Most people already know that movies are the best cure for boredom. They always have been and to alleviate the boredom and drudgery of social distancing, self-quarantine and working from home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of people have turned to streaming apps such as Netflix to entertain themselves and pass time.
Going through Netflix’s catalogue could seem a bit stressful at times and so I decided to put together a list of movies and tv shows that would definitely be worth your time.
Derry Girls: A gaggle of northern Irish teenagers brave the daily indignities and unusual intensities of life in the 1990s, as the Troubles draw to a tumultuous close, in this achingly funny and beautifully lived-in comedy series from showrunner Lisa McGee, which will dramatically expand your knowledge of Irish slang when it doesn’t have you in stitches. Haven’t seen it yet? You should probably take out time to.
I Lost My Body: This French animated gem follows a severed hand that comes to life and, surreptitiously, makes its way across Paris and back to its owner. Beautifully rendered in service of a story that’s as strange as it is ultimately soul-affirming, I Lost My Body pushes the boundaries of both animated and philosophical storytelling.
A Quiet Place: If you’re somebody who loves psychological thrillers, this Oscar-nominated movie on Netflix should be your pick for the weekend. It tells the story of a family of four trying to protect itself from blind yet sound sensitive monsters who have killed most of the human race. It also features real-life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in lead roles, with the latter having directed the film too.
Soni: This movie revolves around the life of a female police officer posted in Delhi. She spends her time trying to find, to the best of her capacities, an answer to the growing crimes against women in the capital. However, in her quest to do so, she suffers several complications in her personal and professional life. The story has a very real feel to it and it will provoke you to think even after the film has ended.
Groundhog Day: This is about a different kind of claustrophobic situation, the kind where Bill Murray is stuck repeating the same day, in the same rinky-dink town, over and over again.
Moon: This movie finds Sam Rockwell finishing out his time all alone in a space station after three years, when things suddenly start to go a little hinky.
The Office: A very exciting comedy show and extremely rewatchable. The early seasons are actually the best but over the long run it’s definitely worth your time.
Alias Grace: Based on a novel by Margaret Atwood (itself based on a true story), Alias Grace begins with a mystery. Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) is serving a sentence for murder, for which her male accomplice was hanged. Grace has numerous supporters, who hire Dr. Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft) to interview Grace and hopefully reveal a truth that will absolve her.
After: follows a college student who falls in love with a “complicated bad boy.” It’s based on a book series that had its origins in One Direction Fan fiction so you should know what to expect
Locke and Key: Based on the comic book itself, this drama follows three siblings who return to their old family home with their mum, following the death of their dad, only to realize that they have magical powers.
By: Muyiwa Aguda