3 Movies To Watch in Quarantine

By Anna Sharudenko on April 19, 2020

Some people think that they have a Ph.D. in Maturity if they don’t watch TikTok videos or waste time on movies. I think that it’s quite the contrary. Not only do movies broaden your horizons, but they also put you in other people’s shoes, thus teaching you empathy and the ability to relate to others. Sometimes, words are too bland and monotonous to show how someone feels. Sometimes, it is the opposite and the movies do not express the full inner world of the protagonist and how they feel.

I have compiled a list of three films that moved me in a way in which I haven’t been moved in a while. Living in the contemporary world dulls your sensitivity, individuality, and imagination; it restricts and places you in a box. Considering that many of us are suffering from cabin fever due to self-isolation, I think that these three movies that I compiled will stir us and make us feel alive — even if that will be for a second or two.

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1. Interstellar

You don’t have to be a sciencey person to enjoy or understand this movie. Have you ever wondered where are we in this universe — in a universe that is 93 billion light-years in diameter? Did you ever think of your existence or what it means “to be” in this vast space? Or perhaps you are curious about black holes and spacetime in general?

The synopsis of Interstellar is straightforward: people need a new planet to pollute and destroy because Earth is dying. As Earth is facing the next and probably last Dust Bowl and the crops are non-existent, a physicist comes up with a plan to save the people by transporting everyone through a wormhole. A wormhole can connect distant areas of spacetime, thus making travel amid vast distances of space possible.

So, Matthew McConaughey goes to space to figure out what exactly should happen for people to smoothly go through a wormhole and, to put it lightly, things don’t go as planned. If you decide to watch this movie, buckle up for a ride full of life-changing science, Hans Zimmer’s music, the “what if” scenarios, and emotions — lots and lots of emotions.

2. Parasite

This is a newer movie and it won four Oscars in 2020. It made history in the whole Oscar world, and for a reason. It’s a story about so many things: socioeconomic status, love, family, survival of the fittest, and murder. You don’t expect what happens and it all unravels in front of your eyes; it is masked with suspense.

From first glance, it’s just a poor family going against a wealthy family, but in the end, you are left truly and wholeheartedly dumbfounded. You don’t know what just happened — in a good way — and this movie stays in your mind.

This film not only keeps you on your toes, but it forces you to question ideas like freedom, money, and being trapped — both within yourself and due to the lack of money and opportunity. There is nothing quite like this film.

3. Boyz n the Hood 

I did not expect this movie to stir so much anger in me because, originally, this film was assigned for one of my political science classes. You just don’t expect a class movie to leave any sort of impact on you.

Boyz n the Hood made me cry and it left me frustrated due to the racism, injustice, and police brutality. Not only do young Black men have their civil rights severely violated, but some get brutally murdered. What’s scary though is that such behavior happens in real life too.

Boyz n the Hood is not just a movie. It’s reality. It makes the audience aware that Black men face the highest risk of being killed by police and it points out that police brutality is not a myth. This film shows what it means to grow up as a Black man in South Central Los Angeles in the 1990s. But the question remains: has much changed since then? Many still suffer from injustice, bias, and insulting stereotypes to this day and not everyone survives their personal coming of age story. And that’s heart-wrenching.

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