5 TV Shows To Keep You Laughing Through Summative Season

As we enter the most painful time of the year (a.k.a summative season), I thought everyone needs a way to relax and my way is to watch a good episode of a TV show that is not about a complicated story and just gives me a reason to laugh. And today is your lucky day folks cause I am about share my favorites with you!

Broad City

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The show is about two girls trying to make it in New York. Each episode is about a new adventure in their “regular” life. It just shows every 20 somethings’ daily struggles in a REALLY funny way. I personally love these two girls and it is the best possible break you can take while you are writing a boring essay because every episode is only 20-25 minutes. Broad City is definitely my personal favorite at the moment and I hope you like it too!

Lovesick

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Lovesick is about a guy learning that he has chlamydia and so he has to call all his sexual partners to tell them about the sickness. The show has a lot of flashbacks so you get to see how he met these partners and what went wrong in those relationships. It is not necessarily a comedy show but it makes me laugh and it gives great lessons about love, relationships and friendships. Each episode should be like 20 minutes again so it would not stop you from doing your work if you don’t binge.

Gilmore Girls

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Gilmore Girls is about a single Mum, Lorelei, and her daughter, Rory, who attends a very prestigious and expensive high school. Struggling to fund this school, she goes on to ask for monetary help from her parents whom she hasn’t been keeping a close relationship with. I think the story is beautiful, the mother and daughter relationship is portrayed in a very different way than what we are all used to and it has funny elements but very deep storylines as well. I find it very enjoyable to watch whenever I do because you kind of develop a bond with the characters.

Sex and the City

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I mean… If you still haven’t watched Sex and the City, you have to watch it now!!! It is just such an iconic show, I think it changed the perception about women a lot when it first came out in the 90s. It is about 4 strong, independent women, each of them are unique in their own way, and the show tells the story of how they are trying to find love or for some characters how they are trying not to! I think it is a must watch and it is the best romantic comedy television show ever made.

Parks and Recreation

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I think Parks and Recreation is amazing for many reasons. Every episode is funny and I struggle to not laugh. I don’t think you’ll have an issue in finding this funny and the casting makes the show funnier in my opinion. Everyone just clicks with their characters. If you are feeling down and have no motivation to do anything then just watch Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and she will give you all the motivation you need!

So there you have it, my favorite TV shows to watch when I need to just relax and have a little laugh. I hope you become as obsessed as I am with these shows but don’t let them stop you getting your grades – TV can always wait remember. I wish you the best of luck with your essays and other responsibilities you have.

Netflix Shines Bright

 

Netflix Originals really are starting to become more and more high profile and there is no doubt that it was a real coup to pin down Will Smith for their latest offering, Bright. But this one does not just boast the Omni-brilliant Smith in its casting ranks, as star of the Milenium trilogy’s big screen adaptation, Noomi Rapace, also stars. Add to this, and you’d be forgiven for missing these after the make-up department’s incredible transformation, Brad William Henke (or Piscatella in Orange is the New Black) and Joel Edgerton (or Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby remake) and you could be excused for thinking that this Netflix Original is much more than just a straight to DVD (or streaming service) quality flick. And you’d be right!

Set in world where mythical creatures and humans co-exist, Director David Ayer (Suicide Squad) borrows elements from classics such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings to immerse the viewer into a whole new world.

Back on his beat in Los Angeles after being shot, Officer Ward (Smith) is partnered once again with Officer Jakoby (Edgerton), much to his dismay. As the only Orc, the notorious criminals in this universe, in the police force, Jakoby is the hated by Orcs and distrusted by Police Officers alike. Friendship is something with which Jakoby is unfamiliar despite devoting his life to protecting those who meet him with hostility at every turn. Nevertheless, Jakoby and Ward are set to embark on an experience that will ultimately alter many perceptions. I don’t want to give too much away at this point as I’m hoping that by reading this article I have done enough to whet your appetite. Expect explosions, magic and some expert shooting!

However, whilst the main focus of the film is the magic and the action for which many will enjoy it, the notion of belonging offers an intriguing sub-plot to the ‘Suicide Squad esque’ action extravaganza. Indeed, Jakoby is, in the truest sense of the word, an outsider. Outcast by Orcs and distasteful to his fellow officers he offers to the viewer a character that they can sympathise with. He really is a good guy who loves his job and the prejudice that exists towards ‘his kind’ in the movie is not as far as we’d like to think from our own reality. As you might have guessed, I am a fan of this creation as I feel that Ayer has taken something so clearly mythical and yet made a real life story from it.

