Recap: The Bachelor Season 21 Episode 2
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Recap: The Bachelor Season 21 Episode 2


By now we've hopefully all recovered from the massive drama rollercoaster that was the second episode of this season of The Bachelor. I'm warning you all... MAJOR spoilers ahead. Stop here if you're a die-hard.

The first group date of the evening involved a handful of the lovely ladies doing wedding photo shoots with Nick. Yes. You read that correctly. Several of the girls were given "wedding stereotypes" to embody in the shoot with Nick... those that didn't end up with a wedding dress had to be "bridesmaids" in the shoot. #awkward

Corinne established herself as a MASSIVE presence... not necessarily in a good way. Her photo shoot involved her and Nick in a swimming pool, where she promptly took off Nick's shirt. And then her own. Oh. Alright then.

She continued to cause some tension throughout the entire group date, interrupting several girls' one-on-one time, patronizing everyone, and being an overall VERY annoying drama queen. This season's crazy girl, calling it now... but she somehow ended up getting the rose at the end of the date. That makes us question Nick's intentions a bit...

The first group date alone involved Nick kissing at least four of the girls... I lost count. This was all in the first 20 minutes. Stick with me, folks.

The coveted one-on-one date went to Danielle M., and involved a romantic helicopter ride and dinner date. The two clicked and I actually thought some serious chemistry was there. Danielle went REAL deep and opened up about her past, sharing that she'd been engaged before her fianc? passed away from an overdose.

Nick handled it well and the night ended with Danielle getting a rose, and a kiss on a Ferris wheel.

Meanwhile, major drama cooked up at the mansion, when Liz opened up to Christen about her past with Liz. The two met at previous Bachelorette Jade and Tanner's wedding, where they got a bit drunk and... go ahead and guess the rest. Yikes yikes yikes yikes....

The second group date (which included Liz) involved a bizarre trip to a breakup museum. How... romantic? All the girls tested their acting skills and had to stage a live "breakup" with Nick. It was cute and funny until Liz had her turn, and basically spilled her real feelings about their hookup story, leaving everyone confused, including me.

The group went to a nightclub for the evening, and the drama got even more heated (if that's possible). Christen stirred things up by telling Nick about her talk with Liz, leaving Nick paranoid. When it came time for Liz to talk to Nick, she ended up talking herself in circles. Nick wasn't having it, and sent her home.

That's not all folks. The episode ended with Nick returning to the group, without Liz. Of course he had to explain himself, and told the girls that he'd sent Liz home. He began to tell the story of his and Liz's past, letting it drop that he and Liz hooked up.

AND THEN THE EPISODE ENDED. No more roses, no nothing. We have to wait until next week. Wow. Is anyone else exhausted??? So much drama, so little time. That's The Bachelor, my friends.

Check back next week!

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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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Weekly Entertainment Recap 7/22

Drama, drama, drama.

Hell yeah, this week was full of some seriously great shit. Hollywood really stepped the drama a notch this week and brought their A-game.

It was like everyday was filled with some sort of OMG news moment. There was drama, heartbreak, and even death (R.I.P Taylor Swift 1989 - 2016, you will not be missed). Honestly I'm so excited to talk about everything that I'm just going to wrap up this intro right here and dive in.

You know I couldn't put anything about Kim Kardashian ruining Taylor Swift in this week's recap. Kim may have single-handedly produced the best Snapchat story that has even been or will ever be, and for that I applaud her. Bravo, you beautiful genius.

For those of you so oblivious to the world around you I'll give you a quick summary of what went down. Basically ever since famous came out Taylor has been up in arms about the I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous line.

She went so far as to deny that she had been warned of the line before. Then, on international snake day, Kim posted the video of Kanye talking on the phone with Swift and getting her approval for the line. To which Taylor posted the most unreal fake note to Instagram defending herself. Kanye made Taylor and Kim ended her. That's a fucking power couple move if I've ever seen one.

