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Netflix Title Request Page


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Netflix has some interesting tricks featured within its service.  Some tricks help you find more content you haven’t discovered before while others help put an end to the annoying buffering.  If you do a little digging around the program, you will be able to take full advantage of what Netflix has to offer.  Just goes to show you that Netflix has a lot more to offer these days.

Just a month ago, a hidden feature was discovered.  This feature was discovered within social media and provides more interactivity with its audiences.  The hidden feature that was discovered is a title request page.

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That’s right folks – Netflix has a title request page for its audiences.  Millions of users are able to request up to three titles to submit for Netflix.  Whether it is a TV series or movie, any title is up for grabs.

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This feature was discovered from a fan’s tweet about not finding Chelsea Peretti’s One of the Greats on Netflix.  Netflix replied with, “You know the drill” and linked to the title request page.  Chelsea Peretti then responded with, “LITERALLY NO ONE KNOWS THAT DRILL”.  Its an answer that echoes across many Netflix users worldwide.

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The tweet shocked audiences nationwide about this intriguing feature.  Providing something like a title request page increases interactivity among its audiences.  Not only is there more interactivity, but the feature becomes more personal to the users.  Users can choose THEIR favorite titles they want to see on the streaming service.  These users enjoy the thousands of titles to choose from and they are looking to expand the digital library.

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With that, you end up making Netflix even better.  Audiences can now take full advantage of this amazing feature.  Three titles can be selected of your choosing.

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If you want to binge-watch one of your favorite shows or want to track down a movie, head over to the title request page on Netflix here at https://help.netflix.com/en/titlerequest.

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Spiraling Through Netflix’s The Staircase


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There has been some interesting true crime documentary series popping up on Netflix these past few months.  First there was the bizarre PR nightmare surrounding a small town in Oregon in Wild Wild Country.  Then Evil Genius introduced us to one of the craziest bank heist stories in America.  These series come shocking twists and turns, a hidden story unfolding before your eyes.

Each true crime series come with the most puzzling stories that make you wonder what actually happened.  One of the newest crime series was released last month.  It’s a perplexing story about a woman who went up the staircase in her house, only to fall and pass away minutes later.  This is The Staircase.

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The Staircase is a French television miniseries created by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade in 2004.  It follows the trial of Michael Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen.  Filming of the series began after Michael Peterson’s indictment.  It originally started with ten episodes and was re-released with three new episodes for Netflix on June 6th.

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This case goes like this – Kathleen Peterson walks back into the house from the pool.  Michael starts to head in a little bit.  Meanwhile, Kathleen falls down the staircase and suffers heavy bleeding.  Michael finds her minutes later and calls for an ambulance.  It was too late, for Kathleen passes away moments later.  What follows next is a long and arduous trial.

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It’s a shocking story that delves into criminal injustices.  Aspects such as Michael’s bisexuality and the so-called ‘blow poke’ came into play multiple times throughout the series.  The event took place more than sixteen years ago, yet it still remains relevant to audiences today.

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Netflix played it smart by adding three extra episodes when re-releasing the series.  Adding more episodes can help rejuvenate a series to a fresher audience.  This simply just means that there is much more in the story happening.  It may have happened more than a decade and a half ago, yet the story still goes on.

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Overall, The Staircase is another bizarre PR nightmare that only lingers on years later.  This is one PR tale that is STILL going down in history.  Thanks to Netflix, more audiences will be able to get in on the fun.

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For those looking for another intriguing crime story, definitely check out The Staircase on Netflix.

Cooking on High Review


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Cannabis-themed shows have been all in the rage the past few years.  Series like Bong Appetit and High Maintenance showcase cannabis in their own unique ways.  Cannabis is slowly turning less into a ‘Reefer Madness’ theme and becoming normalized in our American society.  Each show paves the way for the cannabis industry even more.

One such cannabis-themed show was released on Netflix earlier in June.  It combines cannabis with two chefs skilled in the art of cooking.  I’m talking about Cooking on High.

