Best Netflix Originals

This listicle was written and published for The Mosaic.

Kitty Williams

While Netflix may not always have the best movies or television series at the ready, it certainly makes up for it with the original movies and series it provides. The popular streaming service introduced its first Netflix Original in 2013 and now they have an originals list of over 50 series. Here are some of the best series this category has to offer.

  1. Black Mirror

This show began in 2011 and aired on television until Netflix commissioned its third and most recent season. This British anthology has been likened to The Twilight Zone, and for good reason. The show addresses the future of technology and the problems that come along with it in a mesmerizing yet terrifying way.

  1. Derek

Ricky Gervais plays the titular character in this heartwarming mock documentary series. Derek is a good-hearted and childlike caretaker in a nursing home who truly loves what he does. His friends include Dougie, the curmudgeon janitor who constantly sports a frown and a silly haircut, and Kev, who doesn’t work there but hangs around to drink beer and make crude jokes.

  1. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Creator Tina Fey makes the dreary seem bright in this original series starring Ellie Kemper as the optimistic Kimmy Schmidt. Kimmy lived in a bunker for many years when a cult leader told her the world was ending. After escaping, she learns to live in New York City alongside roommate and aspiring actor Titus Andromedon.

  1. The Crown

This series, which premiered earlier this month, follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Claire Foy stars as a young Queen Elizabeth II in this inside look into the life of royalty. The show begins with Elizabeth’s marriage and continues on to show her reign as Queen of England and all that it entails, including her interactions with Winston Churchill.

  1. Grace and Frankie

Sol and Robert are business partners turned lovers who have kept their love a secret from their wives for the past 20 years. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as Grace and Frankie, the wives who don’t always get along but learn to get through this tough time together. After they learn that their husbands plan on getting married, they decide to live together in their beach house. The series follows their complicated lives with great humor as their families merge in an unexpected way.

  1. Stranger Things

In a town where bad things never seem to happen, terror strikes when a young boy goes missing. This brand new release, inspired by the theories about the Montauk Project on Long Island, follows a group of teenagers as they try to find their missing friend, Will. While searching, the young boys find a girl with supernatural abilities who escaped from government experiments. Together, they work to find what took Will and bring Will home alive.

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Banned Books Week

This article was written as a look ahead for Banned Books Week at Salve Regina University. It was published for The Mosaic.

Kitty Williams

The Salve Regina community will explore the theme of diversity for this year’s Banned Books Week beginning September 26th. This event series, sponsored by the American Library Association, will inspire discussions about diversity and censorship. Students will be made aware of books that have been banned because the author is of a certain race, sexuality, or writes of things deemed offensive.

Events will begin on Monday, September 26th with “Blind Date with a Banned Book” in Miley Lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be a table set up with banned books. The titles will be covered so the only information presented will be the reason it was banned. Students are invited to come pick out a book to read.

On Wednesday, September 28th, students and faculty will read passages from banned books on the McKillop Lawn as part of the “Read-Out” from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will also be performers singing and dancing.

To wrap things up, on Thursday, September 29th, there will be a screening of The Color Purple in DiStefano Lecture Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. This film is adapted from a novel of the same name by Alice Walker. There will be a caramel apple station set up as well.

Dawn Emsellem, Director of Library Services, has been working with Special Programs Librarian Kiki Butler, along with Dr. Harrington-Lueker, and students Patty Socarras and Marrissa Ballard since last semester to make this event happen.

Emsellem is very passionate about this project and believes it is an important one to have college students participate in as they prepare to go out into the world. “This needs to happen in a place where a diversity of voices and opinions in celebrated, and literature is a way to see different ways of being and discover who you are,” says Emsellem. “Personally, I feel that empathy and the impulse to understand the lives of others is something that is sorely needed right now.”

Marrissa Ballard, co-chair of the planning committee, also believes this is an important event. Ballard emphasizes that the planning committee’s main focus was always how to be faithful to the theme of diversity. “In the name of diversity, we tried to be as inclusive as possible of all different populations.”

Ballard notes that many classics have been banned. “A lot of books that people read in school have been banned at one time.” Even children’s books have been banned; one in particular, And Tango Makes Three, has been banned for featuring a relationship between two male penguins.

Banned Books Week began in 2014 as a celebration of our freedom to read. Come participate in these events to learn more about these banned books and explore new ideas.

12 Last-Minutes Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is approaching quickly; do you have a costume yet? Not to worry. Here are some last minute costumes you can put together with items you already have.

 

Group Costumes

Zenon (number of people: any)

Wear any solid-colored spandex pants and long sleeves if you want to recreate this Disney Channel throwback.

