Science Fiction | Quarantine Watchlist Week 2


Last week on Quarantine Watchlist we recommend you some of our favorite movies that are currently streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and YouTube. In Week 2 we thought we'd try and take you all out of this world with some great science fiction films that are available!  If you don't want to read the list, CLICK HERE to watch our video instead!


Snowpiercer (2013) | Netflix


When the world has fallen into a second ice age, the few survivors spend their lives on an ever-moving train. The poorest live in the squalid caboose, while the rich dine and party in comfort farther up in the train. The poor are getting fed up with the oppression though, and plan their rebellion. Directed by Oscar-winner Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans as Curtis, this film gives an in-depth commentary on the class system utilizing visual motifs and metaphors, as you follow Curtis' journey from the back of the train to the engine room. This take on a post-apocalyptic world is unique to many we have seen, and it's not one to miss. There is also a TNT series set in the world of Snowpierecer that is set to premiere mid-May.


I Am Legend (2007) | Now Available on Hulu


I Am Legend, starring the legendary Will Smith as Robert Neville, follows a scientist, alone in New York City, surrounded only by monstrous mutants that were caused by a man-made plague. Neville uses his own immune blood to work tirelessly in developing a cure, though many obstacles stand in his way. The film is leaving prime on April 30, 2020, so I'd definitely recommend checking it out while it's still available. Director Francis Lawrence, who also directed all but the first Hunger Games movies, brings a different perspective to the "zombie" post-apocalypse worlds we are now so used to. The film is based on the book of the same name by Richard Matheson. The book was written in 1954 and is credited with popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease, and it has had a great influence on the modern development of zombie and other monster literature. While the 2007 film isn't considered by the most accurate adaptation of the source material, it has certainly become the most well known by far.

BONUS | Back to the Future (1987) | Netflix

Now that I Am Legend is sadly no longer available, we thought we'd add in this bonus film! All three of the Back to the Future films are available on Netflix (PART II LINK, PART III LINK), and whether you've seen them or not, they are worth the watch. These iconic 80s Sci-Fi films are about a very eccentric inventor named Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) who turns a Delorean into a time machine, which he uses to accidentally send his friend Marty McFly (Micheal J. Fox) 30 years into the past. Marty must attempt to get back to the future before he changes the course of history. 


Ghost in the Shell (1995) | YouTube Free


Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese cyberpunk anime about a cyborg federal agent as they trail "The Puppet Master," someone who illegally hacks into the minds of the cyborg-human hybrids. Her pursuit of a man who can so easily alter people's minds and identities leaves her to question her own identity, wondering what it would be like if she was more human. When she and her partner finally corner the man, her curiosity sends the case in an unforeseen direction. This film is based on a manga of the same name written by Masamune Shirow. The film was adapted by Kazunori Ito and directed by Mamoru Oshii. There have been a few film and television adaptations of the manga, most recently a Hollywood Live-Action remake starring Scarlett Johansson, though the film did release among a bit of controversy in 2017. This 1995 adaptation, however, is considered a classic by many, and it even has received many accolades for its excellent animation and beautiful storytelling. If you've never watched anime before, or never really considered yourself a fan, this film has been viewed as a great introduction to the medium.


Oats Studios: Volume 1 (2017) | Prime and YouTube


Oats Studios: Volume 1 is an anthology of strange, and sometimes disturbing short films created by Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. Oats Studios was created in 2017 by Neill Blomkamp to make high-quality independent short films outside the Hollywood system. While Oats Studios is currently taking a temporary break due to COVID, there are plans for a Volume 2 to continue the storylines started in Volume 1. Blomkamp was set to helm RoboCop Returns but in 2019 he stepped away from the project and there is no news on his next film as of now. So while it may be a bit of a wait till we see Oats Studios return, the shorts in Volume 1 range from 2 to 27 minutes, making them easy to watch in short bursts.


Blade Runner 2049 (2017) | IMDb TV


35 years after the original Blade Runner (1982) (available on Netflix), we are brought back into the dystopian world first introduced in a novel entitled "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick in 1968. 2049 follows Ryan Gosling as Officer K, a new blade runner for the LAPD, who discovers a long-buried secret that, if brought to light, could plunge what is left of society into chaos. This discovery leads him on a mission to find Rick Deckhard, Harrison Ford's character from the 1982 film, who has now been missing for 30 years. Director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners), and cinematographer Roger Deakins (1917, Skyfall, The Shawshank Redemption, Sicario) work together to make a visually stunning masterpiece, from the lighting to the framing (And don't get me started on the color grading!) Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch do a fantastic job of adapting the eerie soundscapes from the original film for modern audiences, with soft pianos and loud synths setting the tone for the entirety of the film. At 2 hr 44 mins, the film's slow pace may make it hard for some people to get through it, but staying for the neo-noir mystery to unfold will be a worthwhile watch for sure!


High Life (2018) | Prime


This 2018 film is actually also on our watchlist, so if it's terrible, guess we'll both find out this week. Based on all we've heard and read on it though, it seems like quite a good film. Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his daughter are the sole survivors on a dangerous trip to the outer reaches of the solar system. As a black hole grows ever closer, the two must rely on each other if they have any hopes of survival. The reviews for the film all seem to have a few things in common. This film is one that will be profound and beautiful, but also show a much darker side of humanity as it explores the question of what it means to be human, in a way that is very different than the more idealized "the earth is ending so we must look to space" films we are used to, such as Interstellar and The Martian.


Her (2013) | Netflix


Much like Blade Runner 2049, Her can also be too slow-paced for some people's interest. It tells the story about Theodore, played by Joaquin Pheonix, as he develops an unusual relationship with an A.I. voice assistant called Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. While everyone delivers great performances in the movie, it's really those two that carry the film. Directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) the beautifully told science fiction romance went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Click HERE to see last week's list of movies and for next week's list click HERE! Leave anymore suggestions for Sci-Fi films available to stream in the comments below and stay safe! 

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