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Old 12th March 2024, 13:13   #5371
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The Gentlemen: Series in Netflix

A bloody fun trip with all the ingredients you expect from Guy Ritchie - Gangsters, boxing, Gypsies(oops...travelers), drugs, quirky characters. Got 1 episode left, and till now its been a blast with never a dull moment. Don't know how it ends, but hoping there are more seasons.
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"Severence" on Apple TV 5/5

May be this has been mentioned before. This is a quirky, sci-fi, thriller, dystopian in a 1984 ish way TV series made extremely well.

The basic premise is that there are certain people whose memories have been altered to make a distinct boundary between the mysterious work they do at their work place and their life outside of the office. They have no memory of what they do at work once they are home but cracks start developing and protagonist grows suspicious that there is something wrong with his life.

The series starts slow but quickly grabs your attention. The mood setting, creepy atmosphere and office staff, depressing cold landscape everything is simply spot on and the appreciation just keeps on increasing as episodes pass. All the main characters perform exceedingly well as they all try to solve the mystery of their "job".

Truly sublime experience watching this show. We need more of this sort!

The season 2 was announced recently and I don't think I have ever wanted to see next season of any serial so eagerly with the exception of GoT.

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Maamla Legal Hai: Netflix
5/5
IMDB Score: 8.3

Maamla Legal Hai is a fantastic compendium of true stories that raised eyebrows, from across the courtrooms of India. 'Truth is often stranger than fiction', goes an old adage, and Maamla Legal Hai drives home that point succinctly. Whether it's a case about a parrot screaming obscenities or a petitioner seeking divorce on grounds of his wife not acting coy while consummating their marriage, we the viewers are given a ring-side view of courtroom action. The movie even does a sly hat-tip to the legal drama series Suits, while dishing out a product that stands proudly with the best in the market, including Suits. The casting is superb, pitting heavyweights such as Ravi Kishen and Yashpal Sharma and also promising prospects such as Nidhi Bisht of TVF fame. One of the best OTT series I've come across in a long time.
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Maamla Legal Hai: Netflix
5/5
IMDB Score: 8.3

Maamla Legal Hai is a fantastic compendium of true stories that raised eyebrows, from across the courtrooms of India. 'Truth is often stranger than fiction', goes an old adage, and Maamla Legal Hai drives home that point succinctly. Whether it's a case about a parrot screaming obscenities or a petitioner seeking divorce on grounds of his wife not acting coy while consummating their marriage, we the viewers are given a ring-side view of courtroom action. The movie even does a sly hat-tip to the legal drama series Suits, while dishing out a product that stands proudly with the best in the market, including Suits. The casting is superb, pitting heavyweights such as Ravi Kishen and Yashpal Sharma and also promising prospects such as Nidhi Bisht of TVF fame. One of the best OTT series I've come across in a long time.
Agree with this review. I have seen just a few episodes (Maybe 3 episodes till date) and the humor and wit is nicely entwined to the story line without forcing it. It also gives the sad reality of lawyers on how they generate new business (which is a fact) as I have personally spent time in courts for a matter and it's heartbreaking to see them clamor behind everyone to get a case.

However, I note that there is a lot of time spent on building the characters and courtroom scenes are few and far in between.

Ravi Kishen is fabulous in this role and Yashpal Sharma is a pleasure to watch as always. Hope it gets more interesting and funny as the future episodes roll.

My rating : 3.5/5
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Made the mistake of watching Raisinghani v/s Raisinghani on Sony Liv. Could manage to watch barely 3 episodes and bid goodbye to this one.

Even though this is called a LIV Exclusive, the treatment of the show is absolutely Sony TV-like: the music, the camera angles, the ridiculous drama! The production quality is shoddy to say the least. The plot is highly predictable and absolutely not a single WOW factor; atleast in the 3 episodes we somehow managed to watch.

A true snoozefest at a time when consumers are demanding rich OTT content.

STRICTLY AVOID!

Rating: 1.5/5
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Slightly unrelated but, in some way loosely related.

I'm sure all folks who are active here and enjoy good content on OTT must have seen the original "Narcos" based on the true story and life of the most famous drug lord in this world- Pablo Escobar who created a $30+ billion empire on drugs.

Well, that inspired me to make a trip to his playground. You can enjoy some pictures taken by me from the heartlands of Pablo Escobar.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...ml#post5734371 (Colombia, South America | Partying in the heartlands of Pablo Escobar)
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Shogun - 5/5

Now, four episodes in, this is by far one of the best TV series I've ever seen! Set in early 17th Century Japan which has been in contact only with the Portuguese from the Western world, an Englishman lands on Japanese shores attempting to break the Portuguese monopoly and gets embroiled in the local politics. The Japan from the start of the Edo period is beautifully reconstructed and it is very interesting to see the clash of three cultures - the Japanese, Portuguese and the Brits. It's also funny how the protoganist - an Englishman and the Japanese keep calling each other 'savages' and 'barbarians'

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very interesting to see the clash of three cultures - the Japanese, Portuguese and the Brits.
Just one Brit, rest of his mates were Dutch.

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Now, four episodes in, this is by far one of the best TV series I've ever seen!
The book itself is even better. But that's a massive 1000 pages. Having read the book, I can see many sub-plots and nuances being skipped. But to convert such a detailed book to screen, many such compromises will be necessary I suppose.

