Movie Recommendations for Quarantine

Kerry Matthews, Staff writer

2020 has not turned out how most people thought it would. As COVID-19 sweeps the world, we all find ourselves in stressful, uncertain times. While quarantine is what is necessary for controlling this pandemic, it certainly leaves us all bored and isolated. Lacking many choices of entertainment, TV and movies are great ways to pass the time. 

So, here are some movie recommendations to fill your time in quarantine

1. “Inglorious Bastards” (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

In this Quentin Tarantino film, there are two main storylines. One follows Lt. Aldo Raine who puts together a special team of Jewish soldiers to take revenge on the Nazi army. The other focuses on Shosanna Dreyfus who owns a theater in France after escaping the slaughter of her family at the hands of the Nazis. Their storylines converge in a satisfying story of revenge.

2. “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

This film follows the small-town story of Gilbert Grape and his family. Faced with the responsibility of taking care of his obese mother and mentally disabled brother, he resigns himself to an unfulfilling life as a grocery store employee. However, when a young woman traveling the country gets stuck in town, he finds himself questioning his future.

3. “Apocalypse Now” (Hulu)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on “Heart of Darkness,” this classic film is set during the Vietnam War and follows Captain Willard who is tasked with finding and killing Colonel Kurtz. As he travels down the river with a weird cast of characters, he witnesses the carnage of the war, and he eventually comes to find a completely maddened Kurtz in the heart of the jungle. 

4. “Midsommar” (Amazon Prime)

Ari Aster, director of “Hereditary,” presents a horrific story of a young woman, who, after suffering the deaths of her parents and sister in a murder-suicide, journies with her boyfriend and his friends to what they believe to be a commune in Sweden. However, as they attend the midsummer festival activities, their retreat quickly turns violent and disturbing, stuck not in a commune but in a cult. 

5. The Dark Knight trilogy (Amazon Prime)

Superhero movies are always a fun distraction, and binging Marvel movies seems to be something a lot of people with Disney Plus will be doing. However, the dark knight trilogy contains a more gritty look at superheroes, focusing on the tales of Batman against three major villains. In “Batman Begins,” Bruce Wayne faces Scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul. “The Dark Knight” is about the most infamous DC villain: the Joker, and in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Batman faces a terrorist named Bane. 

6. “Parasite” (Hulu, Amazon Prime)

Winning Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards Ceremony, this foreign film follows a tale based on class differences and discrimination. Two families, one poor and one rich, form a relationship, but certain revelations and greed threaten the newly formed relationship. This film is full of twists and turns, but director Bong Joon-ho perfectly captures the overarching themes concerning class and gluttony. 

7. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

One of the most well-known Monty Python movies, this film centers around a ridiculous rendition of the story of King Arthur. After finding a band of knights to accompany him on his quest, King Arthur sets off to find the holy grail. They face a hilarious myriad of opponents and obstacles, including a killer bunny and evil shrubbery. The amazing comedy of this movie is the perfect distraction.  

8. “The Florida Project” (Netflix)

This movie follows 6-year-old Moonee and her friends on their summer break. From the point of view of the children, they experience adventures filled with childhood wonder and joy. However, they do not live in such a wonderful place, but hotel manager Bobby tries to shield the young girl and her friends from the harsh reality around them. “The Florida Project” shows the resilience of childhood hope and happiness, so while it makes you think about the world we live in, it also allows you to see the beauty in it and its people too. 

9. “Lady Bird” (Amazon Prime)

“Lady Bird” is a wonderful coming-of-age film that perfectly depicts the ins-and-outs of a mother-daughter relationship. The lead character, nicknamed Lady Bird,  is in her senior year of high school and longs to leave her town behind. She dreams of the city and a life of sophistication, but her mother, struggling financially, does not see it the same way. This movie tells the story of what family means.

10. “The Thing” (1982) (Hulu, Amazon Prime)

In Antarctica, a group of scientists see a dog get shot at by a helicopter. After taking it in, the dog viciously attacks those in the camp. They soon realize they are dealing with a creature that can assume the appearance of its victims, leaving them in a confusing, violent situation. Two men assume leadership of the camp as they fight to stay alive.