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THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF (NORWEGIAN & ENGLISH) HULU

Benjamin Ree’s idiosyncratic portrait of two disparate individuals whose karmic, destined paths collided and blended into an unlikely love story; a documentary revolving around the theft of two paintings by Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova, cautiously removed from a gallery wall in Oslo, and one of the captured thieves, drug addicted Karl-Bertil Norland; as a painter Barbora looks beyond the surface; non-judgmental, ... Read More »

RECKONING (NETFLIX) 10 EPISODES

An Australian psychological thriller,  inventively twisted, freakishly fabulous, starring Aden Young as driven, compulsive detective, “Mike Serrato”; his lust for the capture of a serial killer, a fiend with a tattoo fetish (he excises his victims tattoos), creepy in spades; creepier is that detective Serrato has replications of these scarrings tattooed on his body, as reminders of the slaughtered women; ... Read More »

BORDERTOWN: SEASON 3 (FINNISH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) NETFLIX

When it comes to detectives, it is all about style; the crime solver has to be more fascinating than the crime; we savor their repeated series, lapping up their techniques, uniquely indigenous to each detective: Sherlock, Poirot, Morse, Foyle, Mrs. Fisher, Fletcher, Luther, Bosch (see past reviews, my avidity for master sleuths is staggering); “Bordertown’s” “Kari Sorjonen” is a detective, ... Read More »

TWO STUNNING SERIES ON MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH A HIGHER POWER “HERRENS VEJE” (RIDE UPON THE STORM) DANISH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES. NETFLIX

From time’s commencement man has perpetually sought a deity or deities beyond his limitations; a force, willingly recognized as a power to be emulated, worshipped, lauded on a plane mortals can only aspire to; many who attained divine status were men among men: Buddha, Jesus. “Herrens Veje” is one of the finest series I have viewed in recent years; pulsating ... Read More »

TO PONDER OR NOT……………….. “KILLING EVE” (MULTIPLE VIEWING SITES)

 In its third season, falls into the “not” category; first season was creatively twisted to the point of guaranteeing a second scenario, but sunk precipitously into idiocy, and season three is worthy of assassination: “Eve” (Sandra Oh, Golden Globe Winner) a bored MI5 agent, and “Villanelle” kooky, inventive serial killer (Jodie Comer, Emmy Winner), are matched as pungently powerful protagonists ... Read More »

LEVITY & LAUGHTER: MRS. AMERICA (HULU); THE BAKER & THE BEAUTY (HEBREW: ENGLISH SUBTITLES), AMAZON PRIME, NETFLIX.

Incredulous, that the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution has yet to be ratified, after decades of crusaders pulverized opponents, attaining notoriety on an unprecedented scale: “Mrs. America” focuses on feminine forces, both yeas and nays, in this fascinating dissection of the female arena, framework of women grabbing control of their lives, thus enabling gratification to those who ... Read More »

FAUDA: SEASON 3 (HEBREW/ARABIC: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) NETFLIX

Unlike the first two seasons, this third scenario is relentless in its pulsating, pulverizing intensity; each breathless episode, taut with friction, bludgeons viewers with harrowing action, massive slayings, kidnappings; friendly fire, wreaking havoc on the “unit”; regulars: Doron, Nurit, Gabi, Steve, Avichay, Eli in grubby, heightened form, intrepidly infiltrate Gaza, to retrieve two Israeli hikers, kidnapped by escapees father/son “Jihad ... Read More »

FAUDA (HEBREW/ARABIC: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) REVISITED. NETFLIX. INFUSED WITH SPOILERS!

Aware that a third series was on the visual horizon, I ventured to re-watch the first two seasons; an exercise that exponentially increased my admiration for the intense creativity, prodigious performances and depiction of the complexities pervasively percolating between Israelis and Palestinians. STOP NOW if you are planning to view “Fauda” (chaos); it is a FIVE STAR, thrilling series. Writer/actor ... Read More »

NETFLIX NOW

Days have lost delineation, season’s anticipations in limbo; monotony, intimidating, threatening benign ennui, Netflix to the rescue: “TIGER KING”: surprisingly compelling, the “catfighting” saga between  “polar” forces: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Don Antle, all under the guise of animal protection, procreation; as an urbanite I found the intensity of the protagonists captivating; producer Rick Kirkman, fairly narrates all sides of ... Read More »

THOU SHALT NOT KILL (ITALIAN: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) AMAZON PRIME

“Thou shalt not kill” is the fifth of the proverbial ten commandments and Italy, the heart of the Holy See, throbs with Catholicism’s precepts; beating at the core of many Italian films and television series is a nonchalant, cavalier disregard for the “rules”; a sensual, delectable decadence pulsates redolently, enhanced by actors such as Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Bellucci, ... Read More »

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