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Review: Evil Genius

This documentary series is one of the best ones Netflix has released. It raises intriguing questions like if someone is mentally ill are they capable of murder? Could love and obsession be the driving force in this case? The beheading of the victim was not necessary, how could they “ok” that? How did it get so far?

It took me on a psychological journey, complete actual footage of the victim’s death. I remember, back in 2003 watching this on the News. Evetyone just stood watching him. You feel so helpless listening to this man crying out to them that he can hear this ticking bomb going and all the policemen could do is stand around with their guns out and just wait for something to happen. It was such a tragedy to watch and for the families to even get the news through the media.

One of the most astonishing points of the series was when the several law departments scattered all over the place were more concerned about who was in charge rather than who committed the crime!

I’m so intrigued by this story and wonder if there is another season in the making. Until then, make sure you add this show to your summer nights when you want a bit of creepy intrigue.

Let me know your thoughts!

Happy Watching

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Review: I Am Jane Doe

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I’m always on the look out for some really great movies and documentaries on Netflix and I’ve always found little hidden gems on this streaming network.  I haven’t been disappointed so it’s safe to say that Netflix has given me pretty good recommendations as per my profile.  This documentary, “I AM JANE DOE”, was one that immediately caught my eyes.

The documentary is ultimately dark and a sad truth of the reality these day.  All the freedom to explore and have great experiences all at your fingertips.  The internet has become a double-edged sword for us all, some good and some bad.  If you are on the internet at all, you already have experience be it sharing family outings to being trolled by some random stranger.  This movie is not the romantic side of the internet, but it shows the very real horrors of being on the internet.

Human trafficking.  Just those two words together is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl, but unfortunately it is a very real epidemic that doesn’t just happen in third world countries. It seems like our North American lives turns a blind mind towards the realities of Human Trafficking.  Believe it or not, North America is a haven for kidnapped children who are then sold to the long awaited customers.  In this day and of age of 2017, our children are not only being kidnapped and ripped from our parental arms, but our children are at risk every moment of every day.

After watching this movie you will not only hug your children a lot more, but you will be also empowered to be proactive with your children.  No one is really protected on the internet.  It’s no different than being exposed to the same crimes out in public.  Unfortunately, money talks and politicians are easily swayed from doing the right thing to doing what is easiest.  The truth is that we are on our own, we can’t ask the government for help when they have no answers.  We have to educate ourselves and our children and although we are very “free” we will always be an arms length from harm.  Our complacency leaves our children in very real danger.

I encourage you to watch this documentary and use it as a tool to protect those that you love.  Predators don’t hide in the shadows anymore, they hide in plain sight through the internet.  Protect your babies by educating them and yourself, that’s the first defence.

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Movie Review: The Founder

This is a great rags-to-riches story. A lot of people don’t know that the McDonalds corporation is actually based on realty deals and land purchases. The movie takes you on a journey through the ups and downs of growing a business.

There are twists and turns that organically develop emotionally with family and friendships. Ruthless business decisions are aggressively made showing the destruction of a lot of relationships. I love business development it’s exciting and fun yet filled with some hard decisions.

They say business is like swimming with sharks, it could be true in many cases, however in my years of diving in and out of corporate life things always even itself out.

Everything that crumbles will be rebuilt. Everything wrong will be made right. Things may seem bleak and even cutthroat but maybe we have to be challenged in order to push ourselves passed the tough times.

Watch it on Netflix

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What I’ve been watching

I’ve been watching “The Super” on Netflix. I didn’t even know this series existed. I am completely addicted to it!

It shows the day to day life of a property manager and it’s great!

There was a time in my entrepreneurial dreams that I wanted to buy an apartment, after watching a few episodes of this series, I’m not gonna ✋🏼

If you have Netflix watch it!

You won’t be disappointed 😊❤️

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Movie Monday – As Above So Below

I have been running around getting organized for Christmas.  Last Saturday was spent celebrating birthdays, food, family and friends.  I’ve got a lot of “F’s” in my life and I am loving it!

By Sunday night I was ready for a calm evening watching a movie.  Scrolling through all the recent additions, I came across the movie As Above So Below.

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This movie contained every one of my fears:  Claustrophobia; Phasmophobia; and Coulrophobia.. that’s a lot of phobias in one movie.  I screamed and I literally hid under my pillow watching it.  I was terrified!  I was in fetal position by the time it was finished.

