Netflix & Chill

By Savannah Barrow 

As the holidays grow nearer and the fall semester wanes, your favorite spot on the couch beckons you as the weather chills. The movies and shows on this list are sure to keep you there. Silence your cell phone, grab your fuzzy blanket and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s because the feature presentation is about to begin; it’s time for a Netflix binge.

How to Get Away with Murder:  In this new enthralling TV series, award-winning actress Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating, a compelling professor of defense law who also teaches a class with the intriguing title, “How to Get Away with Murder.” 

Keating, who doubles as a defense lawyer, chooses her best students to help with cases at her law firm. The limits of characters are tested when mysteries develop and secrets are revealed. There are dynamic characters, creative story lines, and the acting is on point. The show is as over the top as it is dramatic and unpredictable; entertainment that keeps the audience guessing with every cliffhanger.

The Office: This American adaptation of the British sitcom is set at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This mockumentary follows the lives of the company’s employees, this light-hearted television comedy is great for an easy laugh. Characters are larger-than-life versions of people you likely work with.  The wacky storylines and peculiar characters are what makes this show so loveable by millions of spectators. 

Due to the rather spotty first season, the show may be hard to commit to initially. However, the second season is where the story begins to take off. The unique idiosyncrasies and traits of each character are slowly revealed, showcased by excellent acting. The various storylines are completely over the top and senseless, but completely entertaining. The series recently ended with nine seasons, now it’s waiting for you on Netflix. 

 Custom comic created by Pearl

Custom comic created by Pearl

Pulp Fiction: Arguably Quentin Tarantino’s best film ever, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hit-men working for gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). In this out-of-sequence, suspenseful, and often humorous cult classic, many stories are linked together to create a gripping and witty film. Storylines that are intertwined include those of the gangster’s actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), a struggling boxer, Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis), a master fixer, Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel), and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer). 

In the Academy Award-winning film Tarantino created a movie different than any other made before. Not one line of dialogue is wasted while every character and scene maintains a number of obstacles and chaos. For those who enjoy clever thrillers filled with bizarre events and action in every scene while including timeless comedy, this movie is highly recommended. 

Eddie Murphy’s Delirious: Quite possibly Murphy’s crowning glory when it comes to stand up comedy, Delirious is wildly raunchy and in order for those who aren’t scared of foul language and wickedly great comedic timing. This film was responsible for launching Murphy into mega-stardom. He was fearless when it came to his jokes, rocked some red leather like none other, was good-looking, could do an impression of anyone, and oozed swagger. 

Only 22 years old at the time of filming this routine, the Saturday Night Live legend keeps you laughing throughout the entire show. If you don’t mind obscene, offensive jokes and feel like laughing for 70 straight minutes, this is a routine you’re sure to enjoy. It’s sheer comedy gold

The Twilight Zone: The innovative anthology series, The Twilight Zone is known for it’s captivating, thought-provoking, and at times, unsettling stories. Exceedingly ahead of its time and with every episode different, creator Rod Serling explored everything from fears that everyone possesses including social issues, aliens, time travel, doppelgangers, horror, and sometimes even dark comedy used to mock everyday life. 

To this day the series can be extremely scary and give you an uneasiness that’s oddly appealing and interesting. Although it has been attempted, no one can match the prolific work Serling created in the ‘60s. The series is timelessly brilliant. If you’re interested in a series that’s thought provoking and exciting, this is a show you definitely want to check out. 

The History of Halloween

By Hannah Veazey | Contributor

Two thousand years ago, in what is now modern day Ireland, the Celtics believed that ghosts could enter their world from the spirit realm on the day of their New Year celebration, Nov. 1.  

It was Celtic belief on this night lines blurred between the worlds of life and death. The dearly departed that reentered the physical world weren’t your typical friendly ghosts a la Casper. These were spooks with intentions to cause destruction to crops.

In order to prepare for their dark, cold, harsh winters the Celtics hosted a festival called Samhain. Peoplewould dress up as ghosts in order to confuse the spirits caught between worlds. 

They lit massive bonfires where they offered up animal sacrifices to the Celtic deities as a way to negotiate for a bearable winter, which was typically associated with human death in that day and age. 

In the 18th century Christians turned ‘Samhain’ into ‘All Saints Day’ or ‘All Hallows Eve,’ serving as a springboard for what we know today as Halloween. In the 18th century, ‘souling’ and ‘guising’ were the two most common events that took place during Samhain. 

During souling, the needy families of the community would go begging for food. Soul cakes were given out to these families. In return, the families offered prayers for the dead family members of the people who gave them food. 

