The Top 10 Halloween Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Halloween-Scary-Wallpaper-2014Well, Halloweekend is quickly approaching, a time when you will reach both preak blood sugar and, most likely, blood alcohol content.

We all want a Halloweekend side bae, but finding that special person is difficult. Yes, there will be plenty of skeletons and witches, but you will most likely be unimpressed by their non-Georgetown themed costumes. We all know that a good side bae is one with a creative costume, like a sexy cat.

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While you could tell her how much her whiskers accentuate her cheekbones for hours, she will, hopefully, not be impressed and you will need to come up with your next move.

Well friends, the 4E is here for you. As everyone knows, asking someone to Netflix and Chill is the most sure-fire way to gain their favor. In the spirit of the holiday, we offer you a list of movie suggestions that are sure to both make you seem highly cultured, and make your beloved cling to you in fright.

The Top 10 Halloween Movies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of:

Ranked in order of increasing spookiness

1. Clue: This 1985 cult classic, based on the eponymous board game, is funny, campy and has enough double entendres to get your Netflix and Chill session started off right.

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Spooky Rating: 1 Pumpkin- Not at all spooky, despite the multiple murders.

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2. Rubber: A telekinetic tire rolls around killing people. Stylish and weirdly unsettling, this one will make you give that spare tire a second glance.

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Spooky Rating: 1 Pumpkin and 1 Ghost – In the words of the IMBD parents guide for this movie, “lots of humans and animals get blown the f*ck up.”

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3. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night: An Iranian Vampire Western. If that alone won’t get you enough hipster movie cred, it’s also in black and white with subtitles. It’s a romance too, so you know, that helps.

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Spooky Rating: 3 Pumpkins – Black and white is spooky. So are vampires.

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4. It Follows: Imagine hooking up with someone, only to find out that you’re now being followed by a murderous spirit. And now imagine that the only way to get rid of this spirit is to pass it on to someone else. Scary, am I right?

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Spooky Rating: 2 Ghosts – There are some jump scares, and a spooky old woman.

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5. Let the Right One In: Another vampire romance, this time with kids. Bonus points if you watch the original Swedish version.

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Spooky Rating: 2 Ghosts and 1 Skull – Lots of gore. Lots of blood.

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6. Teeth: This girl has teeth in, um, the worst place possible. Gives a whole new meaning to the word “maneater.”

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Spooky Rating: 1 Screaming face and 1 Ghost – Not super scary, but as I’m sure you can imagine, there’s some injury to body parts that might make half of the population uncomfortable.

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*Trigger Warning: This movie includes scenes of sexual assault*

7. Rosemary’s Baby: Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror classic makes me scared to ever buy an apartment. Plus: Young Mia Farrow. Minus: The actual devil. Bonus points if you call this one overrated, and can name at least one other Polanski movie you “think is better.”

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Spooky Rating: 2 Skulls – Incredibly unsettling without relying on jump scares or special effects.

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8. Titicut Follies: A 1967 documentary that unflinchingly shows the conditions inside a Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane. Hint: they’re not great. Fun Fact: It has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Word of warning though, don’t share this fact unless you actually know what that means.

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Spooky Rating: 4 Skulls – It’s scary because it’s real.

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9. The Babadook: You remember those books you would have your parents read to you over and over again when you were a kid? Imagine one of those tries to kill you.

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Spooky Rating: 5 Skulls – Guaranteed to make your intended cling to you in fear. May also give you a permanent fear of books and children, which is slightly less desirable.

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10. Antichrist: Full disclosure: I watched this movie in the middle of the day on my laptop and, for 70% of it, I had my hands over my eyes. Which is a shame because, as much as it will f*ck you up, this film is absolutely gorgeous. The realistic scenes of graphic genital mutilation can be a bit of a mood killer, so I wouldn’t recommend this movie for a first date.

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Spooky Rating: 2 Screaming Faces, 1 Devil, 4 Ghosts, and 3 Skulls – We had to make a new rating category for this movie because it is the absolute definition of 2spooky.

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From all of us at the 4E, have fun, be careful and please don’t die this Halloweekend. Or do. It’s up to you.

