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.
The Apartment (1960)
Ashvin Sivakumar: The place we stay in during the ongoing quarantine, but also the name of a masterful romantic film that you should definitely catch while locked inside. (Available to stream on Prime Video.)
Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)
Kali Tuttle: George Clooney’s tribute to Edward R. Murrow is riveting. I love the choice to film in black and white, and I love the casting choices. (Available to rent on VOD.)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
Spencer Henderson: Prince of Darkness is likely John Carpenter’s most underrated film and is absolutely fantastic. It’s also a perfect viewing for being quarantined in the apocalypse! (Available to stream on Prime Video.)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Now more than ever is the time to dive headfirst into the Criterion Channel and explore the best of world cinema, and Aguirre, the Wrath of God is a great place to start if you’ve been struggling with where to begin. Just about every maddening journey film — from Apocalypse Now to Ad Astra — owes it all to Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski’s toxic but brilliant working relationship. Though only 95 minutes, it’s presence lingers thanks to its almost nature documentary feel, suggesting that this kind of madness isn’t all that far-fetched.
The behind-the-scenes stories for Aguirre are also certifiably insane and rival just about every troubled production legend there is — a great conversation starter for day 225 of quarantine when you’ve run out of things to say to the people you’re hauled up with. (Available to stream on Prime Video, Tubi, and The Criterion Channel.)
High Society (1956)
Anna Campion: Another Grace Kelly vehicle wherein she plays a young heiress, who is set to marry a real square, until Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra show up, and all the guys fall in love with her! And, Louis Armstrong. (Available to stream on Hulu.)
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