How To Pass The Time Whilst Social Distancing: Films
As many of us are social distancing and homebound due to the coronavirus pandemic, we might find ourselves struggling for ways to spend our time, so we’ve started a series of free-time recommendations. The second in the series is films. Films are a great form of escapism, they allow you to live in another world, in another person's shoes or another period for a duration of the day, and these are the films that we’re loving for just that.
The Truman Show
Inspired by an episode of the eerie long-running television series 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Truman Show' is a 20th-century sci-fi classic with a harmonised combination of realism and surrealism. It follows the life of an insurance salesman (played by Jim Carrey) who discovers that his mundane life is not as it appears.
American neo-noir mystery drama, written and directed by Clint Eastwood, 'Mystic River' centres around three friends whose lives are changed by the domestic tragedy of one of them. Dark, mysterious, menacing and beautifully executed, 'Mystic River' is a must-see.
South Korean dark-comedy drama, 'Parasite' received unanimous critical acclaim and won several awards last year, and it's no surprise. Gripping, thought-provoking and memorable, 'Parasite' tells the story of a poor family that scheme to become employed by a wealthy family.
A simple tale of love, marriage and it's demise, 'Marriage Story' is an award-nominated easy watch, with warm and inviting protagonists, played by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.
A gripping and tense legal thriller about a growing number of unexplained deaths and their connection to a large global corporation, 'Dark Waters' is perfect for those interested in complex plotlines and realism. Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo's performances are honest and riveting.
A romantic comedy full of heart and soul, Billy Wilder's 'The Apartment' is a playful and faultless foray into the genre. It stars Jack Lemmon as a clerk at an insurance company who lends out his apartment to his colleagues to carry out extramarital affairs, and Shirley MacLaine as the woman he falls in love with.
Bringing Up Baby
Another old-school romantic comedy, which set the blueprint for many modern films, 'Bringing Up Baby' tells the story of eccentric heiress Susan Vance (played by Katherine Hepburn), straightlaced scientist Dr. David Huxley (played by Cary Grant) and a leopard named Baby.