MANHUNT: UNABOMBER (2017 – )

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Creators: Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson

Cast: Sam Worthington, Jeremy Bobb, Ben Weber

For 17 years an FBI case into a notorious killer in 1995, named  the Unabomber, who mails packages containing bombs to people across America which, unsurprisingly, blow up the unsuspecting victims.

There is a fine line between fiction and realty here the discovery channel and Netflix manages to keep it on the dotted line. We follows this talented FBI agent that is trying to understand the language of the Unabomber but his superior are old school and does not want to hear his theory. The investigation in 1995 is a jump forward in time to 1997, it goes back and forth. The show here is trying to do something different from the other series which the narrative is interesting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Of course you are already familiar with the story you have already seen tin the new however if you are in Europe you might have heard it on some level, in the state we heard it for weeks every time a bomb went off. The acting is outstanding even the cast has great chemistry. A little different in telling the story, and enjoyable to watch.

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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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TRANSFERTS (2017 – )

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Creators: Claude scasso, Patrick Benedeck

Cast: Arieh Worthalter, Brune Renault, Steve Tientcheu

Awarded at the Mania Series Festival in 2017, the sci-fi series Transfers by Claude Scasso and Patrick Benedek is on Arte the channel in France and I got to see it all six episode and what an imagination.  The series is from the German film of the same name directed by Damir Lukacevic in 2010.

In the near future, the transfer of one soul from one body to another has become possible, sparking hopes, fantasies and new trades. Florian (Arieh Worthalter), a father in a coma, wakes up in the body of a policeman, Sylvain, charged with fighting illegal “transfers“.

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Florian who wakes up does not know what happen and why he has a new body well not his. Because we are in the near future where it is possible to get someone soul into an other body. Here Florian was in a boat accident, in the coma his wife decided to transfer his soul to the cop’s body who has just been shot, the hero of the day. You see it is illegal to do that you must have consent from a certain some one. Here Florian is in the body of a cop (here it comes) the section BATI where they track people who transfer souls illegally. As he discover himself and wants to go back with his family which he can’t as his wife says to him but she has a plan, he discover other little secrets. Of course you will see that religion and politics and a priest who wants to be Number 1. It’s a series about identity, which questions identity. how a man who is in the body of another and how he will manage his life. Us human that is why we all live. We are all social animals that have an external identity that is not what we are really inside. They went there and more there are twists and turns  as well, in hope that they will be an other season.

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THE DEUCE (2017 – )

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Creators: George Pelecanos, David Simon

Cast: Kevin Breznahan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva

The rise of the pornographic industry from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. In the specialty stores, another cinema is sold under the coat. Pornographic movies are made cheaply as fast as they can make them.  But soon, all this will change … At the forefront of this cultural revolution, two twin brothers who owns a bar serving as a cover for the local mafia, Vincent and Frankie Martino and Candy, a prostitute in search of freedom, a courageous visionary, listening to the evolutions of his time.

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It is New York and two twin brothers here who are working for the mob owning a bar so they can launder their money , their father in the construction business has on foot with mob also, plus the pimps and the hookers that are roaming the streets trying to make a buck. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an astute prostitute with aspirations, and Marty Hodas (Saul Stein), the real-life King of the Peeps, knowledgeably discussing what could be lucrative. The actual Deuce, is in the area of New York City that was Times Square/42nd Street. The deuce here is the real deal, you fell like you are in the 70’s early 80’s and that you are going a part of something. For those who were there back then it is going to bring back memories. I was there in the late 70’s in the U.S. and it is was the coolest thing back then. The cars, the women, booze, the bar scene the music it has it all. Maggie Gyllenhaal here shines big time she even steal the show, however James Franco who is doing double duty doing an outstanding jobs here of which the casting is near perfect I will even say perfect. I say this to you do not miss this one. The first season consist of 9 episodes of an hour and  1/2.

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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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