It is said that Shakespeare wrote King Lear and Macbeth while in quarantine during the bubonic plague. In isolation, Einstein too created his greatest works. Quarantines can be an opportunity for productive feats. Though, they are also a chance to take in great literature.
Most young adults are not ensconced in physics or playwriting but the vast majority of us are familiar with some cinema. If you find yourself out of work or eager to take in Hollywood’s greatest productions, here are a few flicks to liven your quarantine.
To paraphrase one of the film’s most memorable lines, “Of all the movie lists in all the websites in all the world, Casablanca walks into mine.” The 1942 film is a timeless classic focused on American club owner Rick Blaine and his rekindled romance with an old flame who is married to a Czech resistance leader in Vichy-controlled Morocco. Besides being one of the greatest films of all time, Casablanca makes the list because it has something for everyone—an epochal setting, cutting wryness, broken hearts, romance, and its gorgeous soundtrack. If you have seen the film, watch it again—watch it, as time goes by.
The Godfather is not just the original mafia movie but coupled with its must-watch sequel, it is one of the best stories ever told. Both films follow the story of the Sicilian-American Corleone crime family. The patriarch, Vito Corleone, immigrated to the US and established his mafia empire to be succeeded by his youngest son Michael. The acting of both Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, mixed with its unique story and a memorable soundtrack, makes it one of the best movies of all time.
Bonus: Upon watching the films, you will begin to understand why President Trump mockingly related Chris Cuomo to the character Fredo.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is probably the best sci-fi movie ever created apart from Star Wars. Set in the near future, it depicts a team of astronauts venturing from the dying earth to find a new home for humanity. Made in consultation with Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, the movie shows their space travel in a particularly realistic way and restricts itself to using the physics of at least plausible theories all while capturing a tense plot. Its magnificent cinematography features a captivating depiction of unknown space objects like black holes as well as fascinating landscapes of strange planets.
Stanley Krubrick’s Dr Strangelove is a must watch satire on the Cold War. Peter Sellers plays the triple roles of a pacifist President, a circumspect RAF exchange officer, and the titular character–an eccentric ex-Nazi nuclear physicist. George C. Scott stars as the comically jingoistic General “Buck” Turgidson along with Sterling Hayden as the hare-brained USAF officer setting in motion a crisis that brings the world close to total annihilation. Besides the dark humor, suspense, and masterful acting, the film’s stunning realism makes one think deeply about doomsday scenarios, so forgive our sense of irony for putting Dr Strangelove on this list.
Dunkirk—another excellent Nolan movie—is based on the successful evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk during the early stages of the Second World War. Though released in 2017, Dunkirk makes the list for its exceptional cinematography and its clever storytelling. The retreat is shown from several different perspectives, cut in ways that keep the tension rising throughout the film. Stuck in a race against time, the stranded British forces have to fight a formidable enemy while trying to evacuate hundreds of thousands of men before being crushed. The eventual success of the operation gives Britain new hope in the War as Churchill vows to “fight on the beaches” until the Nazis are defeated.
Though acclaimed as a Christmas classic, we couldn’t resist including Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life because we could all use some Christmas spirit. James Stewart stars as the ambitious George Bailey who wants to explore the world, but ends up constantly sacrificing his dreams to help his community. As he approaches a midlife crisis and contemplates suicide, an angel shows him what life would have been like had he never been born and how his good deeds saved his entire community. Whether you watch it for the first time or for the tenth, the moving ending is sure to leave you teary-eyed.
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