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The future of meritocracy

It is a basic tenet of the American Dream that if you work hard, you will be rewarded. Today, that is no longer true. As technology continues to widen the gap between the winners and losers of the economic rat race, we need to figure out how to incentivize people to try in spite of increasingly low odds of success.

Top 5 Netflix films or TV series to watch instead of television pilots

Although autumn is rife with new series on television, not everything is guaranteed to be great. Television pilots can’t accurately determine the quality of a show, but these four series currently airing on television (the exception being “Manhattan Love Story,” which was recently cancelled) have continued to disappoint. Here are our suggestions of what you…

The Top 5 Independent Films on Netflix (in no particular order)

Tired of mainstream films and want to explore the endless treasure chest that is independent film? If so, this list is for you.

“Frances Ha”
Another “quirky” movie featuring twenty-somethings struggling with post-grad crises in the big city? Nuh-uh. “Frances Ha,” directed by Noah Baumbach, is like no other. The film centers around Frances Halladay (Greta Gerwig), who tries to make it as a modern dancer in New York. Frances struggles with her relationship with her best friend Sophie, her romantic interests, her identity as a dancer and the ever nagging issue of how to pay rent. According to Sophie, “the only people who can afford to be artists in New York are rich.” The beauty of the movie resides in Frances’ undying enthusiasm despite her struggles. The film may come off as a little weak plot-wise, but it makes up for it with stunningly realistic and humorous dialogue, a wicked soundtrack (Bowie, anyone?) and a dazzling performance by Gerwig. “Frances Ha” is not to be missed.