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The Series: 30 for 30

Where You Can Stream It: ESPN+

The Pitch: It seems like everyone is watching The Last Dance, ESPN’s incredible 10-part documentary series about the final year of the Chicago Bulls dream team. But with only two episodes being released each weekend, you can fill the time between Sunday evenings by exploring the network’s 30 for 30 series, a library of some of the best sports documentaries ever made.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the sports industry, which means no packed arenas and no games to watch. For some folks, this is devastating. For people like me, who casually follow a handful of teams, I’m doing just fine. However, these two groups can meet in the middle with 30 for 30, the ESPN documentary film series chronicling some of the biggest, strangest, and most important moments in sports history. The best of these aren’t just exciting and/or horrifying and/or devastating and/or triumphant chronicles of players and teams – they’re extraordinary documentary films that showcase unique voices and tones in addition to simply being informative.

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I Am Iron Man - Avengers Endgame

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The Movie: Avengers: Endgame

Where You Can Stream It: Disney+

The Pitch: The grand finale of the the first decade-plus of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the highest grossing film of all time probably doesn’t need an introduction. Well, except to say that it deserves all the hype and somehow manages to be a terrific movie on top of being the ultimate crossover event, delivering payoff after payoff while juggling a dozen different tones and dozens of major characters.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: A few weeks ago, a clip from Avengers: Endgame with the audio of an opening night audience went viral. It was a reminder of why the theatrical experience is still so effective and a callback to the times when we could actually leave the house and experience culture together. It was also a reminder that Endgame pretty much just rocks and earned that reaction because it’s a damn good time at the movies. But if you revisit the grand finale of the first decade of the MCU at home, it plays differently. Especially in the time of quarantine. In fact, there may be no better bowl of comfort food cinema than this movie, a gigantic blockbuster about the need to do something, anything, in the face of catastrophe.

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venom 2 villain

We all knew the Venom sequel was going to feature the villain Carnage. After all, the red-skinned symbiote and his partner-in-murder Cletus Kasady are the Marvel anti-hero’s most well-known villain. And the first film’s hilariously ill-conceived credits sequence featured a cameo appearance from Woody Harrelson, complete with a red wig seemingly borrowed from Party City, as an imprisoned Kasady. He even promises that “there’s going to be carnage” in a line of dialogue written by humans and approved by a massive company.

But now, the sequel’s title is doubling down on this fact. Venom 2 is no more. Say hello to Venom: Let There Be Carnage, a movie title also written by humans and approved by a massive company. Anyway, the title reveal comes coupled with the news that the film has been delayed from late 2020 to mid-2021 because of, you guessed it, the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Movie: Belzebuth

Where You Can Stream It: Shudder

The Pitch: Following a series of brutal massacres involving young children, a weary Mexican police detective finds a hell of a lot more than he bargained for when he digs a little deeper. Emphasis on the “hell.” They don’t make religious horror movies this brutal, intense, clever, and wildly blasphemous very often.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: If you’re looking for a light distraction during these troubled times, something to ease your mind and put you in a comfortable place…well, you should avoid Belzebuth, the 2017 Mexican horror movie currently streaming exclusively on Shudder. But if you’re the kind of person who finds comfort in the discomfort, who turns to frightening fiction when the real world increasingly resembles a nightmare, director Emilio Portes’ religious horror epic will scratch a very particular itch. Until it bleeds.

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creepshow ratings

If you’re a horror fan, you really should subscribe to the Shudder streaming service. But you don’t need to be a subscriber to check out their latest headlining original show. Creepshow, the series revival of the classic George Romero and Stephen King horror anthology film from 1982, will soon air on the AMC network. And by soon, I mean next month.

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the mandalorian disney

We all knew Star Wars fans were going to be excited for The Mandalorian, the first live-action television series set in the most popular fictional universe of all time. What we didn’t know was that the Disney+ headliner was going to become a bonafide cultural sensation, the kind of thing that would inspire countless memes and constant watercooler chatter. And when the first season ended, Disney+ found itself with a problem – none of the service’s other original content could fill the void left by that faceless bounty hunter and his adorable adoptive Yoda child.

So how does Disney fill that vacuum until season 2 arrives later this year? With a new documentary series chronicling the making of the show, of course.

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The Movies: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and The Mask of Zorro (1998)

Where You Can Stream Them: Netflix

The Pitch: Two blockbuster films from a bygone era when all you needed was a dashing leading man, a lighthearted spirit of adventure, and a bunch of well-directed, two-fisted action sequences to make a movie a blockbuster.

Why They’re Essential Quarantine Viewing: We live an era where intellectual property has overtaken the movie star. People aren’t excited to see Robert Downey Jr. – they’re excited to see Iron Man. Audiences won’t flock to see the next Daisy Ridley movie, but they certainly love Rey and her pals. The past 20 years have seen most stars decline, as high concepts, directors, and shared universes have displaced the basic appeal of watching someone who owns the screen spending two hours…well, owning the screen.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Mask of Zorro were both loving throwbacks to bygone styles when they were first released. Now, these films, built on the smoldering shoulders of Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas respectively, are relics of another age themselves. But what incredible relics!

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The Show: New Girl

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Charming weirdo Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves into a new apartment with three male roommates after a devastating break-up. It turns out that her new roomies (played by Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris) are also charming weirdos. Quirky friendship ensues and it is all very, very funny.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: On paper, there is literally nothing special about New Girl, which ran on Fox from 2011 through 2018. In fact, it sounds downright hacky and tired: a quirky girl has three male roommates?! What is this, 1972? But while that concept may be a tough pitch in an age where television comedy has grown increasingly experimental and daring, New Girl has something you cannot fake or manufacture: lead actors with undeniable, unmistakable chemistry that works no matter which combination of characters share the screen in a given scene.

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Black Widow Trailer

What happens when an unstoppable pandemic meets an unmovable movie franchise? Well, first that unmovable movie franchise promptly moves. And then Disney sets new dates for the next slate of films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, working under the assumption that time is on their side.

Several weeks after Marvel Studios’ Black Widow was delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the powerhouse studio has shuffled its slate. The first solo adventure starring Scarlett Johansson’s super-spy will now open later this year, triggering a domino effect that sees the entire new phase of movies, including The Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Captain Marvel 2 shuffled around the schedule.

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Look, we’re all cooped up inside for the foreseeable future and we could all use a little more heroism in our lives right about now. So here’s some welcome good news: the digital comics service ComiXology is currently offering 12 Marvel superhero comic book collections for free. That’s zero dollars and zero cents for the Avengers, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men and more, with some classic runs available alongside more recent work. Here’s what you have to do.

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