April 22, 2020
Our 50ish self-isolation movie picks
We’ve taken some time to curate a unique list of films to add to your #quarantineandchill list. Some are great, some are timeless classics and some are just plain entertainment. (Seriously, who doesn’t want to watch National Treasure again?) Check them out for yourself and let us know your favourites on social.
A Place Beyond the Pines – Ryan Gosling as a bad boy stunt driver turned bank robber. Yes please.
A Quiet Place – This 90 minute thriller that will leave you a little extra terrified at 1am when you knock over that bong.
Across the Universe – Fans of the Beatles will know this is a must watch. Pack your bowl, roll up a joint, grab your favourite edible – you’re in for a ride.
Akira – Dark, bloody, violent. What’s almost most impressive though is how an animated film released in 1988 set (and continues to be) the standard for anime today.
Almost Famous – A good old coming-of-age story that exudes the joys of music with a very real portrayal of rock band life in the late ‘90s.
Always be my maybe – A refreshingly new take on the classic rom com featuring a Keanu Reeves cameo (so basically this is a must watch).
Atomic Blonde – This adaptation of a graphic novel has Charlize Theron pulverizing faces and shattering bones for just under 2 hours.
Avatar – Add Ferngully, Pocahontas and Dances with Wolves together and you get the highest grossing film of all time for nearly 10 years.
Batman & Robin – George Clooney in a Batman suit with nipples and Arnold Schwarzenegger with puns about ice. The pride of 1997.
Breakfast Club – Let this take you back to the days where school was actually in session. A classic that reminds us we have more in common with each other than we realize.
Coherence – This sci-fi drama, described as “deceptively simple,” shines with it’s less-is-more approach to filmmaking (its budget was just $50,000). Check it out if you’re looking for something different.
Crazy Rich Asians – This film features the first all asian cast in a Hollywood film in 25 years, and they truly knock it out of the park. Easily one of the best rom coms in recent years.
Darjeeling Limited – Director Wes Anderson uses humour and outstanding visuals to take us on a spiritual journey with Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman.
Don’t Breathe – Title speaks for itself. Jump scares galore.
Drive – Ryan Gosling is your sexy, emotionless lead who never gets a name. 100 minutes of nail biting, seat gripping, palm sweating thrills.
Final Destination – “There are No Accidents. No Coincidences. No Escapes. YOU CAN’T CHEAT DEATH.”
Frank – Profoundly weird in the best way possible, this black comedy prides itself on not being for everyone. Oh, and Michael Fassbender dons an exceptional paper mache-like head for the whole thing.
Get Out – Jordan Peele’s directorial debut boasts excellent writing and eerie performances that will have you laughing one minute, and your skin crawling the next. Make sure you pace your consumption, lest you end up in the sunken place.
Ghost In The Shell – Based on the seinen manga series of the same name, this science fiction, cyberpunk iteration of a near-future is widely considered to be one of the greatest anime films of all time. If you’d prefer the live-action adaptation, you can watch Scarlett Johansson in the 2017 remake (we’ll warn you, it’s not great).
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – A classic. Make sure you watch with the cannabis-tinted haze that the producers intended.
Her: Maybe even too ahead of its time, this film looks to uncover what happens when you fall in love with Siri.
Hereditary – More spookiness.
Inception: “Did I just watch Inception or did I just dream that I did?”
Inglourious Basterds – We had to include something from Quentin Tarantino on this list, and while many of you have likely seen it, it’s worth the rewatch for Christoph Waltz alone.
It Follows – Another spooky one. Only worth watching with the lights off though.
JoJo Rabbit – Director Taika Waititi’s WWII satire won’t be for everyone, but it excels at showing the reality of tragedy, growing up and looking for acceptance.
Mad Max: Fury Road: Believe the hype. This post-apocalyptic action adventure has visual effects so good, it’ll leave you wondering why we even have CGI.
National Treasure – This list wouldn’t be complete without SOMETHING from the great Nicholas Cage. This is the perfect movie to throw on in the background or light one up and contemplate what you would’ve done with a map on the Declaration of Independence.
No Country For Old Men – We’re pretty sure that Javier Bardem may in fact be the devil. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy.
Pan’s Labyrinth – A poetic masterpiece from Guillermo Del Toro that’s equal parts terrifying and visually stunning.
Parasite – A brilliantly honest take on class struggle and the myth that hard work will allow you to achieve your dreams.
Rat Race – Pure, unadulterated, amazing, ridiculousness.
Ratatouille – Animation so good you’ll be wanting to lick your tv. *Note: We shouldn’t have to clarify but please don’t lick your TV, especially now.
Sin City – Based on his own graphic novels of the same name, director Frank Miller brings the worst of Basin city to the big screen.
Shrek – Takes you back to a simpler time of ogres, onions, donkeys, waffles and gumdrop buttons.
Shutter Island: While the ending might leave you feeling cheated, this film has a bit of a Hitchcock “Twilight Zone” feel to it that is still great, even on multiple watches.
Snatch – Wildly entertaining film about gypsies, bare knuckle boxing, terrible thieves, pretend Jewish diamond dealers and assassins, with some insightful information about pigs (you learn something new every day).
Someone Great – Another rom com actually worth watching, brought to you by the fine folks at Netflix.
The Devil Wears Prada – “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” Meryl Streep at her finest.
The Foreigner – Jackie Chan in 2017 is playing no games in this action thriller that features great performances from a number of veteran actors.
The Invisible Man – Our last spooky recommendation. Keep FaceTime on and watch with a friend for extra fun (and the company doesn’t hurt either).
The Nice Guys – Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have phenominal chemistry in this underrated old school-style action comedy.
The Town – While there are a few pretty terrible Boston accents (it is a Ben Affleck movie after all), this crime thriller punches above its weight and might surprise you.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness – Ok so not technically a movie but this dumpster fire makes for excellent binge watching. The sheer number of unpleasant, generally awful people in one documentary is astounding.
Tropic Thunder: “I’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude” Peak 2008.
WALL-E – Going nearly 30mins without a single line of dialogue is no small feat. Add to that the very real messages of love, duty, exploration and human indifference and you get one of Pixar’s greatest films to date.
Whiplash – Be sure to take a couple pauses to check your heart rate. Through some incredible performances, this film looks to draw the fine line between genius and psychopathy while exploring sacrifice in the pursuit of greatness.
Wild Wild West – Unbelievably unnecessary special effects (we’re looking at you massive mechanical tarantula) that embody a good-bad cinematic experience.
xXx – If the Mission Impossible franchise and Nitro Circus had a bald, muscular baby. Obviously starring Vin Diesel because no one else will ever be as EXTREME.
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