The Pullbox Guide to Waiting Out the Apocalypse, Silver Screen Edition: Clara’s Take

Hello again, Ladies and Gentlenerds!  By now, you’ve all diligently viewed the entirety of our oh-so-meticulously compiled lists of lockdown-killing shows.  You’ve behaved yourself, stayed at home, spent time with the spouse/rugrats/parents/pets/dust bunnies.  You’ve developed new and fascinating ways to prepare Ramen.  You were good to go.

And now (at least in Wisconsin), we find out it’s gonna be at least another month. 

We at the Pullbox feel your pain…and so we’re back, with more safer-at-home commiserating goodness.  This time through, it’s our Silver Screen Edition: one staff member per day will offer up their list of three, somewhat to very under the radar films we’ve enjoyed in forestalling our own boredom.

So without further ado, here’s Intern Clara, with today’s picks:

Mudbound (2017; Rated R; Jonathan Banks & Carey Mulligan; directed by Dee Rees; available on Netflix) Mudbound is the story of two families who are pitted against each other yet forcibly bound together by shared farmland in Mississippi. This realistic fiction story takes place in 1946, directly following WWII, where discrimination and a “ruthless social hiearchy” causes an abundance of issues between the two families. They will have to either attempt to overcome their differences, or stay tethered to the unequal treatments of the past. This movie tells a powerful tale of the twisted truths of our history. A significant and thought-provoking film.

Heathers (1989; Rated R; Winona Ryder & Christian Slater; directed by Michael Lehmann; available on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video) Since its release in 1989, cult favorite Heathers has evolved into a popular musical. The black comedy features the story of the three queen bees of a high school – all named Heather -and a “good girl” named Veronica whose goal is to be popular and aloof like the Heathers…but ends up getting caught up in a much-greater-than-she-planned on plot to achieve her goal when she teams up with the resident sociopath.

Little Shop of Horrors (1986; Rated PG-13; Rick Moranis & Ellen Greene; directed by Frank Oz; available on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video) When a failing floral shop, located on problem-ridden Skid Row gets a new plant, and young florist Seymour becomes its prime caretaker… but what happens when it starts to pine for the taste of blood? As the plant grows and draws more attention, the floral shop gains popularity and wealth, as does the nerdly Seymour… But at what cost?

So there you go—track down some classics, and we’ll be back tomorrow with Eric’s picks!  Until then, keep your feet and the ground, and keep reaching for the stars! 

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