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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on January 11, 2021

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As we venture into the new year, here are three things to watch to commemorate what we’ve overcome.

Films and shows oftentimes become a mirror to what’s going on in the world, and last year was no exception. With a pandemic rocking the world, it was imperative that this part of history be recorded in pop culture.

Despite the challenges brought by lockdowns all over the world, filmmakers still found ways to innovate and show their art to audiences. Artists, after all, will never cease to create, and we live in a better world because of it.

There were many films and shows that came out in 2020, but only few actually tackled the experience of being under quarantine. After all, we’re more likely to seek an escape in the things that we consume.

However, seeing things that depict a slice of current — and “real” — life is nice in that it can make us feel less alone. Now that 2020 is done and over with, expect to see more of the year that was.

To commemorate what we have (and have yet) to overcome, here’s a list of Netflix shows and films that take us on a quick look back.

Social Distance

Social Distance trailer

The biggest challenge of creating a show or film during the lockdown is actually shooting it. People can’t be together in one space, and so the creators of this Netflix anthology series worked around it — conceptualizing, casting, and executing the show completely remotely.

The result is an innovative show that’s reflective of everything we’ve been going through, covering a wide variety of themes from death, staying sober, Black Lives Matter, and of course, dealing with COVID-19.


Homemade trailer

Another anthology series, Homemade is produced by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín. This time, it’s a series of artful short films from various filmmakers around the world, kind of like a collection of poems about being in isolation.

The series features 17 shorts including ones directed by Larraín himself, Kirsten Stewart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ana Lily Amirpour, David Mackenzie, and more.

Death to 2020

Death to 2020 trailer

If humor is your coping mechanism, then this one is for you. Death to 2020 is a British mockumentary by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, the creators of Black Mirror. It features fictional characters recapping the outrageous events of the previous year, events that could have jumped straight out of a fictional film.

Although reviews have been lukewarm, Death to 2020 stars a laundry list of big names like Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Leslie Jones, Joe Keery, and more.

Social Distance, Homemade, and Death to 2020 are all streaming on Netflix.

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