What to watch during the snow day


Nothing warms a snowed-in college student like the warm glow of a television. Here are The Berkeley Beacon’s picks for the best way to spend your day off.


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The Interview (film): It seems to be our American obligation to sit through this tepid Seth Rogen comedy, which went from being available nowhere to being inescapable for anyone with a working ECwireless connection.

— Jason Madanjian / Beacon Staff


Snowpiercer (film): Unlike the MBTA, the Snowpiercer runs in blizzard conditions—its sheer speed keeps the train from freezing. This movie will make you glad you’re inside your toasty dorm room or apartment eating something other than processed bugs.

— Jack Adams / Beacon Staff


Peaky Blinders (TV series): For those all caught up on Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, Peaky Blinders is a hidden gem of the period genre. Starring Cillian Murphy, the show follows the Peaky Blinders gang in post-WWI England as leader Thomas Shelby tries to move up in the world.

— Jack Adams / Beacon Staff


The Conspiracy (film): A couple of filmmakers become engrossed by a conspiracy theorist who believes the world is really run by a secret society called The Taurus Club. When the conspiracist mysteriously disappears, the filmmakers feel compelled to find and access a Taurus meeting.

— Jack Adams / Beacon Staff


On iTunes



The Boxtrolls (film): Nothing says “snow day” like a cartoon. For Emerson students, however, something a little more sophisticated is in order. Try Laika’s breathtaking stop-motion film, The Boxtrolls, available now to rent on iTunes for $4.99.

— Jason Madanjian / Beacon Staff


On Amazon Instant


Transparent (TV series): Winner of this year’s Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, Transparent is more than its title’s play on words—trans parent—might suggest. It’s the clear-eyed chronicle of a family as each member—sometimes shockingly quickly, sometimes frustratingly slowly—gains a better understanding of who he or she truly is. Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) stars.

— Ryan Catalani / Beacon Staff



For all you dinosaurs who still pay for cable television—or still have access in your dorm—here are some requisite gems for your lazy Tuesday afternoon.


The Price Is Right: Recreate those gloriously lazy sick days from elementary school by turning the channel to CBS and watching this classic, a supremely silly game show in which a bunch of loud schmucks try and win exciting prizes like a kayak or a washing machine. CBS, 11:00 a.m.

— Jason Madanjian / Beacon Staff


The View: Catch up with the gals on today’s hot topics. Come for the gossip, stay for the Whoopi. ABC, 11:00 a.m.

— Jason Madanjian / Beacon Staff


Sons Of Liberty: The concluding chapter of History Channel’s miniseries finally answers the pressing question: Who will win the American Revolution? History Channel, 9:00 p.m.

— Jason Madanjian / Beacon Staff