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The Five Weirdest Documentaries You Have To See To Believe

people-watching-tvIt’s that time of the year again. As the weather slowly but surely gets colder, all we really want to do is stay in on the weekends and binge watch our favorite shows on Netflix. While the traditionally popular series are always a safe bet, try a documentary out. Not documentaries about something cool, but really weird documentaries. There are a lot of them.

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We at 4E have done all the dirty work and have uncovered five unforgettable, award-winning and bizarre documentaries. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

  1. The Act of Killing (Watch on HBO): Two of Indonesia’s most prolific gangsters masterminded an extermination of around a million suspected communists during a military coup in the 1960s. This documentary seeks to recap their reign of terror and is directed in part by the gangsters themselves. What makes this a must-see (and really strange) is the fact that it is mostly reenactments of murders by the killers themselves, giving the viewer a first-hand view. This brings a whole new meaning to the saying “Nobody was harmed in the making of this film.”
  2. The Imposter (Watch on Netflix): When a 13 year old boy disappears from Texas, he suddenly reappears in southern Spain three and a half years later. Something is fishy here. In fact, it’s really a 23 year old French man, who is then able to fool the real boy’s family (and international authorities) for almost five months and assume the identity of a 16 year old American. The Imposter presents a terribly eerie story with many unexpected turns.kristen wiig mustache surprised
  3.  The Final Member (Watch on Netflix): Thanks to the isolation of their country and culture, Icelanders are often misunderstood. So, too, is Siggi Hjartarson, the founder and curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum (Read: a private collection of private parts). Only one thing is missing from Siggi’s collection: a human specimen. Watch The Final Member to find out if Siggi can secure a human donation and to learn more about his strange passion for all things phallus.
  4. Tales from the Organ Trade (Watch on HBO): A slightly different take on organ collection, this one is actually really enlightening. But don’t fret: it’s still very strange and creepy. Tales from the Organ Trade tracks the black market trade of human organs, from donors in peripheral countries to organ brokers who buy their organs to the people willing to pay insane amounts of money for a new kidney. It provides an in-depth look at a hidden trade that spans the entire globe. Definitely a must-see!
  5. The Source Family (Watch on Netflix): A seemingly normal married restaurateur turns into the leader of a psychedelic jam band polygamist cult. The Source Family details the life of cult leader Father Yod and his merry band of fourteen wives living in a Hollywood mansion. Watch to find out how the cult grew to around 150 people at its peak and discover the cause of its eventual demise.

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So, You Want to Netflix & Chill?

hfliljdkzvxldfyupzwnWith a new crop of students roaming the Hilltop comes a new set of questions to be answered. At 4E, we’ve already received numerous emails asking questions like:

“How can I avoid the freshman 15?” It’s unavoidable.

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“How do I do laundry?” Honestly who knows, just call your mom.

However, seeing as how the answers to such problems could easily be looked up on Google, we haven’t felt compelled to grace these young Hoyas with our words of wisdom. That is, until we received the following email:

Hey 4E,

I’m really in need of your help. I saw some of your posts a while back where you gave pretty solid advice, and I’m so desperate I thought I’d give this a shot. I’m emailing you now because I’m having some major guy problems. I mean, I haven’t had this much drama since since my prom date Jason saw me DFMO with Kyle on the dance floor to “Love Story”. But, like, can I live?

So, about two weeks ago I met this really cute upperclassman guy at a totally exclusive party. He’s an athlete, and I think he plays football or like some sport where you throw things. Anyway, we ended up hanging out all night and I got to tell him all about my hopes and dreams for college. It was just sooo refreshing to talk to such mature guy about mature things, totally not like conversations with my high school boyfriend. Then, before I went back to New South, he said “Emma, can I get your number?” And I was like “sure,” even though my name’s actually Becca. But like, they both end in “A” so he probably just misheard me, right?

