Let’s face it – movies are better in the theater. However, life has become significantly less convenient and unsafe due to the global outbreak of Coronavirus. With mandates to isolate and halt operations of non-essential business becoming the norm, we are left with a lot of time to catch up on, or discover, new movies and series on the small screen. We are here to offer some of our favorites to help escape the reality that is home-quarantine.
This is a must-see masterpiece directed by the great Martin Scorsese. “Goodfellas” follows the the life of Henry Hill and his rise – and eventual fall – from the top of the organized crime world. Arguably one of the best gangster films of all time. One thing is for sure, this movie is a classic and available to stream currently on Netflix.
2. “The Irishman“
What better time than when you’re quarantined at home to catch up on The 3 hour 29 minute, “The Irishman”? Directed by one of our favorite directors of all time, Martin Scorsese. This is an expansive feature that follows the life of the teamster, turned hit man, Frank Sheeran. This film will feel familiar if you are a fan of Scorsese’s work, yet it feels more subtle than “Casino” or “Goodfellas” as Sheeran reflects inward on his life. Available to stream currently on Netflix.
3. “Step Brothers“
If the gravity of the Coronavirus pandemic is becoming overwhelming, what better way to cope than with some comic relief? Adam McKay’s comedy features Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly who play two middle-aged men stuck in their adolescence. This outrageous and hilarious film brings the two together as step brothers when their mom and dad marry. What unfolds is complete madness in the most laughable way possible. Available to stream currently on Netflix.
4. “There Will Be Blood“
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and written/directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood” follows the life of oilman, Daniel Plainview, in the early 20th Century and his grapple with Eli Sunday, an evangelical christian who is as selfish and money hungry as Plainview. This is a story of greed, corruption and determination. When one of the greatest actors of all time comes together with one of the greatest filmmakers of all time – you have an instant masterpiece. “There Will Be Blood” is available to stream currently on Netflix.
Broken into three parts – childhood, teen, and young adulthood. “Moonlight” follows the life of a Miami boy, Chiron played by Ashton Sanders who lives with his drug addicted mom. Chiron is brutally bullied and his circumstances are heartbreaking. Eventually taken under the wing of the neighborhood drug kingpin, Juan, played by Mahershala Ali, Chiron is given a safe haven from his day-to-day and learns many things along the way. This is a story of struggle and self-discovery directed by Barry Jenkins. “Moonlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017. Available to stream currently on Netflix.
If it is a series you are looking for to fill all of your newly found free-time, we have compiled a list below of some of our favorite titles available to stream.
1. “Mad Men“
This 7 season series is long enough to – hopefully – get you through quarantine. “Mad Men” follows a prominent advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City in the 1960’s, hence the title “Mad Men”. This was the golden age of advertising and a time when these advertising executives thought they ruled the world. Follow the main characters, Don Draper, Creative Director (John Hamm) and Roger Sterling, Senior Partner (John Slattery) as their lives unfold throughout a time in history when women were objectified and society was in rapid evolution. The characters evolve slowly and this show will go down in history as one of the best TV dramas of all time. Available to stream on Netflix.
2. “The Sopranos”
Arguably the show that changed television and ushered in the golden age of TV. “The Sopranos” is a character study of New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) who seeks mental solace in his shrink, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). The 6 season series focuses on Tony’s professional and personal struggles between his family and his mafia family. The story that changed television forever is available to stream on HBO GO.
3. “Good Girls“
We recently discovered “Good Girls” on Netflix. This series has enough comedy to keep it light, yet enough drama to keep you coming back for more. The show is based on 3 suburban Michigan moms who find themselves in a precarious situation after being down on their luck financially. Led by Christina Hendricks as Beth and supported by Ruby Hill as Retta and Mae Whitman as Annie – “Good Girls” is absolutely binge worthy. Available to stream on Netflix.
4. “Schitt’s Creek“
Created by Eugene Levy and his son, Dan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” is a hysterical comedy that focuses on video store tycoon, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) and his family, Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara), David Rose (Dan Levy), and daughter Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy) who suddenly fall on hard times and lose everything but each other… and a town – in the middle of nowhere – called Schitt’s Creek that Johnny Rose purchased for his son as a gag gift as a teenager. “Schitt’s Creek” will easily make you forget the state of things outside your front door and keep a smile on your face from beginning to end. Available to stream on Netflix.
5. “Breaking Bad”
What happens when a financially strapped high-school chemistry teacher suddenly finds himself and his family on hard times? “Breaking Bad” will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Led by Bryan Cranston as Walter White. This 5 season series does not miss a beat and is simply a must-watch. Available to stream on Netflix.