6 Movies You Should Check Out This Summer
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6 Movies You Should Check Out This Summer

Summer blockbusters are everything.

As finals quickly approach, summer is on the mind and summer brings summer blockbusters (AKA the fun movies). With Hollywood bringing reboots, sequels, original stories, and adaptations to the big screen, summer is looking pretty great on the movie scene.

To kick off the excitement, here's a handful of movies to look forward to this upcoming summer.

1. Baywatch


Release Date: May 25, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
The released summary describes Baywatch as a movie following two very different lifeguards (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron) who uncover criminal activity that threatens the future of the bay.

This movie gives off the same vibes that 21 Jump Street did. Will this movie be remembered as a cinematic masterpiece? No, but it seems like good, old-fashioned, action-packed fun.

2. All Eyez On Me


Release Date: June 16, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
This movie explores the life of the ever iconic artist Tupac Shakur, showing his rise to stardom and controversial time with Death Row Records. This movie will be released on what would be Tupac's 46th birthday.

This movie is for anyone who likes dramas or biopics, but also someone who is genuinely interested in music, especially Tupac's rise in the music industry.

3. Rough Night

Release Date: June 16, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
Ten years after college, a group of friends decide to get together to celebrate one of their friend's bachelorette party weekend. However, hard partying goes south when they accidentally kill a male stripper.

This movie is a remake of Very Bad Things but gender-swapped so there's some new elements that can be introduced. Not only that but it stars two iconic comedians, Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), making this feel like the female Hangover.

4. Baby Driver


Release Date: June 28, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
This movie is probably one of the most unique movies about a getaway driver in recent years. The movie stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a young getaway driver who uses the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best getaway driver. This all changes when he meets the girl of his dreams and decides this is the time to quit, but when crime boss Kevin Spacey coerces him back into the game, Baby has to face the music after a failed heist.

This movie actually had a soft premiere at SXSW 2017 and gathered a pretty positive reception. The movie isn't just an action film, it's got the classic crime film vibe with some comedic scenes to make it the perfect summer movie.

5. Spider-Man Homecoming


Release Date: July 5, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
Now, I know we are all tired of watching Uncle Ben die at this point, but this movie is coming from a new angle. Peter Parker, fresh off his experience with the Avengers, must learn how to balance his superhero persona and school, now with his new mentor, Tony Stark. However, Peter becomes distracted with being Spider-Man and is eventually put to the test as a hero against the Vulture.

This movie gives off Breakfast Club vibes in a superhero universe. Unlike previous Spider-Man adaptations, this one feels the most balanced in being both Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

6. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


Release Date: July 21, 2017

Why Should I Check It Out?
For any sci-fi fan out there, this is the movie you should be ready to watch. This movie is based on the popular French comic series Valerian and Laurerline. You might be thinking to yourself that you have never heard of this comic series. Well, this comic series has had some heavy influence on such films as The Fifth Element and of course, the Star Wars franchise.

Without giving too many spoilers, special operatives, Valerian and Laureline are given the task to check on Alpha, a city that has the information of thousands of civilizations, but a dark force becomes present.

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Mind-Blowing Documentaries to Watch High

Because without this guide, you'll spend all night just deciding what to watch.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Be prepared to get royally mind-fucked with this docuseries. In Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson takes you all over the universe to discuss scientific phenomena new and old. Created by Seth MacFarlane, and a follow up to the 80's series with Carl Sagan, this docuseries will spark weeks worth of debate amongst you and your smoke circle about everything from aliens to black holes. A must-watch.

Chelsea Does Drugs
By far the best part is when Chelsea Handler is in Peru, because holy shit. No, literally. She does a drug so strong that she actually shits her pants while also puking. The drug is called ayahuasca, and it caused Chelsea and her friends to cry because they were reliving some deep emotional shit. Ayahuasca is known for making people discover their life's purpose and meaning, or realize revelations about the universe as we know it. The real challenge is watching it high without planning a trip to Peru yourself, or at least Googling how much it would cost to sip some of that tea.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This is for all the homies out there who suffer from Severe Munchies Syndrome. You will step into the world of Jiro, apparently the best sushi chef in the world, and watch him meticulously craft the world's most perfect sushi dishes. It's about more than just sushi, it's about a man's dedication to his work. And good luck not ordering sushi after this, by the way.

