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Death Note(Anime) Vs. Death Note(Film)


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Netflix released some crazy-good TV series as well as some interesting flicks to check out.  A lot of movies, both old and new, pop up in the digital slot within the Netflix library.  I’ve already seen most of these movies before and it’s hard to keep up with the new indie flicks that come up (most of them were INTERESTING, to say the least!).

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A lot of movies seemed to be a miss for me, but there was one film that I was on the fence about for a while.  Based off the infamous manga series, Netflix released a live action film of Death Note.

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Before I start this review, I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect with this film.  I absolutely LOVED the Death Note anime series, so hearing of a live-action film idea made me wince in pain.  Death Note was one of few anime I watched over and over because it was just so brilliantly done.  Last night I decided to check it out (with a perfect ramen dish I made for dinner!).

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Selecting this film, I thought this would actually be somewhat decent…but WOW…it was just that ridiculous from start to finish.  I laughed, I winced in pain, I rolled my eyes, and I even face-palmed through this embarrassment of a live-action film.  Death Note fans should definitely avoid checking out this movie.  No amount of Blue Kush helped me enjoy this nightmare of a god-awful live adaptation stemming from one of my favorite anime of all time.

Now that I stopped cringing, it’s time to discuss what’s so horrid about the Death Note film:

Severed Storyline

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Let’s start with the storylines: The Death Note anime revolves around Light Yagami, a brilliant high school student who discovers the Death Note.  He picks up the notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk who explains that any name written on the notebook shall die.  All the user needs are a name and face in mind for the person.  Light Yagami attempts to create a world where he cleanses all the evil off of the earth, acting as a ‘God’ while using the notebook.  His god-like plans are continually thwarted by L, igniting a psychological cat-and-mouse game with his adversary.

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Now here’s the movie’s plot – Light Turner discovers a notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk, who bullys him into writing a name on the notebook.  After experimenting with a few criminals (most importantly, the man who killed his mother), he teams up with classmate Mia Sutton to rid the world of evil.  The duo team up in this vengeful scheme when L comes into the picture.

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So yeah, the storyline completely differs from the original manga series.  Rather than stick with the same storyline, they changed it around to become some vengeful romance story between Light and Mia.  I do give them credit for how Ryuk came out in the film.  Either way, it doesn’t work at all and turns the audience off from the film.  Death Note has a beautiful psychological thriller concept and there was barely any advanced psychological tactics featured.  They didn’t even showcase the notorious potato chip scene (out of ALL of best scenes, they don’t even have the freakin potato-chip montage!).

            Light Turner/Light Yagami

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Light Yagami is a gifted high-school student who was bored with his normal life.  He utilized the Death Note to create this whole new life free of crime.  His madness progressed throughout each episode as he climbs higher and higher into his ultimate goal.

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On the other hand, Light Turner was this whiny high school douchebag that had no clue how to strategize his plan.  Light kept looking for ways out, freaked out about the number of rules featured within the Death Note, and pretty much couldn’t handle the pressure at all.  He was not gifted at all nor was he successful with his so-called vengeance.

It’s safe to say that Light Yagami was a lot more interesting to watch than Light Turner.  Turner has NOTHING on Yagami!

            L as Antagonist

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Within the anime series, L is one of the smartest detectives around who has many strange quirks (eating lots of candy, squatting).  He is a very logical person that analyzes many aspects of his cases.  L is very cautious about how he approaches Light, keeping his enemy close in his mind games.

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In the film, L is sloppy in his detective work.  He doesn’t keep his emotions intact and acts in a hasty fashion when things go wrong.  It’s gets so sloppy that he starts chasing after Light with his gun (FYI, L doesn’t EVER use guns in the anime!).

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Between the two, L in the anime series was a much better antagonist to watch.  The other L was just an humiliating imposter that acted way too quickly on his impulses.  It was just sad to see this dumbed-down version of L presented to the audience (as a matter of fact, ALL of the characters were dumbed down in the live-action film version!).

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            At this point, I can conclude that this film is definitely worth avoiding.  This water-down version was so humiliating to watch that I cringed almost every minute of the film.  A severed storyline and characters dumbed-down to become almost idiotic made Death Note a serious miss for me.  If anything, I would definitely re-watch the Death Note anime.  This beautifully-crafted psychological thriller anime featured one of the best cat-and-mouse mind games I ever had the pleasure of watching.

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And with that, just skip the Death Note live-action film and watch the original Death Note anime series instead.

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Baked Binge-Watch Session with Disjointed!


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Happy summer everyone (or what’s still left of it!).  We’re creeping into September and the cool, crisp air is blowing over to Massachusetts.  Summer may be ending soon, but the silver lining is all of the new TV series airing in the fall.

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While I’m pumped for the newest seasons to hit next month (mostly excited for AHS: Cult to start!), Netflix is still releasing some television gold these days.  I got to learn about lady wrestlers with GLOW, dived deep into the gloomy money pit of Ozark, watched old friends get together with Friends From College, and encountered a vicious battle happening in Castlevania.  This month’s binge-watching adventure took me to a new stoner-sitcom series that is Disjointed.

