Fans have long ticked the date in their calendar: the third season of Casa de Papel is available from Friday, July 19 on Netflix. The opportunity to pop the popcorn watching the return of Spanish robbers who still promises a lot of action. For fans of the genre, the streaming site does not lack other nuggets. Focus on Alex Pina's show and movies and series that should please you if you like screen robberies.
The "Professor", a secretive and enigmatic man has one and only ambition: to succeed in the break of the century by plundering the National Factory of the currency and the Spanish stamp. At stake ? A loot of 2.4 billion euros in small denominations and the promise of living a lavish life away from the Iberian Peninsula. To achieve his ends, he recruits eight convicts ready to do the dirty work for him. They will have to take control of the premises, print the greenbacks and leave without a single drop of blood. This is the teacher's plan and it must be respected to the letter. Unfortunately for him, everything does not always happen as planned. Once inside, the robbery apprentices will be confronted with situations that even the brains of the gang did not anticipate. And when the infernal gear is launched, not easy to escape unscathed … Especially when the Chief of Police Rachel Murillo is determined to make you fall.
What we think
Casa de Papel is clearly not the best-written or the most sophisticated series of recent years. A wobbly scenario, immature characters and sometimes grotesque turn-arounds … The show has shortcomings and did not seem to be going to restore the image of the Spanish series, at half-mast since the fa-bu-lous One, Dos, Tres. Yet, past this initial hesitation, we are surprised to get caught up in the game. Of course, the plot lags a little in length and often takes on the airs of teenage movie. But she still manages to hang. We want to know how the Professor will get his robbers out of trouble in which they are stuffed. The suspense is at the rendezvous, not bad actors and twists manage to hold breath. In short, after starting, we still want to know the end and once completed, to know more. Everything is not to be thrown away, thankfully.
An anecdote to remember
In the initial scenario, all robbers (Tokyo, Rio, Denver, Berlin, Helsinki, Moscow, Oslo and Nairobi) had an incurable terminal illness. That's why the Professor had chosen them. Finally, the idea is abandoned, except for Berlin. All the better, it seemed very wobbly.
- Here is the trailer of this third season (beware of spoilers if you are not up to date in the series!):
Franky steals a huge diamond in Antwerp on behalf of his boss, a notorious New York gangster. Insatiable player, he makes a stop in London and is convinced to bet on a boxing fight organized by a mafia Russian (Boris "The Blade"). He also covets the gem and intends to offload the stone his new owner. To make matters worse, other thugs also aspire to seize it and want to use the fight to take action. Franky and his diamond are then caught in an incredible series of settling scores and low blows.
An awesome movie that has not stolen its reputation as a cult feature film. With Snatch, Guy Ritchie achieves a real tour de force, that of turning a thriller full of humor, testosterone and adrenaline, all with a five-star cast. Thanks to its auto-parodic tone, it's a gangster movie that's out of the ordinary. The quest for the stolen diamond and the plans devised by the cliques of small thugs to seize it are completely barred. Shifted but not relaxed, Snatch is a successful dive in the lowlands of London. It's true that sometimes, one would get lost almost in the middle of all these characters, but the scenario is well put together and the intrigues join skillfully to form only one at the end. In his role as an excited gypsy boxer who swallows a word out of three, Brad Pitt is also truer than life. The other actors too. Add a soundtrack to the top and a neat realization and you get a movie not to be missed.
An anecdote to remember
For filming to take place under the best conditions, Guy Ritchie set up an iron discipline with a system of fines. Anyone who disturbed the filming, missed a catch or anything wrong should put their hand in their pockets. All the actors are there, the director too.
- Check out the Snatch trailer (watch out for spoilers):
August 28, 2003, Erie, Pennsylvania: Bryan Wells, a pizza delivery man, shoots a bank with an explosive collar around his neck. Quickly surrounded by the police, he implores: "I have a bomb attached, why does not anyone help me?" A few minutes later, the charge explodes and the gangster on Sunday dies instantly. Local TVs do not miss a beat and the story is quickly touring the country. Something is wrong. The investigators found nine pages of instructions in his car. They were supposed to help him get rid of the trap. Soon, a woman is accused of orchestrating the armed robbery. Her name is Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and has a reputation more than sulphurous …
What we think
Making a murder, The Keepers or Ted Bundy … Netflix is used to offering good "true crime stories" to its subscribers. The evil geniuses are no exception. In four episodes, the voice of the director Trey Borzilierri plunges us into the shadows and inconsistencies of this singular case. Why would a mundane pizza delivery man decide to rob a bank on a whim? Could he have done it without accomplice? What is the role of the scary Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong in this dark history? The immersion in the small town of Pennsylvania where the investigation is taking place is total. Especially in addition to the testimony of the police officers in charge of the case, he managed to talk on the phone regularly with the main suspect, imprisoned since. The documentary feeds on his testimonies, which enrich him and make him even more breathless. If you are fond of investigations based on real facts, do not hesitate. The evil geniuses are part of the series to see.
An anecdote to remember
Brilliant student in her youth, Marjorie Diehl Armstrong did not enjoy less a reputation of the most sulphurous Erie. The troubled young woman is bipolar and five of her last boyfriends died in strange circumstances. In a freezer in his house, the police even found the corpse of one of his last lovers … enough to feed some doubts about the innocence of such a character.
- Here is the trailer of the Genies of Evil (attention to spoilers):
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