The Night Of (2016)

About

The Night Of is an eight-part limited series that delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial.

Filmed in and around Manhattan, the HBO series is based on the BBC’s “Criminal Justice,”

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Shot Caller (2017)

IO-pinion

A movie about a regular family and businessman going in the prison system after a traffic accident and gets caught up in the prison life and becomes a bad person.

No, this movie is not a happy cheerful one where the guy gets the girl in the end and they life happily ever after. It’s a dark one with a slight statement about the prison system in many countries. It was interesting to watch this one and I’m overall positive about it but it’s not flawless.

The music (or should i say sound tones) are excellent matched with the gritty type that the movie should be. The film shows you two time periods of the Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) but it was a bit unclear that you were looking at the same guy in different times in his prison life. I thought in the first quarter of the movie that those two prisoners would meet somehow during the movie or the fresh fish would take place of the longer incarcerated one. Maybe it was not my finest moment, maybe a bit confusing display…

The scenes inside the prison in the movie are a bit different from most other movies. I guess it’s a bit clean compared with what you are used too but the clichés are there. Race-wars, fighting, killing and riots.

The movie has a well thought out ending which made me forget about the little flaws and if you can handle jumping between two time periods you should be fine with this one. If you hate switching between past and present time you might end up a bit annoyed but the movie ending will still keep it afloat bad movies.

Going in Style (2017)

IO-pinion

When is it safe to do a remake? 10 years? No, not for me. 20 years? Perhaps. This movie is a remake of the 1979 movie. I never seen the original but the story-line is straightforward. As you can see in the poster it’s about 3 old guys with a gun and a lot of money.

In the beginning of the film you meet the 3 old guys, one witness a bank robbing. The bank is foreclosing the house of him, later they learn that their pension fund gets frozen from their old employer and the same bank is dealing with creditors of that company. So they decide to rob the bank for the money that they should have gotten for their pension.

This is a nice light movie to watch. No one gets hurt in this movie and you will like all 3 main characters. Love the last part of the movie when their reveal how they created alibi’s for them and their plan worked out. I didn’t know Zach Braff (Dr. Dorian from Scrubs) also is a movie director. Michael Caine sets the best performance on the set and is really great in this movie.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Verdict:

The sequel of John Wick (2014). Really loved the first one, one of the better action movies that year in my opinion. The world setting is explained in the first movie, part 2 continues a little while after the first one.

It’s quite simple with this movie, you get what you want in this movie. If you liked the first one, this one will also please your movie hunger. If you’ve seen the trailer or even just the poster you know what you will get. Love the true advertising, almost refreshing.

I found the first movie better than Chapter 2, it looks like the years are starting to count for Keanu (52 years). Some action fighting scenes are a little bit slower than you would expect but it also may have been a choice by the director. (Why make the super assassin John Wick more human?) No biggy.

Loved the reunion between Neo and Morpheus and their little joke about it. 🙂

The path for Chapter 3 is open and I would love to see it.

Fargo – Season 3

Fargo Season 3

About

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on Emmit Stussy and his slightly younger brother Ray (Ewan McGregor in dual roles).

Emmit, the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota,” is a handsome, self-made real estate mogul with a perfect family – a real American success story. His slightly younger brother Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Wilted from a lifetime of living in Emmit’s shadow, Ray is a balding, pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother.

The only bright spot in Ray’s life is the love of a not-so-good woman, Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), one of his parolees. Nikki has brains, beauty and a deep and abiding passion for competitive bridge. She decides to help Ray turn his fortunes around, by essentially stealing back his good karma. Unsurprisingly, things quickly get out of hand and petty theft leads to murder.

When the mayhem crosses county lines, Eden Valley Police Chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon), a newly divorced mother, is called upon to investigate. Normally steady and imperturbable, Gloria is shaken when the case takes an unexpectedly personal turn. Meanwhile, Emmit’s perfect life is upended when he receives an unwelcome business proposal from a mysterious loner and true capitalist, V.M. Vargas (David Thewlis), whose bosses plan to become business partners with “The Parking Lot King” whether Emmit likes it or not.