Now this guy has been texting nonstop for the past two weeks. He’ll usually text me some time between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., which is kind of late but it’s nice to know that he’s thinking of me! Most of the time he’ll just text me things like “yo” or “sup,” but that’s enough for me to know that he’s totally into me. Sometimes I respond with really long texts about my day or what I ate at Leo’s, but he usually doesn’t respond to those. I figure he’s probably fallen asleep because he has practice early in the morning.

Anyway, last night he changed things up with his texts and at 2:32 a.m. texted me “Netflix and chill?” I was so confused at first, like what does his text mean? Why does he want to watch a movie so late?? Is this a date??? 4E, please help me! I just really need to know what his text means.

Becca in New South

Dear Becca,

We’re glad you decided to reach out to us at 4E, because we’ve definitely got a lot of advising to do for your situation.

First off, we definitely agree that this super cute upperclassman guy must be into you. As for the instance of him calling you Emma rather than Becca, he definitely didn’t mishear you. While some people call their significant others “babe” or “bae,” he opted to think outside of the box by calling you Emma. Think of it as a compliment, you only spent a few hours telling him your hopes and dreams before you scored that pet name! If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is.

As for his late night texts, don’t worry about how late he’s sending them. Guys in college spend a lot of time doing homework, and are known to pull all-nighters when their professors assign a lot of optional reading for class. If anything, you should be flattered by the fact that you’re the first thing he thinks about when he’s done with all of his assignments! The fact that he’s also able to formulate such coherent thoughts as “yo” or “sup” after a full night of hitting the books is also commendable.

Now, in regards to his most recent text, you should know that this is in fact his way of not only asking you on a date but also asking you to be his girlfriend. You don’t want to Netflix and chill with just anyone, it’s just way too personal! I mean think about it, would you really be comfortable with anyone apart from your significant other seeing all those Disney movies and weird documentaries in your “recently watched” section? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Our best advice is to text him back ASAP, set up a convenient time to Netflix and chill and find the longest movie possible. (Note: We recommend anything by Nicholas Sparks.)

Much Love,

4E

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The 7 Fictional Characters Who Attended Georgetown

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Way back when in 2012, 4E wrote an article about Georgetown’s Fictional Alumni. While this post covered the classic Georgetown movie/TV references, we now have 3 more years of media that calls out the Hilltop.

1. Melanie Porter (Raven Symoné): Those of you who understand real culture must remember the classic Disney film, College Road Trip. Raven plays a college senior applying to Georgetown University (which she eventually attends). While the school filmed in this movie looks nothing like our hilltop, it is certainly nice to be recognized by Disney. Also, who could forget the double dutch bus (AKA the best song of the century)?

2. Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario): It was only a week ago that the star of Pretty Little Liar’s character announced that she was attending Georgetown University and, since then, tweens have been buzzing about it. Why should we be surprised? Her hyper stressed attitude, love of caffeine and preppy style fit perfectly into the Georgetown stereotype.

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3. Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) and Haroon Raja (Bernard White): Both of these characters from the new show The Brink are supposed Georgetown grads. Robbins plays the US Secretary of State and White plays Pakistan’s ISI. Probably SFS grads #diplomacy.

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4. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes): According to this article, the Homeland main character is also a Georgetown alum. While I have never seen this show (I know, what am I doing with my life), I’ve heard that her character is pretty bad-ass. I mean she works for the CIA, how much more SFS can you get?

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5. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Will Gardner (Josh Charles):  Of course representing Georgetown Law are these two lawyers from The Good Wife. Our beloved university plays the particularly important role of bringing these two together, whose relationship is an extremely important part of show.

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6. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington): Another Georgetown Law “alumni” is none other than Ms. Pope herself, the gladiator. She is beloved by Georgetown students (AKA my idol), and truly personifies the Georgetown personality.

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7. Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin): Added by popular demand is Agent Archer. Sadly, I have never seen this. Sorry fans. But if you say he went to Georgetown, I’ll believe you. Hoya Saxa spies.

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Manly Monday: Sequels, Reboots and Manly Movie Madness

Popcorn-Slate1Before I get to actually writing my article today, I would like to apologize to all the dear readers/4E-enthusiasts (4Enthusiasts?) for the long absence of Manly Mondays this summer. I know that every Monday day you wake up, open your browser and pray that you will find a new post that will help you get through the drudge of Mondays.  Sadly, this summer I’ve dropped the ball. But have no fear—for at least this week, I’m here to entertain and to ease the Monday slog.

