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Netflix Dare to Daredevil

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The first thing you have to do when you make the plunge into Netflix portrayal of Marvels Daredevil, is stop asking the wrong questions. There is one purpose of this show and one alone – Entertainment. The show does not suggest accurate and ground breaking Scientific explanations and of course is not based on any sort of fact. Lets be honest, If every show or movie was attempted this we would have no Star Wars!

Forget the questions about how this blind man, can move around the city like a world champion Parkour free runner, and fight fifteen bad guys like he was the man who taught Bruce lee.

Lets take the concept of a typical Marvel comic meets small screen show, but then also take a little bit of “Suits” and “Law and Order”, Mash them with any of the “CSI” Series, and you have Daredevil.

I have just finished the first season of the series, and my girlfriend and I were hooked from Episode one. One of the key performances in the show is Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Kingpin, AKA Wilson Fisk. We have seen the type of character time and time again. The tough up bringing, the resulting child like nervousness around the new found love interest, and the “can’t stop myself” temper that when brought together make the perfect villain. But D’Onofrio’s ability reaches further than many.

When Heath Ledger portrayed the Joker in “The Dark Knight”, audiences were taken by his connection both with them and the dark depths of the character. The psychological illnesses of the character were evident, and at no point did you remember that Ledger was actually acting this part. For 152 minutes, he was the faceprint wearing, infamous clown resembling Joker.

D’Onofrio achieved something similar in this part. watching him convey the pain, heartache and at times regret, shine through his emotions and acting ability. He looks genuinely connected to these emotions, meaning even those who the him most will find it difficult not to find some room for sympathy for him, and at times question what his real motives actually are.

His performance at the character made me wonder if his intentions for his city were actually positive at the outset. Did he want the best for Hells Kitchen, and understood that in order to do this he would have to sacrifice his life to a life amongst criminals and danger. That the only way to rid the city of them is to become one, work with them to gain their trust, and then slowly turn them against each other and eliminate them one by one? . Maybe, he got caught up in the power, and similar to his temper, couldn’t stop. Therefore the only remaining option was survival. Who knows, but these thought are only considered as a result of the performance.

I would recommend that anyone that has put off the series because A. they didn’t like the movie ( there are a lot of you), B. Don’t tend to enjoy the Superhero Movies/Tv shows or C. Doesn’t have Netflix. I suggest you see past these reasons and watch. I didn’t have many high hopes for the show, but certainly do for Season two.

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Give up tomorrow – “Paco Larranaga” – Netflix

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I have an interest in documentaries, usually I will watch those in the crime genre, and within this, those that explore serial killers, murders and the court trials that follow. I just finished watching “Give up Tomorrow” on Netflix, a documentary that explores the prosecution of Juan “Paco” Larranaga, of murdering the Choing sisters on the 16th July 1997. He was convicted alongside seven others, however the film focuses mostly around Paco’s story.

I don’t have time this morning to go into all of the details within the film itself,and the arguments it proposes, you can watch the documentary for that, but what I can take time to say it convinced me… I strongly believe the innocence of the accused, and think the evidence is overwhelmingly in favour of his story.

There seems to be so many suspicious circumstances , from the behaves of the judge ( given that his closing statement opens by quoting how the media referred to the case, which would have had him thrown out of court here in the UK for being influenced by the media), to the character of Davidson Rusia, who confessed to the murder, and placing the others at the crime scene and guilty of the crime, who then walked free, only to have an unusual relationship with the deceased girls family, in particular the mother

The mother herself is an unusual character, Thelma Choing, who apart from the unusual sympathy she had for Rusia, has many other unconvincing traits and moments throughout the film.

The story is one of mass corruption, which is so plain to see to anyone watching the events, but we never see real justice being served. Why when everyone can see that Paco is innocent, has nothing really been done. This one opened my eyes to how remarkable corruption can be, that even when we know the level and outcome this led to, that no-one will stand up and doing anything about it.

Then again maybe I’m wrong. Maybe my mind has been corrupted by the documentary itself, maybe the director behind it needed a story and left out the concrete evidence. I don’t think so, not in this case. There is too much that supports Paco’s innocence.  But its an important consideration to make, as it is always possible. Never juts believe because the source appears to be reliable.

Either way.. I think he is innocent, and if that is the case, what a horrible and terrible crime. Pack will be 61 when he is due for release, he was 19 when convicted. He will have lost so many years of his life for nothing. How many other are there, that have either lost their lives or have not been allowed to live freely, for something they had no involvement in? .. its a frightening thought.

Have a watch, let me know what you think ..

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