5 Movies To Watch On Netflix

5 Movies To Watch On Netflix

Movies for that perfect lazy day.
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Whether it be because the weather is not perfect, you do not feel well, or you just feel like having a lazy day, popping on a movie on Netflix is always an option. If you are anything like me, you will spend half an hour going through titles because you want to see something new, but you always end up rewatching an old favorite. Well, here is a list of five movies currently on Netflix to help shorten your search!

1. Spotlight.

Spotlight depicts the reporters at the Boston Globe as they work to uncover the wrongdoings of the Catholic church surrounding the cover up of multiple cases of child molestation performed by priests. This movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and many other fantastic actors. Spotlight is an intriguing recount of actual events that occurred in Massachusetts. This movie specifically interested me because my parents remembered a lot of what had occurred and recognized the names flashing across the screen.

2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is based on a book written by Jonathan Safran Foer. This movie depicts the journey of a young boy searching for the lock in which a mysterious key found in his father’s closet will fit. His father was killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This story shows the boy, Oscar, traveling throughout New York, inquiring people about the key and searching for answers, while coping with the loss of his father. This movie is heart wrenching. It was truly fascinating watching how this young boy copes after the loss of his father to the attacks.

3. Zootopia.

Zootopia is a fun movie for people of all ages. Children love the animated story, while adults love the underlying messages. This movie revolves around a rabbit that becomes a police officer and her mission to discover what happened to the animals that had gone missing. This movie confronts the ideas of discrimination. This is seen through the differentiation between the predators and prey. Characters believe that the predators all root back to evil and problems. A few of the predators had reverted to these ways and because of those select few, other characters began applying that stereotype to them all. This movie is applicable to the political and social environment today. Unfortunately, stereotypes are still prevalent outside of movies; however, they are seen in the form of racial stereotypes, gender stereotype, and too many more.

4. Cyberbully.

Cyberbully, starring Emily Osment, first aired on ABC Family (now Freeform). This ABC movie follows a teenage girl and the realities of constant access to the Internet. The audience watches the extent of bullying in the digital age. The constant online bullying leads Osment’s character to attempt suicide. This movie is important for both children and parents to view because it shows how what you say online is hurtful. It also brings awareness to the idea that bullying now has the potential to follow children home. This movie is sad, but it carries an important message about bullying in the twenty-first century.

5. Grease.

Grease will forever be one of my favorite movies. In a list full of movies with deep, underlying messages, I had to include one movie that has always put me in a good mood. This musical has always been a favorite and I have known all of the songs by heart since I was a little kid.This movie depicts the idea of a summer romance and what happens when the two lovers meet again unexpectedly at school the following year. This movie also depicts conflicts regarding dropping out of school, unplanned pregnancy, and problems faced by high schoolers. The movie complements these underlying messages with catchy songs.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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