It’s the end of the school year, and whatever motivation anyone had is now swept away with the promise of summer and internships and no homework. If you’re anything like me, you’re avoiding at least two projects and quite possibly some studying. In a few days, your procrastination will lead to your world crashing down around you and you bitterly regretting every decision that has led you to this overworked point. But, until then, enjoy some movies and television shows that are perfect for wasting time and pretending summer has already started.
1. Pacific Rim
Rinko Kikuchi plays Mako Mori, the awesome action hero of Pacific Rim. Image courtesy of Warner Bros./EW.
I love cheesy science fiction. I love it with all of my heart and soul. And modern cheesy science fiction really doesn’t get better than Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s homage to the 1950s Japanese monster movie. The movie is filled with attractive people of all nationalities, there’s a badass female character, and the soundtrack is awesome. Also, giant monsters fighting giant human-piloted robots. If you’re looking to spend an enjoyable two hours and eleven minutes without using your brain, this is the distraction for you.
This was an awesome movie when I was little, and it’s even more awesome now that I am (technically) an adult. Mulan is a sassy heroine who don’t conform to no traditional gender roles. She’s too busy saving China for romance, although she does garner the attention of one of the more attractive Disney males. Mulan gets so much done, it makes up for all of the work you’re not doing. And if you’re needing motivation, this song will definitely help.
Mads Mikkelson is ridiculously creepy as Hannibal Lecter on Hannibal. Just look at him. He even looks scary. Image courtesy of Brooke Palmer/NBC/EW.
Because I just didn’t have enough obsessions, I had to go out and get a new one. This super creepy TV show is oddly addictive, and I seriously can’t stop. Every episode, I question the life choices I made that led me to watch a show about a psychopathic cannibal and the equally crazy FBI agent attempting to catch him. However, the beautiful cinematography, excellent writing, and strong acting keeps me tuning in for more psychological weirdness. If you’re looking to waste a few hours being freaked out yet entertained, this is totally the show for you.
4. Parks and Recreation
If a psychological thriller isn’t your style but you’re still looking to mainline some TV, Parks and Rec is the perfect show for you. It’s hilarious and sweet, with one of the best ensemble casts currently on television. There’s a reason everyone’s obsessed with it. If you’ve seen all of Leslie Knope’s adventures already, you show go ahead and watch them again. It’s a fun, light pastime that doesn’t involve doing any work whatsoever.
5. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
While this content is not on television, it’s definitely a TV show. This modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice on Youtube is very funny and very addicting, and takes a good ten hours to watch all at once. If you’re a romantic comedy lover and have a paper to avoid, I would definitely recommend checking out the first episode of this lovely show.
6. Movie marathons
You can be this happy as well if your skip all of your work and just watch Star Wars instead. Image courtesy of EW.
The Boston Marathon was last Monday, but your movie marathon is just beginning. There are so many wonderful, time-consuming marathon options. There a boatload of super-long trilogies out there, just waiting to be used as procrastination tools. Watch the original Star Wars trilogy! Lord of the Rings is great because it’s super long and also freakin’ awesome. Go for Nolan’s Batman, or watch all of the Avengers movies in a row. When you just can’t choose one movie, go for several. Go for several all at once.
There’s a whole world of media, just waiting to be consumed by you at the least opportune time. Why work when you can relax and be filled with regret later in life? Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some very important procrastination to do.