There is (almost) none.
The long answer: The entire movie industry is still hibernating – eagerly waiting for the resumption of normal activities. And that can take another year or so. Meanwhile you may go with these three films until you reach our first an only new release of the past-corona era:
That’s what we need right now! Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law in Contagion – a movie about the spread of a virus which causes a dangerous disease. Many attempts by medical experts and authorities to contain it fail. Chaos errupts. Sounds familiar? If you don’t expect an action loaded thriller it will be worth watching. Although released nine years ago, this movie shares many uncanny similarities to our situation in 2020. Contagion became the most-watched home movie after the Corona outbreak. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Steven Soderberghs masterpiece was just another critically-acclaimed movie most had forgotten.
So what exactly is the message here? Maybe this one: despite all the scientific advances and exhaustive efforts, we all still stand pretty helpless in the prevention of serious viral outbreaks. Even seemingly well organized societies easily slip into chaos, leaving all individuals to fend for themselves in a cruel fight for survival.
Watch Contagion at Amazon Prime Video
Oh snap, a Korean movie. But wait! It did win 4 Oscars? Then let’s give it a try. Meet the Kim family – mother and father, son and daughter. They are poor and live in a shabby basement apartment in a busy working class district. Without even knowing it, they literally smell of poverty. They perpetrate minor scams to get by, and when they have jobs, they do the minimum work required.
And then there is the Park Family – a wealthy bunch who have lived in a modernistic house. Mr. and Mrs. Park are all about status. Mrs. Park has a flighty, simpleminded mentality and temperament. She really can make you feel comfortable in lying to your education to get the right job.
Now these two families accidentally get connected, and the stage is set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite? Parasite appears to be a subtle and subversive depiction of class. The actual setup is in South Korea, though it can be anywhere. At first glance, the director only brings out a country’s obsession with America, English, North Korea and aspirations succinctly. But in depicting the many dividing layers: the poor from the rich, men from women, husbands from wives, Parasite is definitely universal. And very unsettling. The movie was at the very top of the most-watched movies list before Covid-19.
Watch Parasite at Amazon Prime Video
In Gotham City, a mentally troubled comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) is kind of disregarded and mistreated by society. He slowly embarks on a downward spiral and commits several bloody crimes. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
This is not a comic-book film! This Joker is here is far more brutal and extreme than than the popular Batman villain. Director Todd Phillips placed the storyline much more near to reality. A supreme, physical performance by main actor Joaquin Phoenix and exquisite camera work by Lawrence Sher buried any shortcomings the film might have had. Joker was the second most-watched movie right behind Parasite – well, before Covid-19.
Watch Joker at Amazon Prime Video
Tenet is the first blockbuster movie being shown in cinemas worldwide since the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Reminds us a bit of the German Bundesliga getting all of the world’s attention for being the first sports league back on stage. Not the best option but the only one. To give a decent amount of credit to director Christopher Nolan: it is ok that the reopening of cinemas are now linked to one of movie-going’s patron saints. Nolan has long been one of cinema’s most zealous and knowledgeable cheerleaders. He likes to make films about obsessive men, and no one is more obsessive about film than he is.
What to expect: A high tech spy drama about preventing World War III. Armed with only one word — Tenet — David John Washington’s journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission will unfold in something beyond real time. Cinema goers from 10 years ago: ‘Inception’ comes to your mind when watching ‘Tenet’. And guess who was the director then? Christopher Nolan 🙂
Watch Tenet at Amazon Prime Video