In short, it was a great horror-thriller movie with great action and realistic moments that I was screaming at the television.  I highly recommend watching this movie if you have anything close to the phobias I have.

Enjoy!

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Netflix Review: Orange is the New Black

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After waiting many nail-biting months, I was naturally ecstatic and binge watched the entire season for 2 days.  I refrained from writing about this season long enough!

With the Season 4  trailer starting off my visual journey of this series, I was so pumped!  I called and messaged all my best friends from Canada to the US that the season was out.  We were all excited and I even put every gadget I had on mute and tweeted that I was busy watching the series.. *note to self:  don’t do that, because everyone will bother the hell out of me anyways..

The first episode started off with great energy and events that twisted the plots to everyone’s story.  The brilliance of this series is that it gives each character depth with each intricate story.  The personalities are fierce and there is a realism in each of their stories.

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Dayanara Diaz (Dascha Polanco) finds herself in uncharted territories with the realization that her mother, Aleida Diaz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) is released early.  She desperately tries to find her place among the other inmates.  Dayanara captured my heart from day one with her innocent-not-so-innocent demeanour.  The progression of her character is organic and realistic from innocent to naive to fierce!

Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), as an actor I’ve enjoyed Laura since her early beginnings in That 70’s Show, now many moons later it’s like a breath of fresh air to see her acting abilities and the range of emotion she captures in her character.  With her tough, no-nonsense personality this fourth season brought out a vulnerable side in her that draws you, as a viewer, in.  Alex certainly keeps the proverbial pot stirring.

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) has changed so much with every season, it seems that as her counterparts get more vulnerable Piper gets smarter and dare I say tougher.  She managed to manipulate her way to the “top” of the inmate food chain doing what she does best, using her entrepreneurial skills.  I find her both tragic and endearing.

Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Uzo Aduba), this is my favourite character, she translates her thoughts in a juvenile way, yet gives me the impression that she is really a genius.  Her childlike character makes you instantly empathize with her current and past experiences.  In this new season, you slowly get to see her naivety disappear, it is intriguing, sad, but believable.

Galina “Red” Reznikov (Katherine Kiernan Maria “Kate” Mulgrew) the self-proclaimed “Mother” of the prison continues to show her strengths as a leader but in this season reality sets in for this inmate of many years.  Red continues to keep her eyes on Piper and Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) and treats them like her children among the other choice few.  She runs her position and her heart with an iron fist, however we witness a deterioration of her will.  She begins to break down emotionally.

I can go on and on all night about all the stories and plot twists!  Just like Season 3, this new Season 4 leaves me wanting more!  It seemed to end just as fast as it started with even more cliffhanging stories.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you fire up your Netflix and prepare for a Orange is the New Black Season 4 marathon.  It delivers the promise of drama, action and the best plot twists you could only expect from a novel.

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MARCH BREAK!

I feel like I’ve been preparing for this upcoming holiday week for the last couple of days.  I’ve been getting things finalized and waiting on some supplies.  During my wait, and usually while I work, I like to have Netflix on.  There’s something about the extra layer of noise that helps me focus.  Here’s what I’ve been watching:

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First up is Indigenous, this was listed as a Netflix movie recommendation for me and I was in the mood to be creeped out.  It has some action and terror and if you are the fan of the strange and unknown you will love it.  The storyline is somewhat predictable but I enjoyed it.

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There are a few seasons of Bones on Netflix and it is where I fell in love with this series.  Tons of forensic and good ol’ police stories one can’t help but fall in love with all the characters in this series’ cast line up.  There’s some terror, action, humour and a great storyline during the entire show.  Playing each episode one after the other has helped me get through a lot of long nights.

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My current addiction on the Netflix is The Good Wife.  There are currently 6 seasons available and I’m on the 4th.  I can definitely relate to the main character, a woman betrayed by her husband returns to her love of her law career.  I am a litigation junkie so I love watching the court room battles and office politics.  The cast is full of strong actors with a constant string of guest actors I haven’t seen in many years.

I hope everyone is prepared for the great March Break that begins today, here in Canada.  The kids are home and the weather is unusually warm and will stay above freezing for the next week.  I’m just thrilled to bring in the new Spring season.  I’ll be doing some spring shopping this week as well!  I can’t wait to get into all the great new Spring deals!

Happy March Break my friends!  xoxo

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