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 Three Colours Trilogy
Brennan Dubé: Easily one of the most original and refreshing trilogies I’ve ever watched. This is The Dark Knight trilogy for those who subscribe to Criterion. (Available to stream on The Criterion Channel.)
The Man from Earth (2007)
Cammy Madden: No special effects, no explosions, and no virus-talk. This movie is storytelling at its best. Watch as a man tries to convince his friends that he’s been alive for thousands of years. (Available to stream on Prime Video, Vudu, Tubi, and Crackle.)
Birds of Prey (2020)
Anna Campion: Harley Quinn’s adventures take a turn for the fun in this Suicide Squad sequel, and give us a taste of pre-quarantine NYC life. (I know it’s in Gotham, sue me) This movie got a lot of bad reviews, but I honestly think it’s one of the rebooted DCEU’s best. (Available on VOD.)
Lenny Cooke (2013)
Nick Kush: As a Safdies stan, it is my duty to champion everything they do, but even so, Lenny Cooke is arguably the best film the Safdies have ever made. (Well, Uncut Gems does exist, so maybe not, but you get the idea.) The documentary follows the rise and precipitous fall of legendary high school basketball player Lenny Cooke, who was at one point ranked higher than LeBron in high school rankings, but then never suited up in the NBA. The most tragic piece of it all is that the initial footage only exists in the first place because everyone expected Cooke to eventually turn into someone great. (Available on The Criterion Channel and on YouTube.)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Collin Willis: There was so much controversy around this film upon release that Scorsese needed bodyguards for several years — and watching the movie, I don’t get it. Scorsese depicts a gripping realization of the character of Christ, while taking care to present the film as something that is inspired by and not adapted from the Bible. This was a better depiction of the Messiah than any I’ve ever seen in a straight to DVD Christian flick. (Available to stream on Peacock.)
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