Binging on Break: A beginner’s guide


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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With the stressful week of midterms behind us, the best part of the semester is just days away: spring break. Spring break is the best way to let off steam and travel the world, but most of us are broke and can’t afford a vacation to Cancun. The best way to let off steam without drinking yourself silly is binging everything that the internet has to offer. Once the disappointment of your failures wears off, there’s plenty of movies and TV shows on Netflix, and plenty of new music that allows you to let off steam and potentially console yourself as you realize you need a 127% on the final exam to get an A in Physics.

 

Movies on Netflix

 

“Million Dollar Baby” is one of the saddest, most dramatic films offered on Netflix. The best picture winner of 2004 follows Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a female boxer looking to be the greatest. When she finds the trainer, Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), she practically begs him to train her. Once she proves successful, the two set off to achieve Fitzgerald’s dreams of being the best female boxer in the world. The friendship that develops between the two leads is heartwarming, moving, and heartbreaking all at the same time. “Million Dollar Baby” stands as one of the greatest movies I have ever seen and is a perfect movie to watching coming fresh off of exams.

 

When Disney’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was announced, I was taken on a behemoth of a nostalgia trip. Roald Dahl’s riveting book about the unlikely friendship between a giant who is labeled as an outcast because he’s too friendly and a young orphan girl was my favorite book growing up as a child. The two unlikely heroes go on wacky adventures and ultimately have to stop the mean, children-eating giants from invading the human world. “The BFG” lives up to all of the expectations set by millennials everywhere and stands as a great movie to watch with your family, or even a significant other who is as tired of watching action movies as the other is of watching romantic comedies.

 

TV shows on Netflix

 

The story of the O.J. Simpson trial is one of the most interesting stories stemming from American history, and “American Crime Story: the People vs. OJ” tells the story iin a way that is engaging to all audiences. Acting as more of a history lesson brought to life by the amazing directors and producers of American Horror Story, “The People vs OJ” tells the tale of the OJ Simpson double-homicide trial, and how his lawyers maneuvered the scenario to their own advantage. With a star-studded cast consisting of heavy hitters such as Sarah Paulson, John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr, this show is one of the most bingeable shows on Netflix and provides a unique insight to the racism of the LAPD in the era, as well as the corruption of the lawyers.

 

New Releases in Music

 

Lupe Fiasco’s “DROGAS Light” was released in February, but really fell under the radar to much bigger releases of the month. Fiasco returns to drop his signature style of flow paired with smart-but-controversial rhymes. Although the album is outshined by his best albums such as “Food and Liquor II” and “Tetsuo & Youth,” Fiasco newest edition shows off his talent as a rapper by bringing his unique style back to the light. Highlighted by tracks such as “Jump” and “Wild Child,” “DROGAS Light” is a unique contribution to a genre that has become filled with flow-less, repetitive artists.

 

Temple’s “Volcano” brings a new, psychedelic indie-rock sound that is unlike anything else the industry has to offer. With technological innovations coming to the music scene, “Volcano” stands as a powerhouse of a follow up to the band’s 2014 release “Sun Structures.” After the album, I was unable to switch music until the album was completed. “Volcano” is a unique album that is great for both background music and binge-listening alike.

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