Movies and TV shows to watch based on your unique streaming needs

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      By Norman Wilner

      On today's episode of The Big Story, the Frequency Podcast Network's daily news show, host Jordan Heath-Rawlings asked me to recommend a few movies and TV shows for people who'd reached the end of their self-isolation watch lists.

      And since people have been asking us for the list, I figured I'd provide it here as a public service.

      For people in action-movie withdrawal

      Michael Bay's 6 Underground isn't very good—like, at all—but if you're jonesing for a Fast & Furious knockoff with firefights, explosions and cars flipping over in exotic locations, it has all of those things. It's on Netflix. But also it's bad, so instead I'd recommend Lockout, a.k.a. the awesome Guy Pearce action movie that re-situates the hostage crisis of Escape From New York in an orbiting space prison. It's available for rental and purchase on YouTube and Google Play.

      For people looking for a great romantic comedy

      Not only is Michael Dowse's The F Word absolutely charming rom-com in which Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan do their best to play out the When Harry Met Sally... friendship thing, but it's also a wonderful look at what life used to be like in the east end, as Radcliffe, Kazan, and their friends hang out and talk at house parties, restaurants, clubs, knitting circles at yarn shops, vintage stores, and coffee shops. God I miss coffee shops. Streaming free on CBC Gem.

      For people who want to sound incredibly cool and smart and snobby at their next office Zoom drinks, but also want to enjoy the film too

      Depending on your taste—and if you have Amazon Prime—you may enjoy Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here (in which Joaquin Phoenix gives a career-best performance as an unbalanced man hurtling towards an explosion of violence), Robert Eggers's The Lighthouse (starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in a go-for-broke period comedy about isolation and madness that's never seemed more relevant) or Dark River (a moody drama from Clio Barnard starring Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley as adult siblings coping with childhood trauma).

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