 

Sex and the City (number of people: 4)

Honestly, this costume is just for four people who feel like dressing up a bit. Just be sure to take an online quiz that tells you which Sex and the City character you are so you’re prepared when people ask you who you’re supposed to be.

 

Friends (number of people: 6)

This is the perfect time to wear that outfit your roommate wouldn’t let you go out in public in because it was “too 90s.”

 

 

 

Inside Out (number of people: 5)

Choose an emotion and dress entirely in the corresponding color.

 

Solo Costumes

Cookie Lyons from Empire

This costume requires a lot of leopard print and even more sass.

Cher Horowitz from Clueless

Blazer and plaid skirt required, shopping bags and fuzzy pen optional.

 

Kimmy Schmidt from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Break out the neon clothes you promised yourself you would never wear in the same outfit.

 

 

Rosie the Riveter

This costume requires a chambray button down, a red bandana, and a willingness to do the pose whenever anybody asks you to (because everyone will).

 

Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

This costume is for the person who has a closet full of black clothing and an ability to braid hair.

 

Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries

Calling all frizzy-haired girls who own Doc Martens and a school uniform of any kind: embrace the frizz.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaun from Shaun of the Dead

It’s time to break out that ketchup-stained shirt you keep forgetting to clean.

 

Jim Halpert’s Halloween costume from The Office

This one is simple, really. Get a nametag and write literally any name you want on it.

 

Be sure to show off your costume at the Day of the Dead Dance in Ochre Court on Friday, October 30. There will be prizes! Tickets are on sale for $5 in Wakehurst.

Netflix Meets Studying

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The intelligent students of Salve Regina University are always studying, even when watching Netflix. The key is to watch something related to your major. Here is some study material:

 

Administration of Justice: Dexter

This series is about a forensic expert who spends his free time killing those who slip through the cracks of the justice system.

 

American Studies: Lee Daniels’ The Butler

See the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a White House butler in this award-winning film.

 

Art and Art History: How to Steal a Million

Audrey Hepburn plays the daughter of a man who forges paintings in this 1966 film.

 

Biology and Biomedical Sciences: Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy follows a team of intern surgeons as they learn the ropes in this medical drama.

 

Business Studies and Economics: The Office

This NBC comedy series documents the lives of those who work at Dunder Mifflin, a paper-selling company. It is set almost entirely inside the office building and yet so little work is documented.

 

Chemistry: Breaking Bad

Walter White uses his knowledge of chemistry to make some questionable decisions in this award-winning series.

 

Cultural and Historic Preservation: National Treasure

This action-packed film follows two men who race against each other to find a treasure, coming across many historical artifacts along the way.

 

Education: Mona Lisa Smile

In this film, Julia Roberts plays a teacher who inspires her students to want to learn.

 

English and Communications: His Girl Friday

An oldie but a goodie, this film follows a reporter who tries to quit and an editor who tries to hang on to her.

 

Environmental Studies: Blackfish

This documentary shows the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity.

 

 

Global Studies: An Idiot Abroad

Take a look at the globe from the perspective of a homebody who is sent abroad at the request of Ricky Gervais in this practical joke turned TV series.

 

History: Hotel Rwanda

This movie shows how one man can make a difference during the Hutu and Tutsi conflict in Rwanda.

 

Math: Good Will Hunting

In this Oscar nominated film, Matt Damon plays a mathematical genius who spends his time mopping up the floors of a university’s halls rather than learning in its classrooms.

 

Modern and Classical Languages: 2 Autumns, 3 Winters

This film, showing how a relationship evolves, was featured in the French Film Festival last year on campus for those of you who were not able to attend.

 

Music, Theater and Dance: Footloose

Dancing is outlawed in this film full of dancing.

 

Nursing: Call the Midwife

This BBC series follows the duties of a group of midwives in 1950s London.

 

Philosophy: Hector and the Search for Happiness

A man travels the world on his own in order to find out what makes people happy in this film starring Simon Pegg.

 

Political Sciences: House of Cards

Follow Frank Underwood as he climbs the ladder of power with his wife in this Netflix Original series.

 

Psychology: Silver Linings Playbook

This film deals with mental disorders and how they affect romantic and family relationships.

 

Religious and Theological Studies: The Passion of the Christ

This two-hour film focuses on the final twelve hours of Jesus’s life.

 

Social Work: Cyberbully

A teenager copes with being bullied online in this ABC Family original movie.

 

Sociology and Anthropology: Amélie

A young woman spends her life making the people around her happy after she does a good deed and sees the joy it brings to others in this French film.