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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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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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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