Staying at home all day is boring. You tune into class every day and try to occupy the rest of your time with something to end the monotony. This is not the situation any of us want to be in, but it is going to be our reality for at least the next few weeks. One thing we do have to entertain ourselves are streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. It is great to have millions of movies and TV shows at our fingertips, but how many of those are actually worth our time? The answer is not many, and it can be hard to tell the difference much of the time. What I am going to do here and every Friday for the rest of this semester is share a few movies I find entertaining, overlooked or widely appealing which you can stream right now. Before I start, I want to point out that a good chunk of my top 15 movies of last year—here and here are the links to parts one and two, respectively —are available for streaming: 14. “Nathan for You: Finding Frances” (Hulu), 13. “Under the Silver Lake” (Amazon Prime), 12. “It Comes At Night” (Netflix), 11. “Midsommar” (Amazon Prime), 7. “Roma” (Netflix), 5. “Marriage Story” (Netflix), 4. “The Mater” (Netflix) and 2. “Her” (Netflix).
The Fugitive (Hulu)
A classic “wrong man” thriller starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, “The Fugitive” is a magnificently entertaining adventure which most everyone can enjoy.
Pan’s Labyrinth (Netflix)
From creative genius Guillermo del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth” is a fairy tale for adults, containing some of the best makeup and costumes you will ever see. It is dark and filled with graphic violence, but it is certain to bring out your imagination.
The Naked Gun (Netflix)
“The Naked Gun” is one of the best comedies ever made. Yes, it is undeniably silly and over the top, but that is not always a bad thing. The jokes come so rapidly, and the scenes are so memorable almost everyone will find something to laugh at.