As we skim through the news of the whole world being home-quarantined, there’s a certain gloominess that we can feel creeping upon us. Thankfully, people have started appreciating the small things, be it a book, untouched and covered in dust or some of the latest movies we never found time to watch. With the situation looking like it's going to take its time getting back to normal, this is the time to indulge in some unique books and movies. Yes, we have curated a small list for all you cinephiles and bibliophiles out there.
First, let's take a look at a list of books to read.
1. Typhoid Mary by Anthony
Mary Mallon is a cook for wealthy families from 1900 to 1907 in New York. And she was an asymptomatic career of typhoid. She had infected dozens of people, hence, earning the nickname ‘Typhoid Mary’.
Anthony Bourdain tells Typhoid Mary’s story from the perspective of a chef. He explores turn-of-the-century kitchens and her determination to maintain her career as a cook.
2. The Decameron by
The Decameron had an enormous influence on Italian Renaissance Literature. The book is a collection of stories of 10 people escaping the Black Death plague in Florence. It is a book about comic and tragic views of life and is regarded as Giovanni Boccaccio’s masterpiece.
Boccaccio’s The Decameron was composed between 1349 and 1353 and predates Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales by several decades.
3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry
Darkness, satire, and clever twists on mythology; an angel and a demon try to navigate the complicated mortal land while an apocalypse is nigh. You will be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining read about the end of the world. The book has been adapted as an original series on Amazon Prime Video starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
4. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar
If you are a fan of dark literature, you have to read a little bit of Edgar Allan Poe. The Masque of the Red Death is a short story about a prince who has sheltered himself and his court in a castle, isolated away from the Red Death. Outside the castle doors, the disease dominates, but inside, they’re safe. Or are they? This story is a must-read even if you’ve never read Edgar Allan Poe’s books before.
5. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Every bibliophile knows of this book, and there's no better time than now to re-read it. This timeless novel is about human's vices—jealousy, obsession, desire, pity and vengeance. It is a love story revolves around two people who are on a journey on opposite paths before meeting again.
And if you know Marquez, you can expect the novel to be filled with witty dialogues and romance that will make you want to be in love.
Now, it’s time for some binge-watching on a digital screen.
the Mood For Love
If you haven't heard about this movie, you might be living in a cave. A favourite with cinema lovers across the world, this Wong Kar-wai film is beauty in itself. The frames, the colour tones, and the background scores make you fall in love with its main characters. In the Mood for Love was released in the year 2000 and it still is considered an inspiration for many movies.
An overwhelming portrait of poverty, Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 neo-realistic masterpiece continues to be relevant. The story of a father and son struggling to survive in a post-World War II Italy, has a cult status. Shot with non-professional actors who lived lives similar to their characters, this cinema is an experience in compassion and empathy.
Happened One Night
Frank Capra’s evergreen romantic comedy gave birth to the love-hate angle for silver screen chemistry, a trope that is still used in filmmaking. The film includes Claudette Colbert flashing her leg from under her skirt to hitch a ride, and undoing Clark Gable’s smarmy defences. Still considered as the biggest hit of its era, this movie won five Oscars.
Brian De Palma hit peak originality and gut-punch profoundness with this spectacular conspiracy thriller, including an overwhelming emotional range from John Travolta, who plays the protagonist. It is one of the most delirious thrillers of the 1980s which should top your binge-watching list.
The story revolves around child hustlers and teen gangsters, in the streets if Rio De Janiero, who have an intense lust for life, a liveliness displayed in dance, play and love; whereas, they value life cheaply and live it without regrets. Renowned director Fernando Meirelles and co-director Kátia Lund cast a talented crew of local kids to give the film its authenticity.
Now that you know what to do in your free time, enjoy our coronavirus entertainment prescription. We recommend you watch a movie and read a book every weekend to fight boredom.