Many of us know the effects of the worldwide pandemic. We know it so well because we saw and experienced them. Shops closed down. Businesses stopped. Public places closed. Transport fees increased. Rules and regulations supervised. Economy breakdowns. Your favourites on a hold.
The pandemic must have laughed or chuckled at a point and said to whoever cared to listen, “You all thought you were untouchable didn’t you!” — I think so anyway. Netflix might have heard that and said, “Nah mehn, we winning this season.” Because lots of movies didn’t get to show in cinemas on their released dates, many series couldn’t continue production, and even music production was on hold for its reasons — not until later.
Most online streaming platforms overcame the crisis the pandemic brought to the entertainment industry because of the advantage they already had, that is, with an affordable subscription plan and a good data plan, anyone could watch as many movies or series as they wanted from their homes, even newly released ones.
For some people, their favourites are probably movies, TV series, animation and music. Here are some recommendations I think you would enjoy if those are your favourites:
The Queen’s Gambit
Released on October 23, 2020, the queen’s gambit was created for Netflix by Scott Frank and Allen Scott, written and directed by the former. The drama starred Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pierre, and Bill Camp among many others. Its story centres Beth Harmon played by Anya Taylor-Joy, an orphaned chess prodigy on her rise to becoming the world’s greatest chess player while struggling with emotional problems and drug and alcohol dependency — Wikipedia. The queen’s gambit is currently one of the most-watched drama on Netflix having a figure of 62 million viewers on October 28, 2020. The show has received many high praises from professional critics, the chess community and even from many viewers. The series by the words of many is worth watching and very satisfying. If you are a fan of chess, period drama, or anything uniquely interesting, give the series a try!
Sylvia is a 2018 Nigerian thriller film directed by Daniel Orhiari, written by Vanessa Kanu and produced by Ekene Mekwunye. The film stars Chris Attoh as Richard Okezie and Zainab Balogun as Sylvia. Sylvia is a fantasy-based thriller about a young man (Richard Okezie) who grows up with an imaginary friend, Sylvia. The two characters grow up to be really close, connected in a way very few would understand. Their relationship although comes to an end when Richard meets a woman, Gbemi (Ini Dima Okojie), he would like to settle own with — or it would seem. The story and film are packed with questions, spookiness, revenge, empathy, obsession, betrayal and romance. “It’s a breath of fresh cinematic experience worth the viewers’ time and expense. Its soundtrack is sombre and on point.” — Guardian Arts
Honourable mentions include the following: Citation (Film), The Expanse (TV series), Love and Monsters (Film), Ginny weds Sunny (Film), Blood and Water (South African TV series).
Thanks for reading.