• Elise Paris

Films to Watch in Quarantine

Hi there and welcome to Reservoirblogs!


First of all I hope you are feeling well and taking care of yourselves.

As frustrating as our current situation is, I know I am extremely lucky to be safe at home with time to write / read / do some gardening and other things I’ve not had the time for until now.

Since most people are going to be spending a lot of time inside for the next few weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to recommend some films to pass the time and lift spirits. Personally, my boyfriend and I have been watching a lot of old classics. So far we have watched Roman Holiday, The Godfather, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Psycho, Jaws and Some Like it Hot. I particularly enjoyed Roman Holiday and Some Like It Hot, both of which I hadn’t seen before. If you have a NOWTV movies account then I highly recommend the ‘Classics’ section from there!

If you also want to watch some good classics but don’t know where to start here’s a list of my personal recommendations that I will be watching over the coming weeks:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Steven Spielberg

2001: A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick

Amelie - Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The Exorcist - William Friedkin

Stand By Me - Rob Reiner

The Breakfast Club - John Hughes

The Great Escape - John Sturges

12 Angry Men - Sidney Lumet

Singin’ in the Rain - Gene Kelly / Stanley Dohen

Billy Elliott - Stephen Daldry

When Harry Met Sally - Rob Reiner

Bicycle Thieves - Vittorio DeSica

Mulholland Drive - David Lynch


At times like these, you might need a really feel good film to lift your spirits so heres some of my favourite mood-boosting movies:

Big - Penny Marshall

Footloose - Herbert Ross

Thelma and Louise - Ridley Scott

Sister Act - Emile Ardolino

Wild Hogs -Walt Becker

Mrs Doubtfire - Chris Columbus

13 Going on 30 - Gary Winick

School of Rock - Richard Linklater

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny - Liam Lynch

Going in Style - Zach Braff

Big Fish - Tim Burton

About Time - Richard Curtis

Yesterday - Danny Boyle

Pride - Mathew Warchus

Bridget Jones Diary: Edge Of Reason - Beeban Kidron

Rush Hour - Brett Ratner

The Goonies - Richard Donner

There’s Something about Mary - Peter Farrelly / Bobby Farrelly

The Big Lebowski - The Coen Brothers

Grown Ups - Dennis Dugan

Without a Paddle - Steven Brill

Run Fat Boy Run - David Schemer

O Brother Where Art Thou? - The Coen Brothers

Airplane! - David Zucker / Jim Abrahams / Jerry Zucker

Cool Runnings - Jon Turteltaub


And now that the schools have mostly closed down here are some of my favourite child-friendly films to watch with the family:

Coco - Lee Unkrich / Adrian Molina

Matilda - Danny DeVito

Up - Pete Docter

The Princess Bride - Rob Reiner

My Neighbor Totoro - Hayao Miyazaki

Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki

Pocahontas - Eric Goldberg / Mike Gabriel

Brother Bear - Aaron Blaise / Robert Walker

Tarzan - Chris Buck / Kevin Lima

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Gary Trousdale / Kirk Wise

Hercules - Ron Clements / John Musker

Aladdin - Ron Clements / John Musker

Honey I Shrunk the Kids - Joe Johnston

Mulan - Tony Bancroft / Barry Cook

Robots - Chris Wedge

The Neverending Story - Wolfgang Peterson

The Rescuers Down Under - Mike Gabriel

Aristocats - Wolfgang Reitherman

The Fox and the Hound - Richard Rich / Ted Berman / Art Stevens

So there you go, hopefully thats provided you with something good to watch while you self- isolate, but don’t get too bogged down watching films in your PJ’s all day - you can use this time to do something you wouldn’t usually do. Maybe learn a new skill, practice playing an instrument, draw, paint, bake, exercise, write a poem, write a script, play games with your family and make the most of this lovely weather we’ve been having. Most importantly, be kind to yourself and others, this will all be over before we know it.

I’ll be back soon, thanks for reading.

Elise. x

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