My Top 10 Movies to Watch During Quarantine


It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but considering as all my university assignments are handed in, I’ve been furloughed at work and we’re all social distancing ourselves, I felt it was time to return to the computer keyboard and update Simply Emily.

We live in trying times at the moment, with the government just as confused as us about the pandemic, we don’t have a lot of information, only a list of rules of what we can do and what we can’t do (although after Boris’ speech on Sunday, the cans and can’ts have all seemed to blend together now!)

I don’t know about you but I’ve found myself watching more movies in this lockdown than I ever have. In this blog post, are all the movies I’ve watched so far and recommend watching if you need a laugh, a pick-me-up, or even something leaving you hanging off the edge of your seat.

10. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

Although I watched the whole trilogy, I’ve written Fellowship mainly because it’s my favourite one. It truly captures Joseph Campbell’s structure of ‘The Hero’s Journey’ and J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision of The Shire. I’m a fantasy geek anyway, but I feel this movie offers a sense of comfort (for me anyway) just because of how detailed the fantasy is.

9. The Parent Trap (1998).

This movie takes me way back to when I watched the for the first time with my friends at a sleepover when I was eleven. It’s just so nostalgic, and both Annie and Hallie live in places I’d LOVE to live in. I mean who wouldn’t want to live on a vineyard in Napa, riding horses around the grounds, or in a beautiful two-storey house in the centre of London? Just everything about this movie I love.

8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).

Although now is the perfect time to go on a Harry Potter binge, the first one is probably the best one to watch in quarantine; the music, the magic, it’s like a warm hug every time I watch it, and I feel like we could all do with that at the moment…

7. Clueless (1995).

Let’s be honest, who didn’t want to be Cher? Clueless is probably my favourite 90’s flick – the fashion, the location, young Paul Rudd… Seriously, it just gives me so much comfort every time I watch it; even though I’m not a ‘girly-girl’, it lets me live out my fantasy of being a ‘girly-girl’ with all the shopping and makeovers. I just love this movie… (but really, it is because of young Paul Rudd).

6. The MCU.

It is actually not possible for me to single out one MCU movie to watch because I love them all. With the new arrival of Disney +, I’ve managed to watch all of the MCU in chronological order (apart from the Spider-Man movies which aren’t on there. Why is that?) and I have no regrets. Does anyone know where I can buy a life? Are they sold in stores or…?

5. Aladdin (2019).

Before I saw this at the cinema last year, I was so skeptical, like I usually am with live-action remakes/sequels but I think it was my second favourite movie of last year (Avengers: Endgame came first obviously). I was so pleasantly surprised by just how good it was; the choreography, the songs, the set, the visual effects were just magnificent. I was unsure about Will Smith as the Genie as he had to live up to one of the greatest actors of all time. Even though Will Smith did a fantastic job, Robin Williams will always be the Genie.

4. You’ve Got Mail (1998).

I had seen memes and gifs of this movie but until a couple of days ago, I had never seen it. I’m a sucker for a Meg Ryan film anyway but this movie was just so… well… me? A movie about email exchanges, literature, a big bookstore, and a quaint children’s bookstore with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? Count me in.

3. Legally Blonde (2001).

In case you haven’t noticed, chick-flicks tend to be a genre that I love when I need a pick-me-up. This movie is everything. The dialogue, the bend and snap, and Elle Woods are all so bloody iconic!

2. Matilda (1996).

Matilda just reminds me of my childhood. It’s such a family movie which brings so much joy (I mean despite blonde kids being hammerthrown by their pigtails…) It truly is the master of all pick-me-ups.

1. Jumanji (1995) AND Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).

The first Jumanji featuring Robin Williams used to scare the SHIT out of me as a kid. In my dreams I used to hear those haunting drums all the time. I don’t know why but out of everything, including the hunter and the scary CGI animals, it was the ominous drums that freaked me out the most. But now, I love it.

I even watched the newer one, where they updated it to modern day, which, again, I did not agree with but just like Aladdin, I was blown away by it. It was so incredibly well-done and the casting was just perfect. A real family movie.

It’s nice to be back writing again, I had forgotten how much I love blogging. I hope these movies give you a sense of enjoyment like they did for me.

Stay safe and thank you for reading.


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