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Ok folks, I’m just going to come out and say this now…Cooking on High was just horrifically bad.  I really got my hopes up seeing the teaser and all that, but it never lived up to the hype.  It was like unwrapping that surprising gift only to find out it’s a pair of socks.

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            Before we roast this series, let’s start with the actual concept.  Josh Levya hosts this cannabis-themed cooking competition series where two chefs battle it out under one kitchen.  The chefs must create a cannabis-themed cuisine based on the theme pulls out.  In the end, the chef with the best dish receives the stash and the ‘Golden Pot’ as a prize.  Each episode lasts fifteen minutes with different judges and contestants throughout the series.

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First off, the concept is a cannabis-themed competition cooking series.  For a ‘competition’ series, there was barely any competing happening whatsoever.  The chefs have all of the ingredients they need…RIGHT in front of them!  It’s like watching fisherman catch fish out of a barrel.  Many competitive cooking series like Guy’s Grocery Games or Chopped show the contestants hustling to grab their ingredients while the time is ticking away.

Speaking of time, Cooking on High is a short series.  Each segment lasts fifteen minutes (or less!) and capture enough action.  If the show were longer, then there would be more interesting segments of the food being cooked rather than what is happening in the background.

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And the dialogue throughout the series…OH MY SWEET JESUS it is bad.  The dialogue between the characters become so cringe-worthy that it is hard to even take it seriously.  Rather than discuss the delicious food the contestants are making, these ‘judges’ start talking about their stories of when they first took edibles or smoked cannabis.  Each dish created looks absolutely amazing, yet the focus shift towards these silly stoner stories that have nothing to do with concept.

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The main problem I had was that it tried to do too much in one short series.  It combines cannabis with a competitive cooking series with other cringing ideas.  In the end, you end up with a series full of cheesy one-liners and juvenile stoner stories that have NOTHING to do with the concept whatsoever.

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I was really looking forward for this amazing idea on Netflix; what I got after twelve episodes was just full of disappointment.  Ironically enough, I didn’t enjoy it even after consuming a bowl of Huckleberry.

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In the end, avoid Cooking on High at all cost.  Tune into a more high-brow show like Bong Appetit or Weediquette.  You will certainly gain more 4/20 knowledge through those series.

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That’s all for today’s roast on Cooking on High.  Hopefully there will be a much better cannabis-themed competitive cooking series on the horizon.  To be blunt, Cooking on High was just not lit at all.

Evil Genius — An Evil PR Nightmare


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True crime series have been all the rage on Netflix lately.  First it was Making A Murderer that premiered back in December 18th, 2015 and then there was the wild PR nightmare of Wild Wild Country in March this year (you can read more about that documentary here).  There are a handful of crime series that audiences can’t get enough of.

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The Duplass Brothers were responsible for creating Wild Wild Country back in March.  Their latest docuseries features a story about a pizza delivery man who walked into a bank with a bomb strapped around his neck… and the event just gets WEIRDER from here.  I’m talking about Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.

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            Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist was released on May 11th, 2018.  This true crime series was directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder.  It tells the baffling, yet true story about the death of a pizza man who robbed a bank with a bomb around his neck.

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So here’s the full story – At around 2:20 PM on August 28th, 2003, pizza deliveryman Brian Wells walked into a PNC Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He handed a note to the teller demanding $250,000 in cash.  Wells had a bomb strapped to his body through a metal neck collar and carried a loaded shotgun that resembled a walking cane.  Twelve minutes later, he walked out with $8720 in cash; Wells went into the McDonald’s next door, where he retrieved a detailed note about where he would go and what to do next.

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Fifteen minutes later, Brian Wells was arrested.  Less than an hour after he entered the bank, the bomb detonated on him.  He was killed in broad daylight as police was waiting for the bomb squad.

And the crazy part?  That’s not even the most bizarre part of the whole story.

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Investigators dug more into Well’s death, only to find a series of handwritten notes.  These notes directed Wells on some deadly scavenger hunt around Erie.  The notes were very detailed, providing vivid description about what Brian had to do and where he had to go.

