13 Reasons Why You Should Just Watch 'The Get Down'

13 Reasons Why You Should Just Watch 'The Get Down'

Netflix's sorely overlooked masterpiece is being left behind yet again.

With the new show "13 Reasons Why" arriving on Netflix within a week of Part 2 of "The Get Down," one of Netflix's most innovative shows has once again been swept under the rug. The first part of "The Get Down" premiered at the same time as "Stranger Things" and is still being left in the shadow of other Netflix series without any of the credit it deserves. So, in honor of the second part of season one's premiere, here are thirteen reasons you should binge "The Get Down" before anything else:

1. The plot.

There are a dozen storylines in "The Get Down," with everything from romance and crime to big dreamers and rebellious teenagers, but they're all interconnected by the central characters and their relationships to themselves and to their futures.

2. The aesthetic.

If you liked the style and look of movies like "The Great Gatsby," "Moulin Rouge," or "Romeo + Juliet," you'll want to watch "The Get Down." All three movies were directed by the director of this show, Baz Luhrmann, and the colorful, loud, rapid and magical feeling essential to his work is just as prominent here. The show is just gorgeous to look at.

3. The music.

"The Get Down" is essentially a hip-hop musical, since it centers around the creation of hip-hop and the dreams of a team of boys about to create a new style of music and a young soon-to-be disco star. The show is filled with original songs as their dreams begin to take shape. Also, not coincidentally, stars from Broadway's famous hip-hop musical, "Hamilton," appear throughout, so it's always exciting to spot them.

4. The characters.

Every character in "The Get Down" is worth writing about, since even the minor ones are given full stories and fleshed out characters, but my personal favorites are Mylene and Dizzee, mainly because they are so hopeful and have such bright dreams for their future. Other characters like Zeke, Shao, Yolanda and Regina are also fan favorites, but each character that appears on screen has some level of development and gives the show its bright, charismatic color.

5. The new look at coming of age stories.

Most recent coming of age stories center around the average suburban teen trying to make it through high school (like a certain recent Netflix release), but "The Get Down" is able to take the coming of age story and place it in the hands of young black and Latino artists in 1970s Bronx as a cultural and artistic revolution is taking place, giving that classic idea of teens finding their place in the world a new, creative look.

6. The history.

"The Get Down" is not simply a work of fiction. It is based in the real history of the creation of hip-hop and the Bronx of the 1970s. The show is filled with real footage from the 1970s used to set the scene and has characters react to actual historical events, like the blackout of 1977, which becomes a major plot point in the first part of the season.

7. The high energy.

Everything from the music to the story to the cinematography offers this bright and exciting energy that rarely dies down, so every moment feels like a dance and has a beat, leaving you still feeling it after you finish every episode.

8. The humor.

This show has some hilarious one-liners and quotable moments. I don't want to spoil any of them, but Zeke and Shao's fight and the entire crayon scenario are golden.

9. The writing.

The point of view character, Zeke, is a poet, so naturally all of the writing is as beautiful and over the top as possible. The dialogue is natural and funny most of the time, but then the writers will conjure up moments like Zeke saying he feels "calm almost like how God must be calm, you know, Mylene? Calm from loving," so writers especially should consider watching and learning this.

10. The costumes.

The 1970s setting brings some incredible outfits in the worst and best ways. Mylene's dresses are to die for.

11. The cast.

Many of the central characters are played by actors who were not so well-known before the show's release and who bring something really special to the show. It does feature some bigger names like Jimmy Smits and Jaden Smith, who are incredible, too, but the lesser known actors help emphasize the idea of kids trying to make it in the world.

12. The hopeful outlook.

This show has such a bright outlook, even in the worst situations, that so many current shows and characters in media lack. Through whatever hardships it has its characters go through, there's an overwhelmingly hopeful feeling to the show that is so refreshing.

13. The run-length.

The show only has eleven episodes at this point, so it's easy to start and finish. The first episode is film-length, but don't let it discourage you, because it's definitely worth it once you've started.

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75 Last-Minute College Halloween Costume Ideas

To all the procrastinators out there: I got you.

Halloween is only a few days away and is a time to have fun getting dressed up as practically anything you want to be. This year, the college gods have blessed us by putting Halloween on a Saturday and if you’re not a freshman, you know what that means: two nights of fun and two different costumes!

