Netflix TV Binge List: End of Summer Edition

4:45 pm EDT, August 19, 2013

In honor of the last hints of summer, I present you all with a list of five Netflix titles to binge on while you wait for Labor Day to arrive.

It is that time of year once again. Soon summer will be ending. It doesn’t matter if you are still in school or you’re working a steady job to support a family of five, there is a solemn feeling that permeates the hot, humid air as September approaches.

Try these five shows on Netflix…

5. ‘Fringe’

It was a bitter and cold day when Fringe aired its final episode back in January, but fear not. Fringe is now available to watch on Netflix. Fringe may never have been a smash hit, but it was more than just your average sci-fi show. It could be comedic, dramatic, and downright crazy, but at its heart Fringe was a character driven sci-fi procedural. Every season was full of laughs and tears…and disturbing imagery. You fall in love with the characters immediately from the no nonsense Olivia to the all nonsense Walter. The nonstop excitement of the show will keep you warm as the temperatures cool outside. So, grab some Redvines and get ready to be lost in not one, not two, but three-ish….. Well, get lost in the many universes (and timelines) that make up Fringe.

4. ‘Parks and Recreation’

Sci-fi not your thing? I present to you Parks and Recreation. Made in a similar style to The Office, Parks and Recreation follows the day-to-day activities of Leslie Knope and company as they manage the crazy happenings in Pawnee, Indiana. Each episode is filled with rapid fire dialogue and laughs. It is absolutely impossible to not love at least one character on this show. Libertarian and department head Ron Swanson is a real man’s man, while shoeshine Andy is lovably dense. April’s apathetic attitude plays brilliantly against Leslie’s gungho optimism. So, why not take a late summer vacation and become an honorary citizen of Pawnee: First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity.

3. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’

How many of you will not watch anime because Pokemon, Naruto, or Yu-Gi-Oh left a bad aftertaste? Well, here is an anime I dare you not to get addicted to absolutely immediately. Fullmetal Alchemist follows brothers Edward and Alphonse as they search for the legendary philosohper’s stone to fix their torn bodies after a futile attempt to raise their mother from the dead. Along the way, these two brothers meet interesting characters and uncover an evil that does not just threaten their search for the stone, but the lives of an entire country.

This series has anything and everything you could want: great humor, legitimate horror, memorable characters, impressive action, and heartbreaking moments. Both series are amazing and have topnotch animation, but they do not follow the same plot all the way through. Watch the 2003 version first and then go back and watch Brotherhood. Ed’s hothead and Mustang’s flame alchemy will keep things burning. A word to the wise: the Law of Equivalent exchange does not just apply to alchemy. The cost of watching this series is your heart, and the philosopher’s stone can’t get it back for you.

2. ‘Supernatural’

So, you like the idea of a series about brothers, but still won’t watch anime? Well, how about Supernatural? All the brotherly love, comedy, and drama without the animation (although Supernatural does have its own anime series that covers the first two seasons of the live action version). Supernatural follows the Winchester boys as they travel across the country ganking demons and making ghosts wish they’d never died.

The show takes the urban legends we tell around campfires and brings them to life. Things that go bump in the night aren’t your thing? That’s okay, because monsters are only one set of obstacles the brothers take on. There’s also angels, the devil, alternate dimensions, and sleazy hotels to contend with as well, and that’s not even mentioning the ladies they meet along the way. So hop in the Metallicar (Dean’s sexy 1967 Chevy Impala), turn on some classic rock and head on an end-of-summer road trip down the Highway to Hell.

1. ‘Breaking Bad’

Do I really need to convince you to watch this show? The entire internet has been talking of nothing else since a month before the final half-season even began airing. So, now’s the time to catch up with chemistry teacher turned drug emperor of ABQ, Walt White. Every person I have ever spoken to about the show admits that they started watching by binge viewing the entire thing on Netflix, so you should feel no shame in wasting the next five days or so watching Walt and former student Jesse infiltrate then dominate the meth culture of New Mexico.

The desert atmosphere coupled with the high tension will extend your summer for at least as long as it takes you to marathon the series. Go grab your chemistry sets and get addicted to Breaking Bad. Warning: withdrawal may occur between completion of the series on Netflix and the next episode to be aired on AMC.

What do you recommend?

