The pandemic has hit many industries hard, and perhaps one of the most hard hit industries has been the entertainment industry. Back in July I wondered if the film industry would be "closed" for the rest of 2020, and now as we move into the final two months of the year, it does seem to be the case. Not only have movie releases been delayed (Black Widow, A Quiet Place 2, Wonder Woman 1984 to name but a few), TV series were cut short too (and some had to improvise their finales), and filming for various projects have been delayed. Cinemas in Malaysia are all temporarily shutting down this November in an attempt to survive and reopen once the pandemic ends. So with no new movies being released in cinemas, everyone is being forced to turn to Netflix and other streaming platforms. Thankfully we have a plethora of options from old movies and TV series to new TV series and direct-to-streaming movies at our disposal. Here's a list of some of the things I've watched during the pandemic.
I never watched Modern Family when it was on-going. It just didn't appeal to me at the time and none of my friends were really into it, but my girlfriend absolutely loves the show, and so I decided to give it a go. I'm currently watching season six, and I now love the show too. Not only is the show hilarious, but the writing is absolutely genius. The plots for each episode and the script are some of the best I've seen in a sitcom. FRIENDS has always been my favourite sitcom, but I feel like Modern Family could be my new all-time favourite.
I love watching DC's animated movies, and so I got around to watching 2019's Batman: Hush. It was another brilliantly made DC animated film, and if you're a fan of the genre I definitely recommend you watch this movie adaptation of the famous graphic novel.
The Queen's Gambit
One of the newer shows on Netflix, I was intrigued after watching the trailer and seeing a lot of positive feedback for the series on Twitter. With only 7 episodes it wouldn't take a lot of time to watch the series in its entirety so I started watching it a few days ago and so far I'm really liking it. I don't know what the endgame is for the story, so I'm just going along and enjoying the ride.
We've seen plenty of Sherlock in pop culture, so when Netflix decided to put his sister, Enola in the spotlight, it generated a whole lot of interest. And for good reason. It was a very smart and very entertaining film. It didn't hurt to have Millie Bobby Brown play the titular character and Henry Cavill play her older brother, Sherlock either. The film was very well reviewed by critics and audiences alike, and my mother even watched it a few times. If you're a fan of Sherlock's stories, you'll probably enjoy this as well.
The Umbrella Academy (season two)
It took me some time to finish the first season as I felt it was a bit drawn out, but the second season was much better. It kept all the great aspects of season one, such as the incredible cinematography and discography, focused on building a bigger story with much more action and an epic final battle, and it was better for it. A tantalising finale to set up season three will ensure that fans return when the show resumes.
Kim's Convenience (season four)
Another popular Netflix series, this time one that puts Asian (specifically Korean) families in the spotlight. I like the show, though it's not one of my favourites.
Dr Jason Leong: Hashtag Blessed
I don't watch stand-up comedy, but I watched this show by medical doctor-turned-comedian Jason Leong as he's a Malaysian. His show was very funny and very relatable as a Malaysian. If you enjoy stand-up and are interested in watching something different (i.e., not American/European) then you should give this a try.
BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky
Yes, I'm a fan of Blackpink (more commonly referred to as Blinks). I probably know more about the girl group than any other k-pop act and have watched more content about them too. So when Netflix announced a documentary about the girls I was eager to watch it. Not only was the documentary an interesting look into their backgrounds, but it was also an eye-opener into the world of k-pop in general.
Blood of Zeus
I'm going to round off my list with something I haven't actually watched yet but I plan to soon. This anime style series revolves around the illegitimate son of Zeus and some war between Gods and man or something? Not entirely sure, but the trailer looks awesome and I'm excited to watch it.
This pandemic has been hard on many people, and I feel like those of us who are privileged enough to be able to keep ourselves entertained should really be thankful for things like the internet and Netflix. I know I am. So, what have you been watching during the pandemic?