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Now if you obsess over Halloween like I do, you probably plan your costume months in advance and wait around until it’s finally time to wear it. Kudos to your crafty self for not procrastinating! But maybe you’re more of a last-minute type of person who scrambles to find a costume the day before Halloween. Or maybe you’re the type of person who wears normal street clothes when you go out on Halloween because you “couldn’t think of anything.” Here are 70 worthy costume options I’ve seen throughout this year's picking process that I would love to see people sporting on Saturday. Feel free to adapt any of these ideas and make them your own!

1. Ginger Bread Man

If you're a red head and I see you dressed like this, I'm buying you a drink.

2. Brawny Man

Nothing's manlier than paper towels.

3. Rosie The Riveter

Girl power.

4. Elmer’s Glue

People will be stuck on you all night!

5. Ned Flanders

6. Ceiling Fan

7. Laziest of the Lazy

Even this is better than wearing no costume at all.

8. Regina George

9. Beanie Baby

How to do it: dress up as any animal you want and wear a paper TY sign around your neck. Easy!

10. Heisenberg

Or, even better, if you happen to own a burger suit, wear it with the hat and glasses and be Heisenburger.

11. When Life Hands You Lemons

Lazy, cheap, and clever. What can be better?

12. Dancing Twins Emoji

13. Bank Emoji

14. Nudist On Strike

Nothing says lazy and last-minute like this!

15. Margarita

16. Franzia

And yes, that is me sophomore year.

17. Sim Getting Out of the Shower

18. Strawberry

Red dress + paper cutouts = this sweet costume!

19. Pineapple

A yellow dress and green paper is all you need!

20. M&Ms

21. Wayne & Garth

Party time! Excellent!

22. Blue & Steve

23. Dora the Explorer

Just please don't make it slutty.

24. Hot Rod

25. Game Boy

26. Reggie Rocket

27. Ace Ventura

28. Energizer Bunny

Keep the party going!

29. Crayon

30. Sriracha

Add a little spice to everyone's night.

31. Dilbert

32. Dexter and His Victim

33. Spice Rack

At least one person might think it's funny?

34. Bamm Bamm & Pebbles

35. Curious George & The Man in the Yellow Hat

AKA one of the cutest things I've seen in a while.

36. Ice Cream Cone

37. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy

What's better than wearing slippers all night?

38. Lilo and Stitch

39. Kermit the Frog

40. Blair and Serena

XOXO, Gossip Girl.

41. Cat & Dog

For you and your inseparable friend.

42. Spongebob & Patrick

43. Damien from Mean Girls

44. Teletubbies

45. Deviled Egg

46. Pacman Ghost

47. Clueless

48. Miss Universe

Just wear galaxy print and a homemade sash!

49. Cereal Killer

50. Almond Joy and Mounds

Relationship goals amirite?

51. Tom Hanks and Wilson from Castaway

52. Most Interesting Man in the World and Dos Equis

53. Bud Light Year

54. Drunk 1 and Drunk 2

Just be honest with everyone.

55. Pinata

I wouldn't recommend wearing this if it's supposed to rain. I learned that lesson the hard way freshman year.

56. Ash and Pikachu

57. Cruella De Ville and Dalmatian

58. Loofah

Bonus: it doubles as something to sleep on in case you don't make it to your bed.

59. Beer

60. Troll Doll

Your childhood nightmares turned into a costume.

61. Garth & Kat from SNL

62. Target Lady from SNL

63. Moaning Myrtle

64. Death Eater

65. Napoleon Dynamite Characters

66. Taco Bell Sauce Packets

67. Candy Corn

68. Solo Cup

69. Gum Ball Machine

70. Skeleton

71. Cuzco from Emperor's New Groove

72. Darla from Finding Nemo

73. T.J. and Spinelli from Recess

74. Kim Possible

Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.

75. Russell & Mr. Fredrickson from "Up"

There you go! Now you have 75 potential costume options, so if you still go out in normal clothes, you'll have to tell people the real reason you're not dressed up: you're lazy. I hope these inspire at least someone and I'd love to see these being rocked this weekend!

Happy Halloween!

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Despite Venomous Reviews From Critics, 'Venom' Has Merged Its Way Into Viewers' Hearts

Even if you've read the bad reviews, I believe in still giving things a chance.


Warning: There are spoilers for "Venom" ahead.

