Movies that will help you through self isolation

If you feel home alone and bored with the same four walls, take a look at our top list of the best ten movies to watch until COVID-19 goes away.

Stuck at home? Here are the best movies to watch whilst in isolation. 

The novel coronavirus has taken over many countries across the world. To prevent the spreading of the disease, millions of people are now facing being stuck at home for long periods of time.

With many of us used to leading busy lives, it's easy to imagine that boredom will set in quite quickly. But there are things you can do to make the best of the spare time we all now have on our hands.

Reading books are a great way of using the extra time - how many times have you wanted to read that book on your Kindle or bookshelf but just never got round to it? Now is the time to delve into a great work of fiction to take your mind off current World events or to expand your knowledge with some educational or historic titles.

Many international museums have created free virtual tours that you can check out 24/7 too.

Watching movies are also a great way to spend your time and as with books, they'll likely be many on your list that you've always wanted to watch but never had the time to.

From fantasy to non-fiction, we take a look at the forgotten films that deserve your attention in these long and sometimes tedious days!

  1. Beginners, dir. Mike Mills

Beginners (2010) is a touching story of love, acceptance and family bonds. Starring Ewan McGregor, this comedy-drama combines seemingly dissonant sides of a person.

Oliver (McGregor) is the protagonist of this absorbing story. At the very beginning – mind the pun – of the film, he learns that his father was going to die. However, his parent doesn’t seem concerned about it at all. Rather, Hal (Christopher Plummer) is focused on telling everyone that he’s gay.

Without a trace of the pathetic or cheesy, Beginners tackles important life questions. How far are we able to go to understand our loved ones? Can we accept the unacceptable? Does an ending mean a new beginning?

It's easy to see how many will identify with the characters of this riveting film.

  1. The Place Beyond the Pines, dir. Derek Cianfrance

Who said that the films on this list had to be hipster? Not us!

Ryan Gosling absolutely killed it with his performance in The Place Beyond the Pines. The 2012 neo-noir drama deals with matters of love and crime.

Created by three writers, the film tackles the dynamic life of a motorcycle stunt rider. Tired of never earning enough for a living, Luke (Gosling) decides to rob banks. Eva Mendes plays his ravishing girlfriend Romina who has just given birth to their first child.

Things seem to be going well for the trio until a passionate cop (Bradley Cooper) gets involved with Luke’s criminal activities. We don’t want to spoil too much so we’re stopping right here. 

  1. The Lobster, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

If you’re looking to shake up the monotony of every day, just watch anything directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Having risen to popularity with the historic biography The Favourite, Lanthimos started directing films in English with the 2015 film The Lobster.

The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell, is a dark comedy set in a dystopian future. Which doesnt feel like an unimaginable scenario right now!

David (Farrell), who is also the sole named character in the film, has been single for a long time. Thus, the system has put him into a secluded hotel where he is supposed to find a partner to mate with.

If he fails, he’ll end up turned into an animal of his choice.

See if he makes it or not. Other notable actors in the film include Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Léa Seydoux.

  1. The Dictator, dir. Larry Charles

Written by and starring Sacha Baron Cohen, The Dictator is a beautiful satire combined with outrageous comedy.

In 2012, when about half the planet thought the world would end, the famous comedian created this unique take on what we think is funny.

The Dictator is a panegyric dedicated to a ruthless leader. He fears that the modern-day democracy might intrude his dictatorship. This film shows his battle against this disease.

Dictator Aladeen has worked hard to oppress this country; he will not let it slip away.

This comedy is a serious study against oppression and authoritarianism. It discusses problematic questions in a way that makes them closer to the public.

In these anxiety-loaded days, it’s a good thing to take the edge off with a film like this.

  1. Leap Year, dir. Anand Tucker

We’re continuing with the happy-go-lucky vibe. Leap Year is a love story with the charming haters-to-lovers trope.