Cartel Land
This shit is intense as fuck so it's not for anyone who gets paranoid while high. That being said, hands-down the best documentary I've ever seen. The filmmakers make their way to the front lines of the Mexican drug war and show the vigilantes who are fighting back against people like El Chapo. Follow it up with Sicario, a film that centers on the United States' response to the drug war. It's equally as suspenseful and mind-blowing.

Reincarnated
This is a movie that every stoner has probably seen, so it's a no-brainer to include it on this list. Snoop Dogg smokes a lot of weed and takes you on a "spiritual journey." Basically required for anyone who likes smoking or Snoop, which is pretty much everyone, so I guess everyone should watch it.

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A Rough Night for the Warriors

In all reality, they won't shoot as poorly as they did Monday night again.

To everyone's surprise, the Oklahoma City Thunder walked out of Oracle Arena with a victory in game one of the the Western Conference FInals over the Golden State Warriors. Not many saw it coming, but here's how it all went down.

One Rough Night
Tonight was playoff basketball. Gone was Golden State's smooth ball movement and outside accuracy. Gone were the unstoppable Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook isolations. Instead we were left with a scrappy slugfest that came down to two things, turnovers and defensive mismatches.

These guys became their team's spirit animals for tn.

Turnovers, Turnovers Everywhere
It wasn't your classic clean cut Warriors game, but they did manage to turn the Thunder over more times than they gave up the ball, if that's any consolation. It seemed to be a classic case of playing down to your opponent, even though the Warriors were poised to come away with win at the end of the first half. The Thunder appeared to be literally handing the game over to the Dubs. Instead, OKC kept running and managed to keep the game close, thanks to the master of style.

OKC came away with a win despite Russ and Durant shooting 33 percent from the floor with clutch shooting in the final minutes of the fourth. Westbrook put together an outstanding third quarter to draw the Thunder within striking distance, and Durant finished the job late. Either Golden State got swept up in the run and gun or Billy Donovan is the ultimate master of subterfuge.

Warriors Mismatch Feast
The Warriors knew the game plan of who they needed to attack going into the game. In short, it was take the ball at Enes Kanter. Every time he guarded a Dubs player he looked like a lost child at the mall who was too scared to cry, and it happened a lot.

Kanter did well on offense but not nearly enough to make up for his defense.

Despite the win, it was evident that OKC has a serious problem at shooting guard. The three headed monster trash monster that is Andre Roberson, Dion Waiters, and Randy Foye isn't pretty. This isn't exactly news, but Klay Thompson made it a glaring issue once again.

Roberson had stretches of adequacy, but it's hard to justify mediocrity when he lets a Warrior player permanently camp in the paint on defense. Waiters is a chucker, and if he ain't chucking, then he might as well be sitting. Who else forgot Foye was on the Thunder? These guys are asked to to stop Klay, good luck.

In all reality, Golden State won't shoot this poorly again and Thunder head coach Billy Donovan will have to address the mismatch issues before Wednesday if the Thunder want to go up 2-0.

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Crime Drama Films You Need to See in Your Lifetime: Part One

Grab some popcorn and get ready to witness some masterpieces.

Movies these days can be pretty predictable. Some genres, such as romantic comedies, are basically written with a formula. Guy meets girl, some weird event happens, insert plot fluff, then happily ever after. BOOORING. They're entertaining to watch for sure, but few of them rarely have you on the edge of your seat.

That is definitely not the case, however, with a good crime drama. They have everything: romance, some dark comedic one liners, action, thrilling scenes, and some batshit plot twists that make your mind implode.

