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Netflix’s Baby — Teenage Prostitution Drama


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Christmas is in less than two weeks and I have been brushing up on the latest holiday specials on television.  Now is the time to re-watch all of those series that we keep shelved for the month of December.  But even with the Christmas specials rolling out on television, I still make time for the latest Netflix series.

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Netflix has been launching its own Christmas series and movies for their digital library.  Hidden within the digital library lies a popular TV series about that centers around two wealth teens in the underworld of Rome.  This is Baby.

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Baby revolves around teen friends Chiara and Ludovica in the posh city of Parioli, Rome.  They plunge into an exciting, yet dangerous world of teenage prostitution.  Throughout the series, Ludovica and Chiara start leading double lives as prostitutes to earn money for their own personal obligations.

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After the release of the series, Baby gained nationwide controversy for its portrayal of teenage prostitution.  The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) even condemned the series for promoting sex trafficking.  What made things more interesting was that fifty-five sex-trafficking victims joined the organization to send a letter to Netflix about their concerns on the show.  Even with all of the backlash, Baby still remains in Netflix’s digital library today.

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But what’s even more disturbing about Baby is the true story behind the series.  Baby is loosely based on a real prostitution scandal that occurred at Parioli, Rome in 2014.  Two Roman high schoolers, under the pseudonyms Lalla and Jenny, went into prostitution after googling “easy money”.  They found their two pimps — Nunzio Pizzacalla and Mirko Ienia.  The girls were fourteen and sixteen at the time the news was published.  Even more disturbing is that the 14-year-old’s mother allegedly told her daughter to get into prostitution to help pay the bills.

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A shocking teenage drama that is loosely based on a disturbing case that happened four years ago.  Prostitution is considered legal in Italy, but underage or organized prostitution is against the law.

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With that, Baby was definitely an interesting teenage drama to check out.  Its background story is much more provocative than the actual content of the series.  The series bears similar reference to Elite, but it revolves around its story around teenage prostitution.

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If you’re looking for another creepy foreign high school drama series, Baby is worth binge-watching on Netflix.  Just remember to let it sink in that it was based on a REAL teenage prostitution case that happened four years ago.

 

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


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It has been almost a week since Halloween officially ended and I am still wrapping up on the latest horror series out on Netflix.  With all of the spooky Halloween events I have been attending the past few weeks, I’ve rarely had time to binge-watch them all.  First there was the bizarre series The Haunting of Hill House (adapted from Shirley Jackson’s novel) then Haunted featured twisted paranormal stories that were too crazy to believe.

This next literature-adapted series stems from a special character from the Archie Comics series.  It tells the familiar tale of a teenage witch balancing her personal life in high school with her new life in witch craft.  This is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper in Mad Men) as Sabrina Spellman, a teenage witch who is beginning her dark education all while maintaining her normal life.  She attends Baxter High where she meets with her friends Roz and Susie as well as her boyfriend Harvey.  Sabrina lives with her Aunt Zelda, Aunt Hilda, her cousin Ambrose, and her cat Salem.  Throughout the series, Sabrina learns to resolve her dual nature as half-human and half-witch; she must learn to fight off the evil forces threatening her, her family, and everyone else around her.

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Even though it is intended for a younger audience, I certainly enjoyed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  Kiernan Shipka did a stellar performance of Sabrina Spellman and the series definitely kept true to its original story.  There were some modern twists thrown into it (Ambrose being pansexual, 21st century feminism themes), but it all worked well for a background story.  It also gave a nod to the historic Salem Witch Trials as well.

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It’s a modern twist to the classic tale.  The last Sabrina series I remember seeing was Sabrina the Teenage Witch back in the early 2000s.  This was much more different, being that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a horror series while Sabrina the Teenage Witch was more of a sitcom.

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In the end, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is definitely worth checking out on Netflix.  Kiernan Shipka was marvelous as Sabrina and she has certainly done well since being Sally Draper in Mad Men.  The series is a modern take on the classic tale of the teenage witch.  It features a heroine leader fending off against the evil forces (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Batgirl!).

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            If you still miss Halloween, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will transport you right back into that spooky world.

MakeSandcastlesNotWar Halloween Titles 2018


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Happy Halloween, fellow readers!  No new PR news or anything of the sort, being that I will be too busy celebrating Halloween.  Instead, I figured its time to review some of the best horror TV series/movies to check out today.  Whether you’ve come back from trick-or-treating with your friends and family or just staying in the whole night, this is the time for some scary content.

Here are some of the best TV series/movies to check out this Halloween:

American Horror Story: Apocalypse

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The eight season of American Horror Story brought audiences into the world of doom and gloom in this apocalyptic-themed chapter.  Michael Langdon, the child born in American Horror Story: Murder House, is known as the Antichrist of the world.  After the apocalypse went down, many characters find themselves victims into the hands of Michael Langdon.  Many former characters from previous seasons return on screen as we gather more clues about Langdon’s plan.

