Five of the Strangest, Best Films I've Seen

Five of the Strangest, Best Films I've Seen

From the bizarre to the crazy, this list has it all.

As of this year, I’ve begun watching more movies in different genres. During this time, I’ve seen some very good movies, and some very strange movies- sometimes both at once. Here are five of the most odd, interesting films I’ve seen recently:

5. Bad Taste

The first film ever by a guy you might know named Peter Jackson, this one put the director on the map. Shooting over the course of years on weekends with a shoe-string budget, Jackson and his friends created a film about a small group of rebels fighting off an alien invasion intent on making humans into fast food. Highlights include aliens eating vomit, and a guy replacing part of his own brain with part of a dead alien's brain. The movie begins slow, but once it picks up, it never stops.

4. Bad Chicken

Strange that two films in a row begin with the word 'bad', huh? Anyways, this one is about a group of fraudulent reality show producers tricking a couple into going out into the desert with them for mysterious, nefarious purposes. The catch? The producers are all chicken puppets. This is one absurd, dark comedy trip that really shouldn't be missed.

3. Spirited Away

A young girl is whisked away to a magical land; this is the setup for a number of films, like The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. Still, this movie by the famous Studio Ghibli stands out. Most movies of a similar type don't have friendly radish beasts visiting saunas, or parents turning into pig people, or witches whose heads are bigger than the rest of their entire body combined- and that's some of the more tame stuff! A real classic among animation fans, though.

2. Eraserhead

A black-and-white horror film shot by none other than the infamous David Lynch, this one was destined to be weird from the start, and it seriously delivers. The movie follows the plight of a new father, who must raise a deformed monster baby on his own. The whole thing feels surreal and nightmarish. Really though, so does most everything by Lynch.

1. We Are The Strange

Available for free on YouTube, this is an incomprehensibly bizarre, video-game-inspired indie project about a blue woman, a baby doll, a ninja, and a piece of folding paper fighting a CG-I demon man. It rarely makes coherent sense, but it's beautiful and it's mesmerizing. Watch it in the right mindset, and you'll love it. Watch it in the wrong mindset, and you'll be left utterly disoriented. Either way, this one is a guaranteed mind mixer.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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