In recent weeks we have seen the world turned upside down by the spread of COVID-19. This has led to many countries implementing lock down measures to help flatten the curve in terms of cases and hospital admissions. With all these people stuck at home, there is only so much to do and many have turned to the various streaming services available to them. In this post i’m going to tell you my top eight things to watch during this time – this might be helpful if you’ve already watched all your favourites! Please share what you are watching in the comments, I’m starting to run out of media to watch!
8: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
This Netflix docu-series is a phenomenon, having spread across social media there is a good chance you have come across this series already but for those who haven’t it is simply nuts. Following the small but interconnected community of America’s Big Cat Conservationists and collectors, we get to meet Joe Exotic, Doc Antle and Carole Baskin. This series is fabulously edited, with punch after punch coming in each episode of its limited run. I’ll leave it up to you if you believe Carole did it. Did Joe really hire a hitman? Is Doc Antle killing cubs?
7: The Founder
This 2016 biographical drama starring Micheal Keaton as Ray Kroc, chronicles the start and eventual success of McDonald’s. Other faces you may recognise are Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as McDonald’s founders Richard and Maurice McDonald. This film is truly entertaining and shows the subterfuge that ultimately led to Mac being hospitalised. I came across this film while studying postmodernism and the theory of McDonaldization which was coined by sociologist George Ritzer. The four main components of which is; efficiency, calculability, predictability- standardised and control. You can see all four of these components form throughout the film as the original brothers looked to streamline the process of making fast-food. A little bit nerdy maybe, but a completely enjoyable film outside of this theory. You can currently watch this film for free with your Amazon Prime subscription (UK).
6: Parks and Recreation
This series (2009-2015) is an oldie but a goodie. An American satire sit-com which has plenty of laughs and lighthearted moments to keep even the most hard-hearted person entertained. Starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope amongst an ensemble cast of actors, many of which you may recognise due to their other projects during and since the filming of this series. With 125 episodes this series will keep you entertained for hours. Currently available on Amazon Prime (UK) and Sky TV.
5: The Imagineering Story
Yes, yes another nerdy kind of option – you’ll see a few more no doubt. Ahh, this series, this series is just magical. You get to see an inside look at the people behind making the theme parks so magical, following their history from Walt Disney first created WED Enterprises to today – known as Walt Disney Imagineering. Although currently this six-part series is still being released weekly here in the UK, in other areas of the world where Disney + has been available longer, the whole series is available. It simply is a magical series, which clings to the inner creative child within you. With interesting interviews with both imagineers and Disney executives it really is an inside look at one of the most magical and interesting backstage Disney property. If they can imagine it, they will find a way to create it.
4: Hidden Figures
Possibly one of my favourite films ever made. I wrote a review (click for the review) for this back in 2017 when I first saw it in cinemas. Still today i believe this film is a fabulous look into the space race and the acceptance of black-females into the workforce at NASA. Although, it is worth noting this is a biographical drama and some elements of the film have been changed or exaggerated to fit the narrative. That doesn’t diminish the challenges faced by people during this time. I believe this film is also currently available on Amazon Prime (UK).
3: Killing Eve
About to return for its third series, this British spy thriller pits Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a British intelligence investigator, against the assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) in a chase of minds which progresses into a mutual obsession with one another. The acting throughout this series is lauded and rightly so. The story is intense and some of the costumes and set pieces are awe-inspiring. Do yourself a favour and watch it. Available in full on BBC Iplayer (UK).
2: The Martian
Oh no, another nerdy science-y pick. This could just as easily feature in a something to read list as the book by Andy Weir is equally superb. However, this 2015 film starring Matt Damon may be the perfect isolation pick as Mark Watney finds himself alone and injured on Mars after an evacuation order from NASA goes awry. All alone on a planet, Mark has to find a way to survive and somehow establish contact with NASA. Throughout the film we get to witness the ingenuity and resilience of the human race. So if you are feeling all alone now, imagine what it would be like all alone on Mars.
1: The Shrek Series
A series lifted straight from childhood. The series as a whole is super uplifting and the perfect way to take your mind off the goings on around you. The first film was released way bad in 2001 yet the animation even today holds up really well. Starring Mike Meyers as Shrek and Cameron Diaz as Fiona, follow this lovable couples ups and downs as Shrek navigates from being a scary Ogre to a respected husband of a Princess. Full of jokes and digs at Disney the series is full of charming nostalgia. Just skip the third one. Do yourself the favour. Available on Netflix (UK).