Cast

Ratings

IMDB 9,0/10

Audience Score 95%

Critics Consensus: Thanks in part to a memorable dual performance from Ewan McGregor, Fargo mostly maintains the sly wit and off-kilter sensibility it displayed in its first two seasons.

About the true story disclaimer

As with the original film, each episode begins with the superimposed text:

This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in [year]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

To give you a short answer, it’s all complete fiction. Doing some research and reading the stories I tend to dislike the Coen brothers. Remember season 2? An interview:

“There are actually two little elements in the story that were based on actual incidents,” Joel Coen told HuffPost. “One of them is the fact that there was a guy, I believe in the ‘60s or ‘70s, who was gumming up serial numbers for cars and defrauding the General Motors Finance Corporation. There was no kidnapping. There was no murder. It was a guy defrauding the GM Finance Corporation at some point.”

Okay… so there was a guy scraping serial numbers for car chassis…… Why fool the audience every episode with the true story crap?

Big thumbs up for the makeup department

Ewan McGregor
as
 Emmit Stussy

 

 

 

Ewan McGregor
as
 Ray Stussy

 

Ewan McGregor in regular life

 

 

Trailer

Website

fxnetworks.com/shows/fargo

Release information

The third season premiered on April 19, 2017

Runtime

10 episodes of 50 minutes each.

Original Network

FX

Twin Peaks (2017) – The Hype is coming (to an end?)

Attention people, perhaps the best thing ever is coming to your tv tomorrow! I’m just kidding. Following the hype around Twin Peaks is interesting.

Starting with a confession, I’ve never seen an episode of Twin Peaks. I vaguely remember it being shown on tv somewhere in the 90’s. It was positive received back then and people still wrote very positive reviews in the mid ’00s.

If I’m not mistaken the series will premier today on the Showtime network. IMDB rating before the show has aired on public tv is: 9,9/10 (395 votes), popularity is sky-high, media attention is high.

Or this is the best show ever and critics and film industry people thought it was perfect or this is getting blown up in a way I’ve not seen many times before.

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Training Day TV Series (2017) – There will be no season 2

Training Day

While we knew this cancellation was coming, it’s still a sad subject to address. The Training Day TV show has been cancelled. There will be no season two of the CBS police drama.

Taking place years after the 2001 Denzel Washington feature film, the Training Day TV series stars Bill Paxton as Detective Frank Rourke and Justin Cornwell as Kyle Craig. The rest of the CBS cast includes Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

This cancellation was kind of certain with the untimely death of 61 year old Bill Paxton, on February 25th. He passed away at 61 years of age, due to complications following heart surgery. Deadline reports that season one production wrapped in December, which means all 13 episodes from the show’s first-season have already been shot before Bill Paxton died.

Network viewer ratings have not been good for this show. Even if we hadn’t lost the talented Mr. Paxton far too soon, CBS was unlikely to renew Training Day for season two. The IMDB episode ratings started 7.0 for the first episode but then climbed to a 8.5 during mid-season and kept this high towards the finale. Shows again that it is very important to catch the viewer’s attention in the first and maybe second episode if the shows is gonna be successful.


Even with the unplanned series ending (I think) it still has a decent story ending and the show is not that bad as some anonymous internet heroes rate it…

Fargo – the third installment of Fargo

A new season of Fargo has started. Fargo was one of the early shows which begins with a new cast and story every season, something we’ve seen a lot more in the recent two years and this season will be baked by the same recipes. It promises to be a good season as it has received highly positive reviews from critics and the audience rating so far is also very high.

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Deadwood Revival For Big Screen? – Script ‘Has Been Delivered to HBO,’ Says Ian McShane

Deadwood is a show set in the late 1800 revolving around the characters of the town Deadwood. The 2004 series was shown for 3 seasons on HBO and gained a large following. It’s ranked in the IMDB top 100 series for a long time and won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor and was nominated for Best Television Series – Drama.

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