Little Women (1994)

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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (IMDb)
The completion of Jo’s romantic arc doesn’t sit quite right but that’s about the only thing that feels off (well, that and Bale’s goatee) in this cohesive and cozy (but still poignant and emotional: see the gift for Beth) family journey through life and love and the blasted patriarchy (“You should have been a lawyer, Miss March” “I should have been a great many things, Mr. Mayer”). Dunst’s adorable Amy and Ryder’s moody Jo (“I just know I’ll never fit in anywhere”) are two standout turns.
7/10 (Good)

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?

Little Women (2019)

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Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms. (IMDb)
The timeline hopping is cleverly and masterfully executed (see the warm vs. cold tones, mirrored shots) and adds remarkable emotional depth (see Jo walking down the stairs x2) to what is an already extremely well-written (and acted) web of characters (to the big emotional moments are added many brilliant little overlapping quips and quibbles). Often hilarious (“I’m making a mould of my foot for Laurie to remind him I have nice feet!”) and always heartfelt, with a delightfully cheeky ending.
9.5/10 (Breathtaking)