Videos to Watch While Procrastinating

Videos to Watch While Procrastinating

First off you're already procrastinating if you're reading this so don't deny it.

It's finals week or it will soon be finals week for most of us students out there, and from one procrastinator to another, I'm going to come out and say that when I'm studying I take way to long of breaks to avoid going back to work. Most of the time since I'm already on my computer, I will just spend my breaks on youtube clicking on any entertaining videos I see. Now if you're reading this, first off you're already procrastinating so don't deny it and second take a look at some of these nice fun entertaining series of videos that will give you a chance to catch your breath before getting back to work.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern times, where Elizabeth Bennet is a Communications Major documenting current events in her life as she finishes up her senior year of college.

It's an amazing series that I keep finding myself rewatching because it's just so cutesy and well done. It's something that any Austen fan will love.

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Pinterest videos

This series really got me into checking out and seriously questioning the realness of most pinterest crafts we see online. In this series of videos, real life husband and wife Corinne and Rob test out all of the popular Pinterest crafts that we sometimes wonder if we should actually try out and let us know if they are actually worthy of making.

Warning: A some of their videos do contain swearing and blood from craft injuries.

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The making of the Hobbit documentary

If you're prepared to go in for some hardcore procrastination check out this little documentary of how they made the first Hobbit film. It's super interesting, to see how everything came together and you can really see the passion from the people who worked behind it. Also Orlando Bloom makes an appearance in it as Legolas the camera man!



Madeyewlook

I've mentioned this creator once before in my article on "How to Survive a Haunted House" , but I think she deserves another mention with her very impressive videos.

Be prepared to feel like you might have a chance at attaining some special fx makeup skills as you watch these awesome face/body paint videos done by a funny and all around nice artist, Lex.

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Cinema Sins

You know that person who loves to point out everything wrong with a movie, well imagine if that person made a channel. Now the basis of this channel is to say that no movie is without sin, but it's great to watch these videos when they are critiquing a film that you just weren't a fan of and it can get pretty hilarious when it spots that fault you noticed to a T.

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Warning: Some videos contain swearing.

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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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