Ozark Officially Renewed For Season 2

Variety – “Ozark” has been renewed for Season 2 at Netflix, Variety has learned.

Like the first, the second season will consist of 10 episodes. The series follows financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and his wife Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney). Without warning, Marty relocates the family from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme puts him in the crosshairs of a Mexican drug lord.

Good news in TV land for your boy. Ozark has officially been renewed for Season 2. I feel like this show has gone under-the-radar and has not gotten the credit it deserves. It came out last month to not a lot of publicity. Ozark tells the story of how Marty forces his family to move to the Ozark Mountains after a deal with the cartel goes awry.

The first thing you’re thinking is “this sounds like Breaking Bad.” Yes, it does. My theory is it’s Breaking Bad mixed with Season 1 of Bloodline. That being said, is there anything wrong with being compared to Breaking Bad? Breaking Bad is one of the best shows of all-time so being in the same sentence is an honor. Ozark is like a JV Breaking Bad and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. No need to be a hardo and say “It’s a breaking bad rip off!” No it’s not and you’d know that if you watched.

You also have the similarity of Bryan Cranston and Jason Bateman making the switch to dramas. Bryan Cranston was Hal from Malcolm In The Middle and Jason Bateman was Michael Bluth from Arrested Development (Goatish comedy). Bateman is no Walter White, but he actually did a really solid job. Bateman has this snarky side to him as well in the show. The “I’m going to do what I want because I don’t give a shit” type of attitude. Also really ironic that he’s now laundering money but didn’t know there was money in the banana stand.

I liked Ozark. It kept me entertained from start to finish. I love crime / thrilling shows that take weird twists and turns. I can’t say I predicted a lot of the things that happened. If were being honest, wasn’t the biggest fan of the final minutes of the finale, but that’s only because they wanted to set up a Season 2. If you’re looking for a show on the Flix, definitely give Ozark a watch.

I’m adding this just cause I can’t write about Jason Bateman and not mention Arrested Development. There’s always money in the banana stand.

The Keepers: Murder, Deception, And The Quest For Justice

Netflix and true crime are a match made in heaven. First, there was Making A Murderer. Now, there’s The Keepers.

The newest binge-worthy addition to the true crime saga is The Keepers, which premiered last Friday on Netflix. I remember watching the trailer when it first came out and I knew I was hooked from the start. The big question that the series tries to answer is this: Who Killed Sister Cathy Cesnik?

Let’s get into a little backstory. The plot sounds like a murder movie script. You actually think to yourself that this can’t happen. Think again. Cathy Cesnik was a 26 year old nun / teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960s. On November 7, 1969, Sister Cathy disappeared only to be found lying dead in a dump on January 3, 1970. Sister Cathy was murdered, but by who?

It’s now May 24, 2017, and the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik is still unsolved. So there’s your series. Let’s try to solve the murder of Sister Cathy.

Turns out there’s more. A LOT more. Buckle up, it gets worse. Way worse.

You quickly soon learn that real backstory of the murder is a what went on behind closed doors at the high school involving one of the priests, Joseph Maskell. Simply put, Joseph Maskell was a horrible man and I think I’m being nice by just using “horrible” to describe him. You start to learn about a history of abuse at the school by Father Maskell and how many victims / former students come out and believe that there was a cover up by the Baltimore Church and Police Dept. in regards to Sister Cathy’s murder. The sense that you get is Sister Cathy knew what was going on, Maskell did not want the information regarding his abuse to get out, and took the necessary steps to rid Sister Cathy out of the equation. Remember how I said this sounded like a movie script? Well, it’s a real-life, disgusting nightmare that makes me sick to my stomach.

As you get more frustrated with the Church and Police as the series goes on, you start to see that this documentary is really the story of strong women and their resilience. You meet Gemma and Abbie, the women who refuse to give up and seek justice for Sister Cathy and Joyce Maleki, another murder you learn about that might have a connection to Cathy’s murder. You go on a gut-wrenching journey with Jane Doe, an abuse victim who has had to carry the burden of pain and regret throughout her whole life. You’ll meet other abuse victims and friends of Sister Cathy who like Jane Doe, still struggle to rid themselves of the horrible memories with Father Maskell.

Whenever I watch a powerful show like this, I always ask myself what will come of it upon airing. I know that there is a good possibility there won’t be a happy ending such as justice for Sister Cathy and Joyce Maleki. But are silver linings possible? I think there can be. In fact, this just happened the other day. In response to the series, the Baltimore Police created an online form for people to report sex offense allegations. A small win for an uphill battle, but it’s a start.

I leave you with the idea of dead ends. The Keepers proves that dead ends exist and they’re a real bitch. It’s really easy to give up, call it a day, and sweep things under the rug. Not for these women. Not for these persistent and inspiring women. These women won’t give up.

The series is only 7 episodes, but the story will go on until justice is served.

