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As CollectiveSmash continues on our journey through the Star Trek films with the #ToBoldyWatch series, the Collective and Keysmash Blog have put together a couple of Five Things posts that we want to share with you. Below, are the top 5 picks of our Collective writers on the most iconic Star Trek guest appearances over the years. Be sure to visit Keysmash Blog to check out “Five Things: Iconic Catchphrases”.

Enjoy!

The Collective Bloggers love a good binge watch and so we present to you “Netflix and Chill”, a series in which our newest collected contributor,Ardeospina, binge watches a Netflix Original show, let’s us know her thoughts and whether or not we should put in the time. I am excited for this series of reviews, because I’ve been wanting to watch a bunch of these shows and films, but I like to get an opinion first, before committing. Below isArdeospina’s SPOILER FREE review. Enjoy and let us know whether you plan to watch or, if you already have, your thoughts on the show’s bingeworthiness in the comments below. 

Diva


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Beasts of No Nation Review: “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going”

Directed by Cary Fukunaga of “True Detective” fame, “Beasts of No Nation” is the story of Agu, a young African boy forced to become a child soldier after his family is torn apart by civil war. If that sounds horrifying to you, good. It’s supposed to be horrifying. It’s supposed to be shocking. It’s supposed to be an isolated incident, but it’s depressingly common. It’s a very intense, important film.

I am a bit of a music snob.

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Meaning, I regularly turn my nose up at popular music, preferring instead to listen to the tunes that inspire rather than the blather played on the radio or on the charts. The thing is, in 2013, those lines were blurred, and not in a rape-y, Robin Thicke sort of way.

I not only gorged on my usual obscure, artsy music, but I happened to fall in love with some of the hottest albums released on 2013. Here are the 10 albums I listened to obsessively in 2013 and will continue to bump in 2014. If you haven’t heard of the band or the album, click the links, check out the videos and give ’em a listen.

I hope you will find something on this eclectic list that catches your fancy.

xoxo

The Collectiva Diva

The Music

1) Born to Die the Paradise Edition by Lana Del Rey

Released in November 2012, The Paradise Edition of Born to Die is a double album with 8 extra songs in addition to the original Born to Die discography. Lana’s voice is ethereal and her lyrics are hardcore. She is a perfect mixture of a Lolita seductress and a ride or die chick. The singer reminds me of that bad ass party girl I know from the streets of Hollywood; as comfortable piss drunk at a house party in burbs of West Covina as she is lounging by the roof top pool at The Standard. Interested in watching a 27 minute short film set to the tune of Paradise? Check out Tropico, starring Lana Del Rey as Eve, a stripper and other archetypal roles she’s bloody good at playing.

“Yayo”