Quarantine Playlist

Jesus Christ, what happened these last two weeks?

Being stuck at home during a global pandemic sure does give you some free time, and what better way to utilize that time than to watch movies & play an absolute ton of video games?

Check out the following list for what has been occupying me throughout my quarantine. With the way we seem to be heading, it seems we will be due for a Part 2 (and probably Part 3).

Movies (in alphabetical order):

Beyond the Mat

An incredibly interesting subject matter that is brought down by some dated filmmaking. I’d be interested in a modern sequel to this, but knowing the little that I do about Vince McMahon, he sure as hell isn’t letting another outside camera crew in anytime soon.

The Birdcage

Exactly what I needed. Charming as hell and genuinely hilarious-a reminder of both the comedic and dramatic talents of the late Robin Williams.

Boogie Nights

Deliriously entertaining & unbelievably horny. The reaction shot of the Colonel when he first sees Dirk’s dick is honestly an all-timer. If Paul Thomas Anderson ever released a 5-hour cut of this, I’d watch it in a heartbeat.

Close-Up

I constantly see this listed on people’s favorites on Letterbox, and I noticed that the Criterion Channel (which I highly recommend) had it avaible for streaming.

It toes the line between the mundane and the profound, and for the most part, I’d say it works. One of those films that you likely need to watch a couple of times to truly grasp everything that it is going for.

Emma.

A charming if slightly benign film that I will unashamedly say I watched solely to see Anya Taylor-Joy.

Good Time

I’d seen this a couple of times already, but after falling madly in love with Uncut Gems last year, I knew I was due for another watch. Powerhouse of a film with absolutely killer performances out of Robert Pattinson and Benny Safdie.

If this is what the Safdie brothers are putting out at this stage in their careers, I can’t even begin to imagine what they have in store.

Hugo

Ahh, Scorsese. Leave it to him to make his one & only family film to date about George Melies and the silent movie era.

Kidding aside, this really is a magical movie. It kinda feels like an excuse for Scorsese to gush about early film, but when you are as talented and passionate about film as Scorsese is, you can do whatever the hell you want.

Marc Maron End Times Fun

I listened to this while cleaning my bathroom and I’ll say-I had a delightful time!

Pete Davidson: Alive from New York

I think Pete Davidson is a real funny dude. But even with a 45-minute runtime, this still manages to meander quite a bit. With some tighter material and a longer set, he could really be on to something.

There Will Be Blood

Yes, I’m a big idiot who took 13 years to watch this. Daniel Day-Lewis is routinely stupendous, but damn, Paul Dano is giving some career-best work here. The handful of bigger dramatic scenes the two share are outstanding, a perfect mix of tension, humor and utterly committed physical performing.

Tootsie

Geena Davis and Jessica Lange made my heart swoon.

Winter Light

An obvious inspiration (if not the inspiration) behind First Reformed. Luckily, First Reformed is one of my favorite movies of all-time, so that’s a pretty good way to catch my interest.

An absolutely soul crushing experience, one of those that grabs ahold of your stomach from minute one, twisting and twisting until you’re curled up into a ball. What a picture!

Games (in alphabetical order):

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

I’ve put a whole hell of a lot of time into this over the last week, and I gotta ask: is this a perfect game? I may be biased due to my preexisting love for the series, but this has to be the strongest entry to date & one of Nintendo’s finest games in recent memory.

Also, I bought my girlfriend a Switch just so she can play this, so I’m glad that decision is paying off.

Doom Eternal (Xbox One)

A great game? Definitely. But I’m a lot more mixed on this one than I am on the 2016 reboot. The action is still fast-paced and buttery smooth, but I can’t help but feel they tried to juggle a few too many systems. You got your Glory Kill for health, Flame Belch for armor, a meter for your Blood Punch, a dash and a hundred different skill trees-all while trying to deal with the dozens of enemies thirsting for your blood.

Also-they completely killed the tone of its predecessor. The reboot’s humor was so subtle that it seemed like something they stumbled into, but Doom Eternal has constant forced comedy that rarely works. And most importantly-don’t show me Doom Guy’s face!

Murder by Numbers (Switch)

I haven’t put as much time into this as I’d like, but it’s a delightfully weird cross between Ace Attorney and Picross. Looking forward to diving back into this.

Out of the Park Baseball 21 (PC)

Do you love baseball? Do you love (and I mean love) reading spreadsheets? Do you love when your five-star pitcher gives up back-to-back homers to the bottom of the Baltimore Oriole’s lineup? Then Out of the Park Baseball is the game for you!

Pictoquest (Switch)

Some mediocre Picross, but if you are looking for a cheap little time killer, you could do worse.

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