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Bojack Horseman: A Celebrity Hero

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We watch them on T.V., buy their brands, and read about them in magazines, but how much do we really know about our favorite celebrities? We constantly scrutinize them, truly believing that what they are in our minds, is the ideal version of what a human being is. However, we all know that this isn’t the case. Pick your favorite celebrity meltdown of this century. Whether it’s Kanye West or Britney Spears, the people we put on such high pedestals are just people at the end of the day. Like Old Yeezy told us “the people highest up got the lowest self esteem.”

Netflix’s original series Bojack Horseman, sheds a new light on the “has-been celebrity” T.V. show pitch. Set in Los Angeles, Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett) is (well… first of all he is a horse man, obviously) a washed-up 80’s star of the insanely popular show Horsin’ Around. The long-lasting popularity of the show still allows Bojack fame and fortune, but as time moves on, every reference to his past work is like a slap in the face. Although he is loved by the public, he longs for something more.  20+ years after the show went of the air, he finds himself alone, bitter and drinking himself through his days and partying through his nights. And the icing on the cake… his only friend is a homeless dude that lives on his couch, Todd (Aaron Paul). Keep Reading

3 Netflix Comedy Specials You Need To Watch This Weekend

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Netflix currently has a load of comedy specials streaming right now. Here are three gems that everyone should check out!

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Iliza Shlesinger – Confirmed Kills
This is Iliza Shlesinger’s 3rd hour-long special. Shlesinger is loud, proud and not afraid to be silly. Her set is filled with funny voices and hysterical asides. Her material is fresh and she tackles issues that many women in their 30’s can relate to: partying too hard and paying for it too hard, self-esteem, and beauty routines. Iliza’s stage presence and high energy are truly compelling. Her confidence is contagious and it definitely makes her comedy shine.

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Theo Von – No Offense
This is Von’s very first Netflix special. It has received mixed reviews. Von’s stage persona is that of a good ol’ Louisiana Christian man. He comes off as an opinated, southern college “bro.” The material he discusses deal with race, women and religion…basically, all the things you should not discuss on a first date. When his set is looked at out of context, it can seem offensive (hence the name of his special). However, much like Sarah Silverman or Zach Galifinakis, Von is poking fun at the persona he plays. When the audience embraces that, his show is hilarious.

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Jim Gaffigan – Cinco
In case it isn’t obvious from the title, this is Jim Gaffigan’s 5th special. Gaffigan is very straight-forward and honest in his comedy, so the title of his show suits him. One of Gaffigan’s comedic trademarks are his asides/commentary he makes to himself as an audience member. Although he does this much less in his special (maybe he is becoming tired of the bit), he still tells hilarious stories of his extremely insane life with his wife and 5 children.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The critically acclaimed dark comedy children’s book series, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, has gained new life in form of a Netflix series. After the mysterious death of their parents, the Baudelaire orphans, Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith), are left to fend for themselves with the enormous fortune that has been left behind. All the while, the menacing Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) devises scheme after scheme in efforts to steal away the Baudelaire inheritance.

Through crude disguises, murder, and nonsensical danger at every turn, the Baudelaire’s must keep their wits about them to outsmart Olaf and discover the truth about their parents.

Season one, which debuted in early 2017, covers the first four books: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill, over a span of 8 episodes. Impressive cameos are featured throughout, with appearances from Joan Cusack, Will Arnett, and many more.

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for the television remake, and a second season is already in production. Be sure to catch Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix and be on the lookout for season 2 later this year.

Artwork by the amazing Cuddles & Rage.

A Love Song for Masters Of None

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Master of None is a delightfully entertaining web series that is currently on Netflix. Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show is a clever mix of humor and drama. Aziz’s trademarks are sprinkled throughout the series with his hilarious observations and social commentaries. The show follows his character, Dev, as he goes through the motions of life and tries to figure out what he wants from work, love and the world.

