Jessica Ryan

Ah, social media on Oscar Night. There was laughter, there were tears, there was a legendary, Twitter-breaking selfie.

As someone who doesn’t really go to the movies, watch awards shows or even own a TV, I managed to experience a decent bulk of the Academy Awards — thanks to your copious Tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts.

I imagine many of you movie geeks are currently nursing a bit of an Oscar-season hangover — you binged so hard in order to have righteous indignation over any winners that didn’t go your way, that now your head hurts, you’re queasy and you don’t really remember anything specific about what you did.

You need some of hair of the dog.

Obviously, Netflix is a solid place to turn when your mind is begging you for more movies. Its insanely complicated algorithm is (supposed to) serve you up exactly what you’re craving — the bacon of movies, if you will.

Are you into “Oddly Comedic Thrillers Featuring Drug Binges and Power Trips?” Netflix has you covered with “American Psycho” — a new addition for the beginning of 2014, no doubt added to its repertoire thanks to “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Let’s say the “taste profile” lets you down — maybe you messed it up by watching too many episodes of “The Magic School Bus” — Netflix even has a category dedicated specifically to Oscar winners. It has everything from old-school flicks, like “True Grit” and “Roman Holiday,” to modern-day gems, such as “Capote” and “The Artist.”

No Netflix? All about that silver screen? The app-as-a-service MoviePass lets you catch one movie per day for $35 a month. The app’s available on iOS and Android, and it lets you search its partner theaters for the movies you want to see. It’s even partners with the two closest theaters to Boulder — Century Bouulder at Twenty Ninth Street and the Regal Colony Square in Louisville.

If bloodys and mimosas aren’t quite your style and you’re the kind of Hungover Harry who is “never drinking again,” today’s a great day to start a cold-turkey movie deprivation plan. It’s the start of Lent — a Christian period of solemnity, which includes a form of fasting. But for the non-religious, Lent’s become sort of a do-over point for all those “giving up x-y-z” New Year’s Resolutions that may have gotten a bit off track. Even if you can’t make it the full 40 days, it’ll give you some celluloid detox and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Jess Ryan is a community manager and CU grad. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily.

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