This summer has been all about sequels and “reboots” in Hollywood: a new Jurassic Park kicked the summer off with a bang, while the attempts at revitalizing the Terminator and Fantastic Four franchises failed miserably. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise is that Tom Cruise is currently sitting at the top of the box office yet again with another Mission: Impossible movie, and this time is getting pretty good critical reviews, too. The new M:I begins a run of sequels and reboots for a number of “manly” movies from the 80’s and 90’s that just refuse to die, and have this film enthusiast excited. We’ll take a look at three of the manliest movies on the horizon.

Point Break 

Forget The Matrix, this was the role that monotone action star Keanu Reaves was born to play. Reaves stars as Johnny Utah, a washed-up football star turned undercover FBI agent, who is investigating surfer/bank-robber/crime lord/zen master Bhode, played by Patrick Schwayze. Not impressed? Wait until you see Utah jump out of a plane without a parachute.

While I love the 1991 original, which also stars Gary Busey, I’m less than excited about the remake. The cast made the original film great, and based on the trailer, I think I’ll be waiting to see this one on Fuse in about 6 months.

Creed

He’s baaaaaaaack. American hero Sylvester Stallone returns to reprise his role of Rocky “The Italian Stallion” Balboa in this sequel/reboot of the decades-old Rocky franchise. Though Rocky V was an abomination, and Rocky Balboa wasn’t much better, the trailer and story for Creed seem to have promise.

Thankfully, a 100-year old Balboa finally steps out of the ring, and the movie centers around the son of Rocky’s long-time rival-turned-best friend Apollo Creed. Rocky trains Adonis Creed to live up to his family name, and the franchise comes full circle in what looks to be a fantastic film.

Top Gun 2

Words can’t describe my excitement for this sequel. I’ll admit, I’m terrified. There’s a really good chance that Top Gun 2 tramples everything that the original stood for. However, the 80’s classic remains one of my favorite films to this day, and I have high hopes for anyone that wants to make a sequel.

The 1986 blockbuster features arguably the greatest bromance of all-time (RIP Goose), the best game of shirtless-but-still-wearing-blue jeans game of beach volleyball ever and more Kenny Loggins than anyone could ever ask for.

Maybe Top Gun should be left alone in the 80’s, or maybe Tom Cruise can work his magic and a 60-year-old Maverick will fly high once again. Either way, I hope the rumors of a sequel are true, because I am ready to enter the Danger Zone one more time.

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4E’s Guide to the Golden Globes

golden-globesWhile it is the first Sunday of the semester and the day of the SAC CAB fair, all the real important people of the world know the true importance of this day.

Duh, it is the Golden Globes!

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While there are SO many ways to celebrate this glorious event, there are several things that every viewer must do to correctly experience the Golden Globes. Because nothing is more awkward than being the only person who doesn’t know what dress Taylor Swift wore.

BEFORE THE SHOW:

Make sure to fill up on all the important award show foods. Extra points if you eat mini hotdogs or carrots with hummus. Be sure that you are full, because you do not want to get the munchies mid-speech.

THE RED CARPET:

Basically the Holy Grail for all those who enjoy celebrities, glamour and overdone fashion. However, be warned that remembering every single outfit is super difficult. Make yourself a cheat sheet of the best outfits so you can impress your friends tomorrow in the Heal Fam Stu Cen (or whatever you call it).

THE SHOW:

Ah, the main event. So many momentous things tend to occur during the 3+ hours when Tina and Amy grace the stage for the world to see. The jokes, the love, the selfies…it is all so glamorous. Be sure to cheer for your favorite stars (from the comfort of your couch) and get involved in ridiculous Twitter awards. As always, #teamJLaw.

AFTER THE SHOW:

The fallout, it is basically like the day after Christmas. The bright side? You can go to bed looking forward to hearing all about the after parties the next day. You won’t be able to see them, but it will basically be like you were there.

