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Quarantine Streams: What I’ve Watched

While we’re all cooped up thanks to the relentless nature of a global pandemic, one question has come to the forefront of all virtual conversations: “So, what have you been watching lately?”

Everyone is in full-on Binge Mode through their regular shows, which means everyone is looking for recommendations on what to watch next. I thought it would only be appropriate to share what I’ve been watching, hopefully recommending some unique selections along the way (aka, things besides Tiger King). Let’s jump in!

The Favourite

An early 18th century story about Queen Anne of England and the two women in her court fighting for her affection, and the power that comes with it. Olivia Colman is phenomenal as the broken down Queen Anne; she won an Oscar for her performance. Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz turn in top notch performances as well, and the score accents the tension of their interactions perfectly. I also loved the fisheye lens shots used throughout the film, as it made you feel like you were truly a fly on the wall. The Favourite 

Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Sequel to the Disney Animation Studios film Wreck-it Ralph, this is a film that expands on the ‘arcade characters are real’ premise and introduces the internet as a new world for the main characters to explore. The plot was not anything special (expected), so if you want to see the product placement and Disney references made in one of the film’s scenes, I suggest just looking for YouTube clips, like this one that focuses on the Disney Princesses. Ralph Breaks the Internet is available for streaming on Netflix.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Back-to-back sequels! Which also mean back-to-back things I wouldn’t recommend. This sequel captures a portion of the magic and humor of its amazing original installment, but it’s not enough to keep you enthralled for the entire movie.

Disney’s Tarzan

A trifecta of animated features! (I swear this is the last one for now.) If you’re looking for a throwback watch, Tarzan is a simple, well-paced feature highlighted by montages soundtracked by Phil Collins’ classic soundtrack. The classic debate remains, which song is better, “Son of Man” or “Strangers Like Me”? The world may never decide. Tarzan is available for streaming on Netflix.

The Usual Suspects

If you don’t already know the twist ending to The Usual Suspects, I’d say this this is a must-watch 90s crime drama. Fair warning though, Kevin Spacey is in it, so you may feel an understandable moral obligation to not even watch the trailer.

Bombshell

Based on the true events surrounding Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News head Roger Ailes, Bombshell is great at telling the story of this scandal in a concise and compelling way. Charlize Theron was a great casting for Megyn Kelly, and John Lithgow was as gross as could be as the fat, decrepit Ailes.

Black Swan

Enough said.

Westworld

You already know. Westworld is in the middle of its third season and is streaming on HBO platforms. Catch the fuck up if you’re not watching along with new episodes on Sunday nights.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

This satanic teen drama is a true guilty pleasure. While the premise and some of the otherworldly elements are intriguing, I’ve grown weary of the high school bullshit. If you have more questions, you can tweet me about it. As shown in in the trailer above, Sabrina is available for streaming on Netlfix. Three seasons are available.

BONUS VIDEO: Tiger King // Lion King trailer mashup

If you’ve made it this far, you deserve to watch this parody. Enjoy how well put together it is! Shout out classic Disney movie trailer voice.

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