One of the elements that pleasantly surprised most viewers is the music in the show. Zach Cowie, the show’s music supervisor has done a beautiful job of carefully selecting songs that truly capture the thoughtful and humorous tone of the show. It’s almost like each episode has its own playlist. In fact, the music in the show is so memorable, many listeners made “Master of None” playlists on Spotify.

First of all, Master of None has lots of French music from the ’70s and ’80s. There is just something about retro French music that always adds something whimsical yet meaningful to film and television — especially when there is a sub-plot about relationships or romance.

“Thibault Et L’arbre D’or” is one song in particular that stands out. From Emmanuelle Parrenin’s 1977 album “Maison Rose”, this song just simply pulls at the heart strings. It also sets the mood for the series. It’s quirky, subtle, charming and — like the show itself — very smart.

There are also some especially fun elements in Master of None that are mirrored by the music. Lots of post-punk music such as the song “Cool” by the ’80s band, Pylon. It’s this type of music in the show that adds some spirit to party scenes or silly sex scenes. Cowie chooses music that makes the audience go “Who is this?” He actually chooses a lot of music that are singles from old 45 records. Some songs can’t even be found on iTunes!

Listening to the music in this show is like hanging out in a really cool, eclectic record store — not the record section at Urban Outfitters (no offense, UO). But like a legitimate record shop, filled with treasures and obscure, hard to find gems; owned by someone who loves it all and plays records based on the mood of the day…not what is topping the charts.

The music in Master of None ranges from more well-known music acts such as Lou Reed and Beach House, to B-sides like “Cheating” by Animals, and all the way to Indian disco tunes.

Somehow, this show has an overall late ’70s vibe, from the music to the cover design to the font in the credits. In a way, this retro atmosphere appeals to many of the 30-something people watching this show. Maybe this wasn’t exactly Ansari and Yang’s intention, but it definitely speaks to a small group that falls between known generations. Not quite Gen Xers, but also not quite millennials; a group that was born in the late ’70s early ’80s who don’t quite know where they fit into the world.

Master of None is a wonderful little niche that celebrates this generation through its relatable storyline and very sympathetic, nostalgic music choices.

Season two of Master of None is expected to be released in 2017. You can (and should!) stream season one on Netflix.

Netflix’s “The Crown” Is A Royal Hit

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More period piece than tell all Netflix’s The Crown more than fills the gaping hole left behind since the end of Downton Abbey. This biographical look at a young Elizabeth Windsor’s ascension to the throne is a visual feast with sumptuous gowns, elegant cars, and stately homes- well, palaces as it were.

With a relatively unknown cast to American audiences, excepting John Lithgow, The Crown jumps feet first into the, extremely well acted, goings on of the erstwhile King George’s VI (remember The King’s Speech, same king) family life. In rapid fire succession we are introduced to the King’s (Jared Harris) alarming health decline, Philip Mountbatten’s (Matt Smith) political and personal concessions to marry Elizabeth (Claire Foy), and Princess Margaret’s (Vanessa Kirby) illicit interest in the king’s equerry Peter (Ben Miles). Despite having a multitude of storylines to follow The Crown feels neither rushed nor cluttered. Even the introduction of Lithgow’s Winston Churchill and the goings-on of 10 Downing Street do not distract, rather give a rounder, more complete, picture of the situation Elizabeth finds herself thrust into.

Foy’s Elizabeth is kind and gracious, interacting with those around her with a quiet and serious confidence. Perhaps more interesting (at least to watch) is her ambivalence in her relationship with Philip, at once both confident and insecure; Elizabeth talks to him with an ease that speaks to a deep familiarity but quakes tearfully at the altar. With the unexpectedly sudden death of her father Elizabeth is forced into a role that changes her home, job, and title instantaneously. Upon hearing the news of her family’s and country’s loss she is allowed but a moment to mourn before having to summon a stalwart stoicism that belies her 26 years of age.

If The Crown strives to the highbrow it does so without skirting around the licentious.

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The Women of Jessica Jones

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