As the world continues to stay home and quarantine due to COVID-19, there has never been a better time to watch movies and television series and listen to music and podcasts.
Here are some recommendations on media to occupy your mind during lockdown.
Movies and TV Shows:
“The Last Dance”
Originally intended to air during the NBA playoffs in June, “The Last Dance” is a 10-part limited series that follows Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during their 1997-98 season, the last championship year in their legendary 1990s dynasty. The first two episodes air back-to-back this Sunday, April 19, and will continue to air every Sunday until its conclusion. The series will be available on the ESPN app, YouTube TV and Hulu.
The very first FX on Hulu original series was released on March 5. “Devs” is a sci-fi thriller miniseries created, written, and directed by Alex Garland, the man behind “Ex Machina,” “28 Days Later,” and “Annihilation.” “Devs” follows Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno), a computer engineer who is investigating Amaya, a quantum computing company run by Forest (Nick Offerman), and its link to the disappearance of her boyfriend. All eight episodes are available on Hulu.
Director Guy Ritchie is back to his roots, making a somewhat low budget crime film. “The Gentleman” has a simple plot, yet has many twists and turns and has an all-star lineup of actors. An American expat (Matthew McConaughey) tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail. “The Gentleman” is available on VOD to rent or purchase.
“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children”
HBO documentaries are some of the best out there, and this one is no different. “Atlanta’s Missing And Murdered: The Lost Children” is a five-part documentary series offering an unprecedented look at the abduction and murder of at least 30 African American children and young adults in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. Season two of Netflix’s “Mindhunter” follows this case as well.
Last year’s Academy Award Best Picture winner “Parasite” is available on Hulu. The movie follows the Kims, a poor family that con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family. A once easy life starts to unravel, after their deception is threatened with exposure. “Parasite” has already broken the most streamed independent or foreign language film record on Hulu. The movie is also the second most-watched movie overall on Hulu ever, among titles currently available to stream. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, now is a perfect chance.
Sex, drugs, and rhythm and blues?
The Weeknd is back.
“After Hours” is The Weeknd’s first full length album in four years. He released a six track EP, “My Dear Melancholy” in 2018, but since then, nothing. Three singles were released for this project: “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights” and “After Hours.” The Weeknd released his newest album two weeks into social distancing and the quarantine. “After Hours” could capture a fourth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. If so, it will be the first time since Drake’s “Scorpion” to hold the No. 1 spot for an album’s first four weeks. “After Hours” is available on all music streaming services.
“Quentin Tarantino’s Feature Presentation”
In this three-part podcast, Tarantino sits down with critic and podcaster Amy Nicholson to talk about the films that he absorbed and later inspired him during his own movies. The first episode discusses Tarentino as a young child in the ’60s watching movies, many of which became his inspiration for his first movie, “Reservoir Dogs.” The second episode discusses Tarentino’s move back to Los Angeles from Tennessee and enjoying movies through the ’70s and ’80s. The third and final episode has Tarentino discussing his transformation from a video store clerk into a filmmaker. The podcasts can be streamed from art19.com or Apple Podcasts.