Kaitlin's Quarantine Watch List

During these uncertain times, it is easy to get caught up in our everyday stress. It is understandably hard not to feel anxious about the future as a society, as well as personally. It can be uncomfortable not to follow our usual routine, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are isolated alone or with loved ones, it is still possible to connect with others despite the physical disconnect. Luckily, movies allow us to dive into another world—a perfect distraction from our current life. It is safe to say that there is no better time than now for us to escape the chaos even if it’s just for a little while.

It is important to be mindful and grateful in difficult times. Netflix’s original film, Bird Box, has the potential to help. The characters attempt to survive in the face of supernatural forces that invade society. Although this apocalyptic story might trigger anxiety, it could provide the hope that this too shall pass. This is the kind of movie that will keep you on your toes and have you feeling a range of emotions. It will surely remind you that there will always be better days to come, which is the type of message that we could all use.

If that is too close for comfort, no worries. Comedy is always a good idea. There is no cure to anxiety like laughter. Movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Grown Ups guarantee adventure, heart-warming connections, and timeless humour that are sure to leave you feeling safe and appreciative. If you prefer a film that offers emotional connection, try romance. A movie like P.S. I Love You will likely inspire you to reach out to your loved ones to check in and tell them how you feel—the support we all need at this time. If you prefer a romantic comedy, try The Proposal. This movie will have you laugh, cry, and cringe in the best way possible.

If you’re gravitating towards a story that is unrelated to your life, opt for an action, a sci-fi, fantasy, or thriller film. The Bourne film series is a good idea for anyone interested in mystery. These movies will swiftly capture your attention and allow you to engage in a world that is separate from the stress we all currently face. If the quarantine has been a time for you to reconnect with yourself, start with old favourites such as the Harry Potter series. A Harry Potter movie marathon will have you believe in the good and positive, which is crucial throughout this pandemic.

It is times like this that we need connection to make it through unprecedented times. Whether you’re bored, feeling anxious, or you just want to enjoy yourself, movies are fun and therapeutic. There is no better time to learn how to unwind and connect with others even through the world of film. In the end, this too shall pass.


Kaitlin Gong is a dedicated volunteer at CJLO.