Netflix and Amazon Prime have proved useful during these times. Here are some of what I have been watching to get through lockdown…


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Now that lockdown is lasting longer than anticipated I’m glad to say that I’m finding more time to watch TV. Before this whole thing started, I remember telling Mr.B how I wish I had a few weeks free to catch up on series and movies that I have been wanting to watch since – forever! But I’ve always been too busy or too tired to do so. Well, my wish is granted. These past 8 weeks have given me a chance to catch up with what’s on my ‘watch list’. 

I’m not a huge fan of terrestrial TV. And I can’t think of nothing worse than watching reality TV or soaps. On this post, I will only cover mostly Netflix, Amazon Prime and SkyTV. So without further ado, here are the series and films I have been watching during lockdown. Let’s go! 

What I’ve Been Watching – Lockdown March to April

Train To Busan (Amazon Prime TV)

Train To Busan
Train To Busan

Directed by Yeong Sang-ho and released in 2017 ‘Train to Busan’ is a hit Korean zombie film. It’s based on a Korean comic book (published on the internet) called Hell. The film is about a group of people who are trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The film focuses on the main character Seok-Wo. A divorced hedge fund manager, with little morals and has a difficult relationship with his young daughter. A fast-paced, emotional and scary movie, a must-watch if you love zombies films!

Contagion (Amazon Prime TV)

Contagion
Contagion

A viral pandemic sweeping all over the world – sounds familiar? It’s no surprise that I wanted to immediately watch a film to scare myself even more. I didn’t even know Gwyneth Paltrow was in it and met her demise quite early on in the film. I can’t say I’m disappointed, I’m not a big Gwynnie fan anyway. An interesting and entertaining movie, that takes on more meaning this time around…

Picard (Amazon Prime TV)

Picard
Picard

Jean Luc is back which makes this show a winner for me. My husband and I enjoyed a fest of Trekkie nostalgia every Friday. The Borg story is great, and I’m loving the new cast. It has a nostalgic feel that touches upon on the events from TNG. I also loved seeing the cameos of the old characters! If you’re not a Trekkie fan, then I would suggest to watch the TNG series first, this will give you a better understanding of the characters and events that have happened. So far this has been the TV highlight of this whole lockdown. I totally recommend it! 

The Act (Amazon Prime TV) 

The Act
The Act

Based on a real-life story, The Act reveals events that lead to the 2015 crime which happened in America. The story revolves around Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee Dee who suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The ‘overprotective’ mother as it appears to others have other intentions and she commits the most cruel and unthinkable acts on her daughter. Knowing that it’s based on real events that only happened recently makes it more alarming. The acting from Patricia Arquette is impressive. It’s not an easy watch but it’s a great series and I really enjoyed it! 

The Walking Dead Series 10 (Amazon Prime TV)

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead

Would you believe that this started 10 years ago? It’s probably the only series that I have watched consistently throughout the years, though the last 4 series left me disappointed, I never gave up. Once again the group faces new challenges and have to take back control from the Whisperers. I’m sad to say that TWD is not as good as it used to be, but it’s an OK watch if you have followed the series as long as I have. 

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

Altered-Carbon

Imagine living in a world where we can be immortal. A place humans are using an electronic chip called the ‘Stack’. Where it stores a persons consciousness and place it in an artificially human body ‘sleeve’. If you die, you can always come back to life in another in another body. The story revolves around an assassin who’s given a new sleeve and a life-changing opportunity if he completes his mission. This series will take you to a mental trip and it took me a couple of episodes to fully understand what’s going on. The visuals are amazing, there is a mix of impressive martial arts scenes, and the colour scheme reminds me a little bit of Blade Runner. If you are into sci-fi series I highly recommend Altered Carbon!

Hunter (Sky Crime & Investigation)

Lt. Joe Kenda is back with a new series every Thursday on Crime and Investigation channel. A great storyteller of all the cases he has solved over the years he’s worked on homicide. With 356 cases solved out of 387, this guy is good! Forget the other crime documentaries out there, Joe Kenda tells it the way it is!

YouTube Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda

Final Thoughts

So there you go! Those are the series/films that have been keeping me distracted during lockdown. I still have more on my wishlist that I’m hoping to watch. On the positive side, it’s nice to be able to finally catch up without feeling too guilty. What have you been watching this lockdown? Can you recommend anything to put on my list? Let me know on the comments below!

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British/Filipina now living in Valencia, Spain. Mum, wife, designer and illustrator. I am also the author of Ohla Living where I share my lifestyle, travel, recipes and creative ideas.

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