Hello Deadsplinter friends – Ellicoo is having a lovely time painting her porch so I’m here to fill in.
What I’m watching – ZeroZeroZero -on Amazon Prime – it’s an atmospheric tale of trafficking cocaine involving an American shipping family, a group of corrupt Mexican soldiers and an Italian Mafia family. I would try to explain but Wikipedia does it better.
The series follows the troubled journey of a large shipment of cocaine from Monterrey, Mexico to Gioia Tauro, Italy. The sellers are the narco brothers Enrique and Jacinto Leyra, who are aided in their criminal activities by Manuel Contreras and his group of corrupt soldiers; the buyer is Don Minu La Piana, a boss of the ‘Ndrangheta, whose position is challenged by his grandson Stefano and the Curtiga family; the brokers in charge of the shipment are the Lynwoods, an American family from New Orleans owning a prestigious shipping company. The infighting within the ‘Ndrangheta causes the shipment to be rerouted to Africa, and the delay has dramatic consequences for all the interested parties.
The title, which never appears in the show – zerozerozero(000) is what narco traffickers call cocaine in its purest form. The cinematography is quite beautiful. It flashes backward and forward through three storylines of interweaving events – so you have to pay attention. The biggest name actor in it is Gabriel Byrne who is always good. It’s mostly in English but there are subtitles for the Italian and Spanish.
I’ve mentioned before that I listen to Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, he also does one called Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly. He and Molly Wood discuss financial issues and answer questions from the listeners. Their tag line is “None of us is as smart as all of us.” Anyway, a couple of weeks ago they had Scottish political economist Mark Blyth on to discuss Reaganomics and the trickle down economy. It was fascinating. The podcasts aren’t that long so it’s not a big commitment and well worth the listen.
What I’m listening to –
Been listening to a lot of The Who lately –
Reign O’er Me
What are all of you wonderful people up to today? And, as always – thanks for stopping by and supporting Deadsplinter.