THE END OF THE F**ING WORLD (2018 – )

THE END OF THE F**ING WORLD (2018 - )

Cast: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Steve Oram

James is a 17-year-old who believes he is a psychopath. He kills animals as a hobby, but gets bored with it. He decides he wants to try killing a human. He sees Alyssa, a rebellious 17-year-old classmate with issues of her own. She proposes they run away together, hoping for an adventure away from her not so good home-life, and James agrees with the intention of finding an opportunity to kill her. They takes off on a road trip across England, and begin to develop a relationship after a series of mishaps.

Here is a British dark comedy-drama television program, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman.This eight episodes show follows James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), two damaged teenagers, as they run away from home to escape from their not so good home lives.The storyline often switches perspectives between the two protagonists with voiceover narration. By the way it is on Netflix in France. This pair of misfits are going on a road trip but after an incident sort of speak the two are going to try to evade the police that are on their tails. Both does not like their life at home so the decided to run away. Little that they know they need each other. The two police officers charged with the case, Detectives Teri Darego (Wunmi Mosaku) and Eunice Noon (Gemma Whelan) form an oddball narrative which they are trying to work out their own complicated romantic mess as their investigations narrows on the two teens. The ending leaves you hanging. Hopefully there will be a second season.

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THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES (2015 -)

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Creator: Barry Langford

Cast: Sean Bean, Richie Campbell, Tom Ward

Inspector John Marlott investigates a series of crimes in 19th Century London. As he investigates he finds out it might be a scientist who is experimenting in re-animating the dead.

Yes for Netflix the series is kicking ass big time. Taking form the Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel it takes an approach from it all started at the beginning and yes the series is addictive. John Marlott (Sean Bean), a river cop who discovers the body of a small child on the beach. except it is several pieces of different part from other bodies saw back together. He’s hired by Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), an advocate for advanced medicine who’s trying to pass “The Anatomy Act” in Britain. Marlott goes to it but he has a past and has his share of pain plus he has a disease he can’t shake off. Sean Bean is perfect in this role and shines. The decor is perfect it feel dirty and hunger has set in plus the cold damp weather of London sets in.  Great writing the series moves along just fine. It is a bit rushed toward the end. It is a solid show that deserved to be watched.

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THE MECHANISM (2018 – )

 

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Creator: José Padilha

Cast: Selton Mello, Caroline Abras, Enrique Diaz

Based loosely on actual events taking place in brazil where an investigation took place because of corruption with the drug dealers, construction companies as well as the petrol company.

Loosely based on true events, Brazilian show The Mechanism is a fast paced crime thriller. The Mechanism is a great ride through the world of corruption in Brazil. The Mechanism’s story focuses on a small group of police officers struggling to uncover corruption leading all the way to the most powerful business men and women in the country. Led by  police officer Verena (Caroline Abras) alongside  Marco Ruffo (Selton Mello), the 8 episodes see an intriguing game of cat and mouse develop between the police and criminals trying to allude them. What begins as a simple task of capturing known crime boss Ibrahim (Enrique Diaz) quickly discovering  the highest levels of corruption in the justice system involving judges, politicians and big name company CEOs. Unbelievable when I was watching this I said to myself the police in Brazil has their hand full. The life of a cop is difficult here trying to get the warrant arrest from the judges who are reluctant to give them to they are corrupted as hell. It takes a toll on the personal life as well. The chemistry is there as well as the acting. It is addictive as hell I finished the series that is on Netflix in France in 3 days.

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LE TUEUR DU LAC (2017 – )

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Creators: Bruno Dega, Jeanne Le Guillou

Cast: Julie De Bona, Lannick Gautry, Julie Depardieu

English title : Killer on the lake. 

Lise (Julie de Bona) and Clovis (Lannick Gautry) got married and are in this town called Annecy. She is a police captain, he is a gendarmerie commander. Tom (Valentin Desmazières), their son, has just been 9 months old. And Marianne (Marie-Anne Chazel), Lise’s mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s, lives near them on the shores of the lake in a specialized institution. They seem happy and united, surrounded by loyal friends, when two violent murders of women are discovered.

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Clovis may give the impression that everything as it should be a nice couple loving each other and happy, but the two characters will wake up during their investigation and old traumas that will hurt each other , their family life  and disrupt their work. Thus, the character of police captain Lise Stocker, (Julie de Bona) ,whose brighter face brings an interesting contrast to the darkness of the series, is decked out with a double trauma, one of her former life of her mother who has some secrets plus the murders that is going to pile up and who is this woman who her husband is seeing? All that will add up the stress of the relationship. Also you think you know you neighbours think again they have secrets too. All that will had up to the tension and the stress to find the killer in time so he does not kill again. With this breathtaking script and the beautiful cinematography here is a series worth the look.

