We have all thought to ourselves at some point or another that we would watch that show or that movie only if we ever had the time to do so. Well, here it is everybody: Now is THAT time.
The human population is amidst uncharted territories ladies and gentlemen. The world as we know it is crumbling in front of our very own needy eyes, and there’s only cure that we can install in the meantime: binge watching.
The most common source for binge watching is the almighty Netflix, a much needed hero in this dark and frightening era. They are our trusty friend that we can turn to for entertainment while quarantined over the next however many days, weeks, or potential months.
With all of this being said, I’ve determined that it’s my responsibility as your trusted Burbs writer to compile a list of some watch-worthy movies and television shows for you, my beloved reader.
Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus is meticulously crafted and impeccable constructed. A fast-paced, coked up perspective on what being a member of the mob is really like. It’s my 5th favorite movie of all-time and it has never failed to keep me wildly entertained for slightly more than two hours.
The 2017 Oscar Award winner for Best Picture directed by Barry Jenkins is the greatest piece of art aside from Lady Bird to come out of the beloved A24 studio thus far (unless you ask my co-host and partner in slime, Jack Martin, then it’s Uncut Gems). Moonlight is a troubling tale about an African American boy, who we watch become a man in the three-part story, find himself and his sexuality. If you don’t cry at least once during this heart wrenching film, then please get your pulse checked, you heartless S.O.B.
Robert Pattinson stars, or rather implodes, in the Safdie Brothers’s trippiest film to date, Good Time. A chaotic adventure that features a mentally handicapped brother (played by Benny Safdie), a Sprite bottle full of liquid LSD, and several scenes that will have your anxiety at an all-time high. There isn’t a dull moment in this film and Pattinson’s performance is one for the ages.
City of God
To be honest, I haven’t seen this movie in several years, so I’m definitely going to rewatch it during this time. So please feel free to join me as I embark on my own journey with Brazilian drug lords and a young child with a camera, a joint, a beach, and a loved one. Neither of us will regret it, I promise.
Greta Gerwig dances her way through New York in a black-and-white film that covers all of the grey areas of what it means to be a 20-something year old in modern America. This is my favorite Noah Baumbach movie, and it’s largely due to, this is going to sound very simple but I don’t know how else to put it, how happy Gerwig’s performance as Frances makes me. When she smiles, I smile. It’s as simple as that.
The Other Guys
We all need a laugh from time to time, especially during these troubling times, and who is better at providing a laugh than Will Ferrell? The question is rhetorical but I’ll answer it anyways: Arguably nobody. The Other Guys features one of the funniest casts from head-to-toe and is a damn good rewatch when trying to kill time.
If there’s one upside to this whole pandemic we’re going through, it’s that you finally have the time to watch a 3-and-a-half hour Scorcese film. What is my favorite meditation mortality is also one of the most brilliantly crafted movies in recent memory. Pacino, De Niro, and Pesci are still at their top of their games, de-aged or not, and illustrate a handful of emotions in a way that only true acting geniuses can.
There Will Be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Dey-Lewis’s There Will Be Blood is a tale for the ages. Only these two unparalleled geniuses could create a movie about an oil salesman that keeps me on the edge of my seat for the films entirety. DDL’s Daniel
Plainview is a complicated character with a complex history and a quenchless thirst for oil, land, power and money. This is my personal favorite PTA film, and I could rewatch it 100 times over if I had to.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2
Quentin Tarantino. Uma Thurman. Samurai swords. Vengeance. Need I say more?
Okay, I will. Tarantino demonstrates with this two-part series that he’s not only of the most original creators in the history of film, but also one of the most colorful. There isn’t a stone left unturned in either of these gloriously gory epics. The Kill Bill movies are QT’s love letter to feminism, Japanese culture and storytelling. But all else: these movies are just a good ass time.