I love movies, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has given me a lot of time to catch up on my backlog of movies and TV shows I’ve neglected to watch for a few years now. I’m sure most of you are in the same boat. As a result of the virus, many people are searching for ways to pass the time; movies offer a great way to do so.
One way to find the best movies for you is to take advantage of Amazon Prime TV, Amazon’s answer to the dominance of Netflix and Hulu. The program is free to all who have Amazon Prime.
However, while most countries have access to Amazon Prime TV, not all content is accessible in each country. Some of these shows are region-locked, most of them to the United States. You can bypass this geographical restriction by taking advantage of proxies, Amazon Prime VPNs, and a few other pieces of software. For example, a VPN allows you to change your server IP location, which can bypass any geo-blocking.
7 Best Movies to Watch in 2020
I want to specify one thing: the movies I’m listing are strongly related to music and musical icons. Along with being a movie lover, I am a music lover, and this means I want to share with you movies that have strong relations to music.
1. Sound City
Released in 2013, Sound City walks you through the halls of Sound City Studios, the recording studio where music history was born. Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac: all of these icons and more made their mark in this studio.
Dave Grohl narrates this documentary, and his input makes this documentary one of the best music-related documentaries out there. I recommend Sound City to music-lovers of any genre.
2. Freestyle: the Art of Rhyme
Rap has dominated the charts for more than a decade now, but it’s important to look at the start of the genre. One way to do so is by looking at the beginning of the popularization of freestyle rap.
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme is a 2000 documentary focused on exploring the growth of freestyle rap during the late ’80s/early ’90s and includes live performances of various artists.
If you’re big into the rap scene, this is a must-watch.
3. One for the Money: The Birth of Rock N’ Roll
The early 1900s saw the birth of Rock N’ roll, with artists such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly influencing the entire genre.
One For The Money follows these artists (and various others) while educating the viewers about the roots of the rock n’ roll genre, all while giving glimpses of live performances and concerts.
Rock n’ roll evolved music past the swing/jazz music popular during the time, so any rock fan should check this documentary out as soon as possible.
4. Soaring Highs And Brutal Lows: the Voices of Women in Metal
Soaring Highs And Brutal Lows: The Voices of Women In Metal tells us stories of the early days of metal but from the perspective of women in the genre.
Many female vocalists and musicians left their mark on the metal genre, but they also suffered greatly for the opportunity to do so. Considered a man’s genre at the time, these women use this documentary to open up about the trials, tribulations, and successes they saw during their time in the industry.
Metal fans, this one is for you, especially if you’re looking for an in-depth look into the metal industry.
Rocketman takes the form of a biography about music legend Elton John. This biography, named after Elton John’s 1972 hit of the same name, goes through the various ups and downs Elton John faced during his decades-long career. Drug addiction, relationship troubles, loss of friends: all is told in this documentary.
Elton John continues to be an inspiration for many in the music industry, regardless of genre. If you’re into music at all—even a little bit—I highly recommend you give Rocketman a shot.
6. The Entertainers
Ragtime defined the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, giving a foundation for the jazz genre that would become popularized in America in the future. Ragtime hasn’t disappeared, however—anything but.
Ragtime focuses heavily on piano, so it makes sense that a movie based on the World Championship of Old-Time Piano would interest anyone who considers themselves fan of the genre.
The Entertainers focuses on six finalists for the Championship. It’s fictional, but it still does a good job showing off ragtime and the various musical skills pianists hold. I definitely recommend for any fan of piano/ragtime/piano-heavy genres.
7. Searching for Sugar Man
Not all legendary artists find world-renowned success. The best example of this is Sixto Rodriguez, an American musician who, while failing to find success in America, became a music icon in South Africa.
Searching for Sugar Man follows two fans in a search to find out what happened to Sixto Rodriguez. He stopped producing music, and many people believed he died. These two fans thought differently.
Searching for Sugar Man is perfect for any music fan that not only likes music but suspenseful movies as well. The whole documentary plays out like a detective movie.
Just because we’re locked up in our homes doesn’t mean we can’t entertain ourselves. And if you think you’re out of things to do, don’t worry—there’s always something to do or watch.
Amazon Prime TV has tons of content, and if you happen to like music or movies, this list can tide you over at least a day.