During guising, people dressed up and went door to door to ask for food, candy, wine and money in exchange for a performance including songs, stories and comical tales. 

Nineteenth century U.S. witnessed an influx of immigrants from Ireland and Scotland. They brought along their Halloween traditions. 

However, trick-or-treating was not the child-friendly experience we now celebrate. Initially, it began as a holiday for pranksters who would galavant the streets, festooning their neighbors yards with toilet paper, tip over outhouses, knocking off mailboxes and egging unsuspecting kids (if one could afford such luxuries).

 It was not until the 1950s that Halloween became child-friendly, where young ones began dressing up in whatever costume was created with household items. 

It is a novel idea to think that we have evolved from sacrificing goats at the altar of Samhain to knocking door-to-door dressed as Scooby-Doo in hopes of attaining the mythical king-sized Butterfinger.  

Halloween is second only to Christmas in holiday spending: $2.5 billion is spent annually on costumes alone. Factor in candy and the average spending skyrockets to $6 billion. 

The holiday of Halloween is kind of like the game telephone; a belief was presented, and from generation to generation evolved into what we have today.

The Evolution of Horror Cinema

By Savannah Barrow | Contributor

Playing on our fears, nightmares, paranoia and vulnerabilities, horror films have illuminated the darkest recesses of our imagination. Since the publication of the first horror film in 1896, Le Manor du Diable (The Devil’s Castle) which lasted just over three minutes, the genre has found innumerable ways of holding our attention when we want to look away, arousing the need to continually check behind our shoulders and underneath our beds. Here is a breakdown of the genre through the centuries: 

1920s-1930s: The paranoia of foreign invaders coming into and infecting one’s country loomed in the collected conciseness of the global spectrum during this era of expansion. This fear was represented by monster films, particularly vampire films resulting in classics such as Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931) and Vampyr (1932). Classic literature from was also adopted by directors and the monster genre began withFrankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), Freaks (1932) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Moving towards a second global war, the genre would shift again. 

1940s: America joined WWII in 1941 and studios were busy cranking out horror films to entertain the homeland. The idea of anything outside the U.S. being a threat, the proverbial ‘Big Bad Wolf,’ (the Axis Powers) loomed on the outskirts of the country, intending to pounce at the opportune moment. This idea coupled with the shapeshifting legends of the werewolf was promoted through horror flicks such as Universal’s The Wolf Man (1941). RKO took the feline approach, with Cat People (1942).

1950s: WWII birthed the nuke. This helped launch science fiction horror. The fear of global onslaught and nuclear radiation led to movies such as Godzilla (1954), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and The Blob (1958).

1960s: The so-called ‘traditional family’ was shifting. The real horror was close to home. This led to movies that made people fear places and things they once sought comfort in. People were no longer the heroes they were depicted as in previous decades. Watching horror films in this decade was like looking at yourself in a mirror and realizing the mirror reflected the true monster. What humankind was truly capable of was questioned. While every decade got the monster that fit best, the audience of the ‘60s were shown their potential selves: Psycho (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Blood Feast (1963) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

1970s: After the radical social upheaval of the ‘60s the end of the nuclear family unit became undeniable. The youth were protesting and the new stars of the horror genre were freak children. The Exorcist (1973), The Omen (1976), Halloween (1978) and Carrie (1976). The peak of the dysfunctional family was in The Shining (1980).  The first blockbuster was a horror film that made people equally scared of the ocean and their bathtub; Jaws (1975).

1980s: With advances in animatronics and stage make up (such as foam and liquid latex), monsters were able to be deformed and simulated in a more realistic fashion. Film makers were able to create a new culture in horror films. The Thing (1982), Re-Animator (1985), Gremlins (1984) and The Fly (1986), The Lost Boys (1987) are examples of astounding SFX technique.

1990s: Folks became bored by over the top effects. Horror film creators explored a concept not yet explored extensively in previous films: the serial killer. A new lust for blood and tapping into the mind of the serial killer and their victims was more satisfying horror experience. Classic horror films such as Silence of the Lambs (1991), Seven (1995) and Scream (1996) provided a new way to be scared. 

2000s-2010s: The 2000s continue to offer a wider range or horrowwr films than ever. What is there left to entertain us? The fear of an apocalyptic future is what. One of the most popular television shows, The Walking Dead, and movies such as 28 Days Later (2002), Saw (2004), Cloverfield (2008), The Road (2009) and The Mist (2007) challenged people to ask themselves how far they’re willing to go to stay alive.

