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Unit 42: Oeil pour Oeil (2017)
Season 1, Episode 8
9/10
An Ugly Episode
21 November 2019
Child trafficking and porn is a subject that gets the blood boiling. This episode delves into the sludge that involves itself in this. Sam is emotionally drained and being a single father, has all he can do not to explode. Two men have been brutally tased and mutilated, their eyes cut out. It turns out they weren't such nice fellows. It's another case where the cyber specialists use everything at their behest to solve the crime. One nice thing is a tender moment at the end of the episode.
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The Andy Griffith Show: Irresistible Andy (1960)
Season 1, Episode 5
6/10
What a Dork
21 November 2019
Andy is so under control when it come to day to day business. He is a calming influence in his town. Ellie is new in town and doesn't know people. So Andy asks her to a picnic. She is pleasant and kind and decides to go with him. But he gets suspicious of her motives and acts the complete ass. He talks her up to three nitwit local bachelors who are like the skunks under the porch. There are good moments, but Andy is really hard to admire here. Of course, 1960 was a different time.
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The Andy Griffith Show: Ellie Comes to Town (1960)
Season 1, Episode 4
7/10
Andy Being Stupid
20 November 2019
When Andy gets on his high horse because Eleanor Donahue won't just hand out pills to a woman she doesn't even know (without a prescription), he is made to look the fool. By modern day standards this would be reprehensible. Andy wants to teach a lesson and begins to turn the town against her. But what if the medication harmed her? It's an interesting episode. i always thought Donahue was rather bland, even in "Father Knows Best." I enjoyed the concluding scene where Andy gets outsmarted.
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The Andy Griffith Show: The Guitar Player (1960)
Season 1, Episode 3
7/10
Pretty Predictable
20 November 2019
Other than some nice music, there isn't much plot here. The nice guy who can kill it on the guitar is unmotivated to leave town and test the waters. When a road band comes along, Andy does what he can to hook these guys up. Of course, the whole thing involves the method to induce him to play for these guys.
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The Andy Griffith Show: The Inspector (1961)
Season 1, Episode 26
8/10
Narrow Minded
20 November 2019
Put the reality aside, that a guy who shoots at people is a continuing nuisance, and look at what leads up to the finale. A dour inspector comes in to see how the sheriff is doing and is stunned at the casual atmosphere her sees. Of course, this theme resurfaces at times. The whole business with Barney and Otis is hilarious.
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The Andy Griffith Show: The New Housekeeper (1960)
Season 1, Episode 1
9/10
Off and Running
20 November 2019
The first episode of a show that has managed to be timeless. Somehow, the setting and the characters are universal. We have a good introduction to Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, and Opie. It's interesting that Opie is such a major force in the first one. It involves the transition from a beloved housekeeper to the familiar Aunt Bee Taylor.
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Unit 42: Connectée (2017)
Season 1, Episode 7
8/10
I Suppose a Bit Contrived
20 November 2019
If you catch on in the first ten minutes you will have figured the whole thing out. If you don't try to guess too much, just go along for the ride (in a self driving vehicle). We continue to see Sam lose a bit of objectivity because of his wife's horrible death. We are also starting to see more connection to the mute forensic pathologist. Too soon most likely. This episode takes on the issue of animal rights in experimentation.
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Playtime (1967)
10/10
What a Surprise
20 November 2019
Other than the length, I was totally captivated by the images flashing before me in this masterpiece. It goes from mundane element to mundane element and draws our visual acuity to the nth degree. There are things going on in life that seem random, but they are rather a dance. This film is romantic, slapstick, and just plain personable. What a world we live in. Tati is delightful all the way around.
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Unit 42: Vote Utile (2017)
Season 1, Episode 6
8/10
Real
20 November 2019
I once talked to a police officer. In fifteen years on the job he had discharged his weapon once and had been shot at once. He said that was enough for a lifetime. The scenes in this episode are so real. No bluster. No careless heroics. It's about a rich man whose environmental failings have caused the deaths of many people. It's a pretty well done episode with a very real conclusion.
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10/10
So Much More Than I Expected!
19 November 2019
So many have commented, so I will be brief. From an intriguing plot to wonderful characterizations using drop dead animation, this film works. About ten minutes into it it thought, "This is just a kind of hip hop version of Spiderman." But the main character is suddenly thrust into a world which he must learn quickly to manage. The canon takes a turn here toward incredible creativity. I avoid mainstream animation, but this has restored my faith.
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Unit 42: Mémoire Vive (2017)
Season 1, Episode 5
9/10
Focus on Bob
19 November 2019
Due to some questionable decisions early on, Bob finds himself targeted by some crooked cops. He is set up when the bodies of two drug traffickers are left in a van on his wooded property. Not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, Bob gets deeper and deeper and his silences make it difficult for his friends and colleagues to aid him. We see Sam on the verge of a breakdown. He continues to run things at home with his brother, who is taking on the nanny role.
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Unit 42: Sang et Vertu (2017)
Season 1, Episode 4
8/10
Father and Daughter
19 November 2019
The central figure involves the death of a woman who participated in S & M at an apartment designed for this purpose. Sam is conflicted here because he has other things on his mind. His daughter Emmy is associating with older kids, and one boy in particular. Having lost his wife, this ongoing effort to control his family and do a hard job is going to go on. Well done and sad.
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Unit 42: Avatar (2017)
Season 1, Episode 3
8/10
Pretty Dark
18 November 2019
The lead character has so much on his plate. He is dealing with the worst of the worst in his day to day life, while trying to keep tabs on his family. They are being taken care of but he isn't there for them very much. The daughter is a teenager and is really having a bad time in school. Much of this centers around the whole issue of cyber usage by the good and the bad. This episode is about just such an action against a female hacker. Her death and the resulting actions are at the core.
