With news of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being extended until May 15 in selected areas, many of us will continue to spend every waking moment indoors. Worldwide, it seems like many other countries are going down the same route.
There’s a small silver lining to the lockdown, though: Media-shy creatives like Guillermo Del Toro are becoming active again on social media and interacting with the public. Cue an “Earth is healing” joke here.
We will be here a little bit and the first few questions are: What are you reading? What are you watching? What are you listening to? And How many days have you been indoors?
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) April 20, 2020
Case in point: The writer-director started a recommendation thread of shows that he and his colleagues are currently enjoying during quarantine. If it’s approved by these cinematic masters, then it’s definitely worth a watch in our book.
Is watching (film): Reds, Jacques Tati films
Is watching (shows): Sopranos (season 3), Scenes from a Marriage (series)
Is watching (film): Belly
Is reading: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Is watching: Barton Fink, Amélie, Rashoman, Total Recall (original)
Is reading: Thoreau Walden and Pablo Neruda books
Is listening to: KMLN, Franz Schubert
Is watching (films): 49th Parallel, One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing, Ministry Of Fear, This Happy Breed, Rome Open City, Paisan, Germany Year Zero, It Always Rains On Sunday, The Small Back Room, Le Silence De La Mer, Late Spring, Umberto D, The Cruel Sea, Ice Cold In Alex, Judgement At Nuremberg, The Train, The War Game, The Battle Of Algiers, Shame (Bergman), Army Of Shadows, Being There, Idiocracy, Duck Soup
Guillermo del Toro
Is watching (films): Easy Living, Death Takes a Holiday, Midnight, Hold Back the Dawn
Is watching (films): The Others, Hereditary, Sinister, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, The Witch, The Conjuring, Angel Heart
Is watching (shows): Hunters, Zero Zero Zero, Tales from the Loop, Westworld, The Outsider, Dracula, Better Call Saul, Unorthodox
Is reading: Full Throttle by Joe Hill, Antkind by Charlie Kaufman, Rucrusion by Blake Crouch
Is watching (shows): Fosse/Verdon, Fosse’s Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Babylon Berlin, Deutschland ’83
Is reading: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, by Emil Ferris. And Harrow County, by Cullen Bunn
Is watching (films): Carrie, Silence of the Lambs, Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, Scream, Poltergeist, Psycho I & II, Clayton’s The Innocents, Welles’s The Stranger, Truffaut’s Argent de Poche, Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent & Rebeca, Weir’s The Last Wave and Dead Poets Society, Fleming’s Captain Courageous
Is watching (show): Patriot
Is watching (films): Red Desert, Ugetsu (also an Ari Aster recommendation)
Jorge R. Gutierrez
Is watching (films): Enamorada, Operation Dragon, Fists of Fury, The Big Boss, Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last, Game of Death
Is watching (film): Topkapi
Is reading: Cartel Trilogy by Don Winslow, Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson by Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean, Conclusions by John Boorman, This Storm by James Ellroy
Is reading: Conclusions by John Boorman
Is watching (film): Death of Stalin
Is watching (show): Wolf Hall
Is listening to: Bob Marley