Top 13 Bill Murray Movies To Watch When Quarantined — Part II

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For those of you who missed the first part of our "Top 13 Murraytastic movies to watch while holed up and trying to avoid catching COVID-19check it out here before diving into the final seven. 

Too lazy to click? A quick recap.

Bill Murray believes that the more relaxed we all are, the better we will be at everything—from dealing with loved ones to enemies, as well as our job and ourselves. 

Sage advice from The Murricane while our world goes in to panic-mode over all things Coronavirus-related—complaining on social media regarding precautionary measures taken (re: sporting events cancelled), hoarding toilet paper and turning to the black market for hand sanitizer. 

With forced relaxation and unexpected close quarters our new reality for the next few days, weeks or even months—some Netflix-and-Bill suggestions seemed like a good way to help our like-minded compadres pass the time. 

Already listed in our Top 13—"Scrooged" (Honorable Mention), "Zombieland" (#13), "St. Vincent" (#12), "Meatballs" (#11), "Kingpin" (#10), "Stripes" (#9) and "Rushmore" (#8). 

The best of the rest: 

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#7 — “Quick Change” — A box office bomb that became a severely underrated cult-classic. A bank heist went right, but everything that followed went wrong—leaving Bill’s character (Grimm) and crew to negotiate their way through New York City, en route to JFK to flee the country.

Every turn proves to be the wrong one, but the man, the myth, the Murray uses humor and wit to escape every disaster in epic fashion.

Bonus points for great cameos by Stanley Tucci, SNL alum Phil Hartman and a then-unknown Tony Shalhoub—while Geena Davis and Randy Quaid are perfect misfits for Grimm’s gang. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime or YouTube—as well as for free with a Vudu subscription. 


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#6 — “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”
— A reminder that things could always be worse as self-quarantining can’t hold a candle to one’s best friend being eaten by a luminescently-spotted jaguar shark, sparking an at-all-costs quest for revenge.

Toss in some unrequited love, the discovery of a long-lost son and a soundtrack of classic Bowie songs sung in Portuguese, played on a classical guitar—and you have the misfit crew of The Belafonte

Wes Anderson is again in peak form with his set design, color palette and cinematography—with a rare box office flop that has earned a solid cult following.

A great watch for all who plan on going on an overnight drunk while quarantined—and remember to never point a guy at an unpaid intern. 

 Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime, GooglePlay, Vudu or YouTube.


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#5 — “Lost In Translation” — As close as you’re going to get to a rom-com-drama in the Murray universe, this Sofia Coppola-directed film became another cult-classic.

Bill was nominated for an Academy Award for this fan-favorite lose (losing to Jamie Foxx and his portrayal of Ray Charles in “Ray”)—while his chemistry with then-newcomer Scarlett Johansson was undeniable. 

Bob Harris as an aging actor in mid-life crisis-mode, crossing paths with Charlotte—a young college graduate and newlywed, unsure of her marriage to a celebrity photographer.

The two strangers in a strange land—Tokyo—bonding over whiskey, karaoke and Japanese nightlife and shared insomnia.

Not to mention, that final scene where Bob says farewell to Charlotte and (obviously) whispers in her ear, “17 years from now when the Coronavirus hits—be a good human and only buy enough toilet paper for you and your family.” 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime, GooglePlay, Vudu or YouTube—or for free with a Hulu subscription.


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#4 — “What About Bob?”
— Set on holiday Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire—this comedy classic gives everyone something to look forward to, as spring is completely getting hijacked from all of us, hopefully leading to a greater appreciation for summer.

Like a human COVID-19, Bob Wiley infiltrates and destroys the life of the egotistical Dr. Leo Marvin—while hijacking a Good Morning America appearance and winning over America, as well as the entire Marvin family. 

An indelible story where our protagonist is the only one who sees the forest for the trees, while everyone else who’s last their mind thinks he’s the nut-job. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime, GooglePlay, Vudu or YouTube—or for free with a Hulu subscription.

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#3. — “Ghostbusters”
— A supernatural comedy where paranormal activity swept across New York City in pandemic fashion—everyday citizens possessed and infected by a demigod that four anti-heroes bravely fought off. 

