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Unite 42

After having watched Black Spot I couldn’t leave this one unwatched.
It doesn’t resemble each other one bit though, except for the spoken language (French), one actor, and the fact that it is about police again. OK and the fact that Unite 42 only seems to handle particular cases.
They are into hacking. Not in the truly legal way, so to speak.

The episodes are easy to watch; not too difficult stories, it’s entertaining and it has a likewise development each time: a murder takes place or a body is found, Unite 42 goes after it. All of them have a life of their own, with some this is shown a bit more privately than others.
After the first few episodes you kind of get the gist of how it’s supposed to go, so the revelation of who did it no longer truly surprises, but it keeps being entertaining enough to finish the entire season.

A light refreshment, so to speak.

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Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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The Missing, 3rd season

As a Dutchie, this season of The Missing is watchworthy even solely based on the fact that it was filmed in The Netherlands. Amsterdam more specifically, because where else could you film so freely about human trafficking?

Baptiste is brilliant as usual, but I do think the more the ending of the season is neigh, the more the man speaks in pearls of whisdom that could easily endup on a tile on the wall of one’s loo.

That aside, it was quite fun to see some pretty famous Dutch actors speak louzy English. Yes you can understand what they are saying, but you can also easily hear they are not used to speaking it quite so frequently.

The killings that happen are quite brutal and it only goes to show why one shouldn’t bother going into dealings with drugs. I even think that a chasing scene was made to show how a certain happening that occurred a few years ago in Amsterdam, happened. Criminals trying to eliminate each other and as such, were wreckless and started shooting where other, completely innocent civilians could easily be wrongly targeted.

Back to the story itself.
Though I did see at least one twist coming (because I’ve seen that actor pull the same kind of trick in a different film, ‘Bird Box’) and I didn’t get why one of the actors was involved in it like that, it certainly has it’s proper features. I would certainly recommend watching it, if only for Baptiste and Edward.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Black Spot

This is the first time I’ve been sucked into a series that doesn’t follow the usual path of cliche’s. This makes it interesting to keep watching. It does, however, remind of a few films and series you might have seen before.

There is a missing person, and the looking for that person reminded me a bit of the series Dark.
The leading lady reminded me strongly of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alizee Jacotey. I do think the known characters of both these women (strong, independant, not even slightly afraid about anyone’s opinion about either of them) were supposed to radiate from this character. It does. It helped greatly to convince me Suliane Brahim is the right woman for this part.

The ending (no spoiler alert to beginning as I will reveal no such thing) is not as I had hoped, in the sense that I feel like I am missing some episodes. Then again, given that everything goes different from what is mainstream, this is kind of exactly what I like about the entire series.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Dead to Me

Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and more.

This series is very weird, to be fair, but has such a lovely and dark edge, you keep watching it anyway.
Jen (Christina Applegate) is a new widow, since her husband was killed in a hit and run while jogging. The police haven’t found so much as a suspect yet, which makes Jen very emotional. She is angry with the entire world, but especially with the one who drove over her husband and then didn’t stop.
Then she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini) at a support group for grievers.
Though they have a lovely start, Jen and Judy, Jen discovers something about Judy that makes her angry. This continues the entire series. Judy is, however lovely, never willing to share completely who she is. Jen is a grieving woman on a very short fuse, which makes that this couple are of for a very interesting ride.

There are definitely some very predictable moments in this series, so it is good that Christina Applegate is there to safe the day. She knows how to make it interesting after all, though Linda Cardellini isn’t bad either, the personality features they gave her are not that enticing to everyone.
It is worth a watch for sure, you won’t be bored all that soon 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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The Umbrella Academy

Though the trailer got me into it, after a few episodes I still can’t say it has got me hooked on it.
Putting stars like Mary J Blige and Ellen Page in front so at least there are some recognisable faces in there…it’s weird.
It tries to be Tarantino-like, at certain points, I noticed. Except the violence that is used in this film is nowhere near funny enough for that. The sarcasm isn’t that richly spread.
When my husband told me about it, I said ‘it sounds like a cross between The Incredibles and Hancock’, and he said: that’s actually exactly it?!
I don’t agree with that analogy.
It’s more like The Royal Tenenbaums, crossed with The Incredibles if they’d ever give it a second part where the children go through puberty and then young adulthood, but even then it doesn’t meet even halfway where you want to picture it. Because of the mother I was reminded of Setpford Wives aswell.