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Critics have not raved about David Ayer’s creation and opinion is divided, but I personally agree with this tweet.

It is my belief that the IMDb rating of 6.5 is somewhat harsh, especially when you consider that The Phantom Menace received the same rating! Nevertheless, with company such as Now You See Me 2 (honestly just watch both of these films on Netflix straight away if you haven’t seen them) and Gone in Sixty Seconds this film, despite its rating, seems to be one that is well worth watching. Indeed, Netflix has already confirmed a sequel will be gracing our screens and this is in no doubt due to the response.

If you’re stuck without anything to watch this week before summatives and formatives restart I think I’ve just given you an answer! (Don’t worry if you haven’t got Netflix because the Xbox in Central does and you can borrow the controllers from the Porter in exchange for the deposit of your campus card).

The Greatest Film You’ve Probably Never Seen… Or Even Heard Of

What if I were to tell you that there is a film you can watch that brings Ray Winstone and Football together without his head screaming the latest Bet 365 in-play offer at you? Well, as unlikely as this seems, it is true and the film has been around a lot longer than in-play betting (Ray even has luscious on-screen locks!). The film goes by the title ‘There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble’ and despite being released in 2000, my mention of the title amongst film and football fans alike often produces a mystified look and questions along the lines of ‘who’s Jimmy Grimble?’.

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Well here’s the answer: Jimmy Grimble is a nobody. A Manchester City fan who, by his own admission, is ‘trapped in the heart of a United jungle’ (Greenock High School). Not interested in much else, football is Jimmy’s escape from merciless pretty boy, and resident school bully, Gordon Burley – although it doesn’t help that Burley is the school football team’s best player. The skewer around which the storyline winds is the Manchester Schools Cup and Greenock’s progression within the tournament.

But a mere Cinderella story this is not. Greenock is located in an area of Manchester rife with deprivation and the football within the film begins to serve the purpose of relief from some extremely real and well thought out sub-stories. Indeed, Jimmy’s is not a nuclear family and the progression of his mother’s relationships provide a story all on their own. Then there’s the PE Teacher, Mr Wirrall (Robert Carlyle), and his struggle to cope with life after professional football. Add to this mix Ken Burley, Gordon’s father, who will do anything at all to ensure his son makes it as a pro and plays above his mediocre level at Crewe.

Indeed, it’s easy to see why one would need the relief of the football and yet none of these are the most important sub-plot in the film. That honour falls upon an old lady living in a set of council houses ready for demolition. Jimmy meets said woman by chance as he sprints to escape another kicking from Burley and co, and after spending years thinking his motor neurons were stopping his footballing abilities this chance meeting would change Jimmy’s life. Mrs Brewer bestows upon Jimmy a pair of football boots reminiscent of a time when football boots were actually boots with the promise that these are magic, a notion the viewer begins to believe as they see Grimble become the Messi of the Manchester Schools Cup.

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Without giving the entire story away there isn’t much else I can say about this one other than make a nod to the cast. With Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Gina McKee and Ben Miller in tow the beauty of this small-scale film lies in the ability of these seasoned actors to support the younger actors Lewis McKenzie, Ciaran Griffiths and Samia Longchambon (nee Ghadie) to name a few through the process of crafting a well thought out narrative. Indeed, of these three two have gone on to become successful actors in their own rights with Samia occupying the longstanding role of Maria in Coronation Street and Ciaran starring as Mickey Maguire in Shameless for five years. Not a bad cast, eh?

In addition, I decided to do a little research and compare this film with others that have the same 6.6 rating on movie website IMDb. I decided I’d bring my comparisons here with children’s films only as this is just that, a film focused at a young audience. However, I was shocked to see that the film rated as highly as classics such as The Polar Express and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York as well as, the not so classic but still pretty good, The Secret Life of Pets. The phrase ‘illustrious company’ may be pushing it, but there’s no doubt that a 6.6 is good going.

So why have very few heard of this film, especially when it won the Berlin International Film Festival Best Picture Award? Well it had a limited release at Box Office and from my research the DVD is online but it’s not one that you can really shop around to buy with limited retailers stocking it. Your best bet if you’re interested is to buy from a download site such as iTunes or Amazon video, but this one is well worth a watch.