Here at MovieBabble, we like to watch movies, obviously. However, the Coronavirus has created a sudden drop off in the number of new movies for us to watch. But we will not be stopped, and we’ve turned to the many decades of cinema preceding us for our entertainment. Some of us have gotten into familiar favorites, others have chosen to dive headfirst into the artsiest of artsy movies, and the rest of us are somewhere in between. For the duration of this crisis, we will be keeping you in the know about these quality gems through our Quarantine Staff Picks. So, without further ado, here are some of the movies we’d recommend for your viewing pleasure this week.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Spencer Henderson: A stone-cold masterpiece and is in my personal opinion, the best western film ever made. It has everything from an epic runtime that will fill your quarantine time, an iconic musical score, and angry Henry Fonda. A must-see.
First Love (2019)
Sean Coates: With over 100 directorial credits in the last 30 years, Takashi Miike is one of the hardest working and consistent filmmakers in the world today, and his latest action thriller is an absolute romp. First Love follows a young terminally ill boxer who along with a call girl, gets caught up in an elaborate drug scheme involving the police, the Yakuza, and the Chinese Triad over the course of one night in Tokyo. There’s a lot of initial setup and the denouement is a tad overlong, but the rest of the film is relentlessly insane, kinetic comedic action set pieces that just keep upping the ante.
Black Friday (2004)
Sandra Reid: The second entry in Starkid production’s Hatchetfield series tells the story of a killer deal on the hottest new toy, a Tickle-Me-Wiggly (think Elmo meets Cthulhu). With a heaping dose of mob mentality, Stephen King-like characters, and anxiety about the future, it’s a weird comfort to watch.
Ready or Not (2019)
Callum Britter: Come to your next household movie night party equipped with this explosive, fast-paced, and wickedly funny horror flick that’ll secure your place as the film night king/queen.
Blue Ruin (2013)
Nick Kush: I think Blue Ruin may be the film I recommend to people the most: it threads the needle for people who just want to watch a thrilling movie and those who like to sit with and study films. Jeremy Saulnier is a director that I think will make a huge leap in the 2020s, and with all respect to his debut film Murder Party, which is super silly and one of the better recent micro-budget movies, Blue Ruin is what set the stage for his career. It’s a grisly, stripped-down revenge thriller that is impeccably crafted…and it’s on Netflix!
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