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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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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GOOD BEHAVIOR (2016 – )

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Creator: Chad Hodge, Blake Crouch

Cast: Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney

Letty Raines ( Michelle Dockery) is a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn on one  bad decision after an other. Fresh out of prison, she’s attempting to stay …

Based on the Letty Dobesh series of books by Blake Crouch, the show follows Letty Raines (Dockery), a woman who is out of prison for good behavior. And is she going to stay out of trouble. She has a son who is staying at her mom. She is certain that she can be a good person by not using drugs and drinking too much not to mention stealing. After being fired from her job for stealing which she did not,  so she gets into stealing in hotel in rooms of the guest. Well that is how she meets this hit man Xavier. Some how she is drawn to him but can’t seen to go on her own. And the adventure begins.

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Terrific series here that works well with a great cast. Letty here tries to be good but can’t help herself because old habit dies hard. Here comes this hit man and she kind of know that they need each other. Later in the series it is reveal how Xavier became a hit man and why he is  out of touch with his family for 20 years. The pilot sets up the series but still leaving you intrigued enough to keep you coming back for more. Letty is smart and quick on her feet, but also vulnerable. She is strong and find ways to succeed plus she want to in order to see her son again. Xavier is the same way but has anger issues and wants to get reconciled with his family especially his father. The series is character driven  full of twists and turns and Dockery and Botto bring a depth to the series that makes it not just fun, but interesting to watch.

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OZARK (2017- )

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Creators: Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams

Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Ozark, the new neo-noir series that Jason Bateman has directed a couple of episodes on Netflix is kicking some ass here.

Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) who’s best friends put him and his family in a bit aof a pickle has to relocate in Ozark Missouri. You see Marty  launders money for the drug dealer named Del (Esai Morales) great choice for a bad guy here. It seems that Marty best friend here has taken over a certain period of time 8 Million dollars which pissed off Del. In order to save his own ass Marty made him a deal to relocate to Ozark and to continue to launder Del’s money. So far so good. But once in Ozark Marty is going to walk on someone’s feet. 

Marty here has this sex less marriage and has two kids. He has an investment firm which is laundering the money of their drug lord. Marty is awesome at his job. Yes the series at first tries to settle but by the third episode shit is hitting the fan big time and does it takes off. The series is constant does not follow any time line and it is brilliant, and so I love it. The all characters are a joy to watch even they have great chemistry. Voila a must see and have fun. You will be hooked as I was.

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EL CHAPO (2017- )

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Creators: Silvana Aguirre, Carlos Contreras

Cast: Marco de la O, Danny Pardo, Humberto Busto

Too funny I heard on the news that El Chapo escape from prison but way later he got caught again and escape from prison once again in Mexico where he was detain. And now Netflix has done a story about his life. The most dangerous drug dealer from the Cartel family and the one who can escape jail .

You see El Chapo want to rise in power as fast as possible and he is not a patient man. But unfortunately he gets shafted left and right at times. You see the Mexican government has to call the military to try to caught those drug dealers because sometimes the police is too corrupt and they need help. The first season is about El Chapo personal quest of becoming the most powerful drug dealer. You will find out that it is not easy to be a drug dealer seeing the life of El Chapo who sometimes gets in trouble and over his head. However there is a couple of people who want him behind bars. It is not going to be as good an Narcos but it will come close. You will be addicted to it, and wanting more. It is on Netflix streaming so have fun with it.

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