NARCOS (2015 – )

Narcos (2015– )

Creators: Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro

Cast: Wagner Moura, Maurice Compte, Boyd Holbrook

Here is a great series about Pablo Escobar’s and the Medellin Cartel exploit in the drug trade, and the people that he pissed off. It is a Netflix Series in conjunction with an other production  French company and it is  Gaumont International. So I got right into it and you will be addicted for sure. I saw a documentary of Pablo Escobar and they stuck with the documentary. Wagner Moura is great at playing Escobar even looks like him. I think he incarnated Pablo perfectly well to a T I should say. The series was shot in Colombia. It does not glamorize the drugs dealer’s life style or anything like that instead you get on one side the drug dealer with Escobar and the other side the investigation with a team of DEA trying to close in on Escobar. There is a narration thought the series of the DEA agent who is after Escobar. It is the story on how cocaine got into the US and all over that world, and it is unbelievable how much cocaine Escobar was producing and getting into the street of the US. They got smarter and smarter on how to smuggling it in the country not counting how much there were bribing police officers, government official and if there were not on his side week you know the story. When there is drugs there is violence a known fact here, Pablo left a body count behind him around 100 or so people. Pablo was on the top 7 list of Forbes back then of one of the most richest man in the world.

The production is so perfect it is not even funny. The decor of the period pieces thought the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s is out of this world, they really paid attention  to the details. The cast is beautifully put together and my hat goes to them. It is a politic, crime, thriller, action kind of series that will stand out and I can’t wait until season 2.

Narcos (2015– )

Narcos (2015– )

 

SPARTACUS: BOOD AND SAND (2010 – 2013)

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Creator: Steven S. DeKnight

Cast: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett

Here is a cast change because of the unfortunate death of Andy Whitfield who died of cancer. It is the continuation of Spartacus who goes into Rome and tries to free all the slaves. It is bloody as hell and violent but like I said that is the way it was back then. The series continues the bloody path of Spartacus. The episodes are well paced. The first season is especially good , Spartacus builds up a series of secrets, alliances, betrayals and ambitions that all come together at key moments in the series. There is plenty of gladiators who has this muscular bodies fighting which later are compensated by food, alcohol and sex.The story around Spartacus is the tragic early death of star Andy Whitfield, who was diagnosed with cancer during the first season. Since he couldn’t film a second season due to treatment, creator Stephen S. Knight went back to the story telling to give us Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, a prequel to the events of the first season and that was fine. But the death of the actor had to have a change of casting. A lot of people thought that this was going to be the end of the series.The second and third season never quite hit the same highs as the first season but it still stands out. This was the only way to go. We know already what happens to Spartacus anyway so they had to keep going but they were not sure if the audiences would accept the  cast change. Luckily it worked, and they were back in business. Great series there.

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SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA (2011)

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Creator: Steven S. DeKnight

Cast: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah 

This was the story of Spartacus a little before he became the god of the arena. Unfortunately the series stopped here because Andy Whitfield tragically found himself battling cancer and died and the producers had to reset the casting process. When Andy was batting cancer the producers decided to do the prequel of the family the Batiatus/Lucretia storyline. Than went on to make Spartacus: Blood and sand with a fairly new Casting. It is bloody with nudity and violent as hell well that the way it was back then. People were slave and taken by a family with a bunch of fighters and force to fight in the arena against an other family’s fighters to the death. The thing that I don’t like is too many slow-motion shot they should be a few than back to normal. Other than that it is fine the writing is great so is the action. Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, and John Hannah is perfect casting there. Andy Whitfield is brilliant as Spartacus and he stand out with a fine performance. The fighting scene are superb no doubt. The story line is fluid and moves along just fine like you would expect no boring scenes there. See back then there were bisexual men and women as well as heterosexuals sex was done where ever even people were watching that is what it was back then. It was a wild party at best and the wine was flowing with good food. Yeah! I know it was a little bit barbaric then but that is was it was. Over all great series.

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MARCO POLO (2014 – )

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Cast: Lorenzo Richelmy, Mahesh Jadu, Chin Han

Marco Polo is based on the famous explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China as we all know. Marco Polo defies his father and got on his father’s boat without his permission. His father finds out and decided to take him on his adventure in China. Marco barely knows his father, Marco is essentially left with the Mongol leader as an offering to secure Dad’s access to lucrative trading routes. Marco has no choice and his the slave of the Emperor but he can go in and out as he please, but not on the other side of the wall. An other slave teaches him Kung fu , and sword fighting in order to survive in any country, to any climate condition.

