It is quarantine day 62 and I’m still surviving without spirals!
So, as quarantine continues, I’m pretty sure everyone has watched plenty of movies or tv shows in the time being. I’ve never written a blog post regarding movies or tv shows even though I’ve had the menu up since day 1 of this blog’s existence. So, I figured this is a great time to finally share my top 5 favourite movies I’ve watched so far IN QUARANTINE.
I’ve watched quite a lot of tv shows for the past few weeks hence I’ll be writing a completely different post talking about those tv shows specifically. Most of it are k-dramas because I’ve recently ventured into the wondrous world of k-dramas courtesy of my very lovely mother who literally forced me to watch Crash Landing on You and the obsession started from there.
Anyway, here’s my top 5 favourite movies I’ve watched in quarantine!
#1 – Dead Poets Society (1989)
Title: Dead Poets Society
Director: Peter Weir
Year released: 1989
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Thoughts: This movie was like a cultural reset for me. The uniqueness of this movie astounds me. I honestly don’t get it how the genre according to IMDB is “comedy”. To me, this wasn’t a comedy at all. Drama yes. But overall, it’s a movie of self-discovery, appreciation for literature that teenagers seem to forget and about breaking tradition/stereotypes. Robin Williams’ acting has never failed to amaze me. This movie was very emotional to me and I felt it deeply. I love the lessons taught in this movie and I feel like everyone should watch it because it will tear you up. Especially the ending. The ending was really really amazing but I really wished it ended differently (if you know, you know) because everyone really deserved so much better after what had happened to all of them. Overall, I’d HIGHLY SUGGEST everyone watch this movie because it is a moving coming-of-age sort of movie that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
#2 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Director: Mike Newell
Year released: 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Thoughts: I absolutely love this movie! I love how it has my favourite elements in stories. Mystery and romance. I find both of it combined to be highly captivating. The fact that this movie is set after the World War II was something that peaked my interests as well because I have always been fascinated by the subject and this movie gives an insight to what post-war looked like and how it affected people. Aside from that, it also gives a whole new meaning to literature. This movie portrayed reading as escapism in the loveliest possible ways imagined. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, How the book club was created and the history of it was very touching and emotional. I HIGHLY SUGGEST EVERYONE TO WATCH THIS MOVIE. Especially bibliophiles as I am because this will tear you up or else make you have the fuzzy feels. THE ENDING IS SO SO AMAZING TOO. IT WAS REALLY BEAUTIFUL. COULDN’T IMAGINE A BETTER ENDING THAN THAT! SO GO WATCH IT!
#3 – Little Women (2019)
Title: Little Women
Director: Greta Gerwig
Year released: 2019
Genre: Drama, Romance
Thoughts: I’ve watched this more than once definitely and it still entertains me and I love it so SO much. Greta did such a great job keeping the originality of the story from the book in the movie. She is easily one of my favourite directors after watching this movie. Everything about this movie is amazing. I love it when my favourite book comes to life through adaptations such as this fantastic one here. The casting was amazing. Everyone fit their role so well and my favourite was definitely Florence Pugh as Amy March. Amy’s character development in this movie was amazingly portrayed. In comparison to the book, this movie definitely did Amy’s character justice because in the book, she was easily one of the most hated character of all. But the movie really highlights her transition from childhood to womanhood and it was really really beautiful to see in my opinion. I love the book and I love the movie even more. If you have read the book or haven’t but is planning to watch this movie, please do. It will not disappoint you. If I could thank Greta Gerwig for this masterpiece that she created upfront, I will.
#4 – Emma (2020)
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Year released: 2020
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Thoughts: Just like Little Women, I have watched Emma more than once now. I have been putting off watching the movie when it came out because I wanted to wait until I finally read the book first and then watch the movie. As the Michael Scott from Dunder Mifflin Paper Company once said, “well, well, well, how the turntables…”. Hahaha! Anyway, did I regret my decision? I definitely DID NOT. Emma was such a hilarious story about love and friendship. Anya Taylor-Joy was such a perfect Emma Woodhouse. The vibes that she radiates as Emma Woodhouse is… astronomical! (Thank you tiktok) It’s such a lighthearted movie and I really loved it. The chemistry between Emma and Mr. Knightley was really beautiful in my opinion. They’re really funny and cute together. Also, I literally cannot look at Mr. Woodhouse without thinking of the actor himself being in one of my favourite rom-com, Love Actually. However, every single one of the casts are amazing and I think they were the perfect choice for the role. I literally cannot imagine other Emma than Anya herself! Such a talented actress. As I did my research on IMDB, apparently the actors and actresses that played instruments in this movie were actually playing it for real and that amazes me so much! They’re so talented at it and I really loved the instrumentals that were in the movie. The soundtracks gives me life! 10/10 would recommend!
#5 – Lady Bird (2017)
Title: Lady Bird
Director: Greta Gerwig
Year released: 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Thoughts: Okay let me just explain briefly as to why I gave it 4 stars but I still include this in my top 5. I loved this movie, I do, I really do. But it was a little bit slow paced for me in the beginning. But it gets better as it picks up so I was completely fine with that. So yeah, that’s just that. But basically, this is a story of a young woman’s journey to self-discovery. Like Dead Poets Society, it was categorized as “comedy” which I barely think so. There is a fair amount of comedy in this movie but overall I thought of it as a more coming-of-age story. Like the movie “The Edge of Seventeen” starring Hailee Steinfeld, except this is set in 2002 which features a more classic vibe rather than bright and bubbly. I love how realistic this movie is. The arguments and the conflicts between friendships and relationships were very very relatable to real life. The ending was very touching and emotional. If you’re a fan of indie movies, this is definitely a great one for you. It kind of reminds me of the movie “6 Years” too somehow and I’m not entirely sure on what aspect but it does reminds me a wee bit of “6 Years”. Greta Gerwig? UGH HER MIND! As usual, Saoirse Ronan is amazing and I love her acting so much, I do, I really do. Ever since I first watch her in “The Host” as Melanie Stryder, I was in love with her acting capabilities and she just gets better! I’d talk about my man, Jimothy- I mean Timothée but we all know I WILL NEVER STOP RAMBLING ABOUT HOW AMAZING HE IS AND HOW TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL AND INTELLIGENT AND SHY HE IS AND HOW PERFECT HE IS- see. So that explains it all. My forever weakness is him saying “good girl” in this movie. God knows what it does to my brain the first time hearing him saying that in this movie.
And that sums up my top 5 favourite movies I’ve watched in quarantine! If quarantine continues for us after June 9th, then I guess I’ll consider making an updated top 5, if I do have any updates.
Let me know if you see your favourite movie(s) in my top 5! And comment down some movie recommendations that you think I might enjoy 🙂 I’d love to take advantage of quarantine to binge watch movies as much as I can so do let me know what movies that I should watch this quarantine.