Films to Watch for Every Mood You Will Experience in Lockdown

By Beccy Reeves

1. Nostalgia:

Moving back in with your parents can often make you reminisce about the good old days when you had very little responsibility. Why not ramp up the nostalgia with a binge of great films you’re your childhood?

My Pick –Toy Story (all of them). This needs no explanation

Honourable Mentions:

Fantastic Mr Fox

Spirited Away

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial


Let’s face it, boredom is inevitable in lockdown. Therefore, to capture your attention and beat the lockdown blues an immersive adventure/action/thriller is needed.

My Pick –Jurassic Park. It is an enchanting thrill ride that never loses its magic

Honourable Mentions:

Any Tarantino film

Shutter Island


3.In Need of a Good Cry:

It’s a weird and uncertain time so everyone occasionally needs a cry to release any pent-up emotions.

My Pick –Good Will Hunting. Matt Damon and Robbin Williams’ friendship is a real tearjerker

Honourable Mentions:

The Help

Marriage story

Room –not to be confused with the Tommy Wiseau film ‘The Room’

4. Stressed:

Even the most stress-free of us all will not go unbothered by the anxiety and worry that inevitably results from a global pandemic. To ease any tension, I recommend light films that spark joy (à la Marie Kondo).

My Pick: Amélie –You cannot help but fall in love with it

Honourable Mentions:

About Time

Every Wes Anderson film ever –think The Royal Tenenbaums or Moonrise Kingdom

5. Reflective:

Good cinema can do much more than just entertain us, but make us think, feel and reflect. And if there is ever a time to revaluate your life and reflect on society, it's now.

My top pick –Parasite. It offers a critical perspective on capitalism and growing class disparity

Honourable Mentions:

The Shawshank Redemption

Dead Poets Society

The Truman Show