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.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Nick Kush: Many would say Ingmar Bergman is the best at exploring the human condition onscreen, and after watching Wild Strawberries, it’s hard to argue with such a claim. The entirely surreal collides with the most mundane of experiences as a professor looks back on his successes and (mostly) failures in life. The only reasonable action after watching it is to do your own existential exercise. It was also one of Kubrick’s favorite movies, so who am I to argue with a titan? (Available to stream on HBO Max and The Criterion Channel.)
Bedtime Story (1964)
Patricia Henderson: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a remake of this. Not to be “that person,” but the original is much better. Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones star. (Available to rent on VOD.)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Collin Willis: The Coen Brothers could make Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but Quentin Tarantino couldn’t make Hail, Caesar! (Available to stream on Netflix.)
Spencer Henderson: Brazil is a sci-fi comedy masterpiece that I revisit every few years and am reminded of how fantastic it truly is. It’s honestly baffling how something so hilarious and wildly entertaining is simultaneously so upsetting and disturbing. If you haven’t seen this one, I truly cannot recommend it more. (Available to stream on The Criterion Channel.)
Brian Connor: Vaughn and Marcus, who have been friends since childhood, travel to a remote area of the Scottish Highlands for a hunting trip. Events take a tragic turn and the pair is left scrambling to cover their tracks and make it home alive. Shades of Shallow Grave and Deliverance, but it’s very much its own story. (Available to stream on Netflix.)
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