Every generation faces a struggle between doing what’s right and what feels right.
For our parents, it was MTV.
For their parents, it was “The Brady Bunch”.
For their parents, it was radio shows or riding in a horse and buggy or something.
For us, it’s Netflix or homework?
With final exams approaching at a Grim-Reaper-impending-doom pace, hitting the books might sound like a good idea — but binge watching sounds better. Here at College Times, we say, “Why not both?”
Grab some snacks, a bottle of 24-Hour-Energy, a remote and your textbooks — they make good pillows! It is time to “studywatch” your way through finals.
If you’re taking a law and ethics class, you’ve suffered enough this semester. Memorizing cases, dates and laws can be tricky, but it seems so much easier when Reese Witherspoon does it as the uber-perky Elle Woods. Practice your “bend and snap,” familiarize yourself with the rules of perms and when your friends ask how you got an A, just purr, “What? Like it’s hard?”
How you ended up in this class is beyond you. The semester is over; do you even know what anthropology means? Hint: It has something to do with the science and development of humans. Forget about mankind and see how animals do it better. But wait! Is there subtext in the separation between predator and prey? What about Judy Hopps’ power as a female bunny cop? Eh, forget about it! Isn’t Shakira great as a singing gazelle?
“The Lizzie McGuire Movie”
Lizzie McGuire deals with culture clash better than anyone else on an eighth grade trip to Rome. Everything you need to know about Italy is reduced to a few travel montages, but who can forget that dance number at the end? Make sure to take notes when Lizzie meets Paolo at the Trevi Fountain — not on foreign relations in the younger generation, but on her denim fashion choices.
If you missed out on this “Best Picture” winner last year, it’s time to catch up. Remember, it’s not “procrastination”, it’s “studying.” The movie is about the Boston Globe’s investigative team catching wind of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Whether you focus on the details of the journalists’ discoveries, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams’ impressive performances or how cool the movie makes journalism look, it definitely won’t fail at teaching you something.
Okay, so this movie is less about Jane Austen’s writing process and more about Anne Hathaway running around in period piece clothing. However, any “Pride and Prejudice” fan can appreciate how much of Austen’s personal life inspires her most famous novel — and the overall dreaminess of James McAvoy.
“Charlie St. Cloud”
How is Zac Efron able to play baseball with his deceased little brother every afternoon? How does he fall in love with a ghost? How does he get accepted into Stanford University? These questions can only be answered by science. Instead of studying biology or organic chemistry, try to decide how this is possible … even in a movie. If you still don’t get it, watch it again.