By Stacy Wilson
While some are fortunate enough to still be working, many of us have been let go, furloughed, or are working from home. One thing is for sure, we aren't going out nearly as much as we used to. Nor should we. The Corona could get us wherever we go. It's serious shit. Sadly though, as part of the stay-at-home order, all theaters across the country, or at least in California, have closed.
This had led to many of us binge watching series like Tiger King on Netflix, Hunters on Prime, old TV classics on Hulu, and other shows across the different subscription based services. But after all the binge watching is completed, here's 10 movies that need to be on that must-watch list in what seems to be this never-ending quarantine.
1. Onward (Disney+)
Disney's newest Pixar movie Onward was released in theaters on Mar. 6, but Disney is doing the right thing and has released it on Disney+ for those who didn't get the opportunity to go see it. I was lucky enough to see it at my local Edwards theater, but I know that many were left in the dark. Luckily, Disney has come to the rescue.
As an all-around Disney fanatic, I can honestly say that Onward does hold it's own in the Pixar universe, but not quite in the realm of those all-time classics. It's a good movie that you'll enjoy from the very beginning, but no where near the greatness that is Coco, Wall-E or Toy Story.
With that said, if you like Pixar movies, you'll love Onward and needs to be first on your must watch list.
2. Venom (Starz)
While the majority of the attention of Marvel movies resides in the MCU, Sony hit a home run with their 2018 version of Venom.
The film follows Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), an investigative reporter who is investigating a lab that is doing some shady business. But while sneaking into the lab one night, he is infected with a symbiote and becomes Venom.
It's a fun watch with a more edgy feel than the usual over-the-top, kid friendly, typical movie from the MCU.
3. Overboard (Prime)
In this remake of the 1987 classic, the roles are reversed where Kate Sullivan (Anna Faris) tricks Leonardo Montenergo (Eugenio Derbez) into thinking they are married and puts him through the ringer, but ultimately falls in love with him.
It's fun rom-com that you can enjoy with your better enjoy with your better half and have a few laughs.
4. Instant Family (Hulu)
Get the tissue ready because you will shed a tear or two while watching Instant Family.
The movie about a married couple in their late 30's with no kids, who adopt three children and try to deal with all the good and bad that come with it. You'll go on an emotional roller coaster and have a new found appreciation for those who take the huge step of adoption.
Inspired by a true story.
5. Adrift (Showtime)
From IMDB.com: ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two sailors who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego. Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins.
With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved.
ADRIFT is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.
6. Frozen 2 (Disney+)
NEWSFLASH: Frozen 2 is a movie that everyone can and will enjoy. Girls and guys. If you don't believe me, ask Dave Portnoy (El Presidente), from Barstool Sports.
Portnoy also loved the first Frozen.
How can you not love the Frozen movies? There's great music, it's an awesome story, Elsa and Anna are beloved Disney princesses now, and did I mention there's GREAT MUSIC.
7. Blinded by the Light (HBO)
From IMDB.com: In 1987 Britain, Javed Khan is a British-Pakistani college arts student in Luton in a family with a domineering father. Depressed by his oppressive family life and feeling he has no future in a hostile community, a newfound friend introduces Javed to the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Touched by the rock star's powerfully eloquent affinity of his own feelings, Javed is inspired to reach out for his own dreams with his own talents.
However, although Javed finds friends he never expected in this personal quest, he also finds himself butting heads with his newly unemployed father who stubbornly refuses to understand his son's new aspirations.
In this conflict of values in a troubled time, Javed must decide what is truly important to him while his family struggles to understand what has changed and what remains with a new generation feeling born to run.
8. Taxi Driver (Netflix)
From IMDB.com: Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool.
He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her.
After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew.
9. Spenser Confidential (Netflix)
Who doesn't love a Mark Wahlberg movie?
A good action packed movie that won't win any academy awards, but is still a fun watch.
Spencer Confidential, a new Netflix movie starring Wahlberg, fits that bill to a tee, but doesnt come anywhere near some of his best movies like Patriots Day or The Fighter.
10. Outbreak (Netflix)
With the Covid-19 madness in full effect, a movie about a gnarly, eblola type virus, that can wipe out an entire town in a just a few hours had to make the list.
Outbreak takes place in Cedar Creek, Calif., which is ground zero for the Motaba outbreak. A group of experts work to find a vaccine while the government and military have other plans to end the outbreak.
A suspenseful watch, especially during these times.