Watching a movie isn't hard to do at all, but talking about it with other people can be.

A question I struggle answering the most is, "What movie should I watch tonight?" Not only do you have to think of a movie that fits the interests of that specific person, but you also have to make that movie sound intriguing.

When you give people a synopsis, you dance around the spoilers while you pray that they have the same affection for the film as you do. If they don’t like it, the recommendation can be interpreted as a slight to your friendship. But if they do like it, the question will undoubtedly come up again.

Am I being too dramatic? Obviously, this scenario isn't as tasking as I made it sound, but there is a sense of pressure when that question comes up. That's why a friend and I are trying something new.

Throughout my college years, I got close to the baseball team. I don't know how or why I gelled with them, but I did. One of the players ended up being a sixth-round pick of the New York Yankees in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. Despite my existential hate for the Yankees, he's one of my best friends.

Over the last two weeks, he's been in quarantine in Florida after a few Yankees' minor league players caught the COVID-19 virus. He and his wife moved to Florida for spring training before eventually starting the regular season in the Yankees' minor league system.

My friend is like me in a lot of ways. We love sports, movies and a pitcher of Bud Light at our favorite bar in Sioux Falls. Until the MLB season resumes, he's stuck inside. So we came up with a plan to help pass the time for both of us.

We call it the Quarantine Movie Club. Each of us picks a movie that the other hasn't seen before on a streaming platform. We can't ask questions about the film; we just have to watch it. On Tuesday night, I saw What's Eating Gilbert Grape for the first time. Before that, I told my friend to watch Lady Bird.

I think it's a fun way to skip the process of finding a movie to watch. When I scroll through Netflix, Amazon or HBO, I stop at several titles trying to figure out what film I want to watch. Having somebody pick the movie for me is exciting.

There's a bevy of reason as to why someone would choose a movie to recommend. Maybe there's one scene or performance that made an impact that they want to share with you. Perhaps it's a movie like Cats where it's so horrifically bad that you'll have something to laugh about afterward.

The point is, you don't need a reason.

So until next week, I challenge you to do the same. Don't ask questions, just watch. Here's a movie recommendation on each streaming platform with no reasoning as to why you should watch them. You'll just have to trust me.

  • Netflix: The Gift

  • Amazon Prime Video: The Big Sick

  • HBO GO: The Favourite

  • Hulu: Booksmart

As always, email me with any questions, recommendations or comments at jrubado@echopress.com.