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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.  

American Horror Story: Cult


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It’s a sunny day here in MA and we’re midway through this awesome summer season.  Learning about new TV series coming out this fall is one of the last things on my mind (it’s been too beautiful outside to even stare at my computer screen for one second, OK?).  This is the season where people are shutting down their screens and heading out for an adventure outdoors.  Popular TV series are on their summer break, which gives people more reasons to be outside.  While everyone has been enjoying this season, my favorite series just dropped some MAJOR clues about the next season.

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American Horror Story, which is my favorite horror TV series of all time, dropped a teaser on the internet a few days ago.  The teaser itself features a bunch of dark clowns wielding axes in what appears to be some Gothic cult.  An apprehensive woman stares out from the crowd of clowns, wondering what is happening.  A voice-over narrates during the teaser saying, “Does it seem like no one really understands you? Do some people just make you sick? Are you afraid? We can set you free.”  All the clowns gather in unison, performing their ritual for us to see as the voice-over narrates the event.  The scene ends with the announcement of season seven for American Horror Story.

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            You heard me right, folks – American Horror Story is returning for its seventh season!  This new season, titled American Horror Story: Cult, will be airing this fall.  The first episode will drop on September 5th.

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In addition to the new teaser trailer, Murphy announced that Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will be part of a love story this season.  He dropped a post on Instagram tyesterday featuring a drawing of a man with blue hair (who will be played by Peters!) alongside Sarah’s character with the note, “Ally and Kai in CULT…a love story for the ages”.  Evan and Sarah are both AHS veterans that have been part of the cast since American Horror Story: Murder House.  Each of the cast members played some oddball characters, but you can expect to be seeing a lot more Evan Peters in season seven.  So not only will we be seeing more of Evan Peters this season, but he will be part of an interesting love story with Sarah Paulson’s character.

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Before dropping the teaser trailer, Ryan Murphy already dropped a few breadcrumbs for us to follow.  A few weeks before the trailer, Murphy released an Instagram post of a magazine featuring Twisty the Clown on the cover (you know, THAT Twisty the Clown from AHS: Freakshow that made Pennywise look like child’s play!).  It looks like Twisty’s dastardly deeds won’t be over yet because it looks like we delving into his story again this year.  Twisty is just one of the few characters that we will be exploring this year.

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This was fantastic news to hear!  Lately I’ve been trying to keep up with the new shows premiering on Netflix and it was exciting to hear about the next season of American Horror Story.  I really enjoy most of Evan Peter’s character on the series, so I’m pumped to hear that we will be seeing more of him this year.  The new season itself looks really interesting and I’m curious what this whole cult theme will look like.

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American Horror Story has had its shares of intriguing themes and the cult idea will be interesting to check out.  There’s been lots of craziness since the election last year so we’ll have to wait a little more than a month to see what horror story Ryan Murphy has in stores for us.

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Last year we dived into the story of Roanoke and now we’re entering the cult this year.  Stay tuned on September 5th for the premiere of American Horror Story: Cult!

#StrangerThings2PromotionalPosterWIN


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So other than American Horror Story rolling out their new season in the fall (which I have some REAL juicy updates about for later!), the other amazing series that’s coming back is Stranger Things!  The nostalgic sci-fi 80’s themed Netflix show will be back for its second season where we see what lies next for the kids.  Teasers/trailers have been promoted all across the social media platforms; but the real talk of the town lies within the newest poster.

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Netflix unveiled their newest poster for Stranger Things season 2, which will air on October 27th.  The poster depicts the gang (Dustin, Eleven, Will, and Lucas) on their bikes in an endless road as the watch the sky turn to chaos.  As the sky turns demonic red, a new monster is spurring out from the darkened clouds.  Beneath the clouds sheds a myriad of colors from a light bright orange to a midnight blue.  All we know for sure is that the gang will heading back to the upside-down world next season!

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Rather than ponder about the clues for the next season, I really couldn’t stop thinking about how amazingly creative this poster was!  One of my favorite features has to be that spread of colorful light underneath the demonic-red clouds.  That endless road dividing the line really captures that symbolism between light and dark.  It’s interesting how closely it resembles the retro 80’s movie posters.  Whatever the advertising pros were drawing up for the promotions, they definitely hit the nail on the head (they deserve a free round of drinks for how AMAZINGLY AWESOME the poster looks!).

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Stranger Things was a whole new nostalgic-80s idea I really got into last year.  As short as the first season was, it definitely grabbed my attention from the start.  It really is a great nod to how they advertised movie posters during the 80s (like for E.T. or Star Wars!).  I definitely dig a good nostalgic series and Stranger Things is really the way to go!

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In the end, the advertising pros knocked it out of the park with the Stranger Things posters.  All it takes is one beautiful promotional poster to get the social media folks talking (a picture IS worth a thousand words you know!).  All it takes is for a unique grabber within the image to capture your audience’s attention.  Whether the focus is towards the actor/actress or the action happening within the background, something must be the point of focus within the whole image.  This is the kind of secret that separates a good poster from a bad one.  If you’re sending mixed messages within your promotional poster, then your audience will be turned off from the whole idea.

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And yes, Netflix’s newest Stranger Things poster is one of the good ones.  It obviously did well by grabbing lots of attention among the social media realm.  These are the promotional posters that aspiring marketing/advertising/PR pros should all pay attention to in the years to come.  Even if you’re not an artist yourself, the hidden trick you must learn is how those features will snag your target audience’s attention towards the product or service.

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Take notice, people – THIS is one of examples of marketing promotion success!

 

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!