It has become clear that the Coronavirus is now a pandemic that has impacted over 100 countries at this point. Many companies are being affected by this virus, including the movie industry. Film productions have had to shut down, festivals have been cancelled and release dates have been pushed back. With fewer people feeling safe enough to go to the cinema, what is there to do? Luckily, we live in an era where streaming dominates and there are plenty of options for films to watch online. Here, based on the UK list, I am going to suggest some of my favourite new content that is easily available at your fingertips.
Netflix has recently upped its game with content, providing a variety of options for people to watch. In terms of new and original releases, Netflix is continuing to bring fantastic crime documentaries and the latest one, The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, may just be one of the most heartbreaking. I am four episodes into this six-episode mini-series and each episode gives a darker and more horrifying perspective on the situation.
In the past month, Netflix has been slowly releasing the Studio Ghibli collection, with fourteen films from the collection currently available to watch. With classics such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away available for the first time on a streaming service, it has never been easier to catch up with these gorgeous animations.
In the upcoming weeks, Netflix has some major films on the slate for the platform, particularly in the horror genre. Whilst A Quiet Place: Part II may have just been postponed as of right now, Netflix will be dropping the original next week. Another major horror film that many people adore, 2017’s IT, will also be making its way onto the platform.
Now TV has access to thousands of options, and you can pick your preferences of which package you go with. If you are into your sports coverage, the Sports package will best suit you but I do not have much to say about that. However, I do have suggestions as to what to watch on the Entertainment and Movies packages.
The Entertainment range focuses on a variety of TV channels, including Sky Atlantic (home of HBO properties such as Game of Thrones), Comedy Central (which frequently shows re-runs of Friends) and more. A show that I particularly enjoy include Catfish, which is a nice easy binge-watch if you are stuck in the house, and I am excited to get some time to sit down and watch Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone, which is also available on the service through Syfy.
However, most of my time is spent on the Movies range which is the quickest of any streaming service to receive the latest films. With special behind-the-scenes and red carpet clips, including many on the Harry Potter franchise, the Movies package is now home to the extended cut of my favourite film of 2018, A Star is Born. With hundreds of films on their service, from classics like The Godfather to recent releases such as Godzilla: King of Monsters and Toy Story 4, you are bound to find something to enjoy.
I am not sure about you, but I am somebody that has Amazon Prime for their delivery service and not the streaming service. However, having the streaming service is a nice bonus as Amazon has been coming out with some of the best original content out of every company. Last year, Amazon smashed it with The Boys, a dark take on the superhero genre and I am extremely excited for season two to drop.
They also own the distribution rights to many great shows that I have been enjoying recently, the biggest one being seasons 1-3 of Lucifer before Netflix bought the rights to produce the newest seasons. I have also been meaning to get around to watching their sitcom selection, including The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Fleabag.
Many of the under-watched films of 2019 are also readily available to access on Amazon Prime. Along with their original films, such as Scott E. Feinberg’s The Report, films available to watch include the beloved Booksmart as well as my Scottish love from last year, Wild Rose. All three are worth checking out if you have not yet done so.
What do you plan on watching if you’re stuck in the house? Do you plan to risk going to the cinema, or is your location simply not at high risk right now? Whatever your situation is, feel free to suggest any other films or shows that you want others to watch whilst they can at home.