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MARONI ET LES FANTÔMES DU FLEUVE (2018 – )

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Creators: Aurélien Molas

Cast: Stéphane Caillard, Adama Niane, Issaka Sawadogo

English: Maroni, the ghosts of the river

First time in Guyana, from her first day in Cayenne, Chloé Bresson (Stéphane Caillard) has the feeling of losing ground. Determined to prove herself, she hides her hesitations and doubts from her new teammate. Guyanese of origin, Joseph Dialo (Adama Niane) knows this territory and the mysteries that it conceals. The murder of a Western couple and the disappearance of their child lead Chloé and Dialo to overcome mutual distrust and follow the trail of a ritual crime …

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First this series I saw it on TV in France on the Channel Franco-German called Arte. If you have the chance to see this see it. Maroni, the ghosts of the river leads us into a mystical thriller to meet the culture and imagination of Guyana through a rise of the river, a slow drift into the raw land of Guyana.  Maroni, the ghosts of the river is the promise of a long trip at the end of the Amazonian night, along the Maroni. Here is a cop Chloé who is here for the first time of her life who has a past which she is hiding from her partners and the rest of the gang. Has difficulty to follow the rules and the custom of the county. But the Maroni, what is it? The Maroni is a river of South America that borders Guiana and Suriname. Once again, French Guiana, this French department at the end of the world and source of thousands of fantasies, becomes the subject of a fiction. Let’s go back to it Now Chloé is stuck with a partner who has a past also a cop who does thing his own way. So the captain thought they should pair up. The series goes deep into the core of Guyana in the heart of darkness which is also in opening quote. it is a bit of across True detective the series and the film Angel Heart. Also we must not forget that Guyana is a forgotten territory of the Republic. I do hear too much of this country myself. A little funny thing there our President (François Hollande) not this one that we have now he is must smarter  believed it was an island. You have got to be kidding me where was he in geography class. In fact, it is an extremely rich cultural place, a multi-ethnic place with a very, very complex history and what a better way to do a series there.  The Guyana is the third character of the story. It is a series that mixes police investigation, suspense thriller, beliefs and mysticism to lead us far beyond a simple  crime. A season 2? It’s all depend on Arte, and the audience. But don’t miss this one.

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DARK (2017 – )

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Creators: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

Cast: Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel

Netflix’s first original German series, Dark, will inevitably be compared to Stranger Things, but it is much different and well though out. Both series focus on children who have gone missing; both are set, in a dark setting , in the 1980s; both involve unexplained phenomena that cause lights to flicker, among other things; and both reveal a pathways somewhere in a cave that connect to a mysterious facility that’s key to the show’s central mysteries. Than in Dark is becoming totally different as the story goes along.

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The series tales place in Winden a little town in Germany. There are quiet characters to follows and you will be sucked in as well as addicted as I watched the series.The show opens with a voice-over explaining that “everything is connected,” which turns out to be true of the relationships between the parents and children in four families that are introduced. There are a lot of characters to keep track and you must pay attention because if you blink you will miss something. We meet Jonas (Louis Hofmann), a teenager who has spent time in a mental hospital following his father’s suicide that is the beginning  scene , Jonas and several friends go on a late-night expedition into the woods to see if they can recover some drugs that Erik stashed away in a hiding spot, Erick is the one who disappeared at he beginning of the story. They get spooked by going to a cave where you should not go in some kind of nuclear underground stuff, in the process, a friend’s younger brother, Mikkel (Daan Lennard Liebrenz) disappears. The town may not know where Erik is, but we do. Erik is sitting in a chair like an electric chair and you will see someone briefly in the room. You will not know what is going on too much. Town goes searching for Mikkel and now there are two kids missing. He gets weirder from here on out, you will not believe where Mikkel winds up at, and that is all I am going say.

Dark is concerned about atmosphere and suspense with a cliff ending at the end of the series. The series setting is autumn, darkness, rain, and the smell of death is everywhere. It is going to become a chilling classic creepy thriller. Dark is stubble and as the horror element in it even a little bit of neon-noir in there. And yes I think Netflix has a hit on their hand. I can’t wait until next season.

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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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