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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!

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.

 

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.