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Quarantine Movie List

I hoped today might be a good day. Hope is a dangerous thing.

Colonel MacKenzie, 1917

Enter week 7 of quarantine/social-distancing/self-isolation. I haven’t learned a new language, or started a Podcast, nor have I devised plans for world domination yet. I have, however, worked a little, have done yoga, and once baked an apple pie in a rice cooker, which is a pretty big accomplishment, if you ask me. I have been re-organizing and re-decorating our living space to make our home even cozier (need all the cozy, considering there is no end in sight to this).

I have also been playing Animal Crossing, and feeling happier for the first time in what feels like a million years.

What are you doing to pass the time at home?

One little project my partner and I began when we first self-isolated back in March is put together a Movie List consisting of all the movies we have talked of watching, but never got around to. We loved going to the movies, but it was hard to just sit down and watch a movie at home, as life got in the way, or we chose to watch shows instead (so many great series to marathon, ugh, the choices!)

But finding ourselves suddenly stuck at home means we have no excuses not to watch all the movies we have wanted to see or show each other. Hence, the list! We made some great headway. Below are the ones we have watched already with information on where to watch. 1 star for the ones I liked, 2 stars for the ones I loved, and no star for just being a movie that exists, but one that I have no particular feelings about.

Movies Watched

Can You Ever Forgive Me (HBO)
Farewell (Prime) ++
The Irishman (Netflix)
Parasite (Prime)
Midsommar (Prime) +
Bohemian Rhapsody (HBO) +
1917 (Prime rental) ++
The Invisible Man (Prime rental)++
Interstellar (Hulu)++
The Platform (Netflix)
Marriage Story (Netflix) +
Return (Mubi)
A Quiet Place (Hulu)+

It’s Not The Cancer That Kills Them. It’s The Fear.

Lu Jian, Farewell

My favorite movie watched so far is undeniably Farewell. I cried buckets of tears watching it, thinking of my own grandmother, the moments of happiness I shared with her and the utter grief I felt after she passed. Farewell is a beautifully shot movie, incredibly well directed and acted. Awkwafina is a gem.

Also, perhaps an unpopular opinion, but Farewell >>>>> Parasite. I’m happy that Parasite got so much recognition at the Oscars, and I’m all for Korean and other International movies making it big, but I was personally not affected by Parasite in any shape or form, and find Bong Jong-ho’s Snowpiercer, for example, leagues more entertaining at that.

Another favorite is 1917! I’m quite wary of war movies, but 1917 deserves all the hype, and maybe some extra heaping of hype and praise. Every scene of this movie is aesthetic perfection distilled and captured on film.

I highly recommend The Invisible Man, especially if, like me, you miss Elisabeth Moss from your screen. The use of sound effects, and the overall cinematography, is superb, and well beyond what you would expect from a thriller. Elisabeth Moss is majestic to behold.

There’s nothing left for you to take. You’ve already taken it all.

Cecilia, The Invisible Man

Midsommar is an absolutely off-the-rails, one of a kind horror movie. I will never be the same after watching it, and I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good thing? Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing movie, beautiful to behold and contemplate, however the trigger warnings for intense experiences of grief is something to consider, and living through a pandemic was not entirely the greatest time for me to experience this movie.

So we just gonna ignore the bear then?

Simon, Midsommar

Movies To Watch

The King (Netflix)
The Danish Girl (Netflix)
Her Smell (HBO)
Us (HBO)
The Two Popes (Netflix)
The Theory Of Everything (Netflix)
Get Out
The Handmaiden (Prime)
Book Smart (Hulu)
Locke (Netflix)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Prime)
The Shawshank Redemption (Netflix)

I am most excited to watch Portrait of a Lady on Fire since I’ve heard so many great things (historical lesbians!), and I am also stoked to show The Handmaiden to partner, which I have seen and loved (more historical lesbians!) He has never seen Dunkirk which is another one of those “I don’t watch war movies, but this is GORGEOUS and has an amazing cast so it’s all worth it.” The Shawshank Redemption is for me . I am deeply ashamed that I have never seen this classic, but I am ready to remedy that.

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  • Reply Hanna

    I’m intrigued by Farewell after reading this. It’s great to know that you are finally able to have some time to slow down and do the things you’ve put on hold for a while – like resting and watching movies. Thank you for sharing your list and I shall definitely look Farewell up and put it on my list.

    I hope you are well!


    May 7, 2020 at 10:02 am
    • Reply Julia Kr

      Hi Hanna,

      Thank you for stopping by. You have a beautiful blog – totally followed you on Bloglovin.

      Farewell is definitely my biggest recommendation from the list. It is wonderful.

      Hope you and your loved ones are doing okay as well!

      May 10, 2020 at 3:04 am
  • Reply Xin

    Animal Crossing has been the perfect game to help get through these uncertain times. We haven’t watched as many movies, but have been watching a lot of TV shows. (The Expanse, available on Amazon Prime Video, is an excellent sci-fi series, very smartly written.) The Farewell is really good, we watched it back when it was in some theatres here.

    Hope you and your household are continuing to hold up okay! Now that we have slightly more concrete details about when the phased reopening might start in New York (not soon, as no region, and definitely not NYC, currently meets all the required metrics, it’s definitely looking like we’ll be staying in a while longer. I’m happy to stay inside for public safety as long as it’s necessary, though ack, it’s very difficult to not know what will happen and how long it’ll all last.

    May 8, 2020 at 5:49 pm
    • Reply Julia Kr

      Animal Crossing has been life saving. I wish I was exaggerating, but it’s helped my anxiety so much.

      Ohh, I would like to see The Expanse. It is on my list, along with the books! We’re also watching Mr. Robot on Prime. It’s not sci-fi but a very good thriller sort of series? Appropriate for the times as well…

      Yes, we’re doing okay, with our ups and downs. It’s wild that some states are already re-opening and we still have such a huge number of cases popping up every day in New York. Ugh. I’m starting to lose hope anything will go back to normal any time soon. But of course, I also don’t mind staying in for as long as it takes. It just gets discouraging from time to time? You know.

      Anyway, hope your household is continuing to hold up well as well!

      May 10, 2020 at 2:59 am
  • Reply Bee

    Omg, I’m totally a noob but what nintendo are you using for Animal Crossing? Been thinking of buying one soon!

    I loved Bohemian Rhapsody! I think the movie is amazing and the actors did a pretty great job. I wish Parasite is on Netflix so I can watch it tho, I’ve been meaning to watch it for so long after hearing great reviews!

    May 10, 2020 at 5:52 am
    • Reply Julia Kr

      I am a noob myself when it comes to gaming platforms. I have always been a PC gamer myself! But I am using Nintendo Switch to play Animal Crossing. I actually purchased the Switch for the express purpose of playing Animal Crossing and it is totally worth it!! I might check out some other games for Switch but so far, Animal Crossing has been taking up all my time.
      Bohemian Rhapsody was quite good, yes! I love Rami Malek, especially after seeing him on Mr. Robot. He played Freddy Mercury just so incredibly well, even if the accent was slightly off to my ears? Parasite is a movie to see for sure, even if I personally didn’t love it. It is still beautifully crafted and well acted.

      May 27, 2020 at 5:38 am

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