Toss in an overzealous—and apparently neutered—Environmental Protection Agency inspector, an oversized, puffy marshmallow man and a catchy theme song that immediately transports us back to the easy-breezy 1980’s; this comedy classic remains a crowd pleaser—Dr. Peter Venkman as Bill in peak form. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime, GooglePlay, Vudu or YouTube—or for free with a Hulu subscription.


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#2 — “Caddyshack”
— Many would expect a golf apparel brand to go with a Murray brothers-fueled classic as our number one, but like that pesky, never-quit varmint—we zig when you expect us to zag. 

Written by Brian Doyle-Murray—who also played caddymaster Lou Loomis—while Bill was scene-stealing as Carl Spackler, the Bushwood oddballs came together for arguably one of the most-beloved comedies of all time. 

Al Czervik, Ty Webb, Danny Noonan, Tony D’Annunzio, Lacey Underall—even the curmudgeonly foil Judge Elihu Smails—few more quotable and laugh-inducing moments than Caddyshack gives us. Anyone whose every played golf knows this film like any rock-n-roller can act out a scene from Spinal Tap. 

Unfortunately, with The Masters officially postponed—Spackler’s mums-whacking and Cinderella Boy speech is about as close as you’re going to get to Augusta glory and green jackets for a while. Welp. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime, GooglePlay, Vudu or YouTube—or for free with a fuboTV subscription.


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#1 — "Groundhog Day”
— A no-brainer top choice was the entire nation will spend the next few days, weeks—or even months—living like they’re on house arrest and avoiding the outside world.

Almost two decades after this fantasy comedy debuted, we’re all truly about to feel Phil Connor’s pain of living the same day over and over and over again, trapped in a time loop no one else was aware of. 

May none of us let the pending monotony of our current quarantined lives cause us to drive off a cliff—instead, making the most of an less-than-optimum situation; taking up new hobbies and finding ways to self-improve. 

For Phil, it was mastering the piano, learning how to ice sculpt and teaching himself to speak French—so find your itch and scratch it. 

Until then, a raise sweet vermouth on the rocks—with a twist—and a much-needed toast to world peace, as it feels necessary over the coming weeks. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime, GooglePlay, Vudu or YouTube—or for free with a Netflix subscription.


Top 13 Bill Murray Movies To Watch When Quarantined — Part I

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"The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything. The better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.” 

The phrase is a Bill Murray go-to mantra and in a time when the world is collectively going bonkers, it might be time for a refresher course—a little Murray: 101 to help everyone with a much-needed reset as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) became a full-blown pandemic this week. 

A wise (not so) old meme recently question if we’ve tried unplugging 2020, waiting 10 seconds and plugging it back in.

Clever, but as we know—there are no do-overs in this life. We're living with a new reality, so leaning on a little common sense, patience, compassion and understanding is our only hope. 

With all major sporting cancelled postponed for the immediate future—as well as logic dictating that we all do our best to avoid the outside world, all playing a small part in slowing the spread of the virus down—William Murray is taking the make-lemonade-out-of-lemons approach as best we can. 

Forced relaxation and unexpected close quarters will either make or break a household—while pop culture has proven that a little bit of Murray magic can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered. 

Below, in honor of this eerie Friday the 13th—the first part in a two-part Top 13 list Murray-fueled classics with a COVID-19 logic behind the choices and order—setting up a low-key weekend of Netflix-and-Bill:

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Honorable Mention: “Scrooged”
— We realize most of you aren’t ready to revisit a festive Christmas mood, and probably watched the Richard Donner-produced holiday classic a few months back—but during a time when we’ve devolved to stockpiling Charmin and SmartWater, maybe a little bit of perspective through seeing the self-absorbed Frank Cross brought to his knees is a good thing. 

From suggesting stapling mini-antlers onto a mouse's head, to doing a 180º and clamoring for that Christmas feeling to be a year-round thing—Scrooged serves as a reminder that we can go from our worst to our best, if we’re willing to face our demons, get scared straight and want to flip the script. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime and YouTube—as well as for free with a Hulu subscription. 


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#13 — “Zombieland”
— This one almost didn’t make the list, as it hit too close to home with that whole end-of-times theme, made even worse by—spoiler alert—a world without Bill Murray.

