For one reason or another, sometimes you’re stuck at home with nowhere to go. You could be sick, or looking after someone or it could be the weather keeping you from the outside world. If you have a television, laptop or phone and are stuck indoors, these films are well worth watching.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
If horror is your cup of tea, then Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead is for you. It follows a group of survivors during a zombie apocalypse holed up in a shopping mall, desperately trying to work out what is going on and how to survive. There is a great cast of characters in this film all of which have their own unique personalities and motivations. The zombie effects are fantastic, with plenty of gore to appease any horror fan.
This is a philosophical action film about what is real and what we perceive to be real featuring jaw-dropping special effects that still hold up and are often mimicked to this day. Meet Neo, a hacker with a boring job who thought there should be more to the world. Well, there is and he soon finds out all is not what it seems to be.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Right out of the stalls like a TJ Smith Stakes betting champion, Terminator 2 is one of the best sequels ever made. The story is intriguing and the action is plentiful. It barely slows down and when it does it actually gives some poignant and thoughtful illuminations on life and what that means. By no means an arthouse piece, this a gritty, often brutal chase movie with the cyborg from the future T1000 making for an excellent and believable adversary to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hulking T800, who is protecting future world leader John Connor.
The Lion King (1995)
This all-time favourite Disney animated film is a great watch for the whole family. It’s vibrant, exciting and heartwarming, with some classic musical numbers thrown in for good measure. Follow lion cub Simba as he is cast out of his pride by his evil uncle Scar and watch him grow and learn and strive to find his rightful place in the world. For those who prefer a little more CGI version, you can enjoy the remake of 2019.
The first fully computer-animated feature-length film by Pixar Animation Studios was a powerhouse at the box office, making well over 10 times its production budget. Woody is a cowboy toy who is the leader of all the toys in Andy’s room and is put off guard when a new toy, Buzz Lightyear enters the scene. Groundbreaking visuals for 1995, this film led to a new era of computer-animated films.
Sam is a young man who is murdered at the prime of his life and, with the help of a psychic, tries to warn his lover of impending danger. It is a simple, sweet love story with some fantastic performances, especially by Whoopi Goldberg as the reluctant psychic.
The Devil Wears Prada
This lighthearted quirky comedy showcases the acting skills of Meryl Streep in her turn as a no-nonsense chief editor of a high fashion magazine. Watch as naïve Andrea learns the ropes about work and life while dealing with her demanding boss, with the help of the friendly stylist Nigel.
Star Wars Trilogy
Everyone knows Star Wars, about young moisture farmer Luke Skywalker wishing for something more in life and desperately seeking adventure. You know the rest, but it is an age-old classic which can be viewed and enjoyed countless times.