For the first time, everybody around the world is encouraged to stay at home, to fight a war against a common enemy – covid19. Whether you are working from home or trying to finish those assignments you got on the online class, we all deserve a break. As almost the whole day is spent inside, why not take a cinematic break and watch something to uplift the spirits. It’s the perfect time to catch up on the movies you’ve been meaning to see since forever but never had the time to. Read along for a heart-warming selection of films to watch (or revisit) for an array of moods you might experience during this period of self-isolation.
Feel-Good Movie Kinda Day.
Tonari No Totoro/ My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Some people might have some reservations about anime, but this movie will change your mind. From the house of Studio Ghibli, this Miyazaki's masterpiece follows the relationship between two sisters and the forest spirit. Snuggle in a comfortable blanket, get your hot cocoa and follow the sisters as they move into an old country house and meet the cuddly spirit named Totoro. If you end up liking this movie, check out other Studio Ghibli productions, each has a lesson to share.
Another animated film, Ratatouille is about a rat named Remi, who wants to follow his dreams and become a chef, like his idol Auguste Gusteau. Life takes an interesting turn for him when he finds his way to his idol's restaurant.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Labelled as a magical realism comedy-drama, the movie features Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump. He is depicted as a slow-witted but kind-hearted man, who inspires people around him with childlike optimism. After all - "life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
A road trip across Spain with my best friends? Sign me up! For friends Kabir, Imran and Arjun this is more than just a vacation, it's an opportunity to mend broken relations and to look deep inside to see what their hearts actually want.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013)
We all have at some point juggled between a successful personal life or a successful professional life. It all comes down to what is important at a particular time in our life, and it's those little decisions that ultimately defines who we are. Follow these 4 friends on a trip of a lifetime that will forever change the dynamics of their relationship.
Brush up your classics, or fall in love with them for the first time.
Gone With The Wind (1939)
An American classic based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, this movie is about the love affair between Scarlet O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) during the American Civil war and the reconstruction era.
The Godfather (1972)
According to rotten tomatoes, The Godfather is a multi-generational crime saga and is one of the most widely imitated, quoted and lampooned movie of all time. A chilling portrait of Corleone's family rise and near fall from power, you will need a big bag of popcorn at hand to go through all the movies in the series.
The movie that gave us super awesome lines to quote like "Here's looking at you, kid." or "We'll always have Paris" among many others. The movie is set during WWII, where a nightclub owner agrees to help his former lover and her husband. Watch Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart as past lovers, developing feelings for each other once again.
Rocky Balboa is a small-time boxer who gets a rare chance to fight for the heavyweight championship. As New York Daily reviewed 'Rocky is a glowing tribute to the human spirit - a chin-up reminder that the decent, little guys of the world often accomplish the impossible if only because they try so hard.'
This list is incomplete without this classic Bollywood historical drama film. An epic saga of two star-crossed lovers who aren't meant to be, this movie has it all. From beautiful costumes to detailed set design, you will definitely ball your eyes out and fall in love with Madhubala again and again by the end of this beautiful emotional roller coaster of a film.
Tickle your funny bone.
The Hangover (2009)
Ever went to a bachelor trip where you lost the groom and have no recollection of what went down? Watch as Phil, Stu and Alan hilariously work through the worst hangover possible to track down the groom Doug and what exactly happened in the hours gone by.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
We 'had' to include this Bollywood comedy, for who can say no to watching Aamir and Salman together in their prime? The movie focuses on Amar and Prem trying to win over a millionaire's daughter. Things go according to plan until they butt heads with the local gangster Teja. One hilarious scene after another, the movie is jam-packed with waves of laughter.
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
A bit of war and a bit of comedy, Jojo Rabbit is a fresh take on WWII. Aided by his imaginary friend Adolph Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. Taika Watiti won the Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay for the movie, watch him onscreen as he brings the idiotic imaginary Adolph Hitler to life.
Not really a comedic centric film but this action-packed movie does have a comedic edge to it. Deadpool is regarded as the most unconventional anti-hero of the Marvel Comics. Ryan Reynolds is the only man ever that can do justice to this twisted character and we challenge you to prove us wrong.
3 Idiots (2009)
If you haven't watched 3 Idiots, you're probably living under a rock. It seems like the perfect time to revisit this gem of a movie. The movie compelled us to question our education system while throwing in a bucket full of laughter. Get roped in the lives of 3 best friends as they struggle through college life and go soul searching on the way.
Think of this self-isolation as a time to unwind and stop for a moment to think about the decisions you have made. Pat your back for how far you've come and don't worry about working too hard, we all deserve a little break from all the negative energy that's surrounding us all right now.
Stay home and stay safe!