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The Haunting of Hill House

With Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Annabeth Gish and so many others.
A proper thrilling series. If you liked American Horror Show this might be less your alley, given the lack of amounts of blood, but it truly is a good thriller.

It strongly reminds me of the House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, it has traces of Frozen (yes, by Disney) in it, aswell as reminding of Six Feet Under and The Addams Family. The beauty of the settings and the strong storyline got me captured. It all connects and makes sense in the end, though you are quite thrown of in the beginning, because they throw some confusion around. They do that by making a ‘then’ and  ‘now’, and though I’m not sure that that’s what’s supposed to happen, I’m pretty sure they did that on purpose: confusion by characters. It took me a while to figure out who was supposed to be who.

The make-up artists deserves a bloody Oscar, even though at some point, they could have tried a bit harder on Luke. If you’re wondering why he has eyeliner smeared on his cheek and lip, while they give you a thriving heart attack on several ghosts, you’re like ‘what?? This can’t be right?’ it’s like they stopped midway or something.

Other than that: bloody brilliant series. Not for the faintest of hearts, I should add. You really have to love ghost stories. I watched the entire series in silence, because yes, I’m actually that much of a wuss.

 

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Posted by on October 15, 2018 in Opinion, series

 

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Call The Midwife

With Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen McGann, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Cliff Parisi, Bryony Hannah, and many others, all doing so well.

This absolutely endearing series on Netflix, starting with fresh new nurse and midwife Jenny Lee, who joins the order of the midwives of Saint Raymond Nonnatus House, is also a huge tearjerker.

Jenny Lee -voice over by the fantastic Vanessa Redgrave- is escaping a life where she couldn’t have what she wanted. She’s there to improve her midwivery skills and is a bit surprised when it turns out she’s joining a convent. Or so it seems. She is surprised by nun sister Monica Joan, who immediately invites her to have some cake.

Who has seen the film Matilda, will recognise one of the nuns as the headmaster of Matilda’s school. Here she has pretty much the same stern sort of character, but far less appalling towards other human beings. She’s strict, yes, but reliable.

The series handles the issues typical for the time and age it plays in, namely the 1950s near London, but also depicts the issues that weren’t an issue then. For instance, you see nearly every single mother smoke like a chimney in the waiting room. So does the doctor. And yet, some medications that are being used, are still in use today.

Given that some of it may be dramatized, the series still holds a very powerful performance as you know it’s based on actual happened events.

For instance, Miranda Hart is in this series. Not as the comedian, but as the very religious Chummy, midwive of a higher class. I’ve read that her part was one of the first to be set in stone, as even the one who wrote the script (or the actual memoirs) thought of Miranda Hart being the perfect person to play the part.

I’d highly recommend it. It’s less for men, even though depicted scenes are of historical value to anyone, the dramatised parts will no doubt make some men leave the room.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Good Girls

For someone who lives in The Netherlands, where health care is actually part of a healthy part of ‘caring for each other’ through taxes and paid jobs, part of this storyline is quite ridiculous. A child in need of certain drugs would normally qualify for such a treatment. Aside that, that motivation is the one that grabs me the most at my nonexistent balls. The woman catching her husband cheating and then that he spend most of their money on her is quite devastating, but no reason to rob anyone. The young mother in a custody battle: again, I can sympathise with that.

Anyhow: that’s how all this starts. Given that there’s a health care thing involved, I was reminded of Breaking Bad immediately. After all, that series also bases its existence upon the nonexistence (in the USA) of a healthcare system where just everybody can rely on.

I was also reminded of the latest Ghostbusters, because of the all female cast. But these are better cast. They are all equally important, part of the deal. They come from different backgrounds, yes (one divorced or at least broke up, two married) but they all have their own types of trouble. And their own ways of dealing with those. And it just baffled me.

The gangmembers I was less impressed by. No gangmember would ever respond in any of those ways.

Other than that, the first few episodes sure look promising.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Luther (season 3+4)

The 3rd episode has a less sucky end. For the rest of it: you keep hoping something amazingly smart happens so that anyone actually listens to John Luther, instead of trying to work behind his back to proof that he is not a decent coppa. The two who try are the kind of people you expect to work at gossip magazines: none of it is even near well founded. I have no idea how they even get Ripley to work for them. The girl is just an annoying little bitch without any work ethics. You can’t find any reason for them to be that nasty, nor why Luther or Ripley should even care one bollock that they even do. The way the new girlfriend is being harassed is vile, and you do wonder why Luther doesn’t slap Stark’s lights out.

Alice Morgan in this season actually makes sense. You do get why she is there and this time, she does make her chemics work with the others.

