Quarantine Guide: What to Watch/What to Play

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Katalin Vermes

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Will Poole

With the Coronavirus sending many of us into social distancing and quarantine at home, there’s certainly a need for things to do when at the house. For many of us, we require movies, TV shows, and video games to pass the time. The hardest choice is always to pick and choose which ones to watch and play. Despite this outbreak, there are plenty of new movies/tv shows/games that have released within the last 3 months and are upcoming release. The goal for this article is to allow you to leave with something to watch or play by introducing the top 3 trending of each different type of media.

+-MA- = Mature/18+/parental permission

Movies

While nearly every theatrical release has been postponed indefinitely, movies are still being streamed digitally on streaming services. Although there are always older movies available to watch, if you want to watch something fresh, digital streaming has that covered for you.

Spenser Confidential -MA-

Spenser Confidential is a Netflix original action-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke. This film is a thriller with comedic elements, serving as a sort of nostalgic buddy-cop movie. It’s cliched and ridiculous, but that’s part of what makes it easy to consume. It’s not a film that tries to be any more than it really is, a popcorn-flick that’s easy to digest and may surprise your expectations. If you’re looking for an easy and fun watch, Spenser Confidential has you covered.

Onward

Onward is a Disney-Pixar film that released theatrically on March 6, 2020, yet is releasing on Disney+ on April 3, 2020. If you are looking for a magical and enthralling movie experience for the whole family, look nowhere else but Onward. Onward tells the tale of two brothers who attempt to revive their father from the grave. A problem arises when father resurrects with only the lower-half of his body. The two brothers embark on a quest to find a way to fully bring back their father so they can spend time with him for the limited period of time the spell works. Onward was praised by critics and promises another pleasing and tearjerking adventure that Pixar is so well-renowned for.

Stargirl and Call of the Wild

Stargirl is a Disney+ original movie based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl tells the story of an insecure boy who develops a teen romance with a new, unique girl at school. Stargirl tells an inspirational “teen romance” story without feeling forced, it leaves the viewer with a rejuvenated spirit. If you want to watch a feel-good romance movie, it will certainly not disappoint.

Call of the Wild is a Disney film starring Harrison Ford, based on the 1903 novel of the same name. It originally released Feb 21, 2020, yet is releasing onto Disney+ March 27, 2020. Call of the Wild, similar to Stargirl, is a heartwarming and feel-good movie about a dog who finds his place in the world and is a great film for the family.

TV Shows

While there’s quite a selection of movies on streaming services, there’s plenty of new television shows to eat up your time.

The Witcher -MA-

The Witcher is a Netflix original television series based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski (it also takes inspiration from The Witcher video game franchise which is also adapted from the books). The Witcher is best described as Netflix’s competitor to HBO’s Game of Thrones, taking a popular fantasy novel series and adapting it to television drama goodness. The Witcher’s first season is compacted with a lot of character introductions and world-building, ambitiously setting up a possible new fantasy classic. The Witcher contains much that makes it stand out from other shows, such as its raw and brutal sword fights and breathtaking set designs. More than anything else, however, Henry Cavill’s role as Geralt steals the show. Henry Cavill nails the role of Geralt and elevates the show to an entirely new level that makes it worth watching and sticking with when its future seasons inevitably release.

Castlevania Season 3 -MA-

Castlevania is a Netflix original animated series based on the hit video game franchise. Castlevania Season 3 released on March 5, and like its previous seasons, was met with large critical acclaim. Castlevania is a show that follows Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard as they seek to destroy the dastardly wicked Dracula. Season 3 follows the aftermath of defeating Dracula, showing the fallout the world has come to after being in such insane chaos. Castlevania Season 3 provides breathtaking animation, a well-paced story, and plot twists that will cunningly unsettle the viewers. If you’re looking for a subversive and gritty action thriller, Castlevania is the perfect show to binge, but beware, it is not for the faint of heart.

See our review of Castlevania Season 3 here: https://ucanest.org/3295/uca-entertainment/castlevania-season-3-review/

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness -MA-

Tiger King is a Netflix crime documentary series about a zoo keeper Joseph Maldonado and his scandalous life. The show doesn’t seem too abnormal at first, yet it doesn’t take long for it to spiral into absolute ridiculousness and madness. This is a show where the least said the better, it’s best to go into this documentary series with little to no knowledge. If you’re looking for an incredibly weird but entertaining documentary about real events, then this show will not disappoint and will end up being one of the most unforgettable documentaries you’ll ever watch.

Games

Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a life simulation video game developed by Nintendo and released on the Nintendo Switch. Animal Crossing: New Horizons places you on a “deserted” island and it is your job to create the island into your own paradise! The game is very detailed, having constantly updated mechanics based on the time of the year (for example, leaves will change depending on what season you’re playing the game on and events are constantly updated such as the “Bunny Day” event going from April 1-12). It gives you things to do every time you log on, whether its collecting animals for your museum, decorating your house/island, or simply meeting your friends! Animal Crossing: New Horizons has wide appeal, promising fun to any person of any age, which is partially the reason why it acquired the best week-one sales of any Switch game in history (1.2 million copies sold). Animal Crossing is the perfect time-killer for our time in quarantine.

Call of Duty: Warzone -MA-

Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play first-person battle royale released on Xbox/PS4/PC. Call of Duty: Warzone is based on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, having the same exact engine and overall feel. The game drops 150 players empty-handed into one large map. This map contains several chests to collect loot and “contracts” that reward you with money. As time goes on, the map gets smaller and smaller until one player is left standing.

Doom Eternal -MA-

Doom: Eternal is a first-person shooter video game sequel to the DOOM (2016) reboot video game, developed by ID Software and released on March 19, 2020. Doom Eternal follows Doom-slayer as he rids Earth of a demonic invasion. You will travel through many crazy locations, battle terrifying demons, and marvel at its fantastic graphics. Doom: Eternal was met with critical acclaim, many claiming it to be the best first-person shooter in years. If you want a blood-pumping action experience, Doom: Eternal is the right thing to bide your time with.

Also, look forward to Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake releasing in April!

Conclusion

With all of these TV Shows/Movies/Games, this is only a small portion of the large assortment of media to consume. With just a little bit of research, you can come to find that there is absolute endless media to consume, both old and new, and the picks in this article are only a few of the top trending. Whether it is through streaming services, video game consoles, or even cable TV, the entertainment industry has made plenty sure that people will not be unoccupied during this time of quarantine.