Shaila McManus, Senior Staff Reporter

In the case of recent events, it’s easy to see that a lot of people have more free time on their hands than usual. As schools and jobs were shut down in the face of the pandemic, many began to binge shows excessively to fill in the time that quarantine brought up. But after eight months of lock down, it’s beginning to get a little harder to find new content to watch. But no worries, here’s a brief list of suggestions that you can marathon to pass the time.

It might be an obvious suggestion, but with the second season of “The Mandalorian” on the horizon that gives anyone the perfect excuse to rewatch as much Star Wars content as possible! The prequels, Sequels, the animated Disney show, even re-watching the first Mandalorian season? It’s a wonderful way to pass the time if you like to stay focused on one series at a time and an even larger bonus if you’re a big Star Wars fan. Continuing on the theme of Sci-fi, another great series to binge-watch is Star Trek. With about 12 movies and nine television shows you are BOUND to be passing the time at an exponential rate.

How about if you’re looking for another reason to cry? Recommendations include “The Little Prince” (2015) and “Coco”–two innocently-but-beautifully animated movies with heart-wrenching stories. Other movies notoriously known for “cutting the onions” are “The Bridge to Terabithia,” a movie about two kids and their imaginary adventures which takes a depressing turn, or “The Boy in Striped Pajamas,” a movie about a tragic friendship during the Holocaust, and lastly “The Book Thief,” also set during the Holocaust about a girl with a love of reading and the Jewish refugee they hide in their basement. Another obscure movie sure to make you bawl your eyes out includes “This Corner of the World” which is a tale of WWII from the point of view of a Japanese civilian’s eyes–with a stunning but humble artistic style and a tragic series of events, it’s definitely well worth the watch and the tears.

Maybe instead of feeling sad, you’re feeling up to childhood nostalgia! A great movie series to binge include all the Barbie movies you can get your hands on, with quite a few of them on streaming sites like Hulu. There’s a TON of Barbie movies, definitely enough to last you another six months, all while basking in the nostalgia of 2000’s animation. A personal favorite and classic is “Princess and the Pauper,” with janky animation and a slamming soundtrack. And, if you don’t favor Barbie, other great nostalgic childhood movies to watch are the original hand-animated Disney movies, almost all accessible on either Hulu, Disney+ or Netflix. Classics like “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” “Treasure Planet,” “Peter Pan” and more are definitely worth a rewatch during this time!

If you still want a childlike animation but favor more serious topics or darker undertones, other great movies include those written by Studio Ghibli. Their movies are filled with a whimsical tone and the animation style is gorgeous and detail-oriented. If you don’t know what Studio Ghibli is, they’ve animated movies such as “Ponyo” or “The Secret Life of Arrietty” but have a variety of others in store. A huge recommendation to watch “Spirited Away,” which has a sinister undertone the whole movie, as the protagonist, Chihiro, stumbles her way through the Spirit World in search of her parents.

Other shows you might want to indulge in include “She-Ra” (2018) which is an LGBTQ+ friendly animation and is a fun, whimsical watch! It’s the perfect show to binge if you’ve got younger siblings, as the show’s audience consists of teens and children alike. And If you haven’t already watched it, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is a great watch, though seeing it’s astounding renewal over the course of the pandemic, it’s bold to suggest you haven’t already watched it. Tired of the animation? Other good shows include “Umbrella Academy,” which recently came out with its second season. It’s a show about a quirky dysfunctional family with superpowers. Or how about “The Good Place,” which is a comedy of what happens in the afterlife.

But that’s not all! Students have recommended their go-to movies and shows as well. Michael Albert, the current ASB vice president recommended watching “Spider-Man 3.”

“It’s a cinematic masterpiece with subtle clues and references,” Albert said. “When I watch that movie, I get goosebumps thinking about what could be if Sam Raimi had been given a second fair chance.”

Meanwhile, Aanya Vashisht recommended the Harry Potter movies, specifically “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Half-Blood Prince.”

“You get to experience the adolescence with the characters,” Vashisht said. “Half-Blood Prince has a beautiful color palette and it also gets into darker themes, like you can definitely tell that something is wrong.”

Lastly, Kallyn Hibbetts pulled an obscure gem from the dark as her comfort movie. “Doogal, a movie featuring a dog on a mission to save its owner.

“Doogal is the Beyonce of cinema,”Hibbetts said.

Other miscellaneous suggestions include “The Princess Bride” or “Labyrinth” (specifically starring David Bowie).

Regardless, whether or not you decide to binge the movies on the list, is up to you! The joy of streaming services, of TV and of the internet, is that you are free to binge whatever you’d like. So let’s hunker down and binge our way through the rest of the pandemic.