That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

This week, hearts around the world broke and romantics lost hope when Lady Gaga and her actor fiance Taylor Kinney called off their engagement. Can we have a moment of silence for the beautiful couple? The pair are by far the best example of opposites attract and were pretty much complete goals. However, I will say that Gaga's Instagram post addressing the split does leave a little hope for a reconciliation down the line.

I've always felt that the best way to follow up bad news is with something humorous. Let's talk about Melania Trump's speech, or should I say Michelle Obama's speech that Melania "borrowed" for her speech at the Republican National Convention? It's OK guys, she's too busy to write her own. Plus, Michelle's speech was just too good not to copy, am I right?

Tonight at #RNC with my amazing husband @realdonaldtrump!

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We'll wrap up this week's recap with a little more good news: Miranda Kerr and her Snapchat CEO boyfriend, Evan Spiegel got engaged this weekend. So I guess I was wrong earlier when I said all hope was gone. Romance is still alive!

Also, he made her her own personal Snapchat filter in honor of the occasion and I would like my future husband to take notes on that one. Although, he did put her in sweats and a hoodie in the filter, which I would really like to discuss. Whose recreation of a supermodel includes a track suit? Hello, girl needs a gown or at least some VS wings.

I said yes!!! ?????

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Why Every Guy In College Should Watch HBO's "The Night Of"

It's a must watch.

If you haven't been watching HBO's The Night Of and you're a guy in college, or a just a living human being, then you're doing it all wrong. The eight-part miniseries has changed my life and it's only half way through.

This show has been in the making since 2012. James Gandolfini was set to star in the miniseries and upon his death, HBO casted Robert De Niro to replace him. Due to scheduling conflicts they had to replace De Niro with the best second runner up of all time, the guy who played Emilio in Mr. Deeds, John Turturro. You would think that since he was the third choice to play a major character in the series that he would be a wreck but I think Turturro may have been born for this role.

Without giving anything away, the show is about a college kid, Nasir Khan. He's by all means, the definition of a good kid. He doesn't do drugs or drink, at all. He grew up in a middle class Muslim household and lives with his mom, dad, and younger brother. One night, Khan takes his dad's taxi (the family's only car) to a party and picks up a girl on the way. He ends up taking her back to her place and one thing leads to another. Khan wakes up in her kitchen. He goes up to her room to say goodbye and finds the girl dead.

The show is about how Nasir is treated by the justice system. He eventually ends up in jail. It's hard to watch at times because you get a feel for how terrifying jail is to a young, scared, seemingly innocent 22-year-old. The night of the murder, Khan was doing homework and having dinner with his family. A few days later he's thrown into Rikers Island and getting stabbed by another inmate.

Khan's Muslim faith is also a friction point in the series. He's profiled by the justice system and treated unfairly in the media and by other inmates. Basically, the show is woke and hopefully it will interest you as much as it interests me.

Every person, especially guys in college, should watch the show because it might make you a little more cautious. Khan had no idea what was going to happen that night when he picked up that girl in his dad's taxi. Every time I watch the show I think of my brother or a guy friend and hope they never end up in a situation like this.

Watch the show for yourself and see how insanely good it is. It's well written and surprisingly contemporary despite the fact that they started writing it four years ago. Four episodes have already been released. The last four come out every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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Camila Cabello Leaves Fifth Harmony

*collective gasp by Harmonizers everywhere*

After the final night of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour in Florida Sunday, Fifth Harmony reported that Camila Cabello is officially leaving the group. Cue the tears.

It is being said that the group was told via Camila's representatives, and that Camila herself has yet to comment on her departure from the successful pop group that slayed the stage for the majority of the Jingle Ball Tour.

Camila's recent solo hit with Machine Gun Kelly, the wildly popular "Bad Things," supposedly caused some tension and rifts in the group after its release. Camila has been posting recently on social about "her solitude", perhaps hinting at her eventual split from Fifth Harmony.