It’s about seven children, whose parents have died the same day they were born. Like the Dionne quintuplets, these seven children never actually had a warm, nice childhood, as they have been put aside by someone who’s sole goal it was to make them develop their super abilities.
When their father dies, they are put to a task, it seems.
Nice side figures are Mary J Blige as ChaCha, send to look for the boy that was always called Five and got lost when he was young.
The waitress at the bar where he goes to to find solutions for his problems is a nice one aswell. She was the librarian in The Day After Tomorrow.
The junk called Klaus is actually the most entertaining one of the squad, as he acts insane and therefore creates the funniest scenes.

Ellen Page plays a talentless violinist who has always been burdened with the fact that she has no special talent whatsoever. Her Eeyore like style isn’t the kind of thing I can watch for hours.

So in short: I can’t bingewatch this series, but it’s alright.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Dicte

Dicte is a possible serie if you’re looking for entertainment, not too much to think about and nothing too heavy. None of them are truly that realistic, and Dicte is nowhere near a super hero of any kind. She is not special. Very stubborn, and more often then not, wrong. Not in the sense that it’s obviously immediately though. She does things and you’re like ‘wtf?! I wouldn’t exactly approve of such an action from any journalist soon?!’ You do forget she is a journalist quite quickly, because she doesn’t seem to care that much herself. She is just curious, goes after a vague hunch.
It’s also amazing how she just gets the support of the Danish police, because she is actually quite clumsy. Her theories are farfetched and she is far from ‘always right’. At times she has a hunch that appears to be in the right direction, but there’s never any logic to it, it seems to me.
Then again, you wonder why she doesn’t just work as a cop instead of a journalist?
Also, not all actors are that convincing. This doesn’t help either.
The series is mostly based on two episodes being connected, so it does work great to keep watching. You’re not ‘forced’ to watch the entire series to finally see it unwrap itself.

None of the romantic relationships actually work in this series. You don’t see any of them truly happening. Only the one between Wagner and Dicte’s friend, and that’s the one that gets cut short. You would have seen that one happening. After that, the friend miraculously disappears, too.
The other romances are not surprising. Not even a little bit.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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We Zijn Weer Thuis

Ge-wel-dige serie van Wim T. Schippers, waar ik als kind, toen het voor het eerst zag, welsiswaar nog niet de helft begreep, maar het al wel heel leuk vond.
Toen het op dvd uitkwam, bedacht ik me geen moment.

Volgens wikipedia:

De weduwe Nel van der Hoed-Smulders (Truus Dekker) beschikt over een fortuin, een aantal miljoenen uit de nalatenschap van de vader van haar jongste zoon Thijs (Dick van der Toorn). De oudere zoons Simon en Govert mogen het huis niet verlaten zonder toestemming van Nel want dan verspelen zij hun erfenis van 1 miljoen. Thijs is de enige die zonder voorwaarden over zijn erfenis kan beschikken, maar zijn kinderlijkheid houdt hem ook in het ouderlijk huis. Notaris Henk Born (Carol van Herwijnen) beheert, tussen het betasten van vrouwen door, het familiefortuin op dubieuze wijze. Simon houdt zich bezig met schrijven, intellectuele taalgrappen maken en eveneens vrouwen betasten. Govert probeert een bloeiend computerbedrijf op te zetten. Thijs is voornamelijk bezig met kinderlijke bevliegingen, eten en het slachtoffer zijn van oudere mannen die op jongetjes vallen.

Hoewel dit niet direct als een aanrader kan klinken, is het dat wel degelijk. Het is namelijk Wim T Schippers met taalgrappen en chaos tot en met. Een regelrechte aanrader.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2018 in Humour, Opinion, series

 

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