Ferris, Hustlers, In Fear: Quarantine Streaming – So, we’re all trapped inside during this terrible pandemic. Indeed, I have found myself trapped inside a room inside my house, since I came down with symptoms earlier in the week and had to self-isolate away from my family.
It wound up being longer than the recommended seven days for me, since my symptoms didn’t go away in that time slot, and so in between the crying helplessly into a pillow to get myself to sleep and the bouncing off the walls in desperation while I’m awake, I’ve been watching a lot of movies online.
And, because I’m such a nice guy, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recommendations I discovered with you all, since you’re all trapped inside in some way shape or form yourselves too, and if you are one of those lovely people who are still going out, sitting in fields, and having drinks with mates (even if you do think you’re following social distancing guidelines while you’re doing it) please, just stop. My quite literal NHS frontline working partner demands it of you, m’kay?
Here’s a handy list of things for you to watch, so you don’t feel the itching sensation to go out and be a twat.
THE BORDERLANDS (2013) – BBC iPlayer
This low-budget British indie may look like just your average found footage horror but give it a chance and it has plenty of surprises up its sleeve. A genuinely tense and unsettlingly creepy little film, The Borderlands is an atmospheric chiller with a shocking and unforgettable ending. Telling the story of three men sent by the Vatican to a old, recently reopened Church in Devon to investigate the unusual goings on there, things begin spooky and spiral from there. If you’re looking for a scary way to spend an evening locked indoors, this one has got you covered.
IN FEAR (2013) – 4oD
Another horror here to keep you up at night, In Fear is a British production that makes great use of the Irish countryside on which it is based, highlighting the isolation and fear that such expansive and untouched terrain can bring. It focuses on a couple travelling toward a Hotel for a romantic getaway, who inadvertently find themselves at the mercy of an unknown assailant who seems to know the roads back to front. Director Jeremy Lovering creates some good suspense, and the film has lots of knuckle-whitening sequences. You won’t be forgetting this one in a hurry.
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) – Netflix
Perhaps you’re after something a little less scary and a little more fun? Well, don’t you worry, because the folks over at Netflix have got a great selection of comedies. For my top pick though, I’ve gone with John Hughes’ iconic teen flock Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Starring Matthew Broderick as the titular teen, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off gives us a day in the life of high school slacker and all-around cool guy Ferris Bueller, who skips school for the day with his best friend as his girlfriend. Hilarious, clever, self-aware (there are regular fourth wall breaks), and surprisingly poignant in places, this remains one of the greatest teen comedies of all time. Strongly recommended.
HUSTLERS (2019) – Amazon Prime
Free if you have yourself a Prime account, or available to rent, 2019’s Hustlers tells the true story of a group of former strip club employees who band together to rip off of their wealthy wall street clientele for all they’re worth. Starring Jennifer Lopez in what is no doubt sure to become one of the defining roles of her later career, Hustlers has a sort of heist movie fun coupled with an empathetic eye that sets it apart from your average team pulls a con adventure. Grounded by some top-notch performances (Julia Stiles and Constance Wu are also worth noting) and slick direction, Hustlers is a fun time that’ll have you engaged in every twist and turn.
ONE CUT OF THE DEAD (2019) – Shudder
If you haven’t heard of Shudder before, think of it as the Netflix of horror. Usually it costs you just £5.99 a month to access their carefully curated horror library, but during this period of lockdown they’re offering all new customers 30 days free with the code SHUTIN, and I do recommend you give it a try. If you do, you could do a lot worse that One Cut of the Dead, the low-budget Japanese comedy that blew up the festival circuit when it was released back in 2019. To tell you anything would give the game up and this film is far too fun to spoil, but just trust me when I say it’s worth the investment, just push through the first twenty or so minutes and you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
And, that folks, are my recommendations for the week. But I would love to bring you some more next week. After all, what else are going to be doing with our time during this period?
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