Otherwise, it is being done brilliantly. The cinematography is outstanding. Japanese are so particular about getting details right.

They have made Yabu a lot more genial character than in the book. I like him lot more in the show.
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"The Signal" on Netflix : 3/5

Sci-fi mini series that winds up in just 4 episodes. Good watch for a lazy weekend afternoon. Originally in German and English dubbing robs a lot of fun.

Its series about an astronaut receiving a mystery signal while stationed on ISS. There is the usual mix of conspiracy, Govt agenda, billionaire deeply invested in whole thing, drama and little action on the side. Little girl who plays the daughter of said astronaut is really cute and has acted well.

Also keeping up with current trend of roping in Indian woman in pivotal/important role there is Sheeba Chaddha from Gully Boy in it. Compared to Shabana Azmi in Halo, Chaddha's English dialogue delivery sounds pretty fluent.

After a sluggish start and run of the mill happenings typical of a sci-fi show, the ending left me with a sweet aftertaste. My wife was pretty disappointed though so beware.

I don't say this about many other shows but I felt the very short run time left the characters with shallow depth and you don't feel any connection. Wish they had given it more details.

Watch it if you have nothing else to watch but don't drop something else for it.


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Gentleman (2024 Series)
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5/5


What an absolutely amazing series. I don’t make an effort to write long drawn reviews and generally like to keep it simple. Heck, Gentleman deserves a little bit more ink than most others for sure. This has every scene, dialogue and settings marked with “Guy Ritchie” trademark. I was wondering why he did not come up with other work that is similar to “Lock Stock 2 Smoking Barrels” or “Snatch” and I have to mention this work is as close as it gets to these 2 legendary movies.

This series is like a homage to what proper British humor and action is in an inimitable Guy Ritchie style. I plowed through the first four episodes like a man possessed, and let me tell you, it was worth every damn minute. And, I am yet to see the remaining 4-episodes and when there is fine wine (err..content), I like to relish it like how we should (sip-by-sip/minute by minute).

Ritchie and Tarantino have one thing in common- the mindless banter that adds more fun to their work.

Story in a nutshell- An English Duke who inherits a large mansion/property worth 15,000 acres which is grounds for growing weed. Add a bunch of posh but, unpleasant characters to the equation and you have the perfect “Guy Ritchie” concoction that is brilliant to the core.

Main Lead- Theo James. Seeing him for the first time and what an amazing guy. I vote him to be the next “James Bond”. I don’t think there is a better successor to Daniel Craig than Theo.

Kaya (Lady Lead) is beautiful. butter smooth, wry, witty and dripping with charisma and being a woman she leads her business like a “Boss”. What an amazing performance.

Theo’s brother Freddy (Daniel Inges.). He was totally top-shelf as the elder brother who always gets into trouble every time he opens his mouth was absolutely and rib tickling hilarious. That chicken scene is legendary stuff in cinematic history.

And, the bunch of odd-ball characters like Tommy Dixon, Jesus Dixon, James the weed grower with their amazing brit accent is absolutely delicious content. I particularly liked Jesus Dixon who speaks slowly and then raises his voice for a point that he wants to make-Amazingly hilarious. ROFL !!

I’m not used to seeing Vinnie Jones in a soft role like this one but, I hope he becomes violent in the next 4-episodes. Lol!

You know what, above review is just after 4-episode and I’m going to relish the balance 4 episodes slowly. This show has got “Cult Classic” stamped all over it and now I need to watch the original movie as well. Anyone seen it and have any comparisons? I’m going to put this in the leagues of Breaking Bad as it’s that good.

If you like English humor, violence and odd ball characters spawn across the entire series mouthing some brilliant & witty lines then you should grab a brew, park your backside on the couch, and let yourself into this roller coaster ride of Theo James's world.

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So Amazon Prime planning to announce all four streaming dates soon?

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The book itself is even better. But that's a massive 1000 pages. Having read the book, I can see many sub-plots and nuances being skipped. But to convert such a detailed book to screen, many such compromises will be necessary I suppose.
I started watching this series last week, and half way through the first episode, I got a strong sense of deja-vu (by the way, "deja-vu" is a French word which literally means "already seen". Thanks to Duolingo!) Then it struck me that I read the book more than 20 years ago! I dont remember much from the book but watching the series is like getting reacquainted with an old friend.
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Even Critical Drinker is blown away... because it has no moral message it wants to hammer into you.

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Gentleman was kind of time pass. Didn't like it too much. The lead characters looked out of place ! No thrill and surprises in it.

While looking up Tourist, came across Depp's movie. Same with Warriors which led to a Danish drama. I think some shows being talked here are not on India streaming services
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Gentleman (2024 Series)
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5/5
Finally, completed the balance 4-episodes. It was not as thrilling as the first 4-episodes but, it was thoroughly entertaining.

I will probably take 1/2 star away- 4.5/5.

My original review remains- This is one of the slickest OTT show that I have seen in a long time. I cannot wait now for S2 as I know by the way they ended, there will be one. Hopefully, it comes out in 2024.

Now off to another "slick show"- Slow Horses Season 3 on Apple TV+.
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