Top 5 HBO Shows To Watch During Self-Quarantine

Well, how about these eventful times, eh? Anyone feeling anxious, panicked, worried – well, you’re definitely not alone. The corona pandemic has made its way to almost every country. Including mine, Estonia, which is super tiny with only 1,3 million people and has already over 200 infected (as we know of). Statistically we are not doing so great. Thankfully I have the option to work from home but I can just imagine how stressful it is for those who can’t go to work right now. Sending you all the best and let’s just stay healthy and get this virus contained! In the light of these events and being stuck at home for a while (as if I don’t do that on a regular basis), I decided to share my current favourite HBO shows. Everyone’s been loving on Netflix but HBO deserves some love too!

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# 117 – Scott Pilgrim vs the World

I watched Scott Pilgrim vs the World because doing my paper on foundation of language didn’t sound very good two hours ago. So I spent my evening before my all-night-study-marathon watching this some what weird comic book movie which has a pretty decent score at IMDb (7.9), slightly lower that the other comic book hit this year, Kick-Ass. I have stated before that I didn’t enjoy Kick-Ass much, probably because of its moral code problems (a little girl taught by his dad kills men? – really!?). But I am happy to say that for me Scott Pilgrim vs the World was much better.

The story itself isn’t the reason why I liked it, I think that it was quite soft and not interesting at all but the way the story was built up was the key element here. There are so many movies with similar plots that do nothing for me because they are boring, yes the plot for Scott Pilgrim was rather light and not interesting but at least they had the curiage to do something with the style of the movie.

Sounds written on screen as words (“thonk”) is so old Batman but it worked so well for this one, and the elements of video games (sounds, elements, “getting a life”) were in my mind just in the right spot each time. They could have toned down the fighting effects which went a little over board at some moments but I get the fact that it needed some bigger and louder elements. There were nice jokes, mostly by Wallace who was Scott’s gay roommate played by Kieran Culkin. He’s role was refreshing and I haven’t really seen him for a while so I enjoyed that. Michael Cera was the lead of course and after Juno I even like his awkwardness but as Scott he was much less awkward but still as funny. Anna Kendrick had a light role as Scott’s sister and that guy from Jennifer’s Body named Johnny Simmons was there but nobody except Scott and his two ladies (names not important for me) and Wallace stood out from the movie. Oh wait, Chris Evans had a small role as well – I quite like him, he seems like a funny guy. (The guy who played Superman was there too, he had some bad hair and wore leather – what an upgrade from playing the Superman.)

So if you need some good time to get your mind off school work during exams and stuff, watch Scott Pilgrim vs the World – you might even enjoy the mad plot with cool visual effects and sarcastic humor – I did. 4 out of 5.