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With no allies in sight, Michael Langdon now must find more people to do his bidding.  What is Michael Langdon’s next plan?  You can find out how it goes down on the next episode tonight at 10 PM on FX.

Halloween (2018)

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Almost forty years after the first film, the eleventh installment of the Halloween franchise has been released.  Jamie Lee Curtis returns in her role as Laurie Strode as she prepares to face Michael when he returns to Haddonfield, Illinois.  Forty years later and the battle still reigns on for Laurie Strode.  Be sure to check out Halloween at your latest movie theater this year.

The Haunting of Hill House

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If binge-watching series on Netflix is your idea of a good Halloween night, definitely check out The Haunting of Hill House.  This Gothic horror series is an incredible ode to Shirley Jackson’s famous novel.  The Crane family reunite twenty-six years later, with their personal demons still by their side.  It’s a creepy series that comes with a surprising twist that could have you re-watching it again.  Definitely check out The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix.

Haunted

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Another interesting horror series out is HauntedHaunted tells various tales of people’s paranormal experiences they have had in their lifetimes.  Some of these participants are still haunted by their demons to this day.  From ghosts to scary demons, viewers are taken into the bizarre world of the supernatural.  When your browsing through selections on Netflix, Haunted will definitely be a good choice for the night.

That is all for today.  Have a wonderful night and check out these amazing series for a spooky Halloween night.

 

Netflix’s Haunted


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Netflix has been killing it this Halloween season with the release of The Haunting of Hill House.  It’s known to be one of the best original series, creeping out many audiences worldwide.  Even after the series took off, many audiences are still shocked by the ‘hidden ghosts’ featured within each episode.  This only goes to show that American Horror Story definitely has some competition this season.

But The Haunting of Hill House isn’t the only arsenal Netflix has in its digital library.  Another horrific paranormal features people opening about their unique horror story that still haunts them to this day.  It can only be described as a real-life American Horror Story, only with actors recreating the events being described.  This is Netflix’s Haunted.

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Haunted is a controversial horror series where each episode focuses on someone’s intriguing horror story of their bizarre paranormal experience they had.  In some cases, they continue to be haunted to this day.  Some stories involve ghosts while other involving a traumatic experience from childhood.  Each episode features a discussion with the family and friends about what happened.

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The show has received backlash from the audience, with people claiming the series provides false stories in the episodes.  One episode in particular, episode 2, got panned down by critics for its many plot holes in the story.

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Nevertheless, Haunted still provides bone-chilling stories that will keep you up at night.  Whether you believe them or not, they definitely make for intriguing and horrific tales.  It’s these horrific tales that make for a great series to binge-watch this Halloween season.

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Whether you believe Haunted is real or not, one thing is for certain – you can believe that this will definitely creep you out.  Haunted is a go-to series to binge-watch with your friends and family on Halloween.

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So if you’re one of those residents staying in and NOT passing out candy this Halloween season, be sure to binge-watch Haunted on Netflix.

Netflix’s Maniac


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This Monday I kicked off the blog week with the latest Netflix series The Good Cop.  Tony Danza and Josh Groban played bumbling cops in this entertaining cop comedy-drama series.  I got hooked after the first few episodes because of its modern twist on the whodunit series.  It was one of Netflix’s amazing releases to the digital library.

The Good Cop was one of two series that will be discussed this week.  Our next latest Netflix series takes us into a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial.  Two people enter the trial for their own purposes, only to dive into one wild journey of their own.  This is Maniac.

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            Maniac is the story of Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) and Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone), two strangers who were drawn into a pharmaceutical trial by Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech (NPB).  Annie is fixated on her broken relationships with her mother and sister.  Owen is the fifth son of affluent New York Industrialists and has struggled with schizophrenia his whole life.  Neither of their lives turned great, so the promise of a radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment drew them and ten other people into NPD for a three-day drug trial.  They are assured that this trial will rid them of all of their problems permanently.

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This series starts off a bit slow; but a few episodes in and the true psychological trip begins.  Participants ingest pills during the duration of the trial, with each pill introducing a new adventure for Owen and Annie.  Throughout each journey, they are haunted by familiar faces from their lives.  The purpose of the trip was for them to face their personal demons.  Owen had his issues with his family while Annie feels responsible for the death of her sister Ellie.

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Almost every episode contained a mind-boggling, psychological acid trip.  It mirrored off a similar setup to Inception where the two characters were taking part of each other’s dream.  During these vivid dreams, Owen and Annie start working together to conquer their demons.  Each dream (brought on by the pill) helped bring them closer to finding a better life.

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With that, Maniac was truly a trippy sci-fi series to watch.  Owen and Annie are brought into this Inception-styled procedure where they take special pharmaceuticals each day, with the hope that they find peace in their life.  It won’t be renewed for another season anytime soon, but it still makes for an enjoyable show.

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If you loved Inception and are looking for another psychological sci-fi series, definitely check out Maniac.