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7 Flicks to Battle Stuck-at-Home Boredom

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Are you practicing social distancing? Is your county or state under a shelter in place/stay at home order?


Battling Boredom?

Social distancing and such are “the new normal” as we battle the coronavirus. But what’s a body to do with all this stay-at-home-ing? Besides counting tiles in the ceiling or cracks in the linoleum, how do you pass the time while waiting for public health and government officials to lift or revise the order?


Literature and the arts are a coupla the best ways to get through this.


Top Seven

Here are seven movie picks to help you battle stuck-at-home boredom. We popped some popcorn and watched (or re-watched) all of these within the last coupla weeks or so. Some are recent releases. Others are Golden Oldies.


If you’re stuck at home looking for something interesting to do that doesn’t involve counting, consider:

Recent Releases

Harriet, 2019.

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Cynthia Erivo turns in an Oscar-nominated performance in the title role. Be free or die.


The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2019.

Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. Kevin Costner does the voice-overs for “Enz.”


“Your car goes where your eyes go.” Based on the book by the same name. Bring tissue.


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 2019.

A timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Absolutely wonderful! Tom Hanks shoulda won Best Actor.


Golden Oldies

True Grit, 1969.

A favorite John Wayne flick. Just ordered this from Amazon a couple weeks ago. John Wayne won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, the curmudgeonly, cantankerous U.S. marshal with a heart of gold.


Spencer’s Mountain, 1963

The movie that became The Waltons. Starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara. Based on the classic by Earl Hamner, Jr. Filmed in Wyoming’s breath-taking Jackson Hole.

Shane, 1953.

A mysterious gunslinger enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although Shane tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, refusing to even carry a gun, he decides to fight Fletcher in order to save Starrett’s farm. Also filmed in Jackson Hole.

Shane earned six Academy Award. nominations, and is one of the classics of American cinema. Greatest story of the West ever filmed. Based on the novel by Jack Schaefer.


Facing the Giants, 2006

After six consecutive losing seasons, high school football coach Grant Taylor believes things can’t get any worse. He’s wrong.

After his best player transfers and his Eagles lose to the worst team in the conference, Grant discovers a group of fathers—and one of his coaches—is plotting to have him sacked.

Barely making ends meet as it is and unable to start a family with his wife, who longs to be a mother, Grant Taylor has no help in sight, until…

If you’re looking for Hope, this film delivers. In spades.



You can find all of these films on Amazon and/or You Tube.


How are you handing social distancing or stay-at-home orders?


In the meantime, hang in there. Together, we’ll get through this.

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