TOP 10: Best Quarantine Movies

My friends Aaron and Matt over at The Retro Craptacular podcast were recently discussing their top 10 movies to watch in quarantine and asked me if I wanted to contribute a list! I was honoured and gave ’em a list and figured I’d put it out there on my blog as well. Make sure you check out their podcast before you leave!

So I figure in quarantine you either want a movie you can empathize with because of its themes of isolation and cabin fever or you want the complete opposite—a cozy sort of movie that transports you to a completely different world entirely. So this list is a mix of films in one camp or the other (maybe both in some cases). The ranking is preeeety much arbitrary.

10. Swiss Army Man (2016)swiss-army-man

I mean if you had a choice for a quarantine buddy, who wouldn’t want a corpse that can shoot grappling hooks out of his mouth!

9. The Breakfast Club (1985)mv5byjzhyti0y2mty2u2nc00mgfhltk2mgytntawmtq5yzbhmgi5l2ltywdll2ltywdlxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvynzawmtu0nzk40._v1_

Bored, just like you! Flip this on, talk about your problems, and learn a new dance routine or two.

8. Little Women (2019)
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So cozy and fun and sad and just a total tear-jerker overall. Just so fucking good–watch this movie.

7. Robin Hood (1973)
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Funnest movie ever, with the most golden and cozy soundtrack in existence.

6. 10 Cloverfield Lane
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A cozy, cute film about a found family living together underground, playing board games and just having a grand old time.

5. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A grand, sweeping fantasy adventure with the most warmth of the three films in the trilogy.

4. The Shining (1980)
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^ Me every night after having my 4-year old jump on me all day.

3. Ex Machina (2014)
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Is there a more heavenly place to quarantine than this pristine futuristic mansion in idyllic wilderness with these two hunks and some dancing robots? Nothing could go wrong here right?

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
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Cuddle up with these cuties and all that magic and warm lighting and a nice mug o’ hot chocolate or (butter)beer.

1. All is Lost (2013)
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A relaxing ocean voyage alone with Robert Redford.

What are your thoughts on this list? What have you been watching lately?

Ex Machina (2014)

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I. (IMDb)
The gorgeous and isolated setting here is mesmerizing, and the contrast between the largely windowless indoors and lush outdoors offers a cool visual aid to the human vs. machine theme that runs throughout. Isaac and the other leads are excellent, and the eerie soundtrack works well with a tight story that gets darker with each scene to create a fantastic sense of growing uneasiness that does falter a bit in a slightly muddled climax. All told, however, this is a great, haunting sci-fi thriller.
8.5/10 (Amazing)