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Only watched the first season
First season was very enjoyable and well written. That in mind I'm going to skip the second season. It looks like that original writer had nothing to do with the second season and reading the reviews and watching the episode scorings, it's safe to assume that this show suffers from the same faith as the Goliath. Luckily the first season was conclusive so there was really no need for the second season.
Hats off to Mr Johan Fasting and actors for the marvelous first season.
Uncut Gems (2019)
I'll keep it short.
And the award for the Most Annoying Film Score goes to: Uncut Gems
All the quick action parts of Max Payne 4.
This game has the dumbest AI I have ever seen. Or maybe I was watching Madonna's live tour routine but couldn't be sure because she never appeared on the stage.
Tabula Rasa (2017)
It's first tv show that feels like horror for grown ups. If most of the horror movies are ment for teen audience or at least ride on the heavy wave of fantastic world then this one feels completely different. It was really enjoyable till the last episode. Although there were some weak points in the main storyline and some of the key elements were obvious couple of episodes prior to the reveale, the whole of the show was geniously put together and rare find in the tv world if only there wasn' t for that dissapointing ending. It would have been 9 points out of 10 if there wasn't that last episode. Last episode felt like it was written by someone who earns their living writting comicbook movies. It felt so out of place and comicly over the top that I was grinching watching through most of the last episode. It simply didn't fit to the shows overall finesse. Felt like switching from Gone Girl to Banshee.
It's Bruno! (2019)
Enojable absurd humor
If you like A Touch Of Cloth and dogs, you'll like this one. I have to be honest, the demographic is narrow but it's there.
Counterpart: Twin Cities (2019)
Although it was nice to see some background story for the main event that is bases of the entire series, this episode rendered the whole fictional world much smaller for me then expected and therefore was a little disappointing. I understand that the majority of viewers liked that the events where finally been explained to them, but for me the wondering was half the fun - seeing all the little clues and drying to figure it all out. That was what gave the series it' mystery/thriller aspect. After this episode all that was gone. The excitement was gone and honestly it turned the inter dimensional thriller into a family drama. I imagined the structure between different forces that carried the story to be a lot more layered and complex then it actually was. If I started thinking about previous episodes then suddenly a lot of events seemed unnecessarily over-complicated knowing that there wasn't actually too much to the story and most of the effect was simply achieved by the storytelling form not the actual complicity of the events.
Put it's great episode for casual viewer - the whole story in one episode. Just watch this one and the last one and you'll be all set.
This show was certain 10 for me but now I'm not so sure. I guess at the moment Counterpart for me shares the same history with what happened to the Matrix and the parts that followed the original movie. Less information gave it more depth then it actually had.
It's still a great show and I see that this review is not how the majority feels so no harm done :) I'll watch the season 3 if it comes out.
No Activity (2017)
From brilliant to average.
It looks very much like this remake suffers hardly because it was produced in US. The tv series called Episodes comes in mind when I think of how it all could have gone so wrong. This remake saddly doesn't have a clue what made the original show so good. Like a lot of US adoptions - they are masters in imitating but very so often miss the point.
It was simplicity that made the original - the abbilitie to be entertaining for 20 minutes while only having 3 sets and couple of camera angles. All these restrictions made the writing so much better and every word count. Pure magic.
I understand that US viewer has to see some action, but they ruined the whole basing of the show by adding the action. It made it all read awkward because it had some action but not enough to make it interesting in that sense. It turned from something original into a poor man's Brooklyn Nine Nine. And whomever cast Cristin Milioti in a role that was clearly ment for Anna Kendrick did a very poor job. Milioti playing Frankie is simply unconvincing. Also somehow they managed to make the showcreator one of the least likable characters in the show while the dynamics in the original show were somewhat different.
If only they had but the american dollars into the original and just produced more episodes with that extra budget. Although they don't speak american english in the original when I come to think of it now - nevermind, couldn't been done then.
After Life (2019)
This is exactly how a proper drama-comedy should look like. Haven't manage to see any till now, that also could be named comedy.
Isn't It Romantic (2019)
Feel-good, scratch that, Feel-forever-uncertain Movie
This movie is a comment on modern narcissistic generation that suffers from undiagnosed depression and is so alinated from happiness that they can't even recognize it anymore. Therefore rendering everything associated with optimistic worldview as just silly. The way this movie celebrates self centered depressed society and depicts this mental state as a new normal is something I cant't agree on. Not a funny movie.
Suburra - La serie (2017)
Could be a plot for GTA 6
Just ended watching first season. It was very addictive and entertaining. Turning the show I kept thinking that this could ba a great inspiration for the next installment of a GTA video game. The stories and the vibe really reminded me of that game, but instead of US it took place in Rome. So if there's any change that Rockstar employ is reading this - show this series to your team :)
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
It was truly bad
Lots of shooting with no heart nor soul. Simply, guys killing other guys with no real reason. It's view on the world is so irresponsible it feels like baywatching with horse blinders on. Characters are based on stereotypes and the plot is childish if not retarded. It's so bad that it comes agross like a promotional material for enlistment. This movie is as mindless as they can come. Three stars thanks to Del Toro, otherwise one star.
Season 3 feels like a different show.
I'm three episodes into the third season and can't make myself to carry on watching it. Something has happened with the writing because all the characters are suddenly two dimensional and the bad 'guy' is like taken streigh from a Diney movie - saturated portration of a evil force.
So far the plot is thin and laking of any tention. They try to great some tention by shaking the camera while people are arguing but it's all so generic because there wasn't a real reason to start an argument in the first place. Anyway. There's nothing left to follow when the thrill is missing and the characters are shallow.
Am I the only one or is there something seriously wrong with the season 3 writing? Or are the first three episodes different from rest of the season?
Shetland: Episode #4.6 (2018)
The last death scene was so artificial and unnessesery that renders the whole fourth season somewhat pointless to a viewer. Why not to kill Perez as well while we are at it. Something stupid, like when he is crossing a road or something just to be dramatic? Writters managed to avoid one cliche when Lars tried to kill Jo in crowded hospital (like we have used to see in US tv shows) but they "fixed" it with the last episode where crowded policestation is the best place to not be helped while having a heart attack. Artifficially dramatic.