JOHNSON: Cult Classics to Watch While Quarantined

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Over the last few weeks, just about every campus, high school, and nonessential business has closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Naturally, this has given students extra time to hang around the house, play games, binge watch TV, and catch up on old movies. 

Kids are bored, parents are stressed, and everyone’s a bit confused right now. Television and movies can be a nice break from the turmoil, so I’ve compiled a list of cult-classic movies I believe more people should take a moment to watch during their self-quarantine.

Circle 

Netflix

Circle is about a group of people who wake up in a room with no memory of how they got there. They soon realize that every minute and a half a mysterious machine determines where they are collectively pointing and kill the unwitting victim. Almost all of the movie takes place in one room, giving it a claustrophobic feeling. It has social messages about factions, life, and human nature and is one to stick with you long after it’s done. 

Creep 

Netflix

Probably the only movie to actually creep me out (pun intended), Creep is a found-footage style film that relies upon its characters to create its atmosphere. It is about a man who is hired to document an outlier named Josef’s last days. Soon in, though, the audience realizes that Josef has an ulterior motive to ask a filmmaker into his house. With a shorter runtime of an hour and seventeen minutes, this movie is a must-watch for horror fans and a small, worthwhile commitment for everyone else.

Clue 

Amazon Prime

A whodunnit based on the classic game, Clue is a fun movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, taking every trope in the mystery genre and flipping it on its head. If you watch it, also be sure to watch the other two endings shown in different theaters on YouTube. 

The Princess Bride   

Available to rent or buy on Amazon

The Princess Bride best describes what it has to offer within its own script: “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love,” and a ton of memorable moments, including many of the most quotable lines in cinematic history. Regardless of what she says, it is also one of the favorites of Lone Conservative’s President, Kassy Dillon. 

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure 

Available to rent or buy on Amazon

Probably one of Tim Burton’s most over the top movies—and that’s saying something—just about everyone can enjoy the wacky Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. It’s filled with intentionally ridiculous characters and situations, but at its core, there is a lot of heart and a good message.

The Sandlot 

Available to rent or buy on Amazon

The Sandlot is a coming-of-age comedy about a backyard baseball team that finds itself in trouble when they lose a ball signed by the great Babe Ruth. The movie is great for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike. The movie’s characters find themselves in situations again and again that most people can relate to—or at least laugh at—like puking on a carnival ride.

National Treasure 

Netflix

National Treasure is arguably one of the most underrated Disney movies. It’s great for anyone interested in American history, twisting the artifacts and America’s founding into a compelling story. Almost a modern-day Indiana Jones, it tells the story of a historian played by Nicolas Cage who must, counterintuitively, steal the Declaration of Independence in order to save it.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

Netflix

There is no better way to celebrate your time off than watching someone else take some time off.  If you’re in need of a laugh, this “fourth wall” breaking movie is a great choice as it winds you from a typical movie about a high school slacker skipping out on classes to an over the top comedy featuring a musical number, outrageous scenarios, and a final race to safety.

Secondhand Lions 

Available to rent or buy on Amazon

This Coming-of-Age story has an all-star cast, witty dialogue, and a lot of heart. It tells the story of a kid whose mother sends him to his uncles’ house. It is a bit formulaic but has some great moments that will make you both laugh and cry. It’s definitely worth your time.

Jeffery Johnson is currently a Senior in high school. He enjoys football, politics and most forms of media. He is working to become an opinion journalist.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Jeffery Johnson

Bentonville High School

Jeffery Johnson is currently a Senior in high school. He enjoys football, politics and most forms of media. He is working to become an opinion journalist.

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