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    Mar 27, 2020

    23 Movie Pairings I Recommend Watching As Double Features

    Some recommendations for anyone who happens to have four hours on their hands.

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    Well, it seems like most of us suddenly have a lot of time on our hands. For those of us who are able to engage in social distancing, there's been a ton more time for being productive. LMAO, jk — it's meant a lot more time for movies.

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    If you don't have Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or HBO Now, I think now is the time to go for it.

    So here are some movies that I think work super well as double features, since I am pretty sure we're not *just* watching one movie for...a while.

    1. GoodFellas (1990) and Moonstruck (1987)

    Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM

    If you've ever wanted to be able to turn to your pals and say, "New York is actually a character in this movie if you think about it..." like it's an original thought, here are some perfect opportunities. GoodFellas is a perfect movie (OK, she's a cinephile...), and Moonstruck simply changed me — I literally think it reconfigured my DNA, it's so weird and good.

    Watch GoodFellas on Netflix or rent it from Amazon Prime for $1.99; watch Moonstruck on Hulu or rent it from YouTube for $3.99.

    2. Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) and A Star Is Born (2018)

    Netflix, Warner Bros. Pictures

    In the beginning of Five Foot Two, Lady Gaga is walking up her enormous staircase while eating chicken and says, "Warner Brothers green-lit a movie that Bradley Cooper's directing. And Bradley wanted me to be in it. A Star Is Born. And um, you know, I'm going to star in the movie." That is the only moment in history that has ever mattered.

    Watch Gaga: Five Foot Two on Netflix; watch A Star Is Born on HBO Now or buy it from Amazon Prime for $14.99.

    3. Groundhog Day (1993) and 50 First Dates (2004)

    Columbia Pictures

    Waking up and doing the same thing over and over and over again...sound familiar? Considering the times, these movies will make you feel seen. I just wish I got to wake up every day and have Adam Sandler describe the state of the world to me.

    Watch Groundhog Day on Netflix or rent it from Vudu for $2.99; rent 50 First Dates from Amazon Prime for $2.99 or watch it on Hulu (with Live TV add-on).

    4. Snowpiercer (2013) and Water for Elephants (2011)

    Moho Film, 20th Century Fox

    Ah yes — movies that use trains as a metaphor for class. *Choo choo!* That raging locomotive barreling forward with no regard for the human condition? That's capitalism, baby.

    Watch Snowpiercer on Netflix or rent it from YouTube for $3.99; rent Water for Elephants on Amazon Prime for $3.99 or watch it on Hulu (with the Cinemax add-on).

    5. The Parent Trap (1998) and Passport to Paris (1999)

    Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

    The only twins more iconic than Mary-Kate and Ashley are Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan. It's pretty close, but I think L.L. takes it by a nose with her British accent in Parent Trap.

    Watch The Parent Trap on Disney+ or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; watch Passport to Paris on Hulu or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99.

    6. The Illusionist (2006) and The Prestige (2006)

    Bob Yari Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Before I saw these movies, I was like, "Ew, adult magicians," but after seeing these movies, I was like, "Unfortunately, I will only be sexually attracted to men who are magicians for the rest of my life." Watch The Illusionist first to get excited. Then head into The Prestige, which I think is better, but I have nothing but time and, tbh, am happy to argue about it for a while.

    Watch The Illusionist on Vudu or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; rent The Prestige on Amazon Prime for $3.99 or watch it on Hulu (with the Cinemax add-on).

    7. Girls Trip (2017) and The Hangover (2009)

    Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

    There has never been a more vital need to watch people going outside, traveling, having adventures, and exchanging fluids with strangers and then having it go VERY badly. Maybe we're not missing out on so much after all!

    Rent Girls Trip on Amazon Prime for $3.99 or watch it on Hulu (with Live TV add-on); rent The Hangover on Amazon Prime for $3.99.

    8. Midsommar (2019) and Titanic (1997)

    A24

    These movies have more in common than you think: unspeakable horror, a rad woman as the lead character, but maybe most notably, two of the worst boyfriends in film history. Cal and Christian are cut from the same cloth, and that cloth sucks ass. If you're down to watch a few great (Titanic haters, you're wrong) but stressful movies but want to project all of your fear and anger onto one crappy character, here you go.

    Watch Midsommar on Amazon Prime or rent it from YouTube for $4.99; rent Titanic from Amazon Prime for $3.99.

    9. Phantom Thread (2017) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

    Focus Features, 20th Century Fox

    A fun thing about fashion? It's beautiful AND evil! I recommend keeping a tally of horrifying moments from Reynolds Woodcock and Miranda Priestly during this double feature to figure out who's the Most Bad.

    Rent Phantom Thread on Amazon Prime for $3.99; rent The Devil Wears Prada from Amazon Prime for $3.99.

    10. Us (2019) and Parasite (2019)

    Universal Pictures, CJ Entertainment

    Besides having thematic similarities (CLASS! VERSIONS OF OURSELVES WE CAN NEVER BE!), these recent releases are also written and directed by two masters of their craft. Jordan Peele and Bong Joon-ho make such mind-blowingly good movies, I can sometimes forget that they are scary because they are such a joy to watch.

    Watch Us on HBO Now or buy it from Amazon Prime for $14.99; rent Parasite on Amazon Prime for $5.99.

    11. In a World (2013) and Don't Think Twice (2016)

    Stage 6 Films, The Film Arcade

    During times of struggle, it's really important to have a reason to yell "That's showbiz, baby!" at the TV. Here are two good ones.

