plays the partner of Knight and as always he shines here. I do hope there will be an other season because I am addicted to this series already.

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EN IMMERSION (2015 – )

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Creator: Philippe Haïm

Cast: Patrick Ridremont, Olivier Chantreau, Emmanuelle Meyssignac

English title: Deep

diagnose of  a degenerative neurological disease, Michel Ferrero who is a cop, learns he has only six months to live. Suspended for hitting a colleague, he decided to risk it all out by infiltrating a Parisian network of distribution of hard drugs. His motivation is further enhanced when his 17-year-old daughter, Clara, was hospitalized after an overdose.

Here is a great series of only 3 episode of 45 minutes. Do not confuse this one with the one by the BBC called In Deep (2001 – 2003). Here Haïm who is the creator, writer, director and even compose the music for it. This series is a series noir, very noir it is shot in black and white with some impressive diving camera work, some in slow motion, some not. Immersion adds a neat and  tightly structured script and an editing which links sequences smoothly. Surrealism calls repeatedly with hallucinations that grips Michel Ferrero. a great casting to top it all off with Patrick Ridremont dans le rôle principal, Emmanuelle Meyssignac, Olivier Chantreau  et Pénélope-Rose Lévêque. Do not miss this one it is on Netflix.

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THE DRIVER (2014- )

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Cast: David Morrissey, Claudie Blakley, Ian Hart

Vince (David Morrissey) , an ordinary cabdriver who, at the urging of a friend who is an ex-con, takes a job driving for a crime lord known as the Horse (Colm Meaney). The friend (Ian Hart) who recruited him makes it sound as if the job were practically the same as being a cabby. But is he in for  a surprise.

Vince is reluctant at first. But he takes the job because he needs the money. Little did he know how is family life is going to change for ever. You know where the story goes from here  it has been  done over and over. He also finds out that the lies he has told but can’t keep track of them and sooner or later it will catch up to them. It is done in a film style Neo-noir here that works well. It has 4 episodes I am waiting for the second season if there is one but they are going to have to do better then that. The British has done well with series especially with police thriller series. But this one needs a little work if it wants to survive.

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THE TUDORS (2007 – 2010)

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Creators: Michael Hirst

Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

The series tells in a fictional and loosely adapted the story of the life of Henry VIII, his reign and his successive marriages.

Nice one there I do add myself. It is a great series who told the story their way in a fictionalized manner and it might piss off some historian but is it is entertaining as hell. By documenting the early years of his reign, The Tudor is able to catch Henry who at 18 was in power. Everyone knows about the fat, bearded, dangerously misogynistic Henry, but in his youthful years he was not only more physically agile and sexually adventurous so they tell us here  but also a bit more forward thinking. Of course, a lot of events didn’t go his way, and his anger would soon rise to cause woe. The Tudors doesn’t shy away from telling the story. Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, became King Henry VII at age 28 after defeating Richard III and later marrying Elizabeth of York. His rise was complicated and bloody, but his reign led to peace, and he eventually started the transition to his oldest son, Prince Arthur. Nice costume as authentic has it is going to get. The actors stand out in this series as well a job well done. Fun to watch although it does not shy away from the nudity or anything else.

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