Below I have compiled a list of some of my favorite films in this genre; some of which are regarded worldwide as the best films of all time, and all of which are films that you must see at least once in your lifetime.

1. The Godfather (1972)
This film is the mother of all crime drama films. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, this film is ranked as the second greatest film in American cinema by the American Film Institute and stars acting heavyweights like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall.

Set in the time period of 1945 to 1955, this movie chronicles the lives of a powerful New York crime family, led by the "Godfather" Vito Corleone (Brando), while also documenting the metamorphosis of his son, Michael (Pacino), into a feared Mafia Boss. Masterfully written and meticulously directed, this film gets better each time you watch it.

2. The Pelican Brief (1993)
This movie is insane and so underrated. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on the novel by John Grisham, this film stars Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.

Roberts plays a law student who becomes a target of an assassin after she correctly guesses why two Supreme Court Justices were killed and by whose orders, and Washington plays a Washington Herald reporter who also becomes a target after assisting Roberts with her story. An intricate plot featuring some bone-chilling scenes, this movie is a must-see.

3. L.A. Confidential (1997)
This movie is probably my favorite and is also incredibly underrated. A tribute to Noir films, it holds a 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and tells the story of a group of LAPD officers in the 1950's.

Comprised of an incredibly complicated plot, the film features police corruption, Hollywood glamour, and an absolutely killer film score. Directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, and Danny DeVito, this movie is way too good to be ignored.

4. To Catch A Thief (1955)
This list would not be complete without including at least one Alfred Hitchcock movie. Featuring megastars such as Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, this film illustrates the life of a retired cat burglar who must clear his name after a new cat burglar begins to steal from the wealthiest families on the French Rivera.

This film encompasses romance, glamour, a noir aesthetic, comedy, thrilling action scenes, plot twists, and beautiful shots of the French Rivera. Truly a gem.

5. The Fugitive (1993)
Who doesn't love a film starring Harrison Ford? Based on a 1960's television show of the same name written by Roy Huggins and directed by Andrew Davis, Harrison Ford plays a well known and accomplished doctor, who is wrongfully accused of the murder of his wife and who subsequently escapes custody and sets out to clear his name.

Pursued by a team of U.S. Marshals led by Tommy Lee Jones, Ford's character struggles to evade capture and uncovers a plot to frame him that goes much deeper than he expected.


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Crime Drama Films You Need to See in Your Lifetime: Part Two

Grab some popcorn and be prepared to witness some masterpieces.

Movies these days can be pretty predictable. Some genres, such as romantic comedies, are basically written with a formula.

Guy meets girl, some weird event happens, insert plot fluff, then happily ever after. Boring. They're entertaining to watch for sure, but few of them rarely have you on the edge of your seat.

That is not the case though, when it comes to a good crime drama. They have everything: romance, some dark comedic one liners, action, thrilling scenes, and some batshit plot twists that make your mind implode.

Below is a continuation of a list I have compiled of some of my favorite films in this genre; some of which are regarded worldwide as the best films of all time, and all of which are films that you must see at least once in your lifetime.

1. A Bronx Tale (1993)
The directorial debut of Robert De Niro, this film follows the life of an Italian-American teenager who lives in the Bronx during the 1960's. It depicts his struggle to overcome the racist mentality towards African Americans, to ignore the peer pressure of his friends to enter a life of crime, and to decide which of the two father figures in his life, his father (De Niro) or local Mafia boss, played by Chazz Palminteri, has his best interests at heart.

2. Dirty Harry (1971)
Are you feelin' lucky punk? This film was pivotal in this genre as it set the tone for many police films to come. Directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood, this movie tells the tale of a loose cannon SFPD Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Eastwood) and his quest to find a psychopath terrorizing San Francisco whose crimes are based upon the real life Zodiac Killer. This movie can be pretty disturbing at times, but nonetheless still a film you should watch if you like these movies.

