Social distancing and isolation don’t have to be all bad – after years of studying, checking items off our to-do lists and the rise and grind lifestyle, we finally have extra time to just sit back and enjoy entertainment.
“What should I watch?” becomes a rapidly trending search term as more people find their way back in front of the TV, just like in the 90s. Now is the perfect moment to re-watch your favourites, dedicate some time to watching must-see classics for the very first time, or escape into other realms as a break from the daily anxieties and fear of living in the all-too-weird 2020.
Here are our top 10 recommendations for when you’re out of movie suggestions and you want to get lost in a plot of a masterpiece:
Harry Potter Series (2001 – 2011)
Good, old Harry Potter is an unmistakable movie choice for when you have a lot of spare time. Immerse yourself into the magical world of wizards, spells, dragons and charms, and you’ll completely escape the grim reality that’s outside your door.
The Harry Potter series is a great escapism tool, and you can couple it with the books from the series. Of course, the sweetest way to watch it is one-by-one, from beginning to end. Set up a cozy, Hogwarts-y corner and enjoy an almost 20-hour marathon of Harry Potter magic!
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The Godfather (1972)
Next to escapism, the coronavirus quarantine is also a time to re-watch the classics or watch some of those movies that you’re embarrassed about not seeing yet. The top contender in this category is definitely The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia classic with two sequels (of course, the first one is the best!).
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The Marriage Story (2019)
Let’s fast forward to something newer and more relatable. Naturally, the basic instinct in these times is to curl up in front of the TV and cry your eyes out in front of a sappy, once-in-a-lifetime love story. But instead of reaching for the Titanic, check out this realistic and painfully relatable description of love, marriage and relationships.
Amadeus is truly a gem of a movie, and the reason that it’s included on this list – besides its quality – is the fact that most students have never watched it. It’s a story about Mozart from a very unique angle that will leave you thinking about his life and character for days after you finish watching.
Amadeus will definitely change the way you look at Mozart (if you ever even thought about him), but a side effect is that when someone mentions Mozart, you’ll always remember the silly main character from this movie.
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If you ask any cinephile what to watch in 2019, the majority will tell you to take a peek at this year’s Oscar winner Parasite. This South Korean movie is a welcome detox from the predictable Hollywood plot structure, with a perfect mix of cinematic art, storytelling and comedy.
Don’t worry about the linguistic and cultural gaps. Thanks to the best translation services that have been on the job of adapting this movie for English-speaking audiences, you’ll be able to enjoy the Parasite to the fullest. Who knows, you might even fall in love with the language and get a new social distancing hobby – learning Korean!
The Best Offer (2013)
This is an unusual movie that’s a great pick for coronavirus times because it reminds us that there are people who live in social distancing and isolation in regular conditions – either because of medical, psychological circumstances or personal choice.
What starts as a captivating story about an agoraphobic girl living in complete isolation slowly unravels into an action-packed thriller, with a mind-blowing plot twist that you definitely won’t see coming.
Blue Lagoon (1980)
This is a somewhat older movie, but it’s so evergreen that it never loses its appeal. It’s actually just the opposite: the more hectic and turbo-speed our everyday life gets, the better it feels to go back to the Blue Lagoon and picture life in beautiful nature.
The isolation part of the movie is also an important dimension that is relevant to this day and age. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t surrounded by white-sand beaches and waterfalls, but even there, the main characters will go through some of the emotions you’re likely going through right now.
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Office Space (1999)
Instead of dreading the boredom of working from home in isolation, let’s all watch this movie and thank your lucky stars that we aren’t in the Office Space – a monotonous, soul-crushing forest of cubicles where the main character works. The movie is full of sharp and insightful observations about the nature of work and life, and will surely be food for thought in these times when the work-life is upside down.
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Groundhog Day (1993)
Groundhog Day got back into the spotlight as Jeep published a Superbowl commercial starring Bill Murray reliving his adventures from the movie.Here are some fun facts about Groundhog Day that you probably didn’t know:
- Tom Hanks was considered for the main role but turned it down
- The movie was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois
- In the original script, Murray looped the same day for 10,000 years
- Scooter, the movie’s groundhog, bit Murray three times
Catch me if you Can (2002)
This Spielberg masterpiece is really a combination of perfect plot, acting and comedy; and best of all, it’s based on a true story! Follow the adventures of master con-man Frank Abagnale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he cleverly eludes the chase of FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks).
Use this time to hone your taste in cinema, watch some of the films that you wanted to see for ages or just re-watch your favourite flicks. In any case, time spent watching a movie is always time well spent, and don’t judge yourself for taking a little time off to relax!
If you have books that you loved, now is a great time to take a look at their movie adaptations. Also, if you have a mental to-do list for movies you want to watch one day, it seems like now is the day.
Mark Blackwood is a professional localiser cooperating with some of the world’s biggest content publishing platforms. Mark is also a certified translator at TheWordPoint working in language pairs EN-FR and EN-DE. He’s an avid language learner and teacher who likes deepening his knowledge of foreign cultures by travelling and exploring new countries.