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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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Marcella (season 1)

This series is so full of plotholes, it makes certain cheese from the Netherlands (called ‘holes cheese’,  yes, REALLY!) seem tasteful despite the fact that there’s hardly any cheese there.

The reason I stuck with it anyway, is because it got me curious. The acting is not bad, but the background story very much is. There is absolutely no logic explanation as to why Marcella gets away with everything. She is confronted with info, can’t give a proper alibi for it (you know that, as the one who is watching it) and immediately the scene just ends. This happens on more than one occasion. And suspects that are working in the exact same way, just keep following up etc, so in the end, actually every single one of them looks guilty.
What father would leave his kid alone at night, after the Maddie McCann saga? What father would think it’s not necessary to enlighten his kids that him and his wife are going to divorce? What father would prefer a meeting with a guy handling his businesses, over a school presentation of his kids? What father wouldn’t want his own children to be in his home, while he has suffered the loss of a baby earlier?
None of these decisions make any sense to me.
Then there’s the memory loss of Marcella, that seems to hit her every few seconds.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more confusing series. If you want a realistic storyline, avoid this one. On the other hand: it is sort of a relaxed watch. They actors in it do their job properly, and this was the only reason for me to persue.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Anomalisa

This is quite an interesting, but confusing film at the same time. In a time where so many tricks are being made with animation, this one really sticks out. It’s a grownup film, mind, with scenes that reminded me of films like Being John Malkovich, The Shining, Lost in Translation, Thunderbirds and even Little Britain. The latter mostly because no matter how many different types of characters pop up, there’s only 3 different voices used in the entire film.

The storyline is sort of dull. A man who is highly confused with himself, goes on a business trip to actually promote his book (about improving business by customer services).
The thing is: it’s puppets (hence the Thunderbirds). The cute little animals (hares, mice, raccoons, etc) you can dress and that have a velvet feeling because their plastic skin has that on the outside? Yes, well, those creatures, but now in human shape.
All the faces look pretty much the same though (this has a reason, I’ve understood). The dialogues are extremely slow, like the intention of the film is to put the record straight as to where the attention is supposed to go: that it’s ace that this film was done with these puppets. And all the voices sound alike. Nearly all of them. Even de women’s voices. Because all of those characters are done by the same person.

In all fairness it indeed is quite impressive. With little face expressions, you do kind of feel the same annoyance that Michael feels on several occasions during his trip.

The funny thing is: because it’s puppets, it’s a lot easier to show a whole lot more without truly getting into trouble. I mean a puppet won’t ask for extra money if he is filmed naked, coming out of the shower. They would ask ‘is there any use for that?’ in this case, it’s done because it can.
After a lovely evening, the storyline takes an even weirder twist. The John Malkovich-factor, if you will.

In the end it is a great film with a lot of ‘what??’ moments, and despite being a bit slow, especially in dialogue at times, it’s worth a watch.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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The Break

A French thriller.
It starts out so well. A teen is found dead in the river, in a small village in the Ardennes, Belgium. They’ve put an inspector with a fuzzy backgroundstory at the head of investigation (of course) a police officer (the doofus) who has an affair with a woman who wants to build a dam in the neighbourhood (money factor) and the cop’s only child who has her own life at school and gets neglected most of the time.

Yes, all the factors are there.

To be fair, from the beginning I have been skipping through the therapie sessions. I’m not sure I missed much because of that, to be fair. Peeters, the troubled cop, turns out to be a very bad one anyway. You see him struggle to keep his act together with pills and stubbornness. He is not very convincing, to be fair. He is not convincing as a father either. WHo would leave their daughter to it for their job all the time? They have moved to a quiet village so she could have a better life. You don’t ignore her for over 70% of the time then, it doesn’t make sense.
Peeters has a colleague, Drummer, who becomes furious with Peeters -in itself you get that he’s very angry- but you don’t get is why nor Peeters nor Drummer is taken off the case. You see that happening more than once in series, it really doesn’t make sense why that doesn’t happen here.

The credibility of the entire policeforce crumbles around episode 6-8. And the one who wrote it, clearly forgot to tie the ends of previous episodes together, or to vary a bit more with credibility in total. All of the characters seem to suffer from a hint of paranormal behaviour. When it would be a group of people who hung on to some sort of cult, that would be believable, but this series just makes it clear that it couldn’t, for the sake of it, leave things to gut feelings, a lucky or strange find, or anything like that. So dreams it is then, for all involved? Yeah, I suppose that’s possible, but it’s taking away the shock/surprise effect after more than a few, to be fair!

It’s not a bad watch, but don’t expect too much surprises, as the storyline just isn’t capable of doing that.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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The Frozen Dead

This French series on Netflix is an interesting one. The first episode so clearly reminds you of The Silence of the Lambs, you’re sort of wondering if it can really be that good? The answer is: it depends on how you look at it.

The detective part of this story isn’t too strong in my opinion. What investigation, after all, doesn’t start with a list of suspects, or develops one during the course of it? One of the missed aspects is, in my opinion, when it’s become clear that one than more person was present somewhere. The investigators don’t really check on any of them. It goes seperate each time. Because they believe they have to follow the leads of a total psychopath.

The lack of certain background facts is in such a way, that by the end of the series, you’re like ‘geez, well this is the weakest backup story ever?!’ Or at least I was. I was very disappointed by how it ended, and not because of the obvious, but because it’s so far off anything that would ever happen in real life. You watch stories like these with a certain expectation. As I said, the first episode was looking quite promising, but for me, the promise didn’t become reality.

It’s definitely worth a watch though, because the acting isn’t bad at all. It’s just that at some point, reality comes to check around the door, and it’s impossible to believe such a thing as that would ever happen for real.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Dark

With Louis Hofmann, Jördis Triebel, Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn and lots, lots of others.

This German series on Netflix is a very interesting one. It strongly reminded me of Stranger Things, though it was mostly its atmosphere. There’s resemblences in storyline, yes, such as fantasy and science fiction more or less mixed together. It has no references to other films (that I’ve noticed) though. There’s certain elements of Back to the Future in there too, but actually not strong enough to make it truly mention worthy. I still do, because there is a reference to it after all.

The story is about a small city, Winden, in Germany, which is situated around a powerplant. A teenager has gone missing, so parents are trying to keep their own children more safe, and, because that’s mostly what such children do, they start looking for trouble.
First, another kid goes missing. It seems at random, but as the series more or less has the catchphrase: ‘nothing that happens is by accident’, this is really just the beginning.

The acting in this series is very strong, it’s nearly impossible to put the story aside once you’ve entered it. Everything is connected and the writer(s?) really put in a good base, I feel. The only thing that is sort of a pity, is that although the powerplant is the spot where it all seems to be happening, it really isn’t involved itself. They just needed a place that’s not allowed to be accessable to, say, police, without a warrant. It might aswell could have been a millitary facility, which in a way it is.

Once the storylines truly begin to unveil themselves, at times you’re a bit flabbergasted, but in a good way. There’s only one or two elements that don’t add up, even in the end. It truly is worth watching.

I must admit I turned off the sound in most cases, as the ‘I can play an eggslicer with a fiddlestick’ really isn’t my kind of thing.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2017 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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