Despite only showing up in a cameo, The Murricane went into vintage scene stealing-mode when playing himself during a zombie apocalypse. Using some Hollywood make-up trickery, Bill dressed like a zombie in effort to go undetected while playing some golf in the Pacific Palisades. 

Bonus points for an accidental death scene during a time-killing viewing of Ghostbusters—there’s still enough Murray magic on display in this zombie-comedy for it to make the list. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime and Vudu—as well as with as for free with a fuboTV subscription. 


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#12 — “St. Vincent”
 — Bill in a dramatic role, with a healthy dose of redemption for Vincent MacKenna in the final act—this comedy-drama has that little bit of feel-good we could all use right now.

Also, in a better-him-than-me type situation—watching the doldrum life of a retired, grumpy, war vet who smokes and gambles his days away; “St. Vincent” has a way of making our personal problems seem a bit smaller and more manageable.

Saints are flawed, just as all human beings are flawed—but those defects don’t have to define us. 

It’s also impossible to not enjoy watching Vincent’s cold, grinch-like heart eventually melting by way of a persistent, good-natured kid that refuses to give up on him. 

Available for purchase on iTunes and AmazonPrime—as well as for free with as with a Vudu or Tubi subscription. 


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#11 —  “Meatballs”
— Tripper Harrison is the motivational camp counselor we could all use right about now.

Not only did Tripp take an outcast camper—the mild-mannered Rudy—under his wing, he also delivered an inspiration-yet-authentic speech to the misfits and oddballs of North Star, knowing what they were walking into against the entitled and elitist kids from Camp Mohawk.

“Even if God in heaven above comes down and points His hand at our side of the field … even if every man, woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win … it just wouldn’t matter, because all the really good looking girls would still go out with a guy from Mohawk cause they’ve got all the money. It just doesn’t matter if we win or lose.” 

While a pandemic is nothing to turn one’s nose up at, in regards to all the other small stuff we’re sweating in this process—it just doesn’t matter … it just doesn’t matter … it just doesn’t matter. 

Available for purchase on iTunes and AmazonPrime—as well as for free on YouTube, or with a Vudu or Tubi subscription. 


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#10 — “Kingpin”
— "Sometimes a bowler just has to face the music … and that bowler is you, Roy”—those fateful words of “Big Ern” McCracken, derived to wunderkind Roy Munson before hanging him out to dry after a scam gone awry.

While few were truly rooting for Bill in this villainous role, he was still an entertaining antihero in this Farrely Brothers classic, full of one-liners. 

While the thought of sticking any digits in a filthy bowling ball is a bit much—with hand sanitizer and wipes at such a premium—a fitting final act with everyone getting what they deserve. 

Keep those Tanqueray and TABs coming as we’ve got a long, self-imposed quarantine ahead. 

Available with Netflix subscription and for free on Tubi and Crackle—as well as for purchase on Amazon Prime or YouTube. 

 
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#9 — “Stripes”
— If we could all have a laid-back attitude and approach like the iconic John Winger— the quick-witted cab driver who lost his job, apartment, car and girlfriend over the span of an average Louisville afternoon.

With no time or desire to sulk, Winger joined the army—and did what any average friend would do; convinced his best buddy to join him in a bad decision, that in Hollywood fashion, ended triumphantly. 

May we all channel our inner-John Winger and live these coming weeks (or months) like a hundred-dollar shine on a three-dollar pair of boots. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime or YouTube—as well as for free with a fuboTV subscription. 


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#8 — “Rushmore”
— Herman Blume the handful of misfits at Rushmore Academy to take dead aim on the rich kids and to take them down.

Unfortunately we are all set to deal with some entitled individuals during this trying time; but remember, those with a financial advantage who can buy anything—they still can’t buy back bone. 

Toss in the never-say-die Max Fischer, an unorthodox love triangle and a final act performance that was safety goggles-worthy—this is Wes Anderson in peak form, with Bill playing the perfect mid-life crisis-having, happiness-seeking, in-repair schlub. 

Available for purchase on iTunes, AmazonPrime or YouTube—as well as for free on-demand with a Cinemax subscription. 


Check back this weekend for our final seven Murray-fueled time killers during this preventative down period. 

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