BANKEROT (2014 – )

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Creators: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Malene Blenkov

Cast: Martin Buch, Esben Dalgaard Andersen, Viktor Lykke Clausen

Niklas (9-year-old Viktor Lykke Clausen) wakes up every night to draw the ever more precise contours of a recurring dream: he sees his mother stretched out on the road, overthrown by a driver. An accident that happened  two years ago. Since then, the little boy is no longer talking and Thomas (Martin Buch), his father, has sunk into alcohol. Dion (Esben Dalgaard Andersen), a friend of Thomas, gets out of  prison, but is expected by the Mafia aka  “P’tite Souris” (Nicolas Bro) to whom he owes money …

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he story evolves around two friends struggling to get their dream restaurant off the ground. They need money and Dion owes money to the Mafia Don (Petite souris). The thing is that Thomas is mounting his wife and can’t move on plus he is left to raise his son. He was the top sommelier who is dyslexic. Dion owes money to the mob plus got pregnant the female prison guard. It seems to me that trouble finds him every where. The actors are outstanding plus the chemistry in near perfect. It is hilarious at times plus there are detours left and right and a few surprises along the way. There the series feels like a modern western kind of cool. The French however copied it and named it Chef. Yes it is good but the second season of Chef is missing something. Anyway Bankerot means Bankrupt in english.

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BATMAN (1966 – 1968)

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Creator: Lorenzo Semple Jr., William Dozier

Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

The fans of Batman are in mourning: the unforgettable Adam West, interpreter of the hero in the series cult and kitsch “Batman” of the Sixties and film “Batman” died this june 9th of leukemia. He was 88 years old. RIP Adam.

During three TV seasons, broadcast between 1966 and 1968 on the ABC channel and a movie at the cinema, the American actor incarnated his hero which the series became cult. In 2016, Adam West had agreed to resume his role for an episode for the series Big Bang Theory which celebrated its 200th episode. Most recently, the actor had lent his voice to the pilot of the Powerless series. Throughout his career, West had repeatedly taken over his Batman character, notably for Batman or Tarzan animated series, or the return of the Caped Crusaders, released last year. Of course he has done other roles in movies.

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When I first came to the US in the 70’s a teenager that I knew was watching this all the time. He so loved this series. I did do. Back then ti was the coolest thing. The series now is remastered on Blue ray DVD which I am going to get. The duo had chemistry on-screen. In different episode you will see the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and the seductive Catwoman (Julie Newmar). The series became a success and very quickly became cult. Terrific series here to be seen over and over. Thank you for entertain us all those years Adam.

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LUCIFER (2015 – )

 

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Creator: Tom Kapinos

Cast: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Comic book-based TV shows are becoming so common those days I have review more than a few. It is in fashion it seems and people can’t get enough. It’s based on the DC/Vertigo series from the ’90s.

Lucifer Morningstar ( Tom Ellis  ) needs a vacation so he decided to take off for L.A.When we meet him, he’s moved to Los Angeles and opened a nightclub .The ruler of Hell has come to Earth to solve crimes on a weekly basis. He gets hooked up sort with a detective who also happens to be a single mother to the world’s most adorable kid.There are the usual flippant jokes, but our anti-hero who has  a darker more sexual edge also goes to a shrink don’t ask. It seems that Lucifer has the ability to charm any girls he wants except the detective. Plus he is going through some changes well no you are going to have to see the series. Plus, humans can’t help but spill their deepest, darkest secrets to him. This makes the solving of crimes ridiculously easy. There is twist and turn and it is so enjoyable to see. One down fall it is on Fox therefore no nudity or cursing. Well I enjoyed this show with a bottle of whiskey. Sin away if you dare. It is a sinful guilty pleasure hot as hell of a series.

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DIX POUR CENT (2015- )

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Creator: Fanny Herrero

Cast: Camille Cottin, Thibault de Montalembert, Grégory Montel

English title: Call my agent 

The  accurate translation here is 10 percent that what is an agent gets from the actor. Inspired by the experience of Dominique Besnehard, a great agent representing many French actors, the series “Dix pourcents” plunges us into the universe of the agency AKS.

The agents Mathias (Thibault de Montalembert), Gabriel (Grégory Montel), Andréa (Camille Cotin) and Arlette (Liliane Rovère) give themselves body and soul to represent their actors and also to incidentally touch … 10% of their cachet. Following the sudden death of Samuel, founder of ASK, the agents and their assistants try to manage the agency as well as possible. and yes the Guest stars are : Cécile de France, Françoise Fabian, Joey Starr, Laura Smet and Nathalie Baye (playing mother and daughter) and more. Ten percent is a successful  French series; Funny dialogues filled with humor, caricatured characters and an ironic look at this facet of the film industry. They include desperate, vain or capricious actors and actresses , tortured filmmakers and outdated and relentless agents. This monstrous little world of the agency ASK, where the “big ones” of this world are found finally seems to be transformed into a place where simple humans coexist. The self-mockery with which Ten percent builds his story and his characters is probably his greatest strength and intelligence. And if the 6 episodes made you want more laughter and glamor, a second season is about to be written. Would you believe that most actors the guest stars were hard to find due to the fact they did not want to play themselves. The series delivers from beginning to end and it is not even boring, It is on Netflix video streaming.

