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Movie Series to Catch Up On Instead of Going Out

Don’t know what to watch during the conditional movement control order (CMCO)? These film series will fill up your days. 

The government has recently announced that the CMCO has been extended till 9th of June to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. While the federal government has gazetted new regulations under the extended CMCO, we at The Cultured are advising you to #StayHome and avoid going out unless we need to.

However, in spite of our advice, we know that sooner or later you may find yourself running out of things to do. Instead of whining about the situation we’re in, take this opportunity to be productive at home instead. You can take this time to pick up a new hobby, connect with your family, patiently avoiding the leaks of the upcoming The Last of Us Part 2, or if you’re a movie buff like us, binge watch these movie series. 

Now is the perfect time for you to catch up on those movie series that you’ve put off in the past. From the Harry Potter series to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), here are some of the best movies to catch up on during CMCO. 


Harry Potter

Movie Series to Catch Up On During CMCO - Harry Potter
The ‘Harry Potter’ films are widely credited with singlehandedly signalling the popularity of films based on children’s and young adult literature in the 2000s and 2010s, correlating with the book series’ own literary influence.

Number of films: 8

Movies: The Philosopher’s Stone, The Chamber of Secret, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, The Deathly Hallows Part 1, The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Number of hours: 19 hours and 39 minutes

Plot: The big-screen adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s fantasy novel follows Harry Potter, a boy who learns that he possesses magical power on his eleventh birthday. He is enrolled to become a student at Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards. There he meets his best friends Ron and Hermione. As the series progressed, the trio would embark on different adventures to save the school and defeat the dark lord, Lord Voldermort. 

What’s next: After the success of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling introduced us to the Fantastic Beasts series starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Currently, two of the five movies are out. 

Read more: Daniel Radcliffe Returns to Harry Potter for Philosopher’s Stone Audiobook


Star Wars

Movie Series to Catch Up On During CMCO - Star Wars
In 2020, the total value of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise was estimated at US$70 billion, and it is currently the fifth-highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

Number of films: 11

Movies: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Rise of Skywalker

Number of hours: 25 hours and 3 minutes

Plot: George Lucas’ epic space saga is divided into three different parts — the original trilogy with Luke, Princess Leia and Han Solo, the prequel trilogy with Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi and the sequel trilogy with Rey, Finn and Poe. The story is set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away with talking robots, space battles, lightsaber duel and unforgettable one-liners. Summing up the entire saga in one paragraph is next to impossible, instead, read up on our beginner’s guide to Star Wars here

What’s next: The next three years will see the Star Wars universe expand on Disney+. In 2019, the mouse house launched its ambitious streaming service with The Mandalorian, which is set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Read more: 15 Greatest Moments From the Skywalker Saga


The Lord of the Rings

Movie Series to Catch Up On During CMCO - The Lord of the Rings
‘The Lord of the Rings’ film series is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film series ever made. Each film was critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, the series winning 17 out of its 30 Academy Award nominations.

Number of films: 3

Movies: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King

Number of hours: 11 hours and 22 minutes

Plot: JRR Tolkien’s epic tale of the Middle Earth begins with a young hobbit named Frodo. Frodo found the One Ring (which belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron) and begins his journey with his companions — Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, Gandalf, Gimli the Dwarf, Sam, Merry and Pippin — to Mount Doom to destroy the ring. 

What’s next: Amazon is now producing a multi-season television adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And it will take place in New Zealand. 


Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

Movie Series to Catch Up On During CMCO - MCU
The MCU is produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Number of films: 23

Movies: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: End Game, Spider-Man: Far from Home

Number of hours: 50 hours and 51 minutes

Plot: Man, where do we even begin? Each superhero has its own origin story and adventure, but every once in a while Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.S., will appear to assemble the team of superheroes to fight a powerful villain (until he fakes his own death). 

