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 Untouchables (1987)
Chris Van Dijk: After Ennio Morricone passed away, I had to rewatch this gangster classic, which features one of my favorite soundtracks of his. The main theme is victorious but it’s the so-called ‘death’ theme, that really gets to me, especially when it’s used in the film’s most tragic scenes. The film itself is deserving of its popularity. Historically, it’s completely inaccurate, but its charm is undeniable. (Available to rent on VOD.)
Blue Valentine (2010)
Brennan Dubé: This is a more raw, gritty, and in-your-face version of what Marriage Story was last fall. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are out-of-this-world good in this drama surrounding the crumbling of a marriage. It’s beautiful, it’s emotional, it’s Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, need I say more? (Available to rent on VOD.)
Long Shot (2019)
Anna Campion: This romantic comedy is one of my favorites to have been released in recent years, mainly because the chemistry between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron is dynamite. Trust me, I’m surprised I’m saying that too. It’s light, it’s cute, and it also paints an interesting picture of two people who are drawn to each other even though their circumstances prevent it. It makes me cry, honestly! (Available to stream on HBO Max.)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Nick Kush: As rough around the edges as it may be, Death Race 2000 only gets more relevant with age. What other movie can promise searing political commentary AND Stallone hamming it up with reckless abandon? And the best part? There is absolutely NO fat on this movie with a runtime of about 80 minutes. (Available to stream on Tubi.)
Street of Crocodiles (1986)
Collin Willis: It’s the stop-motion love child of Tim Burton and David Cronenberg. This gothic short film depicts the emptiness of life on the streets through some clever Rube Goldberg-esque designs and some startling imagery. And at 21 minutes, you don’t have to commit to anything too long. (Available to stream on the Criterion Channel.)
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