Everyone I know seems to be under quarantine. With covid-19 having seemingly no end in sight, this makes sense. People should do everything they can to stay safe. It seems like the world is under strict orders to not leave their homes.
Like everyone else, there have been plenty of changes in my life. I am constantly checking my temperature, eating out on Fridays is no longer an option, and I am now taking daily showers. In the grand scheme of things, it is not that big of a deal. Still, I cannot help but wonder what I would watch if I was under quarantine.
Fast & Furious franchise (2001-present)
There is only one reason I think this long running series may be worth the time investment. Well, technically two. I am not a big fan of action movies and have never been into cars that do not transform. In other words, I am not the target audience for a Fast & Furious movie. But I cannot deny that Hobbs & Shaw was one of the funniest movies I saw last year. And I would be completely lying if I said I did not enjoy it. Even someone who has never seen one of the movies can tell things have become more fun since the first installment. The trailer for F9 sure did look awful, though.
Ex Machina (2014)
It is hard to beat a good Frankenstein story. Someone trying to create life is an easy recipe for an intriguing story. This is especially true since in today’s world artificial intelligence seems more realistic than it ever has been. Add in a twisting story with some amazing performances and Ex Machina becomes impossible to look away from. It is a movie that invites multiple viewings.
Some movies warrant multiple viewings just for sheer fun factor. Has there ever been a more fun movie than Clue? A film based on a enjoyable if simplistic board game would not seem to have much entertainment value. The movie is a throwback with its frantic pacing and filled with slapstick comedy. There is a murder mystery, but it is the over the top performances and silliness that make this a winner.
Fight Club (1999)
David Fincher’s adaptation is one of the rare movies that are better than the source material. There is nothing I can say about Fight Club that has not been said already. But if I was going to be stuck inside with limited physical activity, chances are I would need something to get my adrenaline flowing. Yes, that is looking at that film at its basest level, but why waste a good quarantine thinking too hard?
Forrest Gump (1994)
Arguably the least deserving nominee of 1994 won the Academy Award for Best Picture. (It is between this and Four Weddings and a Funeral.) Is it a good movie? Absolutely. It has genuine laughs and a fun little story. It is also emotionally manipulative and tiresome. I do not remember it being a timeless classic that must be seen. Maybe a rewatch will help find what I have been missing.
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