The Spokesman’s Movie Recommendations


The necessities for at-home movie binging (Photo/ Madeline Chia)

Nikita Bhardwaj, Print Opinions Editor

So you’ve stocked up on Purell, hoarded as much toilet paper as you can fit in your home, and now you’re wondering what to do with all the free time on your hands. Well, look no further — I’ve compiled a list of 33 PDS-community-approved movies and TV shows that are guaranteed to distract you from the deadly pandemic currently affecting thousands of people across the globe. 

When you want to solve a mystery:

  1. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
  2. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
  3. Criminal Minds (2005-2020)
  4. Knives Out (2019)
  5. Murder Mystery (2019)

When you want to relate to other people stuck inside: 

  1.  Rear Window (1954)
  2.  Alien (1979)
  3.  The Shining (1980)
  4.  Das Boot (1981)
  5.  Tangled (2010)

When this world is too much for you:

  1. Star Wars (1977)
  2. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  3. Independence Day (1996)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  5. The Martian (2015)

When you read too many COVID-19 articles and need something to warm your heart:

  1. Some Like it Hot (1959)
  2. Big (1988)
  3. Something the Lord Made (2004)
  4. Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)
  5. Up (2009)

When you need a good scare:

  1. Psycho (1960)
  2. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  3. Contagion (2011) 
    1. Sidenote: This one is extremely relevant — do not recommend if you’re already freaking out about the outbreak.
  4. Get Out (2017)
  5. Parasite (2019)

When you need something fantastical:

  1. Back to the Future (1985)
  2. The Princess Bride (1987)
  3. The Matrix (1999)
  4. Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
  5. Harry Potter (2001-2011)

And some of Dr. Latham’s favorites:

  1. On the Waterfront (1954)
  2. 8 ½ (1963)
  3. The Godfather (1972)

Hopefully, these movies and shows will help keep you from going stir crazy while stuck indoors. Also, if your eyes hurt from binge-watching various movies for over six hours straight (definitely not speaking from personal experience) and you’re looking for something to read, check out Literature Club’s book rec list here. In closing, make sure to wash your hands, be positive, and stay safe!