I recently went and saw "Venom" in theaters. I quite enjoyed the movie. Tom Hardy was the perfect fit for the role and did an amazing job. However, it seems as though not everyone was a fan. The movie received a score of 30 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.

I thought the storyline held together, the humor was well used and the characters were perfect. Overall, it certainly felt like your average origin movie — one that leaves you waiting for more. I'll admit, the storyline is a bit cliché, but then again, isn't every origin story? It still held its own and made it work.

The movie centers around Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who ends up accidentally bonding with a symbiote — aka Venom. The story then follows his fight with this life form that has become a part of him.

The story begins with a space exploration by the Life Foundation. We find out that they are bringing life forms back from their trips to space. Their ship, however, explodes. One of the capsules containing the life form gets lost, while the rest they manage to recover.

We learn more about the life forms, which they call symbiotes. The goal is to get them to bond with humans, as they need an oxygen-breathing host to survive. However, the human's body often rejects the bond, unable to handle it, and in turn, dying.

Eddie Brock goes in search of answers after being approached by Dora Skirth, one of the scientists from the Life Foundation. After breaking the glass and trying to free a homeless lady he knows, the symbiote that was trying to bond with her moves onto him. Eddie struggles for a while, trying to figure out what is inside of him and how it works, and also just trying to stay alive. He receives some help from his former fiance, Anne Weying, and her current boyfriend, Dr. Dan Lewis.

After some more battles, as Eddie is chased by CEO Carlton Drake and his men, we reach the final scene. Eddie learns that a symbiote named Riot has bonded with Drake. He was the one that was lost at the beginning and has made his way there by jumping from body to body. Venom, having grown to understand and enjoy human life through Eddie, warns him that they must stop Riot from bringing more symbiotes to earth — as they would devour and destroy the human race.

The fight had me anxious, rooting for Venom and hoping for the best. He manages to blow up Riot, seemingly dying along with him as he protects Eddie from the fire. But a little while later, while Eddie is talking with Anne, we learn that Venom is alive and still bonded to Eddie.

As Eddie leaves, he talks to Venom. He tells him that if he is going to stick around, he can't just kill and bites the heads off people — that they have to work together and the only time he is allowed to fight is when it comes to bad guys, which they encounter right after at a corner store where a man is robbing the place.

The post-credit scene shows Eddie visiting a jail, having returned to the journalism field, to interview serial killer Cletus Kasady. It ends before we get any information. However, I looked it up and learned that he is the host of a symbiote called Carnage.

It is strange to me that a lot of people didn't enjoy the film. Richard Roeper wrote an article on the film for the Chicago Sun-Times, saying it was a, "A tone-deaf, uneven and maddeningly dumb clunker that never settles on an identity, all the way to the closing credits."

Another article, written by Michael Rougeau for Gamespot, said, "'Venom' has all the ingredients of a decent superhero movie — 10 or 15 years ago. With spotty CGI, poorly drawn characters, tonal inconsistency including forced "edginess" and awkward humor, sidelined female characters and even cringeworthy licensed musical cues, it feels like a relic from the distant, pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe past." This is followed by a chart that lists off what he feels are the good and bad aspects of the movie.

I don't find myself agreeing with either review, but maybe I'm just easier to please. I don't overanalyze movies as much as others probably do. I think my only problem was thinking about Spider-Man. I love Venom bonded to Eddie, so it's hard for me to picture the transition and direction they would take if and when they brought in Spider-Man.

For me, I believe that "Venom" held its own and lived up to expectations. Despite the negative reviews, it wormed its way into my heart. Luckily, I am not alone, as there were still a decent amount of people who enjoyed the movie.

Commonsensemedia.org had some good reviews from parents. One stated, "Venom is a great comic adaptation. I really like what they did with the character and the story. I thought the film was done well. The special effects are pretty good. I thought the characters were cast well, and overall I just enjoyed it."

Another positive reviewer wrote, "Absolutely AMAZING! Best action, actors, humor and stunning CGI! A successful movie without the use of sexual scenes." I liked this because it is true. I feel like a lot of movies nowadays usually have a sex component to them. This movie had none. There was one scene where it was implied, but that was it.

I certainly recommend seeing the movie if you already haven't. Even if you've read the bad reviews, I believe in still giving things a chance. You never know how you will end up feeling!

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