WHEN THEY SEE US (2019)

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Cast: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse 

The true story of five teenagers who are accused of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989. The thing is they did not commit the crime.

1989 five boys as forever known as the Central Park Five when they were put on trial for a crime they did not commit. Coerced confessions that didn’t even have consistent details of the crime, the press and the prosecutors in New York City convicted Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Jr., Korey Wise and Kevin Richardson, sentencing them to years of prison . While the NYPD harassed and terrorized these minors, the actual criminal walked unseen through Central Park. The story has been told as the documentary The Central Par five. When They See Us uses a four-episode Netflix miniseries, starting with the events of April 19, 1989, when investment banker Trisha Melli was brutally raped and left for dead in the North Woods of Central Park and ending in 2002 when an inmate confessed to the crime. Some scenes are horrifying, harrowing, upsetting and infuriating. To think that the police has done their job and still today they think they did their job is unbelievable. The series never loses sight of its thesis statement that Black and black people are presumed guilty at all times. The series is not going to let you forget how the justice system and the press have failed even today nothing is changed. The system failed those kids. You will see how the interrogation was coerced then the trial. The last episode unleashes the full horror of both prison life and the assault on Melli. The NYPD was tormenting the Central Park Five, the real rapist was walking  through the park covered in blood and free to commit a few more attacks before being captured. A Horrific and hard to watch series. Sadly it is still going on today.

 

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when they see us

 

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SEX EDUCATION (2019- )

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Creator: Laurie Nunn

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa 

A sexually repressed teenage son of a sex therapist decides to start giving out some counseling of his own to his fellow high-schoolers?

Here is a Netflix series that is getting better as the episode goes along. Otis Millburn (Asa Butterfield) our hero here is a sexually repressed teenager who’s mom is a sex therapist that is also sleeping with her patients and whom ever she wants. But the thing is that Otis here is afraid of sexually intimacy and has wet dreams. As the episodes goes along you are going to know why. It started when a compadre who has a problem with his Penis, Otis will talk him down and make him understand what he is suppose to do. Of course put a gay man who is being bullied and his father can’t believe that his son is gay, a teenager girl who Otis likes and wants her to be his girlfriend but she is interested in someone else and a bunch of other dysfunctional teenagers and you will have a series that is funny as hell. The high school students here are facing  different problems the typical problem that a teenager is facing sex, contraception , pregnancy, masturbation, as well as psychological problem of being bullied because someone is gay, well you get the point. You will never get bored with this one.   I can’t wait until next season.

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Sex Education

DOGS OF BERLIN (2018)

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Creator: Christian Alvart

Cast: Felix Kramer, Fahri Yardim, Samy Abdel Fattah

A murder of a soccer player forces two disparate detectives into a battle with the Berlin underworld and a confrontation with their own corruption.

The best player Orkan Erdem in the German national football team, is murdered in Berlin. Kurt Grimmer who is married but is with his lover nearby decided to check it out. As soon as he finds out who the body is, and suddenly the lights when on in his head. He thinks that the German national team, deprived of their best player, will lose the match, so he calls his bookie and decide to make a bet. Of course he tells the two cops that found the body to stay put until he comes back. He has to convince the coaches of the team to keep it a secret until the end of the match. In the mix there will be Neo-Nazis, Germans, Turks, Serbs, Arabs, mafia and gangs that are mixed in this business as well. Yes there are the crooked cops that are going to come along with racism, spouse cheating, mafia business etc…. You are going to have to follow very carefully this series it has a few twist and turns. it is moving as it should be at a fast paced in a form of a thriller. Yes it is a German Netflix original series.

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IL MIRACOLO (2018 – )

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Creator: Niccolò Ammaniti

Cast: Guido Caprino, Elena Lietti, Lorenza Indovina

English title: The miracle

During the incursion in a mob boss’ hideout the police finds out a statue of the virgin Mary weeping Blood. A team of scientific investigate in secret. General Votta (Sergio Albelli) calls then the prime minister Fabrizio Pietromarchi (Guido Caprino) who is in a middle of a crisis in public and in his private life. If this gets out what will happen? Are people going to go nuts about this?