OH, and for reference here is what you have to look forward to:

Best Motion Picture (Drama):

Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy):

Into The Woods, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent, Pride

Best TV Series (Drama):

Downton Abbey, The Affair, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, The Good Wife

Best TV Series (Musical or Comedy):

Orange is the New Black, Girls, Jane the Virgin, Transparent, Silicon Valley

Of course there are more categories, so check those out here.

More importantly be sure to watch the Golden Globes tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC. It will surely be a show to remember.

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Mastering the Movie Night

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Every now and then, even the most self-possessed Georgetown students will come to find themselves at the point where they just. Can’t. Even. Whether you’ve been #raging every night or you’ve spent so much time on Lau 5 that you’re starting to develop a fluorescent glow (’cause you know, here on the Hilltop we’re all about the Work-Hard-Play-Hard), what you really need is a healthy dose of downtime. Here at 4E, movie nights are one of our favorite ways to chill out after a long week on the daily grind – and we’re bringing you a list of the best ones, and how to do them right:

The Binge Night

Everything you do on Binge Night must be to absolute excess. Bury yourself in a mountain of pillows, then pick a classic series like Harry Potter or something absurd thrilling like Saw (things really pick up around number IV) and watch it through from start to finish. If you don’t consume at least 4,000 calories – I’m talking a large Domino’s pizza, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s per person, all the Wisey’s cookies (even oatmeal raisin) and a never-ending supply of cool ranch Doritos – you’re doing something wrong. Binge Nights typically end around 4 in the morning, when the last kid standing feebly finds the remote under one of his snoring friends, hits mute and promptly passes out on an empty box of donuts.

Also recommended: the Bourne series, The Fast & The Furious, Mission: Impossible, Transformers, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, the Scary Movies, James Bond

The Disney Night

Coming home to some milk & cookies and a Disney movie is just as satisfying after midterms week as it was back in the 90s after an arduous half-day at kindergarten. Take a trip down memory lane with a timeless pick from the Disney vault like The Lion King, or stay young and hip with the more recent hits like Up, Tangled, and Frozen (FYI: resisting Frozen does not make you cool/hipster). If you’re not into cartoons, there are plenty of awesome Disney Channel Original Movies (#tbt to the kids jumping on the blue film roll) that will make you wish you were ten again, when all your favorite celebs had yet to check into rehab.

Also recommended: Finding Nemo, The Parent Trap, Pocahontas, The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, The Aristocats, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Holes, The Princess Diaries, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Jungle Book

The Girls’ Night

Girls’ night is romantic comedy central. Grab your closest galpals, bust out the facemasks and copies of Cosmo, and snuggle up to a three-hour gossip sesh/pity party set against the dulcet tones of Dirty Dancing or Sweet Home Alabama. As awesome as Girls’ Night is, tread with care: it will inevitably leave you at best bemoaning the lack of Brads/Leos/Channings in the general DC area, and at worst texting that only semi-attractive kid in your Calc class with the hopes that he might be the Aaron Samuels to your Katie Cady Heron.

Also recommended: The Breakfast Club, Bridesmaids, Step Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, She’s the Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, John Tucker Must Die, Pretty Woman, Friends With Benefits

The FTB Night

The male equivalent to the RomCom fest, #ForTheBoys Night involves spending some quality time with your number one bros – no chicks allowed. Testosterone levels will be through the roof once everyone starts doing the Matthew McConaughey Wolf of Wall Street chant in unison whilst snacking on beef jerky.

Also recommended: the Batman trilogy, The Godfather, American Pie, Scarface, Superbad, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Animal House, Wedding Crashers, Remember the Titans, Gladiator

The Cultured Night

Cultured Night is the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to revel in the fact that you’re fancy and intellectual, because hey – you’re in college now! Gather round an obscure indie (or something slightly more mainstream) flick like The Grand Budapest Hotel, and dive into some fair-trade organic Trader Joe’s popcorn (the Kettle Corn is seeerrrriously good). You don’t really gets what’s going on, but you still feel really impressed with yourself because would you look at this artsy movie I’m watching!? If you’re feeling really brave, you might just even go foreign. Did someone say Sundance?

