In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, increasing amounts of film shoots and releases have been delayed, from James Bond to Jurassic World.
However, streaming platforms have made sure there’s a whole host of movie goodness to keep us busy throughout a second lockdown.
After all, there’s no better way of escapism than sticking on a great film.
From new releases and epic blockbusters to classics you’ve never got round to watching and firm favourites you’ll never get bored of, there’s a whole world of movies to explore from the comfort of your own sofa.
Plus, we’ve all learnt from the first time round that being productive during lockdown is simply overrated.
To keep us all busy, we here at Metro.co.uk have hand-picked one movie for every day of Lockdown Two: Electric Boogaloo, as we have so aptly named it – so get ready for some laughs, tears and, most importantly, worlds far, far away from any kind of lockdown.
Borat 2 (Prime Video)
Newly released on Prime Video, Sacha Baron Cohen’s highly-anticipated sequel is a lockdown essential.
It’s sure to bring the laughs, alongside a whole lot of social commentary, and might be a well-needed antidote to any stress brought on by the US election.
Queen and Slim (Prime Video)
Starring icons Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, the romantic crime drama focuses on a young Black couple who go on the run after killing a police officer during a traffic stop.
It’s a powerful watch and essential viewing for 2020.
Inglourious Basterds (Prime Video)
Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 war film isn’t exactly an easy watch but, as one of the most famous films in history, it’s pretty much a must-watch (or a must-rewatch).
It earned eight Oscar nominations upon its release and, of course, has a stellar cast including Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz.
Hearken back to Oscar season with Bong Joon-ho’s incredible offering.
Parasite is pretty much the epitome of a film set to go down in history, becoming the first non-English language film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (Netflix)
There is nothing, and we mean nothing, more soothing than the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough.
The king of nature (not his official title, but near enough) has an important message for us in his incredible film – and everyone needs to listen.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
Netflix originals can be a bit hit and miss but it seems The Trial of the Chicago 7 is an undeniable hit for the streaming giant.
Directed by Aaron Sorkin, it’s a powerful watch and only more poignant after the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year.
About Time (Netflix)
If you were thinking our list is a bit deprived of rom-coms, then look no further!
About Time is one of the finest, providing the best of British awkwardness and charm, and starring an incredible cast for good measure.
Notting Hill (Netflix)
Julia Roberts. Hugh Grant, just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. What’s not to love?!
We might be in the midst of a Hugh renaissance at the moment, with new series The Undoing enthralling viewers, but there is no forgetting his best moments.
Child’s Play (Netflix)
Just because Halloween’s over, it doesn’t mean the horror fans have to hibernate.
Aubrey Plaza shines in the creepy remake.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Netflix)
Blake Lively is a legend now, and she was a legend 15 years ago when she starred in the ultimate girl squad flick.
It’s a fun watch with some unexpectedly powerful themes, and a perfect one to watch virtually with pals.
Mariah Carey has said it’s officially time to get excited about Christmas, and who are we to argue?
Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star in the festive rom-com that’s set to get you all excited for Christmas.
Over the Moon (Netflix)
The new animation is pure escapism, as a little girl named Fei Fei builds a rocket to the moon on a mission to prove the existence of a legendary moon goddess.
The likes of Ken Jeong and Sandra Oh voice the sweet family flick, and it’s pretty much what we all need right now.
The Irishman (Netflix)
Because there’s no better time to watch Martin Scorsese’s three and a half hour marathon, right?
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino star in the drama that sees a former hitman look back on his killer career.
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (Netflix)
This needs no justification. A cinematic masterpiece in every way.
Streaming app Filmzie might be a new one to try out for lockdown – and there’s often no better place to start than with Jason Momoa (just a life motto we carry with us).
Jason stars as the lumberjack who defends his family from dangerous drug runners.
Citizen Kane (BBC iPlayer)
Considered by many to be the greatest film ever made, it’s a sure must-watch.
Directed, produced, co-written by and starring Orson Welles, there’s no reason not to give it a go at least once.
King Kong (BBC iPlayer)
Sometimes it’s good to take a look around and remember what you’re thankful of – and one of those things should be that there are (currently) no giant gorillas attacking.
A film that’s still infamous 87 years on, it’s sure to be intriguing lockdown watching.
12 Monkeys (BBC iPlayer)
We’re going to recommend this one with a pinch of salt as it’s not exactly the escapism you might be looking for.
But, as the success of Contagion in Lockdown The First proved, some viewers are keen to see viruses and their impact play out onscreen.
The Inbetweeners Movie (C4)
It’s been 10 years since the last Inbetweeners episode aired, but luckily we’ve been given our fix over the years with the movies.
Will and the gang get into all sorts of chaos in the first instalment, and it’s sure to bring some cheer to your lockdown.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (NowTV)
Shameik Moore voices Miles Morales in the incredible animation, which many have dubbed the best Spider-Man movie over its live action counterparts.
It’s exciting, suspenseful, funny, sweet, and pretty much everything you could want from a Spidey flick.
A Star Is Born (NowTV)
If you’ve only just got Shallow out of your head, then now is the time to get it straight back in there.
Carve out an afternoon to cry over Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and their characters’ heartbreaking love story – you’ll probably feel better for it.
Little Monsters (Now TV)
Queen Lupita Nyong’o stepped out of her comfort zone for this zombie comedy, but she absolutely smashed it as the sweet schoolteacher attempting to pretend to her class that a zombie apocalypse hasn’t just happened during their school trip.
Also starring Alexander England and Frozen’s Josh Gad, it’s a quirky flick that’s sure to stick in the memory.
The Wolf Of Wall Street (Now TV)
The Leonardo DiCaprio flick is another one that needs a bit of time to be appreciated – specifically, three hours.
However, it races by in a way a lot of films don’t, with Leo’s acting shining through at every moment.
Blue Story (YouTube)
Rapman’s feature film debut caused a bit of controversy during its release, but aside from that, it’s just an essential watch.
A heart-wrenching and mesmerising film, it’s one you’re definitely going to need the tissues for.
Dr No (YouTube)
With the recent loss of the beloved Sir Sean Connery, the first ever James Bond movie is definitely one to revisit.
Sir Sean is still one of the best-loved Bonds of all time, and his first outing as the secret agent will never get old.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Watchmen is simply an epic superhero journey – and something a little different to the MCU which has somewhat taken over the genre in recent years.
It’s also a handy way to revisit Snyder’s work ahead of his hotly-anticipated Justice League cut.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney Plus)
Despite many recently declaring that Chris Pratt was the least favoured of the Hollywood Chrises, he still smashes it in the Marvel flick.
It’s one of the most joyful superhero films of all time, in no small part due to its soundtrack, which is sure to be on your playlists for weeks afterwards.
Brave (Disney Plus)
‘If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?’
Brave has everything you need from a Disney classic with the added bonus of some great Scottish accents – what’s not to love?
Inside Out (Disney Plus)
If you’re in need of a cry, Inside Out has you sorted.
A Disney staple that tackles some strangely complex themes – just don’t talk to us about Bing Bong.
A Room With A View (BritBox)
Could there be a better (and more British) cast for James Ivory’s 1985 romance? We think not.
Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Daniel Day Lewis join forces for the iconic movie.
An Adventure In Space And Time (BritBox)
Doctor Who fans – this one’s for you.
Starring David Bradley as the late William Hartnell, the biopic tells the magical story of how Doctor Who came to be.
Credit: Original article published here.