11 Netflix Shows to Binge-watch

Every weekend, you may be studying for the SAT, writing your college apps, meeting your family members, or living in a PC-bang for the whole week. However, we all know that you are going to spend at least some time on Netflix. So, here’s a list of movies to keep you entertained.

Mindhunter

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Recently premiering its second season, Mindhunter has been screening back-chilling episodes of psychological drama. Majority of the episodes were produced by David Fincher, the mastermind behind Seven, Zodiac, and other mystery thrillers. The show follows the story of a new unit from the FBI called Behavioral Science Unit as it interviews past serial killers to chase for potential ones. Shocking us with appalling scenes-such as Ed Kemper (Co-ed killer) describing his murders and Jerry Brudos (shoe-fetish killer) finding pleasure in high-heels-Mindhunter is favored by avid crime tv show junkies, delving deeper into the minds and confessions of world-famous serial killers. Although the second season does not give us the tight unsettling experience, it is still one of the most intense shows on Netflix. 

 

Black Mirror

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Gaining an avid fandom, Director Charlie Brooker’s social commentary drama quickly became one of the central and most popular shows on Netflix. Consisting of individual storylines for each episode, the show clearly depicts a skewed view of dystopian future, subtly disturbing the audience with its close resemblance to reality. In addition to its series, the Christmas special that offered a game

 

Hannibal

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Extrapolating the framework of the storyline in Thomas Harris’s novel Red Dragon, Hannibal follows the story of the relationship between an unstable FBI agent, who is able to reconstruct murders from the crime scene, and his therapists, who is a copycat killer. Although the show illustrates one of the most gruesome murder scenes in history, the plot, performance, and visual are beautifully and elaborately constructed. It has already been 4 years since season 3 and left us in a dead-end with its cliff-hanger. Since its beginning, the series has been critically acclaimed and is still remembered as one of the best TV crime dramas. 

 

Breaking Bad

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No matter how disconnected you are from the media, it would be a shame if you haven’t heard of this show: Breaking Bad. Accompanying the story of a high school chemistry teacher on his path to becoming one of the most infamous drug lords, the series grapples the audience with unexpected twists and turns of the plot. Although it has been more than 6 years since its season, a trailer of the sequel as a movie premiered, prompting avid fans to rewatch the whole 62 episodes. 

 

Stranger Things

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Recently returning with its third season, the nostalgic sci-fi show continues its reign as one of the most popular shows on Netflix. Set in the suburban town in its 80s, the story follows four boys, along with a girl with psychokinetic powers, investigating the world of “upside” that constantly disrupts the reality amid supernatural events. Developed with a strong and structured plotline, the show also consists of moments of nostalgia of the 80s and comedy, further enthralling the audience. 

 

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson & The Assassination of Gianni Versace

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Similar to the renowned series American Horror Story, the American Crime Story developed two 10 episode mini-series: the trial of O.J. Simpson and murder of Gianni Versace. Developing a story around the two of the most infamous events in America, the series is compelling enough on its own. Furthermore, the performance by actors in the first series (Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian) was riveting in such that they received a 22 Emmy nominations. As captivating as the first season, the second season does not fail our expectations: it reveals an eccentric, darkly skewed characteristic of the murderer of Gianni Versace. Overall, both shows give us a new, dramatic insight into what might have happened in these global, notorious events. 

 

Dark

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As the first German Netflix Original series, Dark is a brooding and volatile sci-fi series. What might seem like a simple mystery series about a missing teenager, it takes a twist into time travel. Although the show may be dull or too convoluted when compared to other sci-fi series such as stranger things, it is because Dark has a mature storyline, illustrating how characters would react to such supernatural events in real life. 

 

Masters of None

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Produced by the prominent comedian Aziz Ansari, Masters of None is a light comedy show beloved by the Millenials as it follows the life of a New York-based actor who struggles to live his young and single life. While some of its scenes aim for light comedy, it delves deeper into how the world really works, instead of one-dimensional comic characters. Each episode deals with specific themes ranging from old age, racism, parents, infidelity, and more. Although this show sometimes fails to deliver both its message and comedy and consists of a narrow audience, it is worth a try. 

 

Maniac

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As a short 10 episode mini-series, Maniac delivers a straightforward yet skewed plot, along with trippy visuals and excellent performance by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Accounting the story of two strangers drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, the story digs deeper into each character’s personal issues as the experiment does not go as it is planned. Each episode focuses on the two character’s past while illustrating their bounded relationship in each realm. Although the tension of each episodes gradually dwindles, the almost-hallucinatory visuals make it up. If you are a fervent fan of trippy and eccentric visuals, it is definitely a show you should watch. 

