Reel Reviewer Column: Stay indoors and pass the popcorn

Jason Day shares his all-time movie favourites to help you get through the pandemic at home.

I must have settled in to a new life structured around the odd concepts of self-isolating and social distancing. It was only whilst writing this article (10 April) I realised I haven’t been to the cinema in nearly a month!

Until the madness outside passes, I offer my 5/5 star movie favourites to pass a pandemic at home.

Faust (1928)
iTunes; Amazon Prime F.W.

Murnau’s silent film is a dizzying series of powerful images about an elderly man corrupted when the Devil grants him his youth. With impressive special effects and camera and editing magic, it shows Murnau in full control of the tools of his trade. See my review for more:

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime

This melodrama, about a deranged silent movie star who ensares a failed screenwriter in her comeback plan, is the film that shaped me. Seeing it for the first time aged 15, I was knocked sideways by its sleek look, funereal music, biting script and career best performances.

Orlando (1992)
Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime

Director Sally Potter’s ornate, poetic ‘gender-time-bend’, multi-period drama is as clever as it is visually ravishing. Star Tilda Swinton got a career boost playing the androgynous lord who, through quirks of fate and gender politics, emerges as a lady hundreds of years later.

BlackKklansman (2017)
Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime

I still think it was a crime Spike Lee’s 70’s drama about a black cop infiltrating the KKK didn’t get more Oscars. Lee won for best adapted screenplay but his supercool movie is disarmingly streetwise, giving a strong, but not overpowering, social message about tackling racism. See my review for more:

Inside Out (2015)
Google Play, Disney+

I’m no fan of animated films, but this is stunning. It will raise you up with jokes suitable for all and then drop you with moving moments that will have you in tears. A treat for children and adults alike; probably the finest animated film ever. See my review for more:

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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