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.
John Tuttle: A coming-of-age tale focused on a sheltered young woman, Penelope might have you thinking it’s about Miss Piggy from The Muppets in the first five minutes. Instead, it’s actually about a girl who has the misfortune to have a pig nose, offering insightful commentary on today’s toxic body shaming. (Available to stream on Amazon Prime.)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Anna Campion: Every joke the funny nerd in your high school had they got from this movie. It’s a classic, and a great way to escape the drudgery of life for a couple of hours. (Available to stream on Netflix.)
Sexy Beast (2000)
Chris van Dijk: I’ve seen this movie more times than I can count. It’s probably one of my favorite debut films from any director — this one from Jonathan Glazer. It’s hilarious, tense, and endlessly rewatchable. Oh, did I mention the terrifying bunny with the machine gun? (Available to stream on Amazon Prime.)
The Fountain (2006)
Ashvin Sivakumar: Darren Aronofsky’s multi-period spanning epic is worth a shot, especially in the midst of such adversity. It’s an ode to the everlasting human strive for survival and a beautiful story about how our love carries on into that strive to succeed as people. (Available to rent on VOD.)
The Late Shift (1996)
Collin Willis: As an avid fan of late-night television, The Late Shift felt like it was made for me. John Michael Higgins and Daniel Roebuck’s takes on David Letterman and Jay Leno (respectively) are hilarious to watch. The movie fudges some of the finer details, but it’s a great watch for anyone who’s a fan of either of Leno’s The Tonight Show wars. (Available to stream on HBO Max.)
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