Season 4….I did notice the first seasons that Luther’s team is a different one each time. That is all fine and dandy, but the bloke has no spirit, the woman’s only job description seems to be ‘look stunned and horrid’. Well, she does do that job pretty good.

Other than that: just don’t do it. Look for any of these actors in different plays. I’d like to slap the writers and tell them to return when they have a proper background on every single one of them.

The entire series feels, especially when it’s supposed to be thrilling, like you’re watching the bloopers instead of the actual work. And I do know it’s not meant like that. Luther warns people, they don’t listen, and it never ends well. You think ‘oh no, that’s not a good idea’, and indeed, it turns out not to be. It’s breathtakingly stupid.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Luther (season 2)

I was hoping to see a bit more success this season. Unfortunately. The team of Luther truly is its own anithero. No case ever gets solved, victims barely ever get out alive, the suspects are extremely weird and violent. Not like in any series I’ve ever seen before. They aren’t normally twisted in their minds. It’s beyond that.

The acting is mostly appalling, not because the actors aren’t doing a good job, it’s the lack of a good storyline and proper motives, that doesn’t give them the oppertunity to shine. Idriss Elba is far too good for this part, and so are most of his colleagues.
Most solutions, or ways that would work for the police, such as face recognisition or anything like that, aren’t used. It’s not about an easy trackdown, somehow. This series is based on making everything harder and unsolvable. I nearly admire them for that.

The good thing, on the other hand, is that the seasons are extremely short. Only about 4 or 5 episodes.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Luther (season 1)

With the famous Idriss Elba. This series, at least the entire first season, doesn’t make that much sense to me. The crimes are full of fullblown horror, people with such nasty brainwedges you can’t get a normal head around why they even do what they do and why to such heavy measures, and yet there is Luther, played by Idriss Elba, who figures everything out in nearly an eyeblink. It doesn’t make sense why he knows every move these bastards are gonna make. It makes even less sense why an, apparent, old fiend still helps him. I mean that she’s into him, makes sense, but why the hell does she have his number, the emotional access to his mind aswell?

It’s a bit of a team of antiheroes. I don’t see the magnificense that might keep them together. It’s better than Marcella, I’ll give you that, but at least in Marcella, most actors actually do that job a lot better: acting. I don’t see much of that in this series.
Because everything they try to achieve, fails. Every attempt to safe someone. They never make it work. All the officers appear to be mentally unstable. They all try remarkably bad to hide it and still be part of the force. Nobody ever discovers any of this.

Worst crime series ever. If you are looking for ways to feel anxiety and depressed, go for it. It won’t make you smile at any moment. Not this first series, that is.

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Marcella (season 2)

Yes, I know: if I wasn’t taken that much by season 1’s storyline, why bother with the second one, right? Because it was available, I guess. I just rolled into this one.

On the plus side: two persons have been cast that I recognised from previous projects: it’s funny to see a Harry Potter character in a drama like this. Basically still in a shitty character, but this time at least with good intends, though he doesn’t always follow them. The other one made me smile severely, though not due to his character in this series. But Nigel Planer, who I know as the longhaired hippie Neil from The Young Ones. Yeah, that brought a smile to my face.

But that was about it. The story is dreadful, and until the very end it doesn’t become clear who did what and why. Not just because the person is a deranged psychopath, but also because they keep throwing new suspects in your face, while they don’t silently drop off ones they brought to your attention earlier, like they did in the first season. In a way it’s very exhausting to have to keep hold of everyone. There is no straight line going from the first episode until the 6th or the 7th.

Meanwhile how Marcella develops in her personal life is just a laugh. The children don’t show any type of sympathy at all, really. Given the -again- weak storyline, I’m guessing they just didn’t have much to go on. It seems to me this series it edited quite well, to make it look like something just happened, while all they do is put up a scene so two people can exchange two lines, and that’s it. And they are not useful lines. Not even a bit of bonding goes on. They could have just rang or something.
In the first season I noticed that two men were taken from their flat, questioned outside. In what universe would that ever happen? I think that they weren’t allowed to actually use any insides of buildings, to be fair. They had to improvise.

This second season is a tough one because it concerns children though. And somehow you want the police to get a firm grip onto that, to make a giant breakthrough. So Marcella solely concentrating on her job and not her children, doesn’t make any sense. Again.

But the tention, they do know how to make that happen. That was, pretty much, the only reason to keep watching it. While they do their questioning, you have a thousand questions they DON’T ask. And you’re like ‘why didn’t you ask this?’

It continues to be highly unrealistic.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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