Oh, 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
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.
4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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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