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Disjointed released August 25th with Kathy Bates starring as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, owner of a medical dispensary in Los Angeles.  Feldman employs her son Travis and a team of young budtenders to help run her dispensary.  The stoner-sitcom series was created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre (Dharma & Greg, Cybill, Two & a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mom!).  Ten episodes were released with ten others slated to be released later on.

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I haven’t been the biggest fan of the latest sitcom series that have aired these days, but Disjointed was surprisingly good!  It’s a sitcom comedy series that takes place in a medical cannabis dispensary.  The characters are really wacky (especially Ruth!) and they fit the stereotypical stoners that people usually think of.

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What’s ironic is that the whole plot is a tongue in cheek scenario aimed at the cannabis culture (and it works too!).  From the trippy animated segments to the 4/20 smoke seshes, Disjointed has everything a stoner-sitcom needs to be successful.  Seeing Cheech & Chong drop by at episode ten was one of few guest spots I enjoyed as well.  It was definitely a go-to sitcom series after consuming some Blue Kush.

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Besides the series itself, Netflix created a genius marketing strategy along with the show’s release.  To promote the 4/20-friendly sitcom series, Netflix released 12 new cannabis strains the past weekend known as the “Netflix Collection”.  These 12 strains mirrored off of Netflix’s newest series and three of them are based off of Disjointed (which were Eve’s Bush, the Omega Strain, and Rutherford B. Haze).  Some of the notable strains that dropped were from highly-acclaimed series such as Orange is the New Black (Poussey Riot), BoJack Horseman (the Prickly Muffin), and even Arrested Development (Banana Stand Kush).  These Netflix-branded strains were sold at a temporary pop-up store over at Alternative Health Herbal Services in West Hollywood, California.  The sales may be over now, but it still made for an intriguing marketing strategy for promoting Disjointed.

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Overall, Disjointed ended up being a great series even though it went to pot (LITERALLY!).  The kooky hippy characters and far-out psychedelic animated segments really brought the show to HIGHER standards.  Most of the content pokes fun at the cannabis community with the stereotypical stoner characters and it ends up working well.  Their brilliant PR stunt promoted both the series as well as the cannabis industry.

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Cannabis-consuming audiences that are scouting for a new sitcom series should definitely start binge-watching Disjointed.  Chuck Lorre helped create some of the most timeless sitcom series and Disjointed is one for the new generation of sitcom-lovers.  Disjointed is definitely something to binge-watch after a nice joint!

MakeSandcastlesNotWar Binge-Watches The Ozarks


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Afternoon, fellow readers!  Summer has still been amazing here in MA and we’re peaking into the middle of August.  It’s the last leg of summer (which I still can’t believe!), so I’ve been trying to spend more of my time outdoors as possible.  Even after a busy day of working, I still manage to snag some time for Netflix and Chill.

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Last week I discussed the incredibly colorful Castlevania series; it was there that I also mentioned that I was digging into The Ozarks soon after.  I shifted gears from the action-packed horror nostalgic animated series to a shocking crime drama/thriller series revolving around the workings of a financial planner.  It’s time to discuss the magnificent (and familiar) series titled The Ozarks.

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Released almost a month ago on Netflix, The Ozarks follows financial planner Martin ‘Marty’ Byrd as he relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks after his money laundering scheme goes awry.  After his scheme failed, he must pay off his crippling debt to the Mexican drug lord.  It’s a strategic crime thriller featuring money laundering, drugs, betrayal, and other disturbing occurrences.  This season features ten episodes within 60-minutes each one.

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I definitely enjoyed watching The Ozarks after a few nights of binge-watching!  Right off the bat, the story seemed eerily similar to Breaking Bad in an amazing way.  Both main stars decided to work with drug cartels after feeling tired of their mundane lives (Walter White as a high school chemistry teacher and Marty Byrd as a financial planner).  When it comes to the trouble both characters get themselves into, we dive right into Marty’s shenanigans whereas with Breaking Bad we slowly delve into the madness that is Walter White’s production of methamphetamine.

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Both series has everything you could ask for in a drug-fueled thriller – Money being wired everywhere, tons of drugs being shipped out to consumers, secrets being kept from family/friends, and a continuing train wreck that progressively gets worse as the story goes on.  What also made both series incredible were the various symbolisms featured within each episode.  Every small clip before the title cards of Breaking Bad featured a clue (whether that be a flash back or important item to pay close attention to).  The Ozarks presented the clues a little more discreetly with their title cards showcasing a white ‘O’ featuring four objects within the letter.  These four objects would present a small aspect of what will happen in the episode.  Not only does The Ozarks give us some great action, but there’s some beautiful philosophy behind the story.

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If you’re surfing Netflix for a new drug crime thriller series, The Ozarks is definitely the way to go.  This haunting thriller has some disturbing secrets lurking within the Missouri Ozarks.  Breaking Bad fans may have enjoyed Walter White’s meth production in the New Mexico deserts and they’ll certainly enjoy Marty’s money laundering scheme in the lakes of Missouri.  While it doesn’t come with colorful junkie characters like Jesse Pinkman (Yeah, science!), The Ozarks does have its fair share of drug dealing thugs.

