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Unfortunately hockey is still canceled. So let’s look at some movies and TV shows that will keep you preoccupied in the meantime.

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So yeah... there still isn’t anything of note going on in the hockey world. So I thought I would give you some movie and TV show suggestions to help pass the time. I’ve bolded the ones I’m particularly fond of. Feel free to drop any other suggestions I may have missed down in the comments.

QUARANTINE STREAMING EXTRAVAGANZA - MOVIES

Rentals!

  • 1917
  • Knives Out - This is probably the funniest movie I saw in 2019.
  • JoJo Rabbit
  • Uncut Gems - Anxiety inducing, impeccably frantic, and unbearably loud (... in a good way), this is one of my absolute favorites of last year. It’s not for everyone, and did I mention it’s loud? It’s loud. Like a bunch of people talking over each other while the movie’s soundtrack refuses to fade out for two whole hours loud. God, I love this movie.
  • Joker - The movie that grossed over 1 billion dollars and finally won Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor (he honestly should’ve won it a couple of different times already for Walk The Line and The Master). To be honest, this movie is just okay (I’d say a 7.5 or 8 out of 10), but Phoenix’s performance is something else, and it’s worth watching for that alone. There’s also a Clown Union... I’m serious about that. Before he becomes the Joker (spoilers, I guess?), he’s a member of a Clown Union.
  • Richard Jewell
  • Parasite - The Best Picture winner at the Oscars, and it 1000% deserved it.

Streaming - Netflix

  • Goodfellas - I’m sure most of you have seen this already, but there’s never a bad time to rewatch the greatest movie ever made. And if you haven’t seen it, oh my god what are you doing with your life? Watch it.
  • Mississippi Grind - It’s Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn playing poker. Sounds fun, right?
  • Her
  • Miracle - This is a hockey website, after all.
  • Goon - Personally this is my favorite hockey movie, but for the love of God do not watch the sequel.
  • Mystic River - This is the Sean Penn movie where he shouts “IS THAT MY DAUGHTER IN THERE!?!?” (Spoiler alert: it is)
  • Good Time - This is from the Safdie brothers, who also directed 2019’s Uncut Gems with Adam Sandler. Like Uncut Gems, this movie is an absolutely dizzying experience, and I can’t recommend it enough.
  • The Irishman - This movie is, no joke, three and a half hours long. I personally love it, and it’s not like you can use the “I don’t have the time to sit through a three-and-a-half hour movie” excuses any more.
  • Zodiac

Streaming - HBO

  • Long Shot
  • The Town - Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner are bank robbers in Boston. I hope you like over the top Mass-Hole accents, because they are everywhere in this movie.
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Prisoners - This movie is grim, dark, brutal, depressing, (insert your own ‘hard-to-watch’ adjective here), but you won’t be able to look away the entire time.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Rush
  • Yesterday

Streaming - Amazon Prime

  • Eighth Grade
  • Clue - As the kids would say, this 1985 Tim Curry classic whodunnit “SLAPS”.
  • Lady Bird
  • Honey Boy - This is the Shia LeBeouf movie he made about his childhood. I haven’t seen it yet, but it certainly looked interesting.
  • Jay & Silent Bob Reboot - This is probably an awful movie, but Tucker circa 2005 is very excited about there being a new Kevin Smith movie to watch.

Streaming - Disney+

  • Star Wars - All of them. You’ve got the time.
  • Toy Story - Again, all of them. You’ve got the time.
  • Smart House
  • Brink! - The quintessential Disney Channel Original Movie. Team X-Blades for life. Skating for money isn’t a bad thing, Brink.
  • ZooTopia

Quarantine Streaming Extravaganza - TV SHOWS

  • The Sopranos (HBO) - Probably the most influential, important, and overall greatest television show ever created. The genesis of Prestige TV.
  • Breaking Bad (Netflix)
  • The Wire (HBO)
  • Fleabag (Amazon Prime) - The synopsis will likely scare away some (male) viewers, but trust me, this show is extremely good. A tragi-comedy (apparently this is a thing now), that will stick with you for a while after you finish it. Also there’s only 12 episodes, so there isn’t a large investment involved.
  • The Boys (Amazon Prime)
  • Succession (HBO) - Probably pound-for-pound the best show on television right now.
  • Altered Carbon (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (Netflix) - The 1960’s! Old suits, alcoholism, sexism, indoor cigarette-smoking, oh my!
  • Watchmen (HBO) - This may be a tough watch for those not familiar with the source material, but it’s an extremely well crafted and ultra-creative followup to the graphic novel of the same name.
  • Future Man (Hulu)
  • The Leftovers (HBO)