Monthly Media Roundup: May

The semester has ended and summer is here! We know after this Spring you’re going to need a lounge and chill break. Therefore, we’ve collected the top media for this month so you can consume all you missed while you were buried in final exams and projects. Movies, music, TV, podcasts–you name it!

*Disclaimer: Some language and content may not be suitable for all audiences*

New Movie/TV Releases in May 2019

It seems as if Disney will never stop pushing out content–not that we’re complaining or anything. Disney’s Aladdin came out on the 24th and we were completely blown away by the effects, colors, and music. If you loved and remember the animated classic from your childhood, we recommend not missing out on the live action!

Whether you identify with the academic overachiever or not, Booksmart is a story filled with friendship, hilarity, and a refreshing wit. Two best friends spend the night before their high school graduation cramming four years of missed parties and fun into one night neither could have prepared or studied for. This is a must-see for all the students and nostalgic-fond out there.

Detective Pikachu was a cute movie perfect for any Pokémon fan. The movie was fast-paced, and lovers of Ryan Reynolds will find themselves head over heels infatuated with this Pikachu.

Rocketman is more than an Elton John biopic, it weaves together the highs and lows of a man trying to figure out how to live while being himself. Just like real life and how Elton himself intended, the movie shows the high highs and the low lows of the musician’s career. While the film is a true story, it includes an exuberant fantasy element that only an Elton John movie can have.

Lucifer Season 4 was released this May and we are all on Team Lucifer. Each season seems to grow crazier than the last, but if our family was as dysfunctional as Lucifer’s it wouldn’t be surprising. Get ready for some new characters and a few well-planned twists, because if the King of Hell is involved you can bet it won’t go smoothly. And if you’ve never seen the show before now is the perfect time to catch up!

Animal Kingdom was also renewed for its fourth season this month. The show follows a crime family in the surf community of Southern California. Family drama takes on a whole new meaning when you mom is a crime boss. If you haven’t had the chance to get hooked on this series we definitely recommend!

New Music/Podcasts Corner

This month’s curated jams are meant to kickstart your summer! We’ve collected hits from all the major genres to bring you a diverse summer soundtrack for any listener. You’ll see artists such as Vampire Weekend, Weezer, Khalid, and even Bananarama.

Of this month’s top trending music videos, the top spot goes to Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s new single, “I Don’t Care.” With over 70 millions views, it is obvious fans are loving the collaboration. The song is fast an upbeat–perfect for summer joyrides with the windows rolled down.

Why do we all find pop songs so catchy? Why do we get them stuck in our heads more often and frequently than other genres? Musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding examine pop songs in our culture in order to explain why it’s so popular. Whether you’re fans of pop or not, Switched on Pop is a great summer listening podcast!

Sticking with a musical theme, our next recommended podcast is called Walking The Floor and is hosted by the guitarist Chris Shiflett. Chris interviews different musicians, artists, athletes, and writer in one-on-one interviews discussing their motivation and creative process. This is an easy summer listening podcast that will have you re falling in love with beloved artists and songwriters.

Trending Light Reads

How to Work 40 Hours in 16.7 (The Simple Technique That Gave Me My Life Back)” by Chris Winfield

We all want to increase productivity and manage our time wisely, but it’s hard to find methods that work for each of our schedules and lives. Chris Winfield brings to light a new way of approaching tasks with a simple solution you can customize and build up to in order to maximize efficiency–and all you need is 25 minutes.

5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail” by James Clear

It’s easy during the summer to develop and pick up new habits you want to take into the fall semester or even the rest of your life. And while it’s great to improve skills, or health, or food consumption, it can be difficult to maintain newly introduced practices and improvements. James Clear outlines in his article the five mistakes people generally make which cause habits not to last. Give it a read and learn how to not fall into the common trap of getting overwhelmed too fast!

Good News of the Month

Perry Shoemaker, a 48-year-old mother of three, crossed the finish line of the Eugene Marathon with a record time allowing her to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. This has been Perry’s dream her entire life, and she is now the second-oldest women to ever qualify. She is supported by her husband and kids as they help her pursue her goals. Perry is a rising example that it is never too late, or too wrong a time, to follow your dreams.

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