Category Archives: Television

BoJack Horseman/Tuca & Bertie TV Criss-Cross


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This Monday we looked at Tuca & Bertie, the latest animated sitcom out on Netflix.  Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Ali Wong) go on extravagant adventures in throughout each episode, helping each other out through thick and thin.  These 30-year-old bird women are two birds of a feather who certainly flock together.

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Throughout the series, I couldn’t help but notice the significant similarity of the animation.  It kept bearing a striking resemblance to BoJack Horseman.  The strange part about it was that there were no characters from the BoJack Horseman universe that appeared in Tuca & Bertie.  Surprisingly enough, both BoJack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie by three of the same companies.  Which brings us to… ANOTHER TV Criss-Cross!

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Here we go – Tuca & Bertie was created by three production companies.  Those companies were ShadowMachine, The Tornante Company, and Boxer vs. Raptor.  The three production companies are also involved with producing BoJack Horseman as well.  Two brilliant animated series on Netflix, produced by three of the same production companies.

This was a rather unique TV criss-cross to point out.  It’s a TV criss-cross seen from within backstage, hiding in the series itself.  The two bears striking resemblance in the animation style and that was the key giveaway to this criss-cross.

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With that, another TV criss-cross has been discovered.  Boxer vs. Raptor, ShadowMachine, and The Tornante Company were all responsible for producing both Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman.  This unique TV criss-cross came from backstage, but the answer was revealed through the familiar artwork between the two series.

That’s all for today’s TV criss-cross.  Now that it was discovered, it’s time to enjoy a binge-watching session of both BoJack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie.

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Tuca and Bertie: Birds of a Feather


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Happy Monday, fellow readers!  Here we are in yet another cloudy, rainy day here in Massachusetts.  I took advantage of these long rainy days this past month by diving into yet another interesting Netflix series.  It’s an animated TV sitcom featuring two 30-year-old bird women in their crazy, hectic lifestyle.  Interestingly enough, the animation bears a striking resemblance to a previous series that entered Netflix years ago.  This is Tuca & Bertie.

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Tuca & Bertie follows cocky, care-free toucan Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious song bird who daydreams often.  They live in the same apartment with Bertie’s boyfriend Speckle (Stephen Yeun).  Throughout each episode, Tuca and Bertie run into ongoing adventures with friends around the town.  Notable voice actors/actresses within the show include Nicole Byer, Reggie Watts, and Lavern Cox.

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What is most intriguing about Tuca & Bertie is how familiar the art style is BoJack Horseman.  Both shows feature animals drawn up to look like human beings and even ACTING both human and as an animal as well.  For the record, the shows have no actual criss-crosses happening at all; even still, the two shows were still created by the company known as ShadowMachine.  Tuca & Bertie seemed more on the lighter, more humorous side with more comedy featured into the story.

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For those who are a big fan of BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie is definitely worth watching on Netflix.  Tuca and Bertie’s terrifying, yet hilarious journeys make for quite an exciting series.

With that, Tuca & Bertie is a must-see that’s out on Netflix.  Tuca and Bertie take their friendship to new adventures in this hilarious animated sitcom.

Check out Tuca & Bertie today!

Chambers – A Netflix Horror Series


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Even with Spring in full bloom, I do enjoy some horror series here and there.  There are great horror TV shows/movies that help keep me occupied while waiting for my favorite one of all time – American Horror Story.  I wait, both patiently and impatiently, for the newest season of American Horror Story to come out.  Each one comes with yet another horrific chapter even more twisted then the previous version.  The most recent chapter, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, woven together multiple elements from different story lines.

We still have four months until the newest season drops.  But for today, it’s time to discuss a bizarre horror show on Netflix.  It centers around an extreme obsession on a girl’s mysterious death in the suburbs of Arizona.  This is Chambers.

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Chambers is the story of a teenager named Sasha who receives a heart transplant from Becky.  After her transplant, she is haunted by these unexpected visions.  As Sasha’s visions become more troublesome, she starts to dig deep about the donor’s mysterious death.  She then starts to unravel through the gruesome circumstances and wild conspiracy about her tragic end.

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This story got twisted really fast.  There are various elements of psychedelics used within the story.  Cannabis, mushrooms, peyote, and even ayahuasca are mentioned throughout the season.  Interestingly enough, these all add to the increasingly bizarre events that happen each episode.  To put it bluntly, Chambers is a story wrapped in chambers of craziness.

