Now that every person in Luzon must stay in their respective homes during this COVID-19 outbreak, it’s now the perfect time to catch up on your favorite shows, watch new movies, and discover new things through documentaries. Below is a list of TV shows, series, movies, and documentaries to keep you and your family entertained during the lockdown.
Hailed as one of the best documentaries in 2019, this Netflix original by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert focuses on a factory in blue-collar Ohio suburb after the takeover of a Chinese company named Fuyao. Bringing in their own workers from their homeland creates a fascinating examination of how Chinese and American workers are treated differently, and perhaps a glimpse of a future in which they won’t be.
Bong Joon-ho has made a major cultural moment with the release of his Palme d’Or- and Academy Award-winning masterpiece Parasite. Why not go back and check out what is arguably his most popular movie to date, this 2013 adaptation of a groundbreaking French graphic novel? The concept is wonderfully simple — an always-moving train is divided into class with the 1% at the front and the poorest people in the back. Those in the caboose, including Chris Evans and Song Kang-ho, plan to move up a few train cars. It’s smart, action-packed, memorable sci-fi action, and it’s the kind that also has something to say.
Wolfgang Petersen rode his fame as an action director to make a massive, big-budget version of Homer’s Iliad, and it ended up being one of the highest-grossing films of 2004. Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, and Orlando Bloom lead a massively talented ensemble in an old-fashioned epic film that recalls the era of Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments. It’s better than you remember, a great example of action-adventure filmmaking.
Has the current quality of Arrested Development allowed you to forget that the first three seasons were a pure genius? Don’t let that happen. Go back and watch the early brilliance of the Bluth family saga, and you may even want to dip your toe in the revival a bit too before it returns on March 15.
Any conversation about the best-animated programs on TV has to include Netflix’s Hollywood parody about, well, a depressed talking horse. BoJack Horseman is a difficult show to explain to someone who’s never seen it. It’s a goofy, pun-filled show about an over-the-hill TV star who happens to be a horse, but it’s also an insightful document of mental illness, depression, trauma, and loneliness. All that and a talking dog named Mr. Peanutbutter, too.