Foreign TV series – Canada (2005-2007).
Jimmy Reardon, a Canadian gangster hanging out in the city of Vancouver, BC is the main character in this Canadian TV crime drama. Unlike most crime dramas where you can’t wait for the “bad” guy to get caught in the end, this one you can’t help but rooting for the bad guys and you immediately like Jimmy. He’s a likable guy played to a “T” by Ian Tracey.
Jimmy has a strange connection to Mary Spalding, head of the Organized Crime Unit stationed in Vancouver in a nemesis-colleague type relationship. You’ll find you are wishing them both well.
Jimmy has a lot of people on his side and the characters are well played by the cast. Chris Haddock, the TV series creator did an excellent job casting the crew for this series.
Throughout the series, it was tough to tell if certain characters were good guys or bad guys on both sides of the law. The bad guys had some good qualities, they also had some bad qualities. The good guys had some good qualities, they also had some bad qualities.
Storytelling was top notch beginning with the first episode till the last one. It kept me spellbound at the end of each episode wanting the next episode to start right away. I’ll have to warn you, watching this is like reading a good book – it’s tough to put down.
Have butter on the popcorn, but make sure you get the refillable box of popcorn as you’re going to need it for all these episodes. You may want to get a few boxes of Goobers, Dots, Jujubes, Sno-Caps, Juicy Fruits, Junior Mints, Milk Duds, Raisinets, and Good & Plenty – yeah, the whole candy case. Oh, did I forget the licorice?
In this 2011 thriller, a member of a black ops mission is set up and she’s on a quest to seek revenge on those responsible for setting her up. She has to use all her skills to stay alive. It took me awhile to figure out who the good guys were and who the bad guys were.
After a covert operation in Barcelona, Mallory Kane is sent on another mission to Ireland where she is earmarked for elimination. Realizing she has been double crossed, she embarks on a mission to uncover the culprits. There’s a lot of intrigue in this movie with good performances by Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, and Bill Paxton among others.
Foreign film – Norwegian (2008).
Two things amazed me about this film: great directing and great acting. Max Manus was probably Norway’s greatest war hero.
Upon his return from Finland after doing battle with the Russians he became one of the best saboteurs of World War II when he joined the Norwegian resistance. His specialty was blowing up warships and the most notable was the sinking of the “Donau” as she was headed out of Oslo Harbor.
Throughout the film, Max not only battles the enemy but with his own inner demons and he feels responsible for the deaths of his friends and wonders why he is being spared.
You almost feel as if you are part of the film as this was a truly incredible story. Don’t miss this one and go ahead and put butter on the pop corn. The only thing I would have liked was to see this film on the big screen.
Foreign film – Danish (2008).
Flame and Citron, noted Danish resistance fighters of the Holger Danske during World War II against the Germans and their Danish collaborators. Thought of as heroes, there is a noir mask to their characters where they cross the lines between good and evil.
Jorgen Haagen Schmith, a.k.a. Citron, is the quieter of the two spy schemers and his personal life has gone down the proverbial tubes and not for one minute does he believe that he has murdered anyone that was innocent except for an ambush that goes awry that seemed to take a little bit of his soul away. Bent Faurschou-Hviid’s (a.k.a. Flame and you’ll know why he is called this when you watch the movie) only downfall was he fell in love with the wrong woman.
I don’t want to give away too much here so I’ll stop rambling. You’ll find out the rest from watching the film – oh, and don’t forget the climatic ending. And yup, put butter on the popcorn, grab a box of Sno-Caps, a bag of red licorice, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy the film.