Now Netflix took upon to do this series with the Weinstein company for a whopping $60 millions for the first season. I think at this rate it will have 2 season only. Look what happen with Rome the second season was $100 million I think that is going to happen with this series. It is the second most expensive series so far. you see the last season of game of thrones went for $90 million. The production is outstanding bt far and the costumes are beautiful. the set who are in malaria stands out. Beautiful production well made. Newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy is not as charismatic but he will do just fine this is the first season after all. The rest of the cast is fine so far. The female cast is terrific. Joan Chen is great as Empress Chabi, Kublai Khan’s bloodthirsty wife. The cinematography is fantastic with some great shots of china. The writing how ever should be polish a bit to make Marco Polo more interesting do not get me wrong it is still a great series. A lot of people are comparing Game of Thrones to Marco Polo but i am not going to do that. Marco Polo stands on its own on the top of that there is a cliffhanger at the end of the season. It is 2 different story anyway. So give it a shot it is video steaming on Netflix.

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HATFIELDS & McCOYS (2012)

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Directed by Kevin Reynolds.

Cast: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr .

A clash of clans that evoked vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, which changed the families and the history of the region forever. The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy. During the civil war those 2 were good friends. Hatfield deserted they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky. It became too much tensions; misunderstanding, and resentments that blew out in all warfare between the families. It almost broke down the states i an other civil war.

History channel series Hatfields & McCoys is based on historical facts. Coster and Paxton was perfect casting. “Hatfields & McCoys” tells the true story of a legendary grudge match that started at the end of the Civil War and dragged on for decades and almost stated a civil was between the 2 states. it first started in 1863 a dispute about timber rights. Then someone is accused of stealing a pig got drag into court, before you know it one is shootin the other and the body counts is piling up. The two family was famous for killing each other. The cast Tom Berenger as Hatfield’s hot-headed uncle, Powers Boothe as Hatfield’s big brother, Mare Winningham as McCoy’s beleaguered wife and Jena Malone as McCoy’s trouble-making niece is so perfect. The thing is I never heard about it until now. It is a tale of vengeance and how difficult it can be to bury the hatchet, which didn’t happen officially until 2003. Sixty descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys signed a symbolic peace treaty in 2003.

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FEMMING (2014)

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Cast: Dominic Cooper, Lara Pulver, Samuel West

It is the life of Ian Fleming the man who wrote the series of James bond books.

Here is one for you the life of the womanizing, boozing, smoking Ian Fleming the man who would be famous for the James Bond Novels. He was a drunks man who loves to party and wound up with different women every night. he came from a rich family his father was a banker but he didn’t want to pursue the same life as his father. He was serving in the english military during war time. Fleming was great with women was a collector and spoke German and French fluently. He became an naval  intelligence officer this was his most productive period at the time. Fleming was closely like  Bond: Cocky, flippant, and ever so  cool. His very tolerant superior Admiral John Godfrey (coy Samuel West) and Godfrey’s assistant Second Officer Monday (Anna Chancellor) are Fleming’s versions of “M” and “Miss Moneypenny”. The filmmakers, clearly pushed these real-to-life closer to the fictionalized characters they inspired. So it is not boring for the audience. Fleming had an overpowering mother, Evelyn ( Lesley Manville) is like the Bond villain here. Manipulating events and relationships for the “benefit” of her son. A strong indicator to why Fleming would see to make Bond an orphan, clearly hating his mother and being almost powerless to stop her influence. Ian Fleming was best when he thought of creating solutions for other people. Fleming has a Bond very light  life, but for getting the audience interested and glue to their screen they spiced it up a bit.

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MR. SELFRIDGE (2013 – )

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Creator: Andrew Davies

Cast: Aisling Loftus, Ron Cook, Amy Beth Hayes Jeremy Piven

Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about the flamboyant American  Harry Gordon Selfridge and his London department store Selfridge & Co, set in the 1910s..

Fantastic series it seems to me that the British are doing a lot of period piece and it work. I love to be transported in that period in 1910. The visual are stunning trust me. Selfridge wanted a luxury store that sells great quality product from all over the world. The production with the costume and design interior of the house and the store is outstanding. I understand that Piven was up for the role and the producer were impressed of his understanding of his character and he is doing a great job at that. This marketing genius has started the thing called window shopping. He is the one who started it all. It was the first shopping mall of its kind. It is huge back then he had the vision and carried it out. His employees had to focus on presentation, knowledge, customer service. They had to be good at it. He except the best only. His wife was at his side helping him out. The screenwriter is talented and makes the story interesting and it moves along beautifully well. The series has style and his high-caliber. It has drama and comedy into it. Great job by the cast it is fantastic to see such a show of high quality developing in front go you eyes. It is like you are really there.

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