Before we start this special, “pre-apocalyptic” edition of the Lunacy Blog to pleasantly distract you from the current chaos, let’s be very clear about one thing: Right now, we all need to watch out for one another. Be calm, be nice, be rational, wash your hands, and if you’re feeling ill, by all means, keep your distance. And if you’re a small business like we are, here are some useful tips to weather the storm.
Normally, in times of crisis, we have a plethora of options to help us escape reality. But the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is upending all of our norms, including entertainment. It seems that every day a movie premiere is pushed back or a festival is cancelled. Amateur and profess
Fortunately, thanks to an abundance of streaming services, we have an endless selection of great movies and TV shows accessible to us in the comfort—and safety—of our own quarantine zones. We asked the Lunatics what they are planning on watching during their down time in the coming days and weeks, and here are their answers!
I’m revisiting some of the classic shows from my childhood: Sanford and Son, (the original) Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Rockford Files, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that after four years of film school, there are plenty of classics that I still haven’t seen. If I had to spend two weeks holed up in my apartment, I’d use the time to check these off my watchlist. I’d probably start with Casablanca and work my way through Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Fellini’s 8 1/2, Friedkin’s The Exorcist, and Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, just to name a few.
In terms of TV shows, who are we kidding? I’d just rewatch The End of the F*****g World on Netflix over and over again. Yes, the title is alarmingly timely, but don’t worry: it’s not actually about the end of the world.
I have a habit of becoming obsessed with a show, binging a season or two, then getting distracted and completely forgetting that show exists. I’ll probably spend my time catching up on Fargo, Mr. Robot, Atlanta, and Killing Eve. Also, Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, Better Call Saul…
I love The Criterion Channel, so I might check out a few of the Max von Sydow / Ingmar Bergman collaborations I haven’t seen, like Hour of the Wolf or Through a Glass Darkly. I’ve also been looking forward to watching Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still, and Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.
I’m a big fan of what DC Universe is doing with its original content, so if you’d like to see some shows that completely flip the superhero genre on its head, spend a 7-day trial on the Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and Harley Quinn, an R-rated animated comedy.
I’ll likely be activating HBO to follow Westworld season 3 (which drops Sunday) and catch up on Watchmen and the final season of Silicon Valley.
I enjoy rewatching shows and movies just as much as I enjoy seeing amazing content for the first time. First thing’s first though — I’ll be finishing Sex and the City, a first time watch for me. I’ve been itching to rewatch Euphoria, Fleabag, Insecure, Master of None, and Girls. And I’ve been scratching to begin Barry, Atlanta, Chernobyl, and Succession.
When it comes to movies, I’ll start at the top of my long running list of “must sees” that I’ve yet to see, like Seven Samurai, 12 Angry Men, Beverly Hills Cop, Sunset Boulevard, Rocky, City of God (honestly this could go on for a while). And I plan to catch this list, Hidden Gems of the 2010s, by Criterion.
That should keep me busy for a few days, right?