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Unit 42: Foi et Loi (2017)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
Conflict With Isis
17 November 2019
This episode shows the danger of taking positions in a vulnerable state. A man works secretly and it cost him his life. It shows what can happen when false information is out there that is not verified. Not as gripping as the first episode but still quite interesting.
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Unit 42: Face à Face (2017)
Season 1, Episode 1
9/10
A Belgian Police Drama with Potential
17 November 2019
It took me a few moments to get into this show. New characters. Foreign language--even with subtitles. There seemed to be a sterility to it. But once I realized what they were about, it became suspenseful and quite exciting. The conclusion had me on the edge of my seat. The cyber crime's unit is very interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes from here.
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Unit 42 (2017– )
9/10
Loses Just a Little in the Translation
16 November 2019
It took me a few moments to get into this show. New characters. Foreign language--even with subtitles. There seemed to be a sterility to it. But once I realized what they were about, it became suspenseful and quite exciting. The conclusion had me on the edge of my seat. The cyber crime's unit is very interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes from here.
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John Wick (2014)
7/10
Best Dance Movie I've Seen in Some Time
16 November 2019
Since the plot is so lacking in substance (the old, you killed my wife and my dog bit), we must look to other things to find positive. First of all, Keanu Reeves is pretty good on screen, and plays an interesting avenger. The bad guys seem to have an endless supply of stupid employees who allow their heads to be blown off. Sounds stupid? But the directing and movement of the characters during the incredibly long scenes of destruction are quite amazing. It's sort of a Kill Bill thing. Anyway, it is engaging. I did like that cast. The kid that was in Game of Thrones (who was eviscerated in that show) was a nice foil for Wick. We also have the fellow who is Mayhem in the insurance commercials. Of course, there are enough loose ends for the sequels (which number two at this point). I probably won't bother if they just have more of the same. Put an actual plot in there and you would have a bit of balance.
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Trainspotting (1996)
9/10
Now I See Why
16 November 2019
I'm an old guy. I'm also a movie fan with an open mind. This is one of those films that is often referred to by critics as being very important. When I read the description of it, my first reactions was to totally avoid it. But it has in it some really great actors and I've been taken with the guy from Elementary. Well, was I surprised. While it was hard to watch as these young men dropped into the depths of addiction, I began to be fascinated by them. They were individuals who had aspirations and lives; they were good and bad. But were continually brought down by their mistakes. Those who say this glorifies drugs have totally missed the point.
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Criminal: Germany: Claudia (2019)
Season 1, Episode 3
10/10
Best of the Twelve
15 November 2019
I watched each of the three episode presentations. This is, without a doubt, the best of them all. The woman who plays the serial killer is outstanding, as is the rest of the cast. She is a believable sociopath, sort of a Manson girl. Whatever drove her, it had to be a need for love. As a middle-school teacher, I have seen this kind of dynamic. These didn't lead to the consequences presented here, but that connection to the worst kind of partnership is all over the place. Just watch the news and see what power certain men have over women. It's almost a daily occurence.
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Criminal: Germany: Yilmaz (2019)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
Money Talks
15 November 2019
This is an infuriating view of a weird legal system, where a lawyer has been give carte blanche to defend his client. It is money that is at the underlying structure. So, we think, the guy will simply get off. But what we see is a much more complex set of circumstances. This is one of the better episodes of this international series.
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Criminal: Germany: Jochen (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
9/10
Twisted Tail
15 November 2019
If I say too much I will launch spoilers. This is a wonderful, workmanlike unraveling of a mystery. A man is suspected of murder, but the event took place over thirty years previously. As he is questioned, he is made to seem something crafted by the investigator. Soon, however, bits and pieces of a story come to life. See if you can figure out what took place from the initial clues.
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Criminal: France: Jérôme (2019)
Season 1, Episode 3
9/10
Shame and Deception
15 November 2019
Here we have the opposite of the previous episode. A man is set up as homophobic, being charged with the brutal killing of a gay man. He is a supervisor of men who have no qualms about throwing the word "fag" around. But time reveals that there is more to the story than meets the eye. When Audrey is finally tossed into the breach, things get going. She has been dismissed by her peers because of her youth. There are parallels between her and the suspect that is being interrogated. Well done.
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Criminal: France: Caroline (2019)
Season 1, Episode 2
7/10
Underlying Complications
15 November 2019
This is about a determined woman who is lonely at the top. She relies on feminist hyperbole to mask her unhappiness. She is accused of pushing a man to his death, one she claims she doesn't know. What transpires is a look at a tenuous relationship that is being covered up. Not one of the better episodes but still intriguing.
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Criminal: France: Émilie (2019)
Season 1, Episode 1
7/10
I Guess It Was About the Money She Spent
14 November 2019
I kept thinking, whatever she did, it didn't seem to warrant the heavy-handed interrogation used here. Her boyfriend died at a concert. She didn't kill him; some terrorists did. But she is submerged in guilt. Just from knowing the way this show works, there is going to be something revealed by the end. I was surprised by the open hostility of the guy with the beard. He didn't know if this girl was on the verge of a total breakdown. It was obvious from the start that she cared deeply for the victim. How about saving the heavy artillery or drug, rape, or murder cases.
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Criminal: Spain: Carmelo (2019)
Season 1, Episode 3
3/10
No Integrity
14 November 2019
An awful murderer and drug pedlar who has gotten off time after time through technicalities and extortion is set up to go to prison. But the guy who got rejected by the prosecutor (sexually) decides to pay her back for his disappointment. This same guy has been at the center of three episodes and is a liability in each one. The result is really stupid.
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