Monday, February 5, 2018

New Year, New You : Shows You Need To See For 2018

The thing that is great about the new year are the opportunities for new experiences. There is nothing like a new year to make a person feel like they could do more with their life, experience more, or try more things that they have resisted the year previous. Sometimes, it is the champagne talking or maybe it's that kiss at midnight before you realize your coach is about to turn into a pumpkin that it suddenly dawns on you; you've been given another year to make a change in my life that means something to me.

What ends up happening in the new year is an influx of these people at bookstores and gyms making a concerted effort to make the actual change they seek. Some are running more, others are reading more. Still others are going to bed early or spending more time with their kids. It's admirable really, when we look at ourselves as humans who are capable of real change, to realize that variety is the key to keeping things fresh.

That's why in January of 2018, I decided to dedicate myself to try new things and mix them up with some of my favorites. I look at it this way. If I vowed to go to the gym everyday and didn't allow at least one cheat day, my goal to watch new stuff would never happen and I'd be watching Breaking Bad on repeat night in and night out. Below are the shows I am most anticipating this year.

The Cloverfield Paradox - Now Streaming 

In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.

Everything Sucks! - February 16th 

A quirky, funny coming of age story that follows two groups of high school misfits, Everything Sucks! follows an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy (American FableThe Captive) and Jahi Winston (The New Edition Story) as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil, with Patch Darragh (Sully, Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Grimm) as their respective parents. The series also features Sydney Sweeney (“Emaline”), Elijah Stevenson (“Oliver”), Quinn Liebling (“Tyler”) and Rio Mangini 

Mute - February 23rd 

Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source CodeWarcraft) imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Season 2 - March 30th

Based on the internationally best selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), season two of the Netflix original series plunges further into the epic world of this darkly comedic mystery. Executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler - the new season of A Series of Unfortunate Events consists of ten cinematic one-hour episodes, and premieres worldwide spring 2018, exclusively on Netflix. Starring Emmy and Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. Foiling his many dastardly plans and disguises, the young siblings discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death, links to a covert organization, and begin to unlock long-held family secrets. Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith, Patrick Warburton and K. Todd Freeman (among others) return for season two. New additions to the cast include (but are not limited to) Lucy Punch, Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale, Sara Rue and Roger Bart.

Altered Carbon - Now Available 

Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Premieres March 8th 

Disclaimer : This post was brought to you by Netflix and my relationship with them as a #StreamTeam influencer. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

What Netflix Taught Me This Year

Disclaimer : This post was brought to you by Netflix and my relationship with them as a #StreamTeam influencer. All opinions expressed are my own. 

This year marked a tumultuous time in America with politics changing the way we view the world, igniting the fire in many of us to resist, speaking out for those who have suffered, and seeking the good in others who are trying to restore this nation to the America our forefathers envisioned. While some may believe that they are making America great again, in essence they have found us resisting change and holing up for the impending failure.

And when things became really difficult to face there was Netflix, there to teach us valuable lessons about the people and values we cherish as humans on this Earth. Each month, I learned something new about what truly matters. These shows have taught me lessons about the good and bad in all people and how to move past that in 2018.

12 Months of Learning 

1. Sometimes, it seems life is just A Series of Unfortunate Events. We must sometimes deal with adversity against the Count Olafs of the world.  Just remember, when you face evil, you must resist.


2. Everyone faces their own personal demons. Some linger in The Mist waiting to confront us and others take us by surprise. Finding the trust in the most unlikely allies can make us stronger.


3. There's some scary stuff out there especially Stranger Things 2. When reality seems like The Upsidedown, we'll find strength in others. It's important to find friends that you know have your back.


4. We've had our own children grow up making our homes a Fuller House. Have faith in the next generations because they are trying to figure it out just like we were when we were their age.


5. Teaching the next generation that All You Need is Love will be more important than ever. In Beat Bugs through music, we can express how important the love for others can impact our innermost feelings.


6. Close friends are important to your well being especially when your boy or Girl Meets World. Find some and don't let go of them. Let them know just how important they are to your life so there isn't a question about how you feel.


7. Not all of us are destined to be great Trollhunters. Sometimes our fate finds us because there is something inside us that needs to be discovered even if we doubt our calling.


8. None of us are normal. Many of us are Atypical. Embrace the differences in others and defend their honor. Stand up for what is right and accept others despite their differences. .


9. The things that make us human can sometimes be our downfall. As great as technology can be, relationships with people, not machines are the most important aspect of human life.


10. A friendship that makes you joyous is the only kind you should have. It should be based on mutual respect, an ability to go out of your way for that person, and above all a person who will support you through it all.


11. Not all of us have superpowers but we can all be Defenders for what is right. Sometimes, it may mean that we have to run through a brick wall to get there.


12. When life has you up Schitt's Creek, look to your family for support. Sure they have their quirks but they are there to help you succeed.


What did you learn this year from Netflix? Share a lesson from your favorite show on Netflix. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Punches It's Way onto Blu-Ray

FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Warner Bros. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. #sponsored 

Remember when your dad was just an ordinary guy who didn't want to conquer the world? Lloyd Garmadon doesn't and it makes this seemingly ordinary teen's life anything but ordinary. Everyone hates Garmadon because he ruins everything.

In the LEGO NINJAGO movie now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray, Lloyd Garmadon (voiced by Dave Franco) has to fight off his own dad almost every day under the disguise of the Green Ninja. The Green Ninja is beloved by the entire city for defending their honor. But despite all the accolades, the  worst thing is, his dad doesn't even know he exists.

Lloyd isn't sure what his mom was thinking when she met his dad. She thought when he said that he "wanted to conquer the world together" she didn't realize that he actually meant THE WORLD. And what turned out to not be a figure of speech ultimately split them apart because she wanted more to life than just the world.

Featuring voice talents like Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as Lord Garmadon, and Olivia Munn as Lloyd's mom, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is a kung-fu movie told only as LEGO can. With jokes for the adults and plenty of humor for the kids, it's a family movie you'll want to gift for the holidays.  Find out how Lloyd and his dad work out their problems and come together by owning your own copy of LEGO NINJAGO Movie on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray today!

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