Anna (Amy Adams) travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend. However, it’s a long and tiring ride for her and nothing goes according to plan. She ends up in the countryside, struggling to get to Dublin. There she meets Declan (Matthew Goode), a carefree man willing to help her. During her stay in rural Ireland, she lives through some truly authentic local customs.

Truth be told, Goode’s Irish accent has been voted one of the worst in the history of film. But that hasn’t stopped us enjoying this lovable story with multiple plot twists.

  1. The Phantom of the Opera, dir. Joel Schumacher

If you haven’t read Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, this is the time to see it in flesh. In 2004, Joel Schumacher directed one of the many legendary films revolving around this book.

We won’t be getting deep into the plot. It’s enough to know that the movie is a musical and is all about mystery and love.

Viewers couldnt get enough of this film and wanted to see it in other industries as well. That’s why leading gaming provider NetEnt launched The Phantom of the Opera online slot. Thus cinephiles who like to gamble online could play this 5-reel video slot machine.

If you still don’t have enough of the captivating narrative, take a look at the 2011 edition at the Royal Albert Hall. Then take your pick of which variant you liked best.

  1. Tracks, dir. John Curran

Tracks (2013) is a story about ideals and sticking to one’s beliefs. If you liked Into the Wild, you’ll fall in love with Tracks in an instant.

This biography is based on the memoir of Australian writer Robyn Davidson. In the 1960s, Davidson took to a 1,700-mile trek through desolate Australian deserts. The John Curran-directed masterpiece pays homage to the brave woman.

Tracks looks a lot like a documentary rather than a drama. Sure, she meets photographer Rick (Adam Driver) and gets quite close to him. He makes an album of shots of her movements through the deserts with her camel. 

The Australian writer’s character survives and passes through painful experiences like loss and frustration. She fights to survive in the merciless wilderness to prove a personal point. To understand her, you need to see this film and/or read the book.

Today, Davidson lives in Queensland, Australia, but has kept to her wild spirit and she moves residence a lot.

  1. A Stinking Fairytale, Miroslav Momcilovic

This is the time to show solidarity and understanding. 

A Stinking Fairytale is a poignant story set in modern-day Serbia. As a contrast to the urban, fast-paced lives most people in the film live, the two protagonist fight to survive. Why? Because both of them are homeless.

However, they do not know each other. Moma (Zarko Lausevic) takes refuge in an abandoned factory. There he collects random bits and bobs and drives them around in a trolley.

Ema (Jelena Djokic) is a chronic alcoholic. When she first meets Moma, she’s repulsed and won’t see him ever again. But he’s persistent and resolved to help her with her problem.

They end up falling in love like teenagers. They even get married. You can imagine how creative they have to be to make that happen – unofficially.

Take this chance to look reality in the eye. Appreciate what you have and respect those who might not be in the same position as you.

  1. The Truth About Emanuel, dir. Francesca Gregorini

Arguably the most dramatic film on this list, The Truth About Emanuel is packed with plot twists. It will have you on your toes till the very end.

The Francesca Gregorini-directed and written movie starts slowly with a soft setup. Motherly love, sensitivity and naivety colour the first part of the film. However, things change as new characters are introduced.

It’s important to note that not only was this film directed by a woman, but the producer was the well known actress Rooney Mara.

2019 was the year of women in cinematography. That’s why this feminist release takes up a special spot on our list. Use this opportunity to acknowledge the female contribution to the industry.

  1. The Hooligan Factory, dir. Nick Nevern

We'll close up on an optimistic thought. The Hooligan Factory is not your ordinary comedy, but it’s unique and straight-up hilarious.

There are so many uproarious scenes that we wouldn’t know where to start. The acting ensemble is pitch-perfect. You’ll see the likes of Jason Mraza, Tom Burke and Nick Navern dominate the stage.

This dark comedy is not reserved for footy fans only. On the contrary, the movie references multiple classics like Goodfella s nd The Football Factory. As such, it is a blithe yet fervid, creative narrative that takes itself quite seriously.

The Hooligan Factory will have you laughing out loud and as the saying goes - laughter is the best medicine.

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