GOMORRA (2014 – ) SEASON 2

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Creators: Stefano Bises, Leonardo Fasoli, Roberto Saviano

Cast: Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Salvatore Esposito

Here is the second season of Gomorra the season that has a feel like the sopranos combine with the wire a little bit anyway. The second season start where the first left off. But this time Genny Savastano (Salvatore Esposito) who escape injuries and is somewhere in south America making sure that the production of the drugs is the best that is ever been. However his father is in jail. His mother tries to run things back home. In the means time Ciro di Marzio (Marco D’Amore) is obsessed with being the godfather of the clan and yes it is going to cost him. He will stop at nothing to get there. 

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The second season step it up and it is who con who , who gets killed and  yes it is a cut throat business. violence is shocking only in its brutality, because some of it is not predictable and will hit you in the face. the  cool moments in season two take place between Gennaro and the withdrawn Don Pietro. it is going tot be old school vs new school ( the young one) who is going to be left standing? Gomorrah’s straightforward cinematic style allows its Neapolitan style that  grows and envelop the gangsters that move through it. do not miss this one. I watch all 12 episodes in 3 days.

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CANNABIS (2016 – )

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Creator: Hamid Hlioua

Cast: Kate Moran, Christophe Paou, Yasin Houicha

Here is a cool series Franco German on the Arte channel. It is what you expect and more. It is shot in Spain, Morocco, and France. It is the drug trade of those 3 countries. The dealers are dealing and everything is fine when a drug boat does not come back for his delivery. The main drug dealer the boss is looking for their dude who possibly took the marijuana and left. did he really do that? If so where is he now?

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There are a few surprises in  this one by far. It is the cut throat business who gets killed in order to move up and never trust no one. One dealer wants to go straight and grow strawberries, the others are in the lure of easy money. One woman is trying to rise in power but wants to get out, but get drag back in. She quickly going to become in power we will see the second season. There is blackmail and stealing the drugs from the boss. It is a tight group that can’t be trusted and they have look behind them constantly in order to survive and not get shot. The first season it too cool and things are moving along just fine. There if you get the chance to see that one have fun with it.

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QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (2017 – )

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Creators: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller

Cast: Veronica Falcón, Alice Braga, Peter Gadiot

Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Some how she found herself in Texas doing drug deals left and right. On to become the queen of the biggest empire in Texas so she can  avenge her lover’s death.

After her lover ’s death Theresa tries to warn her friend that her husband is going to be killed for skimming drugs and money which he was doing with Theresa ’s lover. Theresa flees on to the US to find herself in this gas station which the owner phoned the ex-wife of her lover’s boss named Camila Vargas ( Veronica Falcòn) who is in Texas and has a drug empire. . Theresa gets pick up and in order to stay a live she runs drug for her. However Camila wants something from Theresa a book that her lover got her and Camila wants the book before her husband finds Theresa and the book.

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Theresa know she has to keep the book in order to stay alive. She however wants to learn the business she has needs and wants to get a piece of the pie. Also she is trying to get her friend settle once she is in America. Theresa will stop at nothing to get to the top. Veronica Falcon as Camila Vargas is extremely talented as well as Alice Braga. Camilla here dresses well has the legs and the cleavage men are turned on by her she got them by the balls and turn on their brains so they can be on the same level as her, she is manipulative as hell. She seems to get what she wants. Here is a terrific series by Netflix that should not be over looked.

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NON UCCIDERE (2015 – )

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Creator: Claudio Corbucci

Cast: Miriam Leone, Matteo Martari, Thomas Trabacchi

Inspector Valeria Ferro ( Miriam Leone) works at the PJ in Turin. stubborn , beautiful and tough, she is assisted by Andrea Russo (Matteo Martari), veteran Gerardo Mattei and new recruit Luca Rinaldi (Luca Terracciano) under the direction of Giorgio Lombardi ( Thomas Trabacchi). As her investigations progress, we also discover the difficult past of the investigator.