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Psychedelics, a heart transplant gone wrong, crazed obsessions about the mysterious death of a young girl.  All of these help Chambers make for a great horror series worth seeing.  Various creepy elements tied together for one true horror fest.

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With that, Chambers is a great horror series worth checking out.  There are strange coincidences that happen within Sasha and Becky that only get weirder each episode.  For those who are impatiently waiting for the newest season of American Horror Story to drop, Chambers is a great horror series to watch this Spring.

Brené Brown’s Call to Vulnerability & Courage


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You know, I’ve watched a lot of great documentaries on Netflix.  Whether it is another 4/20-themed flick or something warning us about another catastrophic event causing harm to the environment, each documentary comes packed with some powerful education.  There were even some that made my jaw drop, becoming silent for the next few minutes after it ended.

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That’s the thing about going down the rabbit hole – you never know what you’re going to find and you will beyond shocked for quite a while.  Sometimes it rocks you for mere hours, fixating your perspective on a whole new angle of the situation.  Years after finishing your basic education and you still pick up new pieces of knowledge along the way.

This recent documentary isn’t that gloomy or surprising.  In fact, it focuses on some of the biggest challenges we think about each day.  A few important words that provide a powerful impact on many people’s lives.  One speaker here to break the boundaries of something we don’t face, or even think to about facing, in our daily lives.  I’m talking about… Brené Brown: The Call to Courage.

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Brené Brown: The Call to Courage is a Netflix original documentary on a special performance featuring Brené Brown.  Brown speaks to an audience on the topic of choosing courage over comfort in a culture that is defined by fear, scarcity, and uncertainty.  She brings up the idea of vulnerability and the various myths surrounding it.  By using both humor and empathy, Brené Brown connects with people on some of the hardest scenarios we deal with every day.

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Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  She spent over a decade studying ideas about courage, vulnerability, shame, and authenticity.  The first five years of her research focused on both shame and empathy.  Her TED Talk ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ reached over 39 million views since June 2010.  Other than her TED talk, Brown is also the author of five #1 bestsellers on The New York Times.

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The documentary was truly interesting to watch.  It played like a long TED talk that was over an hour long.  Brené Brown tackled some of the most difficult ideas we face on a daily basis.  Rather than striving to achieving for the win, Brown discusses about going towards vulnerability.  Being vulnerable is the way to get to courage and a better way to embrace ‘the suck’ that’s in our lives (a.k.a. the negativity).  There aren’t always going to be perfect days, but the purpose is to know that you lived through that bad experience and came out stronger in the end.

In the end, Brown hit a lot of great points that touched millions of audiences (including me) worldwide.  She brings up the reasons for embracing both the good and bad moments happening in our lives.  By being more vulnerable in life, you learn to take away more positive aspects rather than dwelling on what you lost.

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Be more vulnerable in life by checking out Brené Brown: The Call to Courage on Netflix.  You will be amazed by how much knowledge Brown has to offer.  Better yet, it will help you learn to be vulnerable with yourself in this crazy world we live in.

AHS: 1984


 

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Here we are in the middle of April and we are half a year away until the newest season of American Horror Story.  Season 8 was quite explosive last year as American Horror Story: Apocalypse revolved around Michael Langdon, the powerful demon that was born in American Horror Story: Murder House.  From the very first episode, it has been a whirlwind of seasons crossing over upon each other.  There were many elements from different seasons that were wrapped into one amazing story line.

It may still be early in the year, but a MAJOR teaser was recently dropped last week.  The teaser dropped the newest season which will be known as… AHS: 1984.

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The teaser shows a young teenage girl running through the woods at night.  A tall, dark masked man slowly chases after her.  She finds shelter in an abandoned barn.  Even still, the masked man still catches up to her.  Seconds later, the teaser ends with the masked man driving a knife through the barn door.  With that, the scene reveals the season’s title ‘AHS 1984’.

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Interestingly enough, 1984 was quite a significant year for slasher movies.  Some infamous movies that came out that year include Friday the 13th, Children of the Corn, Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Hills Have Eyes.  All four movies gained nationwide success, creating a major cult following among horror movie fans everywhere.

With this new title released, what kind of story can we see this year?  Will American Horror Story become a slasher-themed horror movie for this season?  Could the season be set at summer camp?  Who is the masked man that followed the girl into that barn?

This one teaser already came packed with many unanswered questions to answer.  Will start finding out the answers soon enough.

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For now, let’s take the time to celebrate the revealing of this year’s season titled AHS: 1984.  Who knows what kind of adventurous ride we will be in for this fall?