MANHUNT: UNABOMBER (2017 – )

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Creators: Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson

Cast: Sam Worthington, Jeremy Bobb, Ben Weber

For 17 years an FBI case into a notorious killer in 1995, named  the Unabomber, who mails packages containing bombs to people across America which, unsurprisingly, blow up the unsuspecting victims.

There is a fine line between fiction and realty here the discovery channel and Netflix manages to keep it on the dotted line. We follows this talented FBI agent that is trying to understand the language of the Unabomber but his superior are old school and does not want to hear his theory. The investigation in 1995 is a jump forward in time to 1997, it goes back and forth. The show here is trying to do something different from the other series which the narrative is interesting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Of course you are already familiar with the story you have already seen tin the new however if you are in Europe you might have heard it on some level, in the state we heard it for weeks every time a bomb went off. The acting is outstanding even the cast has great chemistry. A little different in telling the story, and enjoyable to watch.

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MINDHUNTER (2017 – )

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Creator: Joe Penhall

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Mindhunter is based on the book of the same name, John E. Douglas’ account of his interviews with serial killers when he was a FBI agent trying to understand the motivations behind their murders. He woke though barrier to get there so everyone in law enforcement could understand how the mind of a serial killer works.

Douglas (Jonathan Groff) a FBI agent a bit head strong who has a partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and goes along to interview real killers but at the time they were not called serial killer. The time line here is set in the 70’s. Those two FBI agent are traveling country and even teach the police to figure out a profile of a killer so they can catch them. Once in a while the get in on a  case that they solved with the police. The series here feels real with the testimony of those serial killers. It is a series Neo-Noir even the landscape is grippy and shift from time to time as the crime becomes more gruesome. Of course it is a Netflix series of 12 episodes. You will be hooked from the beginning. Both actors here are doing an outstanding job plus the go into their personal life a bit as the episodes goes on. Well written and at times the series goes into dark mode. As a  FBI agent told me once it is hard to jungle this kind of job and a family at the same time. You see it in the series. It is like you are living it and you are following the agent while discovering the atrocity that the serial killer describes. Entertaining yes and you want more each time.

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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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TRANSFERTS (2017 – )

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Creators: Claude scasso, Patrick Benedeck

Cast: Arieh Worthalter, Brune Renault, Steve Tientcheu

Awarded at the Mania Series Festival in 2017, the sci-fi series Transfers by Claude Scasso and Patrick Benedek is on Arte the channel in France and I got to see it all six episode and what an imagination.  The series is from the German film of the same name directed by Damir Lukacevic in 2010.

In the near future, the transfer of one soul from one body to another has become possible, sparking hopes, fantasies and new trades. Florian (Arieh Worthalter), a father in a coma, wakes up in the body of a policeman, Sylvain, charged with fighting illegal “transfers“.

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Florian who wakes up does not know what happen and why he has a new body well not his. Because we are in the near future where it is possible to get someone soul into an other body. Here Florian was in a boat accident, in the coma his wife decided to transfer his soul to the cop’s body who has just been shot, the hero of the day. You see it is illegal to do that you must have consent from a certain some one. Here Florian is in the body of a cop (here it comes) the section BATI where they track people who transfer souls illegally. As he discover himself and wants to go back with his family which he can’t as his wife says to him but she has a plan, he discover other little secrets. Of course you will see that religion and politics and a priest who wants to be Number 1. It’s a series about identity, which questions identity. how a man who is in the body of another and how he will manage his life. Us human that is why we all live. We are all social animals that have an external identity that is not what we are really inside. They went there and more there are twists and turns  as well, in hope that they will be an other season.

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SUBURRA: BLOOD ON ROME (2017 – )

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Cast: Alessandro Borghi, Giacomo Ferrara, Eduardo Valdarnini

A Netflix series. There are TV series that start at a high level and keep up the level from start to finish. They are small miracles that spring up to the top, at the highest levels of serial production. But they are rare cases. More often there are highs and lows, between pilot episodes that shoot all the cartridges and remain without anything to say then, you have the series that grow and they keep it interesting . These are the ones that have balls and confidence. When you see the first episode , the first scenes  you go damn they control the situation right off the bat. It is the case with Suburra, whose first episode, directed by Michele Placido as the second, goes a step away from the disaster but it saves showing right away those that will then be the best and central aspects of the series inspired by Stefano Sollima’s film, of which Netflix production is a kind of prequel. Nice move.

It is about the gypsies and the mob that fights for the land which politics is going to be into play. The story of tow clan who youngsters want to take over and make their marks. Two will be friend and form an unlikely relationship. The series focusing on the relationship between state, church and crime. In fact, the religious institution is present in a very small, in-depth manner, and politics becomes less important, leaving room for everything else, and that is fine because the rest is a story of criminal families  is told by a very good cast. It is very addictive and when the first season is over you will want more. Season 2 please.

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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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LA MANTE (2017)

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Creators: Alice Chegaray-Breugnot, Grégoire Demaison, Nicolas Jean

Cast: Carole Bouquet, Fred Testot, Jacques Weber

Jeanne Deber (Carole Bouquet)  La mante (a famous serial killer)  who terrorized France, has been imprisoned for more than 25 years. When a murder who is  identical of  the crime scenes of “La Mante”, Commissioner Ferracci (Pascal Demolon) decides to collaborate with Jeanne. However, the latter has only one request: to have as sole interlocutor her son (Fred Testot) that she has not seen since her arrest.

Scary maybe but well writing and directed here is an other series, well here is my problem they said it is a mini-series but there may be a second season so I will let you know as soon as I can. However let’s go back to the series shall we. In the series there is this balance between action and psychology trying to get inside the head of a killer. It is not going to be easy for Damien seen his mother since he is with his new girlfriend who has a kid from a previous relationship. Carole Bouquet does an outstanding job here to play this series killer even though she has played plenty of femme fatale before that. The game between her and her son and the manipulation begins. The fear of not finding the killer in time plus other thing is going to be in play. Here is a refreshing thriller that is nice and works well because of its great cast.

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