Feel Good Movies: There are many films that will leave a smile on your face, and one that is high on my list is “Hairspray”. Film fans know there are two versions of this film, the 1988 original and the 2007 musical. I recommend both as it would be fun to compare the two versions. Start with the 1988 original and then move to the musical. After this you can add any film that always makes you smile.
Film series: There are several in this category that don’t take as much time as say, the whole Marvel Universe of films. The “Jason Bourne” is a series of action packed films that leave you on-the-edge of your seat, and never grow old. “The Dark Knight” trilogy is also a three film series that satisfies throughout. The series also features the Oscar winning performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker. The “Star Trek” series starring Chris Pine also consists of three films and is a great reboot of the franchise. The casting in the new “Star Trek” films is amazing.
Cheesy 1950’s and 1960’s Sci-Fi films: YouTube is filled with various science fiction films that will leave you amazed that people once took these films seriously. I suppose at the time they were fun, and can still be a hoot. If you really want to go bad, “Plan Nine from Outer Space” is your ticket. If you want a better choice, “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” would be the way to go.
Batman:The Animated Series: I single out this Emmy Award series, which has 85 episodes, due to its groundbreaking film noir style. IGN also named the show the best comic book television show of all time. This show is worth the trip to Gotham City.
Joan Crawford films: If you watch any Joan Crawford film, you will encounter plenty of snide remarks and slaps to the face. Joan had a unique style and it pours out of all of her films. One Crawford film you definitely need to watch is “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”? her film with long time rival Bette Davis.
Sci-Fi television series: There are many that fall into this category, but I want to mention two in particular. “Lost in Space”, the Netflix original is based on the 1960’s show, has two wonderful seasons to watch, with a third season coming. This show conveys how working together works much better than constant conflict. “Battlestar Galactica”, the reimagining of the 1978 series, had a successful run from 2004 to 2009, and was a huge hit for the Syfy Channel. This show was so impressive it won a Peabody Award. Oh, and the show won several Emmy Awards as well.
British TV comedy: Two shows I recommend could potentially be for different audiences. “Keeping Up Appearances” is a wonderfully funny show which originally aired on BBC1 from 1990 to 1995, later winning fans stateside with airings on PBS. The show features the snobbish and eccentric Hyacinth Bucket, expertly portrayed by Patricia Routledge, who deals with her sisters and whipped husband Richard (Clive Swift). On the other end of the spectrum is “Absolutely Fabulous”, a show starring Jennifer Saunders as PR agent Edina Monsoon and Joana Lumley as her best friend and fashion magazine director Patsy Stone. The two loose cannons are constantly chastised by Edina’s straight-laced daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha) and baffled by Edina’s goofy mother (June Whitfield). The series began in the 1990’s and culminated with a big screen movie in 2016. Recent reports have the two leads actors taking about more adventures with Patsy and Edina.
There you have a few of my recommended quarantined suggestions. I do recommend a jumping jack or two while enjoying the form of entertainment you choose.