 

Bates Motel

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Based on the iconic thriller Psycho, the 6-year-old television show delivers a solid and chilling plot and performance. After the death of her husband, the mother and her son moves into a small town and opens up a small hotel. Their close and intimate relationship, however,  is not normal and even harmful for each other. Expanding the plot of Psycho, it delineates how the son’s intimate bond with his mother forged him to become a serial killer. Although the scenes are not as gruesome as other serial killer series, the character’s development of an unstable mind draws the audience’s attention. 

 

Atlanta

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Directed by Donald Glover (a.k.a. Rapper Childish Gambino), Atlanta is a comedy television show, following the life a Princeton drop-out working as a manager for his cousin, a rising rap star in Atlanta. It portrays how the characters navigate themselves in the jungle of Atlanta music industry. Rather than a simple music industry drama, it strongly illustrates the relationship between race and money, delving into the life of a poor black male in Atlanta. Along with its suitable soundtracks, Atlanta is an eccentric television show, as evidenced by critical acclaims and accolades. 

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Mark Park (’20)

What You Should Be Doing On Weekends

No more “Netflix and chill”. Here’s what you should really be doing over the weekend.

Stop and drop whatever you’re doing. Are you reading this article on a weekend? Good, jump straight ahead. Perhaps you’re reading this on a weekday, per say, Tuesday (the worst, in my opinion, since you’re not quite at the end of the week, and barely rested after the dreadful Monday). Hopefully, you will survive until Friday, when you’re rewarded with two, seemingly short and yet glorious days of Saturday and Sunday, when you can forget about waking up early and frantically catching the school bus. Hey, but don’t just waste those two precious days sleeping in and doing absolutely nothing. Blueprint is here to bring you some amazing ways you could be spending your weekend.

 

  1. Have brunch with friends

Obviously, nobody on Earth (especially students) is willing to wake up at eight in the morning to catch an early breakfast. In that sense, brunch is great; you get to sleep in and still have some of those drool-provoking waffles and pancakes, with the side of bacon and scrambled eggs. Brunch is definitely a privilege just to be enjoyed on the weekends because on the weekdays, the appropriate timeframe of eating brunch is all devoted to studying, studying, and studying. Treat yourself with the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch. Oh and of course, share the savory meal with your friends. You may be bored of seeing your friends again after five constant days with them at school. But meeting up with them on a weekend while having brunch isn’t something you want to pass on!

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  1. Don’t forget alone time

Weekends are the go-to time to reward yourself with some alone time. Nobody really likes being lonely. But excluding yourself from the chaos and drama happening at school and being alone even just for a while really helps you fully relax. So put down that smartphone, and turn off notifications. Make some popcorn, get comfy, and watch a movie or two (that you’ve been dying to watch but just never had the time for). The weekends are the best time to get away from the noisiness and to give yourself some healing time. This way, you’ll be both rested and loosened up, ready for another school week.

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  1. Get some work done on Saturday, not Sunday

We’ve all been there: cramming every homework to the last minute. Or worse, putting off studying for a major test until the very last day possible. Usually, students find themselves procrastinating on Saturdays and basically dying on Sundays. At this point in life, you should really begin learning how to space out the workload you’re given to finish over the weekends. Especially because Fridays are always A through H blocks in KIS, we are bound to receive lots of homework from all the classes. Having said that, make sure to finish the small things on Saturday like the formative assignments, so that you have lots of time to work on studying for tests and projects. Don’t procrastinate! (or at least try not to).

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  1. Exercise!

I know. You may be thinking “Ew.”  But exercise has a lot to do with your mental state; it’s important to keep yourself happy on the weekends. According to WebMD, “improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of physical activity” because “when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins”, which “trigger a positive feeling in the body”. The production of endorphins leads to an energized body as well as an increase in positivity. Weekends are great to just chill at home or outside with your friends, but you should also consider pulling out that inner athlete in you and hitting the gym. Simply taking a walk as short as thirty minutes will also reduce stress and boost self-esteem. We tend to stay inside the entire weekend if we don’t have any plans, but getting some exercise is not a bad idea! After all, you’re only benefiting from it.

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  1. Family time is KEY

Definitely devote some time during your weekend to spend with your family, whether it be siblings, parents, or grandparents. It’s quite difficult to interact with your family during the weekdays without getting distracted by school work or extracurricular activities. So why not take the time on weekends to spend with the best people on Earth? Watch a movie, eat dinner, or even just having a long conversation over tea. Catching up with your family should be a priority when it comes to how you spend your weekends because most likely, they’re people who are always there for you. So spread the love and enjoy the time being!

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Saturdays and Sundays are to be cherished! Don’t be the one who whines “where did my weekend go” at 11 p.m. on a Sunday night. Get your school work done efficiently and really relish the time off school. School, drama, and checking your phone or Macbook should be the last of your concerns during the weekends. Take advantage of it and own the weekend!

 

– Leona Maruyama (’17)