The Friday 5 — March 20-23

Your guide to staying at home this weekend

C&G Newspapers | Published March 19, 2020

For this week’s stay-at-home edition of the Friday 5, we asked C & G staffers for their top movie recommendations for a weekend in. Here are their suggestions:

1. ‘Casablanca’
1943 | PG | 1 hour, 42 minutes

Released in 1943, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country. This is World War II — the stake is the freedom of the free world — and they get through it.

— Staff Writer Terry Oparka

2. ‘WarGames’
1983 | PG | 1 hour, 54 minutes

"Shall we play a game?" Seattle-area high schooler David Lightman (Matthew Brodrick) attempts to use cutting-edge 1980s technology and a landline to hack into the computers of a video game developer. He ends up pushing the world to the brink of "Global Thermonuclear War." Chaos ensues. WarGames is more than a movie: It's a history lesson about the very real threat of mutual Cold War annihilation, and a refreshing reminder about what life was like before cellphones and the internet. No spoilers here, but they also include an epic corn-on-the cob life hack.

— Staff Writer Brian Louwers

3. ‘Rear Window’
1952 | PG | 1 hour, 52 minutes

Jimmy Stewart is a photographer who breaks his leg and is confined to a wheelchair in his apartment overlooking a courtyard. He spies on his neighbors, and is convinced one of them has committed murder. As viewers, we're then confined to his point of view. Grace Kelly stars as his dreamy fashion model fiancee.

Advertising Sales Manager Phil Dempsey

4. ‘Jojo Rabbit’
2019 | PG-13 | 1 hour, 48 minutes

Equal parts funny, beautiful and heartbreaking, this flick is still sitting with me days after seeing it. Set during the Holocaust, the hopeful story is a great reminder of all we have to be grateful for.

— Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki 

5. ‘Life as a House’
2001 | R | 2 hours, 5 minutes

My husband’s favorite. Kevin Kline plays George, who is one man who decides to tear down his house — and winds up rebuilding the world around him. There’s sorrow and humor, ending with all his friends and neighbors coming together in the end!  Not kid friendly …

— Automotive Sales Rep Louise Millar

Our staff had so many suggestions, that we couldn’t stop at just five this week. Here are a few more:

‘The Producers’
My husband and I love “The Producers’ because it makes us laugh and it’s got a great cast.  Gene Wilder plays a high strung Accountant that discovers he can make more money on a flop than a hit musical. Mel Brooks is the producer.  
— Sales Representative Pam Tassoni

The acting president falls into a coma and so his crooked staff finds look-alike Dave to take his place as their puppet. Dave has ulterior motives though as he attempts to do good and charitable things to help people rather than promote his own agenda like the president he is pretending to be.
— Web and Digital Coordinator Matt Canterbury

The ‘Harry Potter’ series
Great family film series. It’s fun to listen to the varying English accents throughout and watch the kids grow up during the movies.
— Sales Representative Mark Reitenga

‘Office Space’
Clever movie about office life.
— Sales Representative Paula Stelzer

‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy
Twelve hours of movie. That's an all-day movie!!! (Other recommendations include “Goodfellas,” the “The Hobbit” trilogy, all “Star Wars” movies and “The Shawshank Redemption.”)
— Sabrina Barhydt, accounting department