What’s next: Phase four of MCU is coming up next and the first movie to lead is the long-awaited Black Widow. However, due to a certain virus that literally took over the entire world, the movie will be postponed indefinitely. Wouldn’t now be a good time to call the Avengers for help? 

Phase Four: Every MCU Movie Release Date [UPDATED]


Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious
The ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise propelled lead actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to stardom.

Number of films: 8

Movies: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Number of hours: 18 hours and 34 minutes

Plot: When the movie The Fast and the Furious first premiered in the cinema in 2001, no one would have predicted that this movie about street racing would spawn as many as nine movies in its franchise because let’s face it, the plots are pretty similar, the only reason people are watching it is to see what kind of outrageous stunts they are pulling next. 

What’s next: The 9th instalment of the series is set to premiere this year, however, fans would need to wait a little longer due to the worldwide pandemic. This shows that no matter how fast you drive, you still can’t outrun the virus. 


James Bond

James Bond
The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming.

Number of films: 25

Movies: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre

Number of hours: 51 hours and 12 minutes

Plot: Multifunctional gadgets, iconic villains, high-speed car chase and Bond girls — these are the main ingredients of a James Bond film. The titular spy has been played by 6 different actors and each brought their own charm to the mantle. Based on Ian Fleming’s best-selling novels, James Bond is an intelligence officer in the Secret Intelligence Service and is known by his code number, 007. Plot-wise, it’s pretty much similar, Bond would receive a mission that will bring him to some exotic part of the world where he will meet the sexy Bond girl and be infatuated by her. Depending on the films, some Bond girls will betray him, some will be used as bait. Nevertheless, he will take down the enemy and save the world. 

What’s next: Like most films that are set to premiere in 2020, the latest James Bond movie will also be delayed because this is no time to die. 



Movie Series to Catch Up On During CMCO - The X-Men films
With twelve films released, the X-Men film series is the eighth highest-grossing film series, having grossed over $6 billion worldwide.

Number of films: 12

Movies: X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Logan, Deadpool 2, Dark Phoenix

Number of movies: 25 hours and 27 minutes

Plot: Set in a world where people are born with a special X-factor in their genes that gives them special powers. These people, known as mutants, are often feared and despised by the world, forcing them to resort to desperate actions. Professor X wants a peaceful means of stopping the hatred toward mutants, but Magneto, on the other hand, is not as forgiving. Both of them will face off each other multiple times throughout the series until the eventual end of the 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. 

What’s next: Now that Disney has bought over 20th Century Fox, X-Men may or may not be a part of the MCU in the near future. Fingers crossed that it’ll happen soon!


The Dark Knight Trilogy

'The Dark Knight' Trilogy
‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy legitimised the superhero genre in the eyes of film studios, thereby setting the stage for the success of franchises such as the MCU.

Number: 3

Movies: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

Number of Hours: 7 hours and 37 minutes

Plot: Hands down the best Batman series of all time. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy perfectly encapsulated Bruce Wayne’s journey from a scared little boy who lost both his parents to the crime-fighting vigilante that Gotham has come to depend on. On top of that, The Dark Knight Trilogy also bestows us the greatest movie villain of all time — the Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger. 

What’s next: After a failed attempt of reviving Batman, DC decided to move on to a new direction and cast Robert Pattison as the new cape crusader in the 2021’s The Batman movie. Let’s hope this one doesn’t disappoint. 

Read more: Netflix Shows to Watch Instead of Going Out During CMCO



Fiona Yip
Fiona Yip

Contributing Writer

A self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, Fiona is your typical millennial who likes quoting The Office, taking Buzzfeed quizzes during her break and spamming memes on her Whatsapp groups. She claims that she doesn’t have a favourite genre, but she always find herself going back to watching psychological thriller, just for for the thrill of it. For someone who has a full time job, she watches an insane amount of TV shows. According to TV Time, an app she uses to track her shows, she has spent 13 months 29 days and 5 hours (and counting) of her life binging TV shows. It’s a wonder how she gets her life together.


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