If you live in the US or Canada, you most likely have cocaine in your pocket right now. Go ahead, take out a $5 bill and sniff in the pungent scent of that white powder of which dreams are made of and paid for in blood.

According to an article published by National Geographic, nearly nine out of ten bills circulating in the U.S. and its northern neighbor are tainted with cocaine.

If you ever wondered about the intracacies of the cocaine trade, you will definitely like this drama series which you can watch on Amazon Prime. ZeroZeroZero is a crime drama television series based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano. ZeroZeroZero is a study of the business around the drug cocaine, covering its movement across continents. The series stars Gabriel Byrne as the head of the American Lynwood family, controlling an international shipping company which acts as cocaine broker between Mexican and Italian organized crime. The series derives its name from the purest type of flour (000), which is “the nickname among narcotraffickers for the purest cocaine on the market.”

You will not be able to resist binge watching this show. You will feel carried along by this series like you are floating on a soft white cloud, driven along by the hypnotic soundtrack. The soundtrack alone is a good reason to watch this series. The music in the show was composed by Mogwai.

Highly recommended. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars.


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The Night Of

I watched this drama series a couple of weeks ago. The Night Of is a 2016 American eight-part crime drama television miniseries based on the first season of Criminal Justice, a 2008 British series. The Night Of received 13 Emmy nominations, winning five, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for Riz Ahmed.

Naz is a Pakistani-American student who is on his way to attend a party in Manhattan on Friday night. He takes his only available source of transportation, his father’s old taxi cab. As he drives to the party, a mysterious young woman needs a ride and joins him in his cab. He is charmed by her good looks and intrigue. He then changes his plans of heading to the party and after a night of mind-altering substances, the woman is found dead.

The circumstantial evidence is overwhelmingly against Naz but there is more to the story that meets the eye. Watching the series is like peeling an onion, each removed layer getting the viewer closer to the truth of what happened on the fateful night.

If you like court dramas and you are interested in the American justice system, this series gives you an insider look at how the American justice system actually works. The series also provides an unsanitized portrayal of prison life in America.

I am sure you have watched lots of shows with uneven performances. What I mean is that some performances are good while others are not. This is not one of those shows. Every performance is good from the lead character to the least important supporting cast. There are also many drama series where some actors are good in some parts of series while not so good in other parts. Again, this is not the case in this series.

If you like shows that are gritty and real, you will not be disappointed.

If you are in Canada you can watch it on Crave. If you are in other parts of the world, you will most probably find this show on a streaming service that shows old HBO series. The series was originally released in 2016.

I give this series 5 out of 5 stars.

Animals, Television

His Dark Materials

I just finished watching the first season of His Dark Materials. I really liked it. It was one of those shows where I binged watched. When I say binge watching, I don’t mean watching all eight shows in one night. My idea of binge watching is watching the entire first season in one week.

If you like a show with talking animals, you will love this show. His Dark Materials is based on trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman. The first volume, Northern Lights, won the Carnegie Medal for children’s fiction in the UK in 1995. In 2005, Pullman received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s and youth literature. Swedes regard this prize as second only to the Nobel Prize in Literature; it has a value of approximately CAD$ 725,000.

The series follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parrallel universes. One distinctive aspect of Pullman’s story is the presence of “dæmons” (pronounced “demon”). In the birth-universe of the story’s protagonist Lyra Belacqua, a human individual’s inner-self manifests itself throughout life as an animal-shaped “dæmon”, that almost always stays near its human counterpart. Lyra’s dæmon, Pantalaimon is her dearest companion, who she calls “Pan”.

I have to commend the show’s amazing cast of voice actors. If I were to ever meet animals that talk, they would definitely sound like they do in this series. My favorite voice is that of Pan, Lara’s daemon. His voice is done by by Kit Connor. I wonder how Kit Connor researches his voice role. Does he watch hours of nature documentaries on ermines on PBS? Does he visit the zoo and spend hours with ermines?

I give this series 5 stars out of 5 stars. You can watch it on Crave.

Animals, Television

Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog

Great show on CBS. The show won Daytime Emmy. The show is now currently in its fifth season.

Animal trainer Brandon McMillan’s mission is to rescue difficult-to-love and untrained dogs that find themselves at the neighborhood animal shelter, his home away from home. At McMillan’s training facility, Lucky Dog Ranch, he tackles the involved task of transforming dogs with behavioral issues into model pets. Each episode showcases the story of the success story of a rehabilitated dog and the family that takes it home.

Animals, Television

Who’s your doggie?

Who's your doggie

Great TV show produced by National Geographic Wild.

Who’s Your Doggie? is a clever, funny, inquisitive show where dog owners with mixed breed pups find out exactly what breed their dog is. In this one hour special, pet owners bring in their mystery breed pets and explain their mutt’s curious behaviours and physical traits while two dog experts take their own analysis. Then the score is settled with a DNA Test using one of the most reliable labs in the world and each breed is revealed.

I saw this show couple of months ago on National Geographic.