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With that, The Ozarks is one of many amazing series out on Netflix.  Kick back on a cool night and binge-watch some of The Ozarks this summer!

Castlevania on Netflix!


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After weeks of binge-watching, I finally caught up with some amazing Netflix series this summer.  I’ve been in a great summer mood, what with my daily adventures to Boston every week.  It’s August now (Fall is almost a MONTH away) and I’m back to binging back-and-fourth between my other series.  Ozark was one of a few amazing series I got into (which I will get back to later) this past week.

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Before Netflix premiered Ozark, there was a nostalgic franchise that was made into an anime last month.  That series is Castlevania, the action-adventure horror themed games created by Konami.  Castlevania revolves around the Belmont family, a clan of vampire hunters that fight Dracula.  The first Castlevania game for the series released on September 26th, 1986.  Konami’s horror-themed games took off with a hit ever since (fun fact: Castlevania created the ‘Metroidvania’ genre of gaming!).

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The Castlevania series on Netflix doesn’t disappoint at all.  I’m not too familiar with franchise myself and even I really enjoyed watching the series.  Lots of things drew me in immediately after starting the first episode.  Season 1 only had four episodes, but they were four AMAZING episodes to binge-watch.

Here’s a few tidbits of why Castlevania was an excellent choice to binge-watch:

Animation

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Right off the bat, I noticed that the animated series looked absolutely beautiful.  It’s colorful and sets the dark tone that mirrors the setting of the story.  For a horror-themed anime about vampire hunting, Castlevania really does look and feel like a gothic anime!  From the dark orange hue of the sunset to the blood red spurting out from the characters, Castlevania just looks gorgeous to look at.

Plot

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What’s interesting to point out is that the plot is based on the game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.  Trevor Belmont, a member of the Belmont family, defends the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his army of creatures.  With only four episodes at 22 minutes each, the plot flows pretty smoothly.  While the dialogue may sound silly at times, Castlevania makes up for it with its action-packed fight scenes.

Action

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This brings me to my last highlight of the series – the action-packed combat itself.  Castlevania is packed with MUCH more violence and gore than the games.  With the nation of Wallachia shrouded in darkness, Trevor fights off the vampires with his vicious whip (and it’s DEFINITELY vicious!).  One of my favorite portions of the series is watching Trevor kick ass with his weapon (nothing better than having breakfast and watching Trevor whip some guy’s eyeball out of his head.).  The gory action scenes prove that this anime was geared towards the adult audiences.

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In the end, Castlevania was a brilliant choice to binge-watch.  It’s a visually-stunning anime with an intriguing story that features action-packed violence.  This is a great series if you’re into the horror-themed anime.  Even if you never played the Castlevania games before, it’s an easy show to follow.

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Now that season one is done, I am definitely amped for when season two hits the digital shelves.  Netflix definitely hit big with this anime and I hope that they release the second season soon.  In the meantime, I look forward to see what lies ahead in Trevor Belmont’s journey.  

Sense8 Revives in 2018!


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If you remember last month, we received the devastating news that Sense8 was cancelled after two seasons.  It was on the first day of Pride month (out of ALL months!) that the series got its axe.  I was just finishing up the last few episodes and was SHOCKED that the cliffhanger wasn’t going to be resolved.  Unsolved cliffhangers are one of my TV pet-peeves, making me go INSANE over what should happen in the end.

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That axe made me realize that even Netflix series can’t hide from cancellations.  Sense8 was popular, yet it was an expensive series to film.  After receiving the shocking news, millions of fans gathered to the internet to create a petition for reviving the groundbreaking sci-fi series.

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The bad news?  Sense8 still wasn’t going to be picked up for another season.  Ready for the good news?  It WILL give the audience the ending they deserve!

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You heard me right, folks – a special series finale of Sense8 will be out in 2018!  The two-hour finale will wrap up where the clusters left off.  No further details on what month it will be out, but an update will be released ASAP (that’s what PR pros do, ya know!).

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This is like a gift from the TV gods.  We’ll finally see how this all goes down.  All else I can really say is HALLELUJAH!

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Back to the actual story – the news broke out on June 29th when Netflix tweeted a video announcing the two-hour finale for the series.  The tweet read, “There are sensates within these walls, too. #WeAreTheGlobalCluster”.  It was retweeted more than 9,000 times, with fans shocked over the amazing announcement.

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What’s ironic about these stories is the awkward timing between the events.  Sense8 got its axe at the beginning of pride month and announced their two-hour series finale at the end.  It was a twisted turn of events, but we finally get the ending we deserve.

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I was so pumped on hearing about the Sense8 series finale! Since binge-watching the second season last month, I was really hoping to see that final showdown.  It’s true that I signed the petition, but it was because I truly liked the show that much.  The eclectic characters, rich story line, and breathtaking settings were a few reasons for why I looked forward to the show.

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It may be a while until the series finale actually drops, but we call all breathe a sigh of relief over the news.  Sense8 was one of those unique shows that we couldn’t put down yet.

Be sure to catch the two-hour Sense8 series finale next year!