Also recommended: Chef, Rust and Bone, Her, The Master, El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Mean Streets, Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

The Wine Night

For those who are 21 and up, wine can be the perfect complement to a movie night at home.  Just as you drink different kinds of wine with different meals, so too must you carefully choose your grape in accordance with your featured genre.  That said, there is one specific wine-movie pair that stands out above the rest: Reds and Romance.  Let’s face it – it’s a cliché for a reason: crying hysterically over Titanic is so much more rewarding if you’re a little (or a lot) drunk.

Also recommended: The Notebook, Romeo & Juliet, The Last Song, Casablanca, The Fault in Our Stars, The English Patient, P.S. I Love You, The Time Traveler’s Wife

(Note: The principles of the Wine Night can be successfully applied to any of the nights mentioned above).

So those are some of 4E’s tested and approved movie nights. But feel free to gather your friends, grab some snacks and begin your own special movie night tradition!

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It’s an Honor to be Nominated, But We Only Care Who Wins

best picture smackdownI’m sure like all ardent Oscar fans, you’ve see all of the movies nominated for Best Picture. Okay maybe half of them. A few? Two? All right, you saw one with your family over winter break because they made you and that’s it. It’s okay, here at 4E we understand your busy schedule. Even though you haven’t watched all the movies, you still want to know who’s going to win right? So here is a brief pro/con list of all the movies’ chances of winning written by yet another uniformed Oscar watcher.

American Hustle

Is that the one with all of Amy Adams’ cleavage? Yes, yes it is.

Pros: America is a pretty cool country; hustling takes a lot of effort, Amy Adams looks good in low-cut dresses and don’t they go into the Hunger Games arena for awhile? No? Oh well, at least Katniss is in it.

Cons: Bradley Cooper has weirdly curly hair in this film and doesn’t even take his shirt off! Pass.

The Wolf of Wall Street

The one with Leo, aka Jack Dawson, aka perfection.

Pros: Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo DiCaprio’s smile, Leo’s hair, Leo’s voice, his eyes … Hang on, is anyone else in this movie?

Cons: Oh right, Matthew McConaughey is in this movie, but only for like 2 minutes, and that’s the best part!

Gravity

Hope you like the sound of Sandra Bullock breathing.

Pros: Space is cool, you don’t weigh anything in space, you can do endless somersaults in space, and let’s not forget George Clooney is in space with you.

Cons: Space is a lot of dark emptiness, and it’s actually really terrifying if you think about it for too long.

Her

Hang on a second, does he fall in love with a computer? What?

Pros: Siri is pretty sexy. Technology is good and who doesn’t like girls? It is called Her after all.

Cons: I’m still confused; are you sure he loves this computer? Really? Well it is the voice of Scarlett Johansson, but still.

Nebraska

Home, home on the range … Where the deer and the antelope play …

Pros: Nebraska is a solid state, lots of wide-open spaces and all that. Plus the movie is about the lottery, right?

Cons: Who are we kidding? There is nothing to do in Nebraska.

Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks in the middle of the ocean. … Is this the Castaway sequel?!

Pros: It’s a true story, and there are bound to be some serious sea life sightings.

Cons: It’s a true story, and there is a 50 percent chance it’s a horror film.

Philomena

Accent alert!

Pros: They are all British! And you know the British are good at portraying heartwarming stories.

Cons: Is Philomena someone’s name? I hope there’s filo dough.

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey is actually in this one!

Pros: Cowboys are sexy. Jennifer Garner is sexy.

Cons: They gave poor Matthew a mustache… Sigh.

12 Years a Slave

There are a lot of true stories this year!

Pros: Lupita Nyong’o. This is another profoundly heartwarming tale, and they sneak Brad Pitt in there! Also Lupita Nyong’o.

Cons: It’s set in the Antebellum South, so everyone’s clothes are funny, and there are lots of tall hats. (Whether this is a pro or con is debatable).

That’s basically all you need to know about this year’s nominees. So get ready for the Oscars this weekend, and may the best movie win!