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GIRLS (2012 – )

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Creator: Lena Dunham

Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke

Dunham plays recent college graduate Hannah, who has an unpaid internship at a publishing house and is trying to finish a book of essays. She is told by her college professor parents that they’ve supported her long enough and are cutting her off. She tries asking for a salary from the book company, only to find out how little she’s really worth.  She is now unemployed. Various job interviews go nowhere, including a promising meeting that crashes and burns when she makes a joke about date rape to the man interviewing her.

From there on it is becoming more real life-like. Hannah  has a best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), in a long-standing, uninspiring relationship with Charlie (Christopher Abbott), British jet-setter-in-training Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and almost annoyingly sunny Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). She also hooks up with her sort-of boyfriend, acting hopeful Adam (Adam Driver), who’s more interested in physical connections than the emotional one. It looks like to me like well almost like the other series Sex in the city but there it is about 20 something girls who wants to take on the world and make something of themselves trying to figure what life wants from them all that in New York plus struggling truing to stay afloat. There is much more provocative and close to real life. Yes there is sex, boyfriends, whatever girls go through in their 20’s and even has humor. it has the creative guts to realign it for a new century and a new generation.

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SEX AND THE CITY (1998 – 2004)

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Creator: Darren Star

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Four female New Yorkers who are great friends gossip about their sex-lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 90s.

Here is an other great show from HBO. About 4 women who lives in New York who like other women are trying to jungle work, social life, and private life as well as they want some day to get married and have kids. And yes ladies and gentlemen it is not that easy to jungle that in New York. It is all in their casual sex, smoking, drinking, flirting, etc……

One of the hardest things for a continuing television series to accomplish is a feeling of growth, of a real-life cycle for its characters. Well I think that Sex and the city has done just that  is a matter a fact they nailed it. Girls of New York four of them that are friends have their own lives, jobs boyfriend or boyfriends. And yes there is the sex talk. After all the show’s title is Sex and the city. It is about 4 women and dating/having sex in New York. The storylines, actors, writers and directors are nothing short of brilliant. Luckily the show has found its place. The thing is those 4 women who is trying to make it in New York and trying to get married before the biological clock stop ticking. In New York is not an easy thing to do someone told me. Here are 4 successful women who are trying to find love not only that it is about fashion and what people thinks about you. It is an intelligent show about women in New York. Yes there will meet along the way superficial people as well as airheads, stupid one, asshole, sophisticated one, etc……The show is funny as hell at times and touches on everyday issues. If you have not seen it yet I will strongly recommend it.

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P’TIT QUINQUIN (2014- )

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Creator: Bruno Dumont

Cast: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost

Set in a small town on the Northern French coast in a few short days around Bastille Day, P’tit Quinquin is the latest TV drama, comedy à la Twin Peaks from Dumont to open with the discovery of a body. Here, the corpse is found stuffed inside a dead cow. Leading the investigation is Captain Van Der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost), aided by his oft-puzzled partner Carpentier (Philippe Jore). It’s not long before a second corpse turns up in similar circumstances, and the bodies quickly begin to pile up. Meanwhile, the title character (Alane Delhaye) is a mischievous off beat kid  who roams the town with his girlfriend Eve (Lucy Caron) and his off beat  young mates. There are a bunch of homophobes and bigots. Quinquin looks like (when he is going to grow up) a deviant serial killer but he seems like a nice boy.

For the most part here it is a black comedy off beat and crazy at times, and you can tell right away that it is the work of Dumont who is such a genius. Dumont seems to use actors that are not professional actors, I think he sees the face of a dude in the street that looks a little bizarre and tells him if he would like to make a film or series for the most part that is what he does.This is director Bruno Dumont’s satirical vision of France. Keep in mind it is a off beat comedy that is on steroid. You see Davis leach has influence a lot of directors in his life time. At times it was going on my nerves a little bit but you have to give it time. Some of you might not like it at all. the series is an irresistibly funny accretion of quirky characters and bizarre details – the unpriestly behaviour of the priests at a funeral; The two off beat and bizarre cops etc…. The series is a little compulsive at times. Of course I come to find out that is going to be a Hollywood remake. No thank you. I love this one just fine. I am getting tired of remake.

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