Updated: May 19, 2021
Many of us have been stuck inside our homes for as long as we can remember. With the second wave of Covid hitting India, states have once again started to impose lockdowns and night curfews. Offices that resumed offline work only just a few months ago are going back to work from home. Schools remain closed and access to public spaces denied.
Yep, its looking like 2020 all over again!!
As lockdown blues starts to hit yet again, we no option but to stay indoors and make our couches and televisions our new best friend. While you might feel that you have watched every TV show and movie out there (thanks to last year’s countrywide lockdown), Wander Womaniya has put together a list of spectacular TV series and movies of different genres to keep the entertainment hunger in you satisfied.
1) Tom and Jerry- Directed by Tim Story and starring Chloe Grace Moretz, what better than to revisit your childhood this lockdown with the most loved cartoon of all time. Nostalgic for every 90s kid, the movie brings the glorious rivalry between Tom and Jerry to the big screen. The story follows Jerry who has taken refuge in the Royal Gate Hotel and Tom who is hired to get rid of the mouse before an important wedding. What awaits is a fierce battle and tons of memories.
2) Schitts’s Creek- 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.5 on IMDb, Schitt’s Creek will not disappoint you a bit. A masterpiece produced by the Levy family; this 6-season series shows the journey of a family go from riches to rags. The character development as the family struggles to live in the town of Schitt’s Creek without the luxuries they once had is astounding. It is indeed a show worthy of the many awards it received.
3) I care a lot- Written and directed by J Blakeson, this dark comedy movie stars the ever-graceful Rosamund pike who runs a shady operation of legal guardianship. Marla Greyson (Rosamund Pike) is successful in exploiting old rich people up until she comes across a woman who turns out to have some dangerous ties. Now, will she be successful in her operation? Go find out yourself with Rosamnund’s brilliant performance.
4) The Good place- The plot of this fantasy comedy revolves around Eleanor Shellstrop, a corrupt saleswoman, played by Kristen Bell who accidentally ends up in heaven due to mistaken identity. The Good Place is not your regular heaven but rather it is super selective and only welcomes people based on their virtues. Will Michael played by Ted Danson ever find out who Eleanor really is? You wouldn’t know until you watch it.
5) Ajeeb Dastaans- After Lust stories and horror stories, comes the Ajeeb dastaans, a collection of four independent stories amalgamated into one single movie. Available on Netflix, different story has its storyline, plot, complex characters but the theme of love and suppressed emotions remain constant. Directed by four amazing directors and a star cast, the movie’s social commentary will keep you engaged and blow your mind in four different ways.
6) Hereditary- Ari Aster’s feature film debut, Hereditary is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats. A supernatural horror drama, the movie shows the forbidding fate that the Graham family inherits after the death of the grandmother. This unsettling horror will send chills down the spine that will remain even after you have finished watching the movie. No words are enough to describe the sinister masterpiece this movie is until you witness it for yourself.
7) Naruto: Shippuden- An anime with 500 episodes in total, this series is perfect to binge watch. All you need to do is glue yourself to the sofa, get munchies and watch Naruto’s dream of becoming the Hokage unfold. With detailed backstories for each character, this action series deals with peace.
8) The Bold Type- Currently binge-watching and a personal favorite, ‘The Bold Type’ will establish major friendship goals for you. Drama, romance, heartbreak, the series has it all. The show is about a trio in their 20s working for a high-end magazine trying to excel at their jobs all while tackling personal issues. Depicting modern-day millennial friendship. The Bold Type with all its drama is perfect for you to lose yourself into.
9) The Danish Girl- Inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, there is nothing wrong with this movie. From the acting to gender presentation, this movie is perfect. Eddie Redmayne plays Einar, husband of artist Gerda Wegener who struggles with his sexual identity and soon discovers the Lili in him. It delves into one of the first transsexual surgeries ever attempted and takes you on the journey of the couple’s life as they struggle. The climax will surely leave you overwhelmed.
10) Midsommar- A trip with friends which changed their lives forever. Midsommar is not as generic as it sounds. Another brilliant work by Ari Aster, this folk horror drama explores several psychological disabilities, emotional trauma, relationships, and grief. The sinister representation of Swedish cult and gory images will leave an impact on you as it will make you emotional and leave you terrified at the same time.
11) Death Note- If you are looking to step into the anime world, this is the perfect series for you. Death Note brings you suspense and thrill in abundance when a high-school student stumbles upon a death note which grants him the ability to kill. What unfolds is cunning planning and plotting to escape getting caught. Get ready for the most unexpected Twists and turn and try not to fall in love with Light Yagami’s brains.
12) Little Miss Sunshine- A dysfunctional family takes a road trip to California to help the daughter participate in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. A delightful comedy, the movie humorously takes in the subject of importance of family. With 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie will make for a light and enjoyable watch during the stressful pandemic. A family that travels together, stays together!
13) Sense 8- Who does not love a good sci-fi? Sense 8 brings you 8 individuals born on the same day in different corners of the world who discover that their lives are interconnected. This diverse shows bring stories from different corners of the world and explores identity, gender, sexuality, and race.
14) Frances ha- Written and directed by Noah Baumbach and starring his then girlfriend, Greta Gerwig, this black and white comedy is the story of a dancer in New York and her struggles to find happiness. Focusing on themes such as relationships, love, identity to mention some, Frances ha teaches us to stop and enjoy the little moments to the fullest.
15) Bridgerton- Based on Julia Quinn's novels, Bridgerton tells the story of eight close knit siblings and their quest to find love. With lots of romance, drama and scandal, its hard to not binge-watch all eight episodes in one go.
16) The White Tiger- Adarsh Gaurav’s big break, The White Tiger is a must-watch during the lockdown. Tackling important issues such as class distinction, the movie shows the journey of a driver trying to escape poverty. The movie is based on Aravind Adiga’s 2008 Man Booker prize-winning novel.
17) Bombay Begums- Released in 2021, with one season Bombay Begums was one of the top 10 Netflix watches. Unlike what the title ‘Begum’ suggests, the story revolves around 5 women and their struggles to make it in the often male-dominated corporate world of Bombay. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, the series sheds focus on a women’s desire and ambitions and will make for an interesting watch.
18) Euphoria- Released in 2019, Euphoria is an American adaption of an Israeli show of the same name. With brilliant actors such as Zendaya and Jacob Elordi, Euphoria is everything you would expect from a Teen drama series. Story of a 17-year-old dealing with drug issues, Euphoria does a great job in making the narrative personal.
19) Rear Window- A classic, Rear Window is a 1954 mystery thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on Cornell Woolrich's short story "It Had to Be Murder”, the movie is successful in keeping you glued to your seats with the suspense it creates. A trapped protagonist starts spying on his neighbors out of boredom and goes on to witness the unexpected. With its set design and camera movements, Hitchcock
20) The trial of Chicago 7- An intense courtroom drama, the movie is based on the 1969 trial of seven defendants charged for conspiracy and instigating riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. A brilliantly scripted political movie and even more brilliant acting, makes this movie a spectacular watch.
How many days have already spent in lockdown? Nevermind! hope the above list of 20 movies get you through and give you a break from all the sad & negative news all around. When you are done watching above do tell us in comments which one did you like the most.
P.S We are still very much a women travel company and yes we are itching to travel but this is the time to break the chain and prepare your travel bucket list.
We will hopefully be restarting trips from June/ July 2021 onwards.