The series is also known under the name of Squadra Criminale. It is a terrific Italian series where Valeria Ferro is this tough detective who wants to solve the case as family as possible even check out all the possibilities before closing the case but every time she does an investigation her boss tells her to close it quickly or go easy on the victim they are not suspect. Her partner in crime issuing with the flow, he knows that he is the second wheel on this, he tend to follow her league but sometimes enough is enough and her boss has the final say. As the series goes along you discover that her mother is in jail. As the story goes along you discover more about her and the difficult relationship that she has with her mother. Overall it is a terrific series.

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EYEWITNESS (2014)

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Creators: Jarl Emsell Larsen

Cast: Axel Bøyum, Odin Waage, Anneke von der Lippe

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy took the publishing industry by storm and everything since then  the Nordic noir is in business. Eyewitness is something slightly different, merging crime thriller and family drama.

When Philip (Axel Bøyum) and Henning (Odin Waage) witness a multiple-murder they stay quiet, fearing for their lives, normal reaction for teenagers. Philip has his foster-mother who is  the officer leading the investigation, Helen Sikkeland (Anneke von der Lippe). When the SRO are drafted in to deal with a drugs war involving The Sixers and a biker band called The Ferrymen, Sikkeland begins to see connections. However, without evidence and the gun that they can’t find she is at a halt and struggle to make progress.

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Here is a terrific Nordic Noir as I love them with some terrific actors and story telling. Henning, an alpha male motocross champion, seems more terrified by his family to discover who he is really. In keeping quiet Philip to protects him  but messes up  his already complicated relationship with his foster family. Thank god for trying to avoid the clichés. The performances of the actors are strong with some great sensitive writing to go with it. The Norwegian / Swedish nine series has 6 episodes that are dark and tense.

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ZONE BLANCHE (2017 – )

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Creators: Mathieu Missoffe

Cast: Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre, Laurent Capelluto

Villefranche is a small isolated town in the heart of a gigantic forest, a green labyrinth of thousands of hectares making any telecommunication hazardous. This place is not quite like the others has its unmapped areas, its crimes, its disappearances and other mysteries to be elucidated and a rate of homicide six times higher than the national average … but apart from it all everything is fine. , The city can count on its sheriff, Major Laurène Weiss (Suliane Brahim), a girl of the strong country in mouth and strangely connected to Nature. As she continues to investigate, she sinks farther and farther into the forest she discover secrets even some from her own adduction 20 years ago.

Viilefranche is a fictional town somewhere in Belgium. It has 8 episodes and it is a French Belgian series. The filming took places in between the Voges and Belgium. So you can feel the fog, the nature and the thousand of ares of forest, it is a perfect setting for this kind of series. It is dark, intriguing and mysterious and when you watch it the story will have some twist and turns that you won’t expect. Well casted and written which I can’t wait for season 2 to come out. I just finished watching the last episodes this week and what great ending which you are going to want more. Do not miss this one.

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BEAU SÉJOUR (2016 – )

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Creators: Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens

Cast: Lynn Van Royen, Inge Paulussen, Jan Hammenecker

Here from Belgium on the Dutch side a fantastic realistic thriller series. A hotel room under renovation and a girl who is in a blood bath in a bathtub. Someone knock on the door and she disappears. Later her body is found by the lake. She soon realise while solving her own murder that 5 people can see her.

Terrific  series here where the tile is the name of the hotel. Beau Séjour is the collective creation of Sanne Nuyens, Bert Van Dael, Kaat Beels, Nathalie Basteyns, the  two last one being also the directors of the episodes. Kato is a ghost, but of a very special type: five people can see her, communicate with her … and even more, Her alcoholic father, a policeman who does not hesitate to eliminate evidence, his half-sister Sofia, devoured by jealousy, Ines, a friend who rounds off his end of the month by hard drug trafficking and Charlie, a Another friend just out of a psychiatric asylum. But the police investigation is the main part of the plot with the elimination, one after the other, of people wrongly suspected. Secrets will emerge left and right. It has been rewritten as almost the same style as the film named Six sense , where the ghost is trying to solve her own murder. In order to make it sinister the series was shot in the winter to reinforced the landscape that got with the theme of the series. The rumors that circulate on a season 2, in the form of an anthology with another story and other characters, have not yet been denied, nor confirmed. I ham hoping for a second season.

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