    Watch In a World on HBO Now or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; watch Don't Think Twice on Netflix or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99.

    12. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and Elf (2003)

    New Line Cinema

    Important to remember that there are SO many kinds of elves. From Buddy to Legolas, all are to be appreciated and enjoyed, no matter the season.

    Rent Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on YouTube for $3.99 or Amazon Prime for $3.99; rent Elf from Amazon Prime for $3.99 or YouTube for $3.99.

    13. Hereditary (2018) and Mommie Dearest (1981)

    A24, Paramount Pictures

    Hmmmm, moms can really be hellish in different ways, huh? I'll leave it at that, but tune in for incredible speeches by incredible actors being incredibly terrifying.

    Watch Hereditary on Amazon Prime or rent it from YouTube for $3.99; rent Mommie Dearest on Amazon Prime for $3.99 or YouTube for $2.99.

    14. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

    Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox

    2004 was apparently an odd (confusing? desperate? joyful? unhinged? plain fun?) year for David Hasselhoff, since he appears in both of these movies as himself. This is me telling ~the Universe~ that I want — no, need — to interview the Hoff about that fateful year.

    Watch The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie on HBO Now or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; watch Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story on HBO Now or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99.

    15. School of Rock (2003) and This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

    Paramount Pictures, Embassy Pictures

    The two best rock movies can only get better when watched one after the other. I hope Hollywood never makes any rock movies *better* than this, because they would be too perfect and surely melt my face right off.

    Rent School of Rock on YouTube for $2.99 or watch it on Hulu (with the Showtime add-on); rent This Is Spinal Tap from YouTube for $3.99 or buy it from Amazon Prime for $14.99.

    16. Dan in Real Life (2007) and This is Where I Leave You (2014)

    Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

    One of my favorite film genres is "unhappyish family stuck in a house together," and both of these really fit the bill. Some of my friends drag me for liking TIWILY, and I GET IT, but that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy Rose Byrne playing an American ice-skating coach, OK?!?!

    Watch Dan in Real Life on Disney+ or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; rent This Is Where I Leave You on Amazon Prime for $2.99.

    17. Wine Country (2019) and Sideways (2004)

    Netflix, Fox Searchlight

    Between these two movies, I'm pretty sure we cover every kind of relationship a person can have with wine — and friendship, too! I recommend watching with a wineglass in hand, whether it's full of actual vino or just a seltzer (yes, I occasionally drink seltzer out of a wine glass to feel fancy).

    Watch Wine Country on Netflix; rent Sideways on Amazon Prime for $3.99 or watch it on Hulu (with the Starz add-on).

    18. Ex Machina (2014) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

    A24, CBS Pictures

    Some people think that there's only one way to brood, but those people haven't seen Oscar Isaac's performance in these movies back-to-back. Oscar is the king of brooding, and if you disagree, I'm frankly glad I'm not allowed to hang out with you for another few weeks.

    Watch Ex Machina on Netflix or rent it for $2.99 from YouTube; watch Inside Llewyn Davis on Amazon Prime or rent it from YouTube for $3.99.

    19. High School Musical (2006) and Up in the Air (2009)

    Disney Channel, Paramount Pictures

    I know what you're thinking: What could one of the best Disney Channel Original Movies and Anna Kendrick's breakout performance in a Sad Business Movie have in common? The answer is simple: Soarin'. Flyin'.

    Watch High School Musical on Disney+ or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; watch Up in the Air on Amazon Prime or Hulu.

    20. Bad Moms (2016) and The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

    STX Entertainment, Lionsgate

    If you need to be distracted from the weight of the world, I recommend two films that showcase Mila Kunis just bein' Mila. On day two of social distancing, Bad Moms made me say out loud, "Kristen Bell really gives a knockout performance," so I feel a real responsibility to pass it along.

    Watch Bad Moms on Amazon Prime for $3.99; watch The Spy Who Dumped Me on Hulu or on Amazon Prime.

    21. Squid and the Whale (2005) and Marriage Story (2019)

    Samuel Goldwyn Films, Netflix

    These movies about divorce are both written and directed by Noah Baumbach, and it's super interesting to see how his takes have changed over 14 years. I actually think he's grown a lot, but please don't tell him I said that.

    Watch The Squid and the Whale on Netflix or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; watch Marriage Story on Netflix.

    22. Cars (2006) and Drive (2011)

    Disney, Bold Films

    A beautiful reminder that cars can be happy :) and cars can be sad :(. Cars can be a lot of things. Important to occasionally take four hours to unpack that.

    Watch Cars on Disney+ or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; watch Drive on Netflix, rent it from Vudu for $2.99, or rent it from YouTube for $3.99.

    23. Paranormal Activity (2007) and Borat (2006)

    Blumhouse Productions, 20th Century Fox

    Stop yelling at me! You absolutely don't have to watch Borat if you don't want to. But I just want us all to take a moment to acknowledge that I am right about both of these movies perfectly encapsulating the mid-aughts. Nothing could prepare me to reexperience 2006 so fully through the Paranormal Activity house's decor alone, and Borat is...Borat. It could not have existed in any other time, and frankly, it probably shouldn't have at all.

    Watch Paranormal Activity on Netflix or rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99; rent Borat from Amazon Prime for $3.99.

    Enjoy the movies, everyone! Just be sure to get up and stretch every once in a while. And if you have some recommendations of your own, drop them in the comments! I'm...so bored.

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