While movie theaters have been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, your home media room remains a safe haven to Shelter-in-Place. However, if you’re like us, right about now you’ve binged your way through just about everything on your to-watch-list. Businesses, both large and small, and even a popular festival are doing their part to provide the general public with alternative ways to stay safe and entertained in the comfort of our own homes. And also are helping to keep us current on all the latest movies, documentaries and series.
Attend SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection Virtually
This year’s cancellation of South by Southwest, Austin’s premier film and music festival, was a huge blow for the city and the thousands of artists, filmmakers, musicians and attendees that make it world renowned. However, there is a bright spot in all the recent uncertainty. Amazon Prime Video is partnering with SXSW to rescue this year’s film portion of the festival by offering a virtual collection of films that were scheduled to debut. The details are still being worked out. But it looks like the 10-day SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection will happen later this month. The admission price for U.S. audiences is free on Amazon Prime Video. You won’t need a Prime Membership but you will need an Amazon free account to view the films. Stay tuned for the exact dates.
Get into a Documentary
Whether it’s the subject, the life-story of a famous person, a true crime scene, or a life-defining event, in-depth documentaries are as historical and informative as they are inspirational. And let’s not forget their entertainment aspect. They can also be funny, somber, weird and sometimes unbelievable. However through chronicled photographs, interviews, historical footage and pre-recorded audio, documentaries reel us in. According to the entertainment website Collider, both Netflix and Amazon Prime are currently offering a multitude of titles everyone can sink their teeth into. To choose a life-changing title that is making a difference click here.
Global Trek from the Comfort of your Home Media Room
Movies with sweeping landscapes, snow-capped mountain peaks, white sand beaches and captivating cities have the ability to transform you to another place. And you don’t even have to get up from your recliner. No need to strap on your hiking boots because slippers will do just fine. Though you may not be able to take flight right now, you can jet set around the world with these great movie titles that may inspire you to book your next destination.
Rewatch all 8 Seasons of Game of Thrones
You’ll never want to leave your home media room when you know Games of Thrones is on the screen. For devoted fans of this HBO drama series that follow the storylines of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire this suggestion may seem like a no brainer. Frankly, it’s difficult not to want to watch it again and again. The popular series set in the medieval period has everything a good drama should have. Its cornerstone is intelligent writing. But it also employs action, romance, suspense and revenge. There are also dragons and wars, too. Its eight-year stint, some say, was short-lived. If you are already going through withdrawals HBO has an offer you may not be able to refuse. Or, you can purchase a Collector’s Edition and watch it anytime you want.
Stream a Movie through Alamo Drafthouse
“Alamo-At-Home” allows avid movie buffs and those craving something new to watch, the opportunity to purchase a ticket to Virtual Cinema screenings. This ingenious idea not only is a great way for new films to still get exposure, but it’s also helping to keep both local theaters and filmmakers afloat. Home-grown in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse prides itself on bringing the extraordinary to their audiences like Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday. Both long-running programming series are now available virtually. Get your fix now. Review titles and purchase your ticket here.
Watch a Movie Classic
From Oscar winning titles to musicals of the 50s to animated features, the American Film Institute’s 100 years of 100 movies guides us through their list of movies that have stood the test of time. Starting at the top spot and working its way down, the list is a treasure trove of unforgettable movie titles that are cherished for their subject matter, winning performances and their unique ability to make us feel. A downloadable pdf checklist from the institute’s 10th Anniversary Edition lets you keep track of those that you haven’t seen yet.
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