Her latest tweets, however, don't really tell us much, and mostly focus on her work with MGK. The two performed the new song on the Jingle Ball Tour, which gave Cabello a spotlight that perhaps caused some controversy. Her final tweet after Sunday's performance left fans with no hint whatsoever as to her coming split.

I mean...true, Cami, true... but after four-plus years together, wouldn't you think that Camila would tell her fellow group mates herself, as opposed to having a rep break the news? This is probably indicative of a bit more drama than the group allows to be made public.

Rumors of the group splitting have been circulating for a while now. Feuds and fights have been reported amongst the girls, and Cabello ended up leaving partway through a September show in Missouri due to anxiety.

The group cancelled half of their European tour without much of an explanation and Cabello's solo work has also understandably caused some problems.

However, fear not, Harmonizers! The remaining four members of Fifth Harmony have pledged to continue working together, and notified their fans via Instagram.

The group plainly stated that the girls will move forward together, but that little note at the end about pursuing their "solo endeavors" seems to imply future splits as well. At this point, Fifth Harmony minus one will continue to make music as a group. There's no telling how long the group will last... Fourth Harmony doesn't really have that same ring to it.

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College Feminism 101: The Bachelor

I'm a feminist and I watch The Bachelor.

The Bachelor sounds like the least feminist show on television. Twenty-five women spend a season competing against one another for a male partner, oftentimes in objectifying ways like physical competitions--and all with the goal of marrying the bachelor at the end. (After six weeks of "dating".)

But hear me out on this one. It's not all bad--this season, the show has managed to impress me with some feminist themes.

Strong women
I'm mainly referring to Jubilee, who was active-duty in the Army for four years and served in Afghanistan for one. Women make up only 14.5 percent of active-duty military--and Jubilee is showing women that they can succeed in these roles. She also recently made sergeant.

Body positivity
Olivia may be considered a villain on the show after saying some pretty rude things. (Who can forget the Teen Mom reference?) But that doesn't excuse the body shaming the other girls targeted her with (like attacking her breath and toes). Yet, she stood up for herself and all women who have been body shamed. That's empowering.

Amanda is a single mom to two young girls--and she was dating, expanding the definition of a "good mother". Hint: It doesn't require always being home 24/7 with your children, giving up a career, or giving up a search for love. She does what works for her, and that's all that matters!

Slut shaming being shut down
Twins Haley and Emily addressed--and slayed--their slut-shamers when they responded to comments on their short shorts with, "I wore them because I look good in them." Exactly. The haters were shut down with that perfect answer--not that it's anyone's business to begin with.

Traditional gender roles are rejected
Everyone can cook. Men can cook. Women can cook. People of any gender can cook. Thank you to Ben for supporting that. Women shouldn't be expected to cook. It's 2016--this should be a given, but it's not, so we need people like Ben to say it out loud. Ben, to his credit, even responded to a sexist comment made by two chefs in Mexico City that appeared on the show.

Sex isn't the most important thing
You don't have to have sex (but you can) and both options are totally okay. Becca's a virgin, and that's important to her. Many of the other women aren't, and they're OK with that. The point is, no one should be shamed for whatever decision they make. Also, shout out to Becca for standing up for The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn, who was completely slut-shamed for having sex with Nick Viall before the fantasy suite. Also, this is my kind of workout.

Beauty + Brains
Being drop dead gorgeous and smart are not mutually exclusive. I'm so inspired by the women on this show. They are mathematicians, dentists, aestheticians, news anchors, and gerontologists, among many other really awesome jobs. Having a career doesn't mean someone can't pursue love, be on reality television, or be gorgeous.

So yeah, I'm a feminist and I watch The Bachelor. Ninety percent of the time, I'm cringing because of the objectification of women, the pressure/expectation to marry, and cutthroat competition/women putting each other down. BUT sometimes, The Bachelor just might surprise you with its feminist themes.