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Arne Dahl

Named after the author of the books, this Swedish detective series has really good background stories. Too bad that in at least the first few episodes, none of the facial expressions actually make sense with the news they either receive or spread. Honestly, I’ve never seen such blank faces. It’s hardly believeable.
Anyway, it does get better after a while, but oddly in the second season, it’s mostly due to a new, younger face of Ida Jankowitsch.

One of the nice things about this series is that yes, it starts with what goes wrong and with whom, but it never completely goes by a certain script. It is always a surprise what you’re looking at, which keeps you at your toes.

OK, so you don’t need to watch it for the emotions (not saying they’re not there, just that they aren’t well-played by the cast), but the storylines are really quite powerful.
And: not every case ends necessarily in a completely ‘happy ending’. I like this too, as it means variety.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2020 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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The Man In The High Castle

This series, provided by primevideo, an amazon channel, interested me as it is Science Fiction mixed with history. The serie is based on the idea: what if Hitler would have WON the second world war?
In this series, The United States of America are devided in a Chinese part, an American part and a so called neutral zone.
It starts around the fifties/sixties and this gives it a very weird vibe somehow. It is like Back to the Future’s Dr Emmett Brown has send you to an alternative universe. And like The Usual Suspects’ Kaiser Soze has gotten a different alias…
A thing that really dawned on me was that despite the fact they claim the war is over, you still see so much tention in the streets. Nobody is truly taken with one another. Anyone who looks even a simmer of differently, is approached with suspicion, only people who look ‘Arian enough’ are met with instant friendliness. I myself thought ‘wait, this is what it would look like when there’s PEACE in such a world?!’

Though the first season dwells on quite long about the partnership of Juliana Crain (played by Alexa Davalos) and Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), it made me cringe a bit. Maybe that’s because loads of series now have a female lead that isn’t so easy to persuade by a man with obvious bad intentions. Then again, this were the fifties/sixties, when women might have had this sort of pleasing attitude, either by nature or nurture.

I have understood the series is based on a book, and the films this series is on about, are only that because it is a serie. I wasn’t much impressed by the films anyway. I assume you need a bit more of a backstory to understand what they stand for? A bit more than what is handed to you by the chars, yes.

After the first season, I actually gave up. This has two reasons: first, I thought the background story started crumbling. I couldn’t go aboard with it.
Second, and this may sound weird: I had a severe problem with the Nazi-symbols being worn so openly, without an actual addition to the story. I felt exposed to something I didn’t feel comfortable with. In the country I come from, the symbol is forbidden. I do not wish to associate it with anything worthy of entertainment. The first season the symbols were met with all the horrors that I know came with the second world war. It should what a tremendously bad people these were and still are.
It made me think: through this series, that symbol is gonna be even more ‘normalised’. Something I ma not willing to participate in.
Yes I know that sounds silly.

Anyway. The first season had its interesting moments, especially when you see some of the rules that are being followed for the ill, the elderly and so on, and how that effects the people who live in families with chronically ill persons.

I did think it was worthwhile at first and if you read the books I am sure you will love it. For me it was a bit much.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2020 in Opinion, series

 

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Unbelievable

With Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Colette, Merrit Wever, Scott Lawrence, Eric Lange,Brooke Smith and many others.

An interesting series to watch. From IMdB I understand this series is based on true happened events. Which is unfortunate, especially when you see the first episode. I don’t recommend watching it. Not just when you’re a rape survivor, but because it seems so unrealistic, that a rape victim would be met with such vile, bastardly rude bloody cops who care too much about their own finger twiddlings than actually helping a human being.
Why the student never got any female agent to care for her, I will never know. For a long time in this series it even remains unclear if what happened to her, Marie Adler, happened in the 70s or 60s or something?
For comparison: watch the first episode of the second season of Broadchurch, and you will notice a significant difference in dealings with rape victims.

One of the more frustating things is that Marie Adler stops sharing her actual thoughts with those who surround her. She numbs down, becomes introvert. This because the people she once trusted to be on her side, talk behind her back. As a result, she is so frozen she can’t even talk about what that does to her as a result. The cops of Lynnwood…if this truly happened in this way (for the sake of the series I do hope it was dramatized a bit, or these men are truly unworthy of their badge) they should make a formal statement and discharge themselves for being as guilty to any of the unsolved rapes there as the rapist is. This behaviour is beyond evil.
To make a young woman feel like she did the judicial system unjustice because THEY chose not to believe her…I was so incredibly sorry for that girl that she didn’t get to meet with Jodi or Rasmussen.
I also don’t understand how her therapist and counsellors and group of living were so eagerly willing to believe that she had made it all up. None of them should ever be working with someone that vulnerable again. I was amazed and not by Dara, the woman who I still mostly recognise from the one that, in Silence of the Lambs, was trapped in that well. It makes perfect sense that her face is the one that sends out the message ‘trust’ to anyone who has lost it.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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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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