 

I Found Your New Show To Binge-Watch During The Holidays: The OA

I just want to get this out of the way before I continue.

I am in a mental pretzel right now. Holy Shit.

So this weekend, I wasn’t feeling that well. Thanks, head cold. No big deal. I’m a warrior. Anyway, since I was snowed in and not feeling well, I decided to watch a new Netflix show that was released on Friday called The OA. Now, I knew absolutely NOTHING about this show going into it. I watched the above trailer and I still had so many questions. Regardless, I decided to give it a shot.

After I watched the pilot, I was hooked and I mean sucked in. I’m talking about one of the best pilots I have seen in awhile. It was that good and it made you walk away and say “What the fuck just happened? But I need to watch more.” What a move by The OA. They did close to nothing to promote it. The trailer came out earlier this week and reviews couldn’t even come out until the show premiered last Friday. Just a preposterous move on the creators part, but I think it will pay off once this show spreads like wildfire.

I’m not going to give away spoilers, but here is my basic synopsis of what the show is about. Prairie Johnson is the lead character who has returned home after going missing for 7 years. When her parents find her, Prairie now calls herself The OA. Pretty simple stuff so far? Well what I didn’t mention is that Prairie was blind before she went missing. Now she can see. How?

If you think that’s surprising, you ain’t seen nothing yet. When The OA returns, she is baffled and delirious, mentioning that she wants to get back to someone called Homer. The OA won’t talk to the FBI, but she decides to tell her story to 5 strangers, each one with their own backstory and specific reasoning for being there. From there, The OA tells her story in a series of flashbacks of how she went missing and what really happened when she was gone. I’ll stop there because I don’t want to give too much away.

I’ll be honest. It’s really hard to give you a summary without giving too much away but I promise you that you will be engrossed in the pilot. It will leave you wanting more. This show makes you think and question your own morals and beliefs. It’s weird, it’s suspenseful, and its downright confusing, but it’s addicting. I swear it’s addicting. 2016 is the year of Sci-fi. Stranger Things, Westworld, Black Mirror, Arrival, and now The OA.

I can’t hype this show up anymore. Even after the ending, I’m so confused but I need more because I want my questions to be answered and you will too. It’s a bunch of actors and actresses that you probably never heard of, but you’ll get to grow with their characters for the 8 episodes.

Give The OA a chance. I know most of you need a new show to watch for the holidays. It’s 8 episodes. I finished it in just over a day. You will not regret watching this show. Do it. Plus, I’m dying to talk about it with people so watch it and hit me up.

The Amanda Knox Documentary Reminded Me That This Could Happen To Anyone And That Scares Me

Who killed Meredith Kercher?

 

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Netflix

Last night, I decided to watch Amanda Knox on Netflix and it not disappoint. For a refresher, Amanda Knox was an American student who was charged with the 2007 murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher, in Perguia, Italy. Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who was also charged with murder, spent almost four years in prison before they were acquitted in 2011. After an Italian appeals court recharged Knox and Sollecito in 2014, Italy’s Supreme Court overturned the murder convictions, officially closing the case. Watch the powerful trailer for the documentary below.

****If you wish to watch the documentary before hearing what I have to say so you can form your own opinion first, stop reading right now.****

Powerful, tense trailer for a spine-tingling and gut-wrenching documentary. First and foremost, true crime movies/ documentaries are at an all-time high. Making a Murderer, OJ: Made in America and The Jinx all proved that you don’t need to make up an elaborate story to generate interest. Give people real life stories with real life people. Have the viewers feel the raw emotion of the characters and make them decide what to believe. Amanda Knox was no different.

It was hard to remember some of the details going into the documentary, but I knew who Amanda Knox was and I bet you had at least heard of her name, too. I totally forgot about the third suspect, Rudy Guede, and how he is the only one out of the three that is still in jail. Well now you get her side of the story with input from Raffaele Sollecito, the lead Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, journalist Nick Pisa, and more. You really get to see how people from different perspectives, whether involved in the case or as a spectator, viewed this terrible tragedy and the crazy aftermath that followed.

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Knox and Sollecito, 2007. Telegraph

I had two takeaways from this documentary. The first one is the realistic ramifications of the saga. THIS STORY COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE! Girl studies abroad. Girl meets local boy. Girl falls in love. Girl gets caught up in bad situation. Girls gets scared by police in foreign country. Girl ends up in jail. It doesn’t have even have to be a girl. It could be a boy in this situation. This is obviously a horror story, but it is a horror story that could happen to anyone. Imagine being jailed in a foreign country with an ocean separating from you and your family? I have never spent time in jail, but I can’t even think about doing time in a foreign jail without getting a sick feeling in my stomach. It’s scary to comprehend. It’s easy to get into a bad situation. It’s hard to get out of one.

I studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the Spring of 2014. During this time, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of murder again by an appeals court.  Although Florence is about 2 hours north of Perguia, this new trial was being held in Florence. I wasn’t located near the courthouse so I won’t say I was on the front lines of battle, but it was still crazy to think that the trial of a murder that happened seven years ago was still relevant in the very city that I was staying in.

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Meredith Kercher

The second biggest takeaway is how the media can shape a case. If you watch the documentary, you will see how things spun out of control. Nick Pisa talked about how this case became juicier and juicer for the media to cover. The questionable myspace pictures, the nickname “Foxy Knoxy,” Knox’s journal in prison, etc. It became a race to write the best scoops or catchy headlines in order to beat out the competition. I understand that journalists have to report on what they are being given. That’s there job, and I understand that they have to do it to the best of their ability. That being said, does a line have to be drawn somewhere? Two people in their early 20s are struggling in jail while the general public is reading details of private diary that included a list of Knox’s lovers. An innocent girl lost her life, but all we care about is how Amanda was kissing her boyfriend the next day. Whether you believe them or not, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito lost eight years of their life. How can they get those years back? Knox is literally fighting for her life, and some outlets said that Knox “could use hair and makeup, but I guess you don’t get that in jail.” Wait, what? Just another example of how the media can get crazy and take things too far.

A 21 year old student was brutally murdered. A family is left to wonder if they will ever get justice for their deceased daughter. Frankly, I don’t think we will ever find out who truly killed Meredith Kercher. Sometimes, you just have to take a step back and put things into perspective.

Go watch Amanda Knox and decide one thing: Innocent or guilty?

 

If Brendan Dassey Does Not Get Out Of Prison, I Will Break Him Out Myself

#FreeDassey

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Variety – Wisconsin is appealing the overturned conviction of “Making a Murderer” subject Brendan Dasseyin relation to the murder of Teresa Halbach.

“We believe the magistrate judge’s decision that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced by investigators, and that no reasonable court could have concluded otherwise, is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said. “Two state courts carefully examined the evidence and properly concluded that Brendan Dassey’s confession to sexually assaulting and murdering Teresa Halbach with his uncle, Steven Avery, was voluntary, and the investigators did not use constitutionally impermissible tactics.”

Dassey, 26, was a teen when he was convicted in 2007, along with his uncle Steven Avery, of murdering Halbach in 2005. Dassey is sentenced to 41 years in prison on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree sexual assault, and mutilation of a corpse in the Manitowoc County case. He turns 27 on Oct. 19.

FREE DASSEY! FREE DASSEY!

As a surprise to no one, the state of Wisconsin has decided to appeal the the overturned conviction of Brendan Dassey in the murder of Teresa Halbach. Here’s what I would say to Wisconsin:

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Credit: Giphy

Screw you, Wiscy court system. Let Brendan go. I obviously watched Making A Murder. One of the best documentary’s I have ever seen. I believe that Steven Avery is innocent, but I could see your argument if you thought he was guilty. He stalked Halbach and was a weird guy around her and that’s just a fact. I still don’t think there was enough evidence to convict him and it was definitely a witch hunt to just blame it on the outsider of Manitowoc County.

But if you think Brendan Dassey knowingly killed Teresa Halbach, then you’re on banana land! There is ABSOLUTELY NO SHOT that this poor kid could hurt a fly, let alone murder an innocent woman. No fucking shot he did this. At least Steven had good legal counsel from the getko. Brendan did NOT stand a chance in the case thanks to this man, Len Kachinsky.

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Kick rocks, Len. The fact that you tried to get this poor, scared, and mentally unstable kid to confess to a murder he didn’t commit is baffling and a fucking sin. What lawyer tells their client to take a deal and plead guilty from the very beginning?………. I’m still waiting. I’ll tell you who, an idiot does that. It’s a goddamn shame that Dassey is in jail.

I understand that Making A Murderer really only took one side of the spectrum. Avery and Dassey were the innocent and the prosecution were the enemy. I totally get that. I did my own research and saw some of the stuff that was not in the documentary. Avery threatened his ex wife and family, he wrote threatening letters, and two of the calls that Halbach received the day of her murder were *67, leading some to believe it was Avery. Taking all of this in, whether you believe Avery did it or not, Avery did not get a fair trial from the start.

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Credit: PBS

But once again, Dassey got taken down with Avery after he was bullied into confessing something he didn’t do. Everyone and their mother could tell that Brendan is mentally unstable and truly is a puppy dog. He will say anything to avoid confrontation, and as fucked up as it is, he will say that he took part in a murder. But I’m glad that a judge in today’s society overturned his conviction because that judge had a brain and a pair of eyes and could see that Brendan was innocent. Praying that this kid gets out and once that domino falls, Steven Avery will get out of prison, too.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JUST MOVE OUT OF MANITOWOC WHEN YOU GET OUT!!!!

#GetBrendanToWrestleMania

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