The 2000s also experimented in films about body distortion, but not in the same way the ‘80s did. Creators from this decade played with combining bodies and ripping them apart as demonstrated in movies similar to The Human Centipede (2009) and The Collector (2009). 

Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013) and The Babadook (2014) brought back the dead, making people scared to turn the lights out. What lies down that dark and winding road in the near future? Only time can tell. Whatever it is, it will scare the daylights out of you.

Last Ride Ghost Tours

By Drew C. Miller | Editor-in-Chief

Dreadfully daunting and horrifically haunting, The Last Ride Ghost Tours of Historic Downtown Brunswick offers a night unlike any other. The Crow’s Nest staff embarked on a tour recently. Guests enter the doom buggy, a 1994 Cadillac Hearse and wager a grim bet with hosts Bernie and April Hann; can you make it through the entirety of the tour without being completely spooked?

Riders are greeted and bestowed with a toe tag naming your cause of death; your ticket to ride. Upon entering the hearse and sitting atop one of the custom built pews inside, you’re informed your hitching a ride in a vehicle that delivered 6,600 silent souls to the afterlife. 

Once mobile, the cool wind dances through your hair and the ghastly blue hue of the interior light creates an eerie effect for passengers. However, the night breeze is not what sends chills down your spine. 

Riders are taken on a tour through the Historic District of Brunswick, frequenting stops that give a macabre history of the area; phantasmagorical stories filled with bloodshed, heartbreak and all things that go bump in the night.

The appeal of the Last Ride Ghost Tours does not solely reside in the stories told. Funny anecdotes and side jokes are peppered into the legends, the Hanns warmly greet riders and all in all tourists get a glimpse of the silent beauty Historic Brunswick offers under the shade of nightfall. 

The Last Ride Ghost Tours give riders a new knowledge base and appreciation for the spanning history of Brunswick. Last Ride Ghost Tours offer discounts to CCGA students. For more information call 912-265-2666.

 

Take It Back To The Nineties

By Erin Broomell | Copy Editor

Nostalgia for the ‘90s is exploding among Millennials like Pam Anderson out of her Baywatch-issued one-piece. In retail stores it’s crop-tops and overalls. “Boy Meets World” has returned to TV in an updated version titled “Girl Meets World”. New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys have returned with an international tour. Much of present day pop-culture can be credited to the decade colorful enough to give rise to Nirvana, Hanson and TLC – all on cassette tape!

If you’ve ever ended a sentence with, “Sike!” it’s likely you once thought the songs we’ve hand-picked were all that and a bag of potato chips. If you’re a little confused YouTube our ‘90s picks and discover a part of the decade that was too legit to quit. 

Alt-Rock Anthems

For many Millennials a leather jacket and grainy, black and white video is likened to The 1975’s video for “Chocolate.” For Generation X it might conjure images from the Pixies’ video of “Where Is My Mind?” Originally released in 1988 this song was revived in 1996 on the soundtrack for the movie “Fight Club.” It’s the song whose oscillating minor chords likely kept you listening even after the credits where rolling. Too punk? Give Spin Doctors “Two Princes” a listen. Carful, it’s catchy. Many of Generation X spent time trying to get it out of their heads.

Slow and Steady

A guy. His guitar. Soulful sounds and a whole lot love. No, not Ed Sheeran.  In 1991 that was Mr. Big. If you like Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” you won’t be disappointed by Mr. Big’s “To Be With You.” Both songs spent time on the Billboard Hot 100. Mr. Big made it to the number one spot while Sheeran peaked at number two.

Chords and Confessions

If you liked Hozier’s dark and irreverent metaphorical references in “Take Me To Church,” listen to Joan Osborne’s “One Of Us” from 1996. Neither is for the easily offended. Both songs received Grammy nominations for Song of the Year.

Mixtape Madness

Kendrick Lamar’s style is heavily influenced by West Coast gangsta rap of the 1990s. However, in his song “Alright” the themes of social and mental unrest are akin to that of “Tennessee” by Arrested Development. The song features a sample from Prince’s “Alphabet Street.”

Cool Runnings

Reggae-fusion artists like Rihanna, Magic and OMI owe their genre’s popularity to the ‘90s artists who shaped the genre. Give a listen to Inner Circle’s “Sweat” from 1993. They’re one of many artists who brought dance-hall influenced music into the limelight during the mid1990s.

It’s all Country to Me

Whether Darius Rucker is the man who made or marred “Wagon Wheel” for you, the album “No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo is praised by country, Americana and folk music fans alike. The record is considered one of the most important alternative country albums. Uncle Tupelo and similar alternative country bands paved the way for many cross-over country artists like Darius Rucker.