The Laultimate Film Collection

dvdsOh, Lauinger Library. You’re the home of broken dreams and reduced ambitions. You’re also literally home for some unfortunate students during finals season. Maybe you haven’t noticed, but recently Lau 2 has become home to something new: DVDs!

As of last semester, about a million DVDs have taken up residence in the shelves of Lau 2 for your viewing pleasure. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Slow news day?” Actually, we here at 4E take our journalistic endeavors very seriously, and we’ve painstakingly gone through the entire collection to determine the good, the bad and the WTF. So next time you’re studying/regretting your life decisions, take a break and check out some of what Lau has to offer.

1. Top Gun

Wikipedia describes this film as a “1986 American action drama film,” but it’s so much more than that. If you’ve ever felt the need … the need for speed, you have this movie to thank. If you’ve ever listened to the song “Take My Breath Away” on purpose, just go find Tom Cruise and high five him already.

2. The Spike Lee Joint Collection

This is Spike Lee. He’s a Knicks fan.

3 discs, 5 films, 1 classic director. With American classics ranging from Jungle Fever to Mo’ Better Blues to Do the Right Thing, Lee has quite the resume. He also has an ongoing friendly rivalry with Jay Z, so you know the man is legit.

3. Sesame Street: Old School

One word: nostalgia. If you’re ever overwhelmed from the relentless soul-crushing experience that is school, just pop this in and go back to the days when Big Bird met Little Bird and Cookie Monster went crazy over cookies, not vegetables.

You do you, CM!

4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The face of the Transformers franchise.

Despite Michael Bay’s best efforts, this movie made major money at the box office. Borrow it if you want to shoot down all hope for a second date or if you lost a bet and have no choice. Or if you’re a actually fan of the Transformers franchise, no judging. See Cookie Monster above, and you do you.

5. Trapped in the Closet

There are a lot of words one can use to describe R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet. Modern masterpiece? YouTube sensation? “What is happening, and why can’t I stop watching it”? This “rap opera” spans 33 episodes, and you can get two versions from Lau. There’s the one with Chapters 1-12, or the self-described “Big Package” featuring Chapters 1-22.

These are just a few of the many, many DVDs available. Take advantage of this (relatively) new resource! Or if movies/rap operas aren’t your thing, you can take a page from R. Kelly’s book … and check out a book.

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A Brief Guide to “Romantic” Movies

couple-at-the-moviesIt’s mid-February. There’s snow on the ground and the smell of random Leo’s desserts are in the air. You know what that means ­— it’s Valentine’s Day!

Of course, we here at 4E have been churning out the Valentine’s-related articles recently, but you know who else is stepping up their V-Day game? Hollywood. Yes, the film industry celebrates Feb. 14, too, and lovebirds all over the country will be flocking to theaters to watch a movie with their significant others. We’ve taken the time to preview a couple of romantic movies currently in theaters. Warning: For some reason, they are insane.

Labor Day

Intense staring = love.

“A story of love, passion and betrayal as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy and the man he later becomes.” You literally cannot go wrong with that tagline. Judging by the trailer, there’s a lot of baking, some suspicious policeman and Josh Brolin’s eyebrows … Romance.

Winter’s Tale

Killing it with these taglines, Hollywood!

Starring Colin Farrell, this movie has it all: Irish gangsters, a mysterious horse and tuberculosis.

Endless Love

okay, PEACE INNOCENCE!
Okay, PEACE OUT INNOCENCE!

If you haven’t heard of this movie, drop everything and watch the trailer right now.

I know what you’re thinking: “Is this a thriller? No, it’s definitely a romance. And there’s some kind of tension. It’s kind of dark, but they’re in love. What is happening?

Endless Love follows the story of a “sheltered but privileged teen” and a “working-class youth with a troubled past.” In other words, we don’t know what’s happening, but we think it will be box office gold.

If, for some weird reason, none of the above are appealing to you, never fear: Netflix exists, and it has plenty of great movies to watch with a date/your friends/yourself. Happy viewing, Hoyas!

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