So, there you have it. Five shows to end your summer the right way… By binge watching, becoming addicted, joining a new fandom, and then falling into a depression when you finish. And remember that Doctor Who does not return until the 50th anniversary special and Sherlock doesn’t return until…someday…maybe. This list is just my opinion and I know that there are dozens of great shows on Netflix, so leave a comment and let everyone else know of any treasures I left out. Who knows? Maybe you’ll convince me to get addicted to something new too.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.

The Nice Guys is a fun romp through the ’70s, and if you find yourself wanting to experience some other blast-from-the-past movies, look no further than this list of best period movies.

This year will provide us with more than just The Nice Guys if we want a trip down memory lane. (And if you haven’t seen our review, make sure you check it out.) We’ve already seen Hail, Caesar!, which takes place in the 1950s, and Apocalypse is right around the corner as it hits theaters on May 27, taking place in 1983.

We can also look forward to a beautiful 1920s setting from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a mustache-riddled 1980s era film in Everybody Wants Some, and a trip all the way back to the 15th Century with Assassin’s Creed.

Others make hints at their literary origins, though the time in which they take place is not nearly as important as the rest of the story. Alice Through the Looking Glass, for example, may be set in Victorian England, if only briefly, but the real focus is on a fantastical world outside of time. In much the same way, The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG take place in the past, though perhaps the exact year is never known.

If you’re looking for some other movies to transport you to another era, we’ve got you covered. We scrolled through the top 25 movies of each year between 2015 and 2011 according to Rotten Tomatoes and picked out all the major films that have taken place in the 1980s or earlier. In some cases, like Selma, the time period is very much a focus of the film, while in others, like Days of Future Past, it is a story which could be told at any time, as long as it’s given a few tweaks.

2015

‘Selma’ (1960s)

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Synopsis: A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

‘Brooklyn’ (1950s)

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An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

‘Carol’ (1950s)

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Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

2014

‘Mr. Turner’ (mid-1800s)

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Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall) lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson) bears an unrequited love for him.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ (1930s)

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The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ (1973)

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The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

‘Ida’ (1960s)

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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

2013

’12 Years a Slave’ (1840s)

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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ (1985)

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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

‘American Hustle’ (1978)

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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (1961)

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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

2012

‘Argo’ (1980)

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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran.

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (1965)

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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

‘Lincoln’ (1860s)

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As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

2011

‘The Artist’ (1930s)

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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

‘Hugo’ (1930s)

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An orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

‘Midnight in Paris’ (1920s)

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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

What other period films do you love?

Adele releases ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’ music video

Adele! Another dele! A third dele! All the deles!

11:54 am EDT, May 23, 2016

Adele’s music video for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is here, and it’s fabulous.

Adele opens this number alone, looking crossly at the camera and making us feel very guilty about whatever she’s accusing us of!

“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” was written by Max Martin, and is one of the singles off the English singer’s third studio album, titled 25, which dropped last year.

Related: Adele pranks unsuspecting Jamba Juice employees with Ellen — watch

The music video was released Sunday as part of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. It was directed by Patrick Daughters, whose credits include Depeche Mode’s “Wrong” and “Personal Jesus,” and Interpol’s “No I in Threesome.”

The video is literally just Adele in a flowery dress on a black backdrop, but the way the shots are layered creates some really interesting effects, making her almost look like a raging fire as she spins around and the many transparent Adeles weave in and out of each other.

We see her morph into first two, then three, then… um, too many to count. But there can never be too many Adeles, right?!

Here are the lyrics for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”:

“Just the guitar, okay cool

This was all you, none of it me
You put your hands on, on my body and told me
Mmm
You told me you were ready
For the big one, for the big jump
I’d be your last love everlasting you and me
Mmm
That was what you told me

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

I was too strong you were trembling
You couldn’t handle the hot heat rising (rising)
Mmm
Baby I’m still rising
I was running, you were walking
You couldn’t keep up, you were falling down (down)
Mmm
Mmm there’s only one way down

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free, oh

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

If you’re ready, if you’re ready
If you’re ready, I am ready
If you’re ready, if you’re ready
We both know we ain’t kids no more
No, we ain’t kids no more

I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free

Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more

If you’re ready, if you’re ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, I am ready (Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
If you’re ready, if you’re ready (Send my love to your new lover)
If you’re ready, I am ready (Treat her better)
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more.”

What do you think about Adele’s latest music video?