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Netflix’s “Mortified Guide” is the Affirmation that we were all weird in High School.

Netflix: Mortified Guide

We’re all freaks, we’re all fragile, and we all survived.  This tagline for Netflix’s docuseries ‘Mortified Guide’  rings true for all us 30-something year old’s who can remember the awkward, angst ridden life we all lived ‘back in the day’ of our teen years and the dairy entries that accommodated those life defining moments.

The six episode series takes heed from a generalized topic such as “The Mortified Guide to Fitting In” and “The Mortified Guide to Pop Culture” among others and puts willing participants on stage, in front of a live audience, to read aloud actual diary entries written in the moments of rage, love, happiness and oblivion.

Think of it as a live action, modern day version of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

The beauty behind Mortified Guide is just how affirming it is to know that what we experienced and felt and believed all those years ago, mimics that of pretty much everyone else and that is in thanks to how Mortified Guide is presented.

This is about the celebration of our awkward years, the celebration about how inept we all really were about love and sex and family and well….pretty much life in general and the celebration of how we all saw this and interpreted it into written form.

Each of the six episodes offer plenty of standout diary moments including a re-telling of a very erotic story written about an encounter with Jon Bon Jovi in the high school corridors, a star trek obsessed lad who wrote his diary entries in the form of ‘captains logs’, one girls attempt to get popular with online fanfic readers with her clueless homo-erotic Harry Potter fan fiction and my personal favorite – episode one’s closing of two life long friends re-enacting their old MSN chats where being friend-zoned is painfully hilarious.

There’s so much warmth to this awkward humor, so much so that you’ll be encouraged to pull out your own teenage journal from the back of wardrobe and cringe a little less than the last time you read it.

And so rings true it does, the shows tagline “We’re all freaks, we’re all fragile, and we all survived.”

Mortified Guide To is now streaming on Netflix Australia



Series Review: Making a Murderer


Steven Avery, the subject of Making a Murderer

I don’t know about you guys but the crime investigation channel is probably the most watched on pay TV in this household.  Everything from shows revolving around cold murder cases, rape, hostage survivor recount stories and killer wives are set to record as they air, feeding our desire for ‘true crime’ stories.

It’s “what’s hot” right now.

Netflix, seemingly picking up on this current viewer trend, recently offered up a 10 part, one hour episode documentary series titled ‘Making a Murderer’ that literally has hundreds of thousands of viewers enraged and intrigued all at the same time.

Put together over a space of a decade, this story is so crazy and farcical that  one could mistake it for being the plot of a major Hollywood movie or scripted HBO drama that after one single episode, I knew the next 9 hours of my life would be spent binge-watching the insane tale of Steven Avery and his battle to prove his innocence.

So by now, for those who haven’t seen it, you’ve seen the #MakingAMurderer tag flood twitter (it’s what got my attention) and seen your friends talk about Steven Avery on their Facebook posts and wondered ‘should I watch?!’.

The simple answer is YES.

Kicking us off in 2003, we meet up with Wisconsin native Steven Avery who is being released from prison where he served 18 years for a sexual assault and attempted murder – that he did not commit.  A mix of family squabbles, an aggravated (and corrupt) police department and a mayor not too keen on the less-than-perfect Avery family in his town saw Steven Avery classed as the only suspect and promptly found guilty.

Ken Kratz – TV’s most hated villain of 2015/16

But things start looking up for Avery.  Determined to make a new life for himself Avery returns to the family auto yard business, he finds a girlfriend and becomes the poster child for judaical reform.  He’s even opened up a $32 million dollar lawsuit against the county for his time served, this however being at the behest of his lawyers who inform Avery to be wary about lawsuits against law enforcement as there could be repercussions.

Either way, Steven Avery is taking the road to reclaiming his life.

Then in the middle of Avery’s lawsuit, a young photographer by the name of Teresa Halbach goes missing and Avery – and his family find themselves reliving a similar nightmare.

To be clear here, the above starting from 2003….is just episode one….of ten.

I won’t reveal anymore (and I recommend to go in blind and not spoiled by a google search) but what follows over the next nine hours is some of the most mind boggling, enraging, infuriating, confusing, fist clenching, hair pulling television that will have you yelling at your TV, cringing every time District Attorney Ken Kratz opens his mouth or feeling sad for Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey who found himself drawn right into this horrible tale.  You will form opinions, you’ll change them, you’ll suddenly become the worlds best investigator and suspect everyone and constantly question items of evidence that are seen once and never heard of again.

If anything, you’ll be simply amazed at how the justice system failed Avery and how easily it was molded by those in charge to get the results wanted.

By the end of the ten hours you should have a pretty clear cut idea on Avery and Dassey’s innocence or guilt and then do your reading.  It might not make things as transparent as before.

Making a Murderer is available on Netflix Australia.


First Look at Lindsay Lohan Documentary Series

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan stars in her own documentary series titled “Lindsay”

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network has released a first look at the 9 part documentary series on troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.

The series, premiering Sunday March 9th on OWN, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice (By The People: The Election of Barack Obama), will follow movie star and media sensation Lindsay Lohan on her journey through recovery following a very public period of crisis and multiple run-ins with the law.

From the network: “Lindsay is strikingly candid about her situation and is more determined than ever to get back on her feet. In this honest, no-holds-barred account, viewers will see an intimate, unflinching look into the life of one of the world’s most sought-after celebrities.”

“Cameras follow Lindsay as she returns to New York, reunites with friends and family, and attempts to build a new life. As she works to stay on track amid the demands (and pitfalls) of fame, she opens up as never before, discussing everything from her emotional recovery process to her exhausting run-ins with the paparazzi.”

The first look promo takes us into various scenes of Lindsay’s rather crazy life from avoiding the paparazzi to being reunited with her mother Dina Lohan.  There’s a confrontation with her father Michael Lohan and even a view from those filming the series and the issues faced in working with Lindsay herself.

Oprah even gets in on the action, getting face to face with the star and telling her to “cut the bullshit”

Check out the video trailer below courtesy of Clevver TV