3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
I first watched this movie when I was 14 and I was blown away by it. Directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, this film tells the story of an intelligent but quiet banker, Andy (Robbins), who is accused of the murder of his wife and her lover and is subsequently sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary though he claims to be innocent. This film was pivotal in launching Morgan Freeman's career, and is truly a masterpiece.

4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
This movie is absolutely iconic and is regarded as one of the best-written films of all time. Directed by the infamous Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman, this movie tells the story of the intersecting lives of L.A. mobsters and other criminals. The plot is not in chronological order, is highly original, and is a film that you absolutely have to watch at least once.

5. Witness (1985)
Another great film starring Harrison Ford. Directed by Peter Weir, this movie tells the story of a detective (Ford) who has to protect a young Amish boy that becomes a target after being the sole witness of a murder in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. Featuring a great music score and shots of the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, as well as some unexpected plot twists, this film is one of the best in the genre.

6. In The Line of Fire (1993)
This movie, directed by Wolfgang Peterson and starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, and Rene Russo, is a classic film. The story is about United States Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan's (Eastwood) attempt to track a disillusioned and psychotic former CIA agent (Malkovich) who threatens to assassinate the President of the United States. This film includes a bit of history as well, as Eastwood's character is the only remaining active agent from the detail assigned to President John F. Kennedy the day of his assassination in 1963, and implements his struggle to overcome his guilt from failing to protect the president as well as to regain credibility within the agency.

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Binge-Worthy Shows to Get You Through the Summer

You may have seen them, but watch them again.

We're all great at Netflix during the school year when we actually have things to do. But what about when we need some shows to capture our attention for the (many) hours in between summer jobs and relaxing by the pool? Let's face it, we could read a book but Netflix is wayyyyyyyy easier. Here are some good shows that'll take you through the end of summer and back to college with your friends:

1. Friends (Again and again)
It just really doesn't get old and there are 10 seasons so it'll take you (at least) two weeks to finish. Will Ross end up with Rachel? We all know the answer, but it's fun to watch again anyways.

2. New Girl
It's hilarious. Zoey Deschanel is funny and adorable and it'll suck you in so quickly. There's romance, there's comedy, and there's singing. What more could you want?

3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
This show is so cute and so funny. It was created by Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper as the leading lady, it is F-U-N-N-Y. But don't binge too quickly because it's only on the second season and you'll have to wait a year until season three!!

4. Grey's Anatomy
WARNING: YOU WILL LOSE FRIENDS AND JOBS BECAUSE GREY'S IS TOO GOOD. There are 11 seasons on Netflix and you'll cry for most of them. This. Show. Is. Life. Also, Dr. Derek Shepherd.

5. How I Met Your Mother
LEGEND (wait for it) DARY. This is the show you watch when you're feeling empty after finishing Friends. It's funny and adorable and will keep you busy for a while.

6. Narcos
Thank you Netflix for another great Netflix Original that I can watch all at once. Narcos is everything you've needed since Breaking Bad ended. There's only one season so far, but that's why Narcos is a great show to binge this summer! By the time you're done with season one, it'll be September and time for season two!!

7. Game of Thrones
If you haven't heard anything about GOT then you must seriously live under a rock. This one isn't on Netflix, but if you have HBOGo, you're in for a TREAT. It has all of the fantastical nonsense you've been missing since Harry Potter ended. Plus some beautiful men.


8. Making a Murderer
If you loved the Serial podcast and HBO's The Jinx, you will love Making a Murderer. It is a 10-episode documentary on the arrests and incarceration of Stephen Avery. It has real-life scandal, murder, and corruption and you'll get sucked in QUICK.

9. Scandal
If you love strong female leads, pour yourself some wine and get ready, because Kerry Washington SLAYS as Olivia Pope. Slays.

10. How to Get Away with Murder
For my CSI and Law and Order fans, here's another Shonda Rhimes show (like Grey's and Scandal). Literally everything she touches turns to gold. This show is FIRE. It is intense and sometimes spooky, but it's intriguing. There's a killer female lead AND the second season was just posted on Netflix. PRAISE.