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Shortly after Well’s death, authorities received a call about a frozen body tucked underneath a freezer.  A man named Bill Rothstein called 911, claiming that the dead body in the freezer was James Roden.  What’s interesting is that Rothstein’s house happened to be down the road where Wells made the delivery.  The trail of evidence eventually leads to a woman named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong – and that’s when Trey Borzillieri really got interested in the case.

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Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was an interesting woman – smart, good-looking, charismatic; she was very smart in school, receiving multiple degrees in college.  In fact, Marjorie smart enough to create these sophisticated lies that manipulated everyone in her life.  As smart as she was, Marjorie was mentally ill through out her life.  She was diagnosed with being bipolar, manic depressive, and other illnesses.

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Even with her illnesses, Marjorie lived to be a rich woman during her life.  Her parents made good money and had enough to help out their children.  Since Marjorie did not have any financial problems, it was confusing as to why she would be even linked to the heist.

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But as the story unfolds, more bizarre twists are found throughout each episode.  On the one hand, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Bill Rothstein were linked to the murder of Brian Wells; on the other hand, no one could figure out who was the mastermind behind the whole plan or why they wanted to execute it in the first place.  Marjorie and Bill were smart enough to manipulate the authorities to confuse them even more.  The whole thing became a ‘he said-she said’ scenario where not only was each side of the story was different, but it also presented another clue within the case.

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There are still some missing holes in the story.  Who was the original mastermind behind the robbery?  Did Brian play a part in this event or was he simply a victim of the group?  What was their original motives for carrying this out?

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Even still, Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is a shocking true crime story worth watching.  You will be left with more questions than answers, even after watching the last episode.  This is a baffling PR nightmare that is well worth reading about.

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If you enjoyed learning about the wild PR nightmare featured on Wild Wild Country, then I highly suggest you watch Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.

Safe – A Netflix Series from Harlan Coben


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Michael C. Hall has played a lot of memorable characters over the years.  He was David Fisher in HBO’s Six Feet Under, became the notorious blood splatter analyst/serial killer Dexter Morgan in Dexter, and even had a quirky role as computer programmer Ken Castle in Gamer.  Years later after his role as Dexter and he’s still going on strong.

            Hall has played one intriguing character after another.  His most recent series was for a French-American-British drama series title Safe.

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Safe is a crime drama series stemming from the novel written by Harlan Coben.  Englishman Tom Delaney (Michael C. Hall) is a pediatric surgeon and widowed father who struggles to connect with his two teenage daughters.  When 16-year-old Jenny goes missing, Tom uncovers a web of deep secrets as she searches for her.  More and more clues are unraveled during Tom’s adventure.

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After binge-watching all eight episodes, I definitely enjoyed watching Safe.  There were lots of things (both big and small) that jumped out at me throughout the series.  First off, I loved Michael C. Hall’s British accent.  He pulled off this amazing accent that blends his character in with both the other characters and the setting.  Who knew that the man who was once Dexter Morgan could pull off such an amazing British character.

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Speaking of the plot, the storyline has you yearning for questions from the very beginning.  During the series premiere, Jenny attends a house party within the neighborhood.  What happens next will leave you SHOCKED.  After learning about the crazy house party that took place, you are left with so many questions that will unravel throughout each episode.

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But then there’s more – there’s even a DEEPER secret kept within the suburban neighborhood.  It was kept safe for so many years.  If you pay close attention to the series, you will notice that the characters starting acting strange very quickly.

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One reoccurring statement that is repeated frequently pertains to gates closing to keep enemies away.  What you will see throughout the series that the true enemies never actually left the gated community.  And the ironic thing is that the enemies closed that gate to keep away any intruders. So basically… the enemies never left.

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It’s an incredible modern twist on the ‘whodunit’ series that has you asking what is even happening throughout each episode.  Each and every character played some part in the case.  Whether it was the bystander or one of the neighbors, every member of the community played their own role.

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If you are searching for a unique crime drama (or just want to hear Michael C. Hall’s British accent), then definitely check out Harlan Coben’s Safe on Netflix.  Pick a good night to unravel this bizarre and mysterious series.