Ok then here is a subject that is not talk about too much but here Ammaniti created an environment of faith and the miracle. It is a question of your faith here and do you believe in miracle? Political men, priest, criminal all sort of people are going to know the existence of this statue. A priest who seeks hooker to relieve himself plus gamble among other sins is call by the prime minister to see what he makes of it but he can’t tell nobody. the second story is the one with the prime minister and his family with the weird babysitter and his wife and kids where they are having some kind of crisis. The third story is about this boy who has autism comes back with a dead girl who is his friend but everyone thinks he killed her but do not have no proof. The 4th story is the dying mother of this woman who works with the scientific group on why the statue weeps blood 9 liters per hour. It is the lives of those people in the space of 8 days in 8 episodes. A terrific series which is going to question your faith with some complex character.

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COUNTERPART (2017 – )

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Creator: Justin Marks

Cast: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd  

Howard Silk, a modest employee, discovers in spite of himself that the agency for which he works is only a facade. When the existence of a portal, leading to a parallel dimension, with another version of itself, is revealed to him, a new and dangerous world opens up to him. He still does not know how much his life will be turned upside down…

Here is a series that is worth looking at. Counterpart here is a mystery / Thriller / espionage And a cold war fell to it. Of course there is the cat and the mouse game no surprise there and danger at every corner and the fact that the characters does not know who to trust. It has a sci-fi feel to it that makes it a little jewel of a series. You will be hooked as soon as you see the first episode. It is interesting because you will see two world different from each other. And what is their supposedly double are doing on the other side? .K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spiderman) is brilliant in both version and so is the ensemble cast. It is taking place in Berlin but I don’t know if it is shot really there. PLus the actors plays a different role in a different setting, it is nice to see how talented they are. Counterpart is an Original idea that works well and intelligently written. Trust me you will not be disappointed in the climatic season finale nor the second season.

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counterpart

CONDOR (2018 -)

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Creators Todd Katzberg, Ken Robinson, Jason Smilovic

Cast: Max Irons, William Hurt, Leem Lubany 

Joe Turner a CIA coding analyst while outside with one of his co-worker taking a break gets an inch of his life by almost getting killed at the office. All his co-workers are dead and his has to outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Ok the series is based on the film Three days of the condor. But it is on today’s turf with the computers and cell phone well you get the point. Joe has created a computer program that helps identify terrorists prior to them committing violent acts. When his station is attacked Joe who is the only survivor will have to find out while on the run who is responsible and who he can trust. Maybe his program was used for something else something evil. Brendan Fraser who have not seen him for years here has returned in this series and what a great role he has. Also you will find a terrific cast like William Hurt, Bob Balaban and Mira Sorvino. But the thing is who is lying and who is not, who to trust. Yes there are twists and turn which it be expected. It is a bit formulaic and stylish but it works here for now. It can be addictive but there are a bunch of spy thriller Australian series and polish series that are on Netflix also. It looks like the network are going this direction.

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THE FOREST (2017)

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Creator: Delinda Jacobs

Cast: Samuel Labarthe, Suzanne Clément, Alexia Barlier

Sixteen-year-old Jennifer disappears one night from her village in the Ardennes. Captain Gaspard Deker leads the investigation with police officer Virginie Musso, who knew the girl well. They are helped by Eve, a lonely and mysterious woman.

The Forest is a mystery revolving around the disappearance of 16-year-old girl Jennifer. As the series develops which the plot tension is going to be tense , The Forest evolves from a detective mystery with family drama as secrets close to home are revealed. Girls has been disappearing years earlier and they think that the perpetrator is at it again.  Here is a French production on Netflix . Alexia Barlier who plays Eve portrays the kind of character that is tough and courageous as has a soft spot. It is at a pace of a thriller this series and the writers made sure to build up the tension until the end. And who is this mysterious woman who wants to help. The atmosphere is misty with some beautiful shot of the forest. Only 6 episodes for this mini series.

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