Top 10 documentaries and series about viruses
A report from Wuhan cut off from the world, the story of the fight against the Ebola virus, memories of the Spanish epidemic and other educational projects.
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
At the beginning of the year, when coronavirus was not yet widely publicized, Pandemic appeared on Netflix - a six-part project dedicated to the global cause of the fight against viruses and, in fact, summarizing many documentaries from this collection. Its creators methodically analyze the process of the emergence of new strains; answer why it usually happens in poor countries and how some infections spread through animals.
American Experience: Influenza 1918
The history of the spread of coronavirus is often compared with the events of a hundred years ago. Then, in a world not yet recovering from World War I, an epidemic of Spanish flu was raging. The episode of the cult documentary series American Adventure is dedicated to her.
We Heard the Bells: the Influenza of 1918
This movie is also dedicated to the well known 1918 epidemic. But this is not an attempt to recreate the events of a century ago, but rather the desire to reflect them. The main characters are old people from different parts of the USA who, as children, became eyewitnesses of the spread of the disease. They recall how they did not believe that the Spaniard would touch them, how they had faced the death of relatives and friends, how they were ill themselves - and after that they had a long biased attitude, because other people were afraid that they would infect them too. According to many heroes of the movie, the events of those years became the most terrible memories in life.
The Lockdown: One Month in Wuhan
A documentary project about life in the famous city of Wuhan during its complete isolation. At the beginning of 2020, 11 million people remained on their own at the epicenter of the spread of coronavirus. The main characters are doctors, officials and ordinary citizens, who were able to organize themselves in the face of the disease.
How to Survive a Plague
Contrary to the name, this movies is not a training manual on what to do in the event of a “black death” pandemic. We are talking about HIV and AIDS - diseases that they preferred to remain silent about until a certain time - but somewhere they are still silent today.
Fire in the Blood
If treating HIV-infected people in America is a difficult but solvable problem, then in Africa it is almost impossible. The fact is that many pharmaceutical giants refuse to voluntarily supply medicines necessary for antiretroviral therapy to poor countries. Because of this, dozens of people who are unable to receive treatment die every day.
Why Do Viruses Kill?
Of all the projects on the list, this is perhaps the least optimistic. The movie was released 10 years ago after the swine flu pandemic, which killed some 18,000 people. Then it became obvious that we are still powerless in front of some of the creatures of nature and that modern science is not fully aware of the mechanisms of the emergence of new strains. "Why are viruses killing?" introduces us to the device of viruses and answers the question why, even today, scientists cannot stop their spread in time.
Hero with a Thousand Faces
From 2014 to 2016, a disease was raging in West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people. But this movie is not about how quickly Ebola destroys a person from the inside, but about people who are fighting an epidemic. The focus of the crew going to Sierra Leone is doctors and volunteers risking their lives.
Speaking of Ebola and other viral diseases, one can not help but talk about other human enemies. We have long been accustomed to them and often do not even take them seriously, but they very often carry deadly infectious diseases. That's right, we are talking about mosquitoes. The movie contains a fascinating and consistent story about how they reproduce, what they feed on and for what global epidemics these seemingly harmless insects are responsible.
The most relevant project on the list. This is the new season of the Explained documentary series, whose authors in half-hourly videos answer simple questions about health, sex, politics and economics in simple language. One of the episodes of last season was devoted to epidemics - in it, Bill Gates and a team of visiting doctors discussed the likelihood that a new pandemic will happen in the next decade. Alas, their predictions came true even faster.
This is the compilation of the best series about or with werewolves. Everyone, even the hopeless romantics, and lovers of scary stories will find here something interesting for themselves. Choose the best from this list to watch for the rest of quarantine.
As the quarantine measure have not been lifted in full across most of the countries, we still have time to stay at home and enjoy watching a good movie compiled by Bemorepanda.
16-year-old lovers Harry and June escape from the supervision of their parents. Suddenly strange things begin to happen to the heroes, after which June discovers the ability to transform into other people. Perhaps professor Halvorson will help her control supernatural powers.
To avenge the death of his mother, freshman Jack Morton enters a secret community that involves him in a dangerous game. Gradually, the hero finds himself in the center of hostility between werewolves and dark magicians.
The only werewolf woman in the world, Elena Michaels, is trying to live a normal human life. But once something happens, because of which she has to return to the pack, leaving the groom - an ordinary guy.
In the town of Hemlock Grove, one of the local girls dies, and this event strangely coincides with the arrival of young Peter Rumancek, whom evil tongues call a werewolf. Rumors attract the attention of Roman Godfrey, the heir to the richest family in the city. The guys become friends and together try to reveal the secret of the killer’s identity, especially since he is clearly not going to stop on one victim.
The notorious werewolf and depressed vampire decide to rent a house, but do not suspect that there they will meet another neighbor. It turns out to be a cynical ghost of a girl.
A sixteen-year-old teenager, Scott McCall, once bites a mysterious beast, after which the hero realizes that he has become a werewolf. Now he must learn to control himself in order to protect his loved ones.
This British fantasy series will be interesting mainly for a very young audience. In the story, the young girl Maddy lives in a family of half-wolves and carefully hides her nature from others. Once at a school where the heroine studies, a new one appears, in whose veins wolf blood also flows. After some time, an unusual relationship develops between teenagers.
An ordinary girl, Bo, learns that she is a born succubus, feeding on the energy of people. At the same time, the heroine refuses to take the side of dark or light forces and simply lives on her own, moonlighting as a private detective. She is assisted by Russian thief Kenzie, detective-werewolf Dyson and researcher Lauren Lewis.
Detective Nick Burkhardt learns that he is from an old family of fighters against evil spirits. Now the hero has to lead a double life in order to continue the work of his ancestors and protect everyone who is in danger. Nick’s associate is the re-educated werewolf Eddie Monroe, whom you can always turn to for help and advice.
“The originals” grew out of the multi-part teenage drama “The Vampire Diaries”. As in the original series, they immediately tell about werewolves and vampires, and a significant part of the timing is involved in the analysis of complex characters' family relationships.
Beautiful nature shots, crime investigation, research projects and immersion in history. This is the collection of top 10 series that will teach you something new.
Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
A creepy real story that emotional people should watch with great care. Once an unknown man posted on the Internet a video of the killing of kittens. Several strangers to each other on the Web decided to figure out the offender themselves. But soon the case took a more terrible turn.
Night on Earth
A stunningly beautiful series from the British studio Plimsoll Productions explores the life of animals that are active at night. The project provides an opportunity to observe the hunting of lions, and bats, and even plunge into the night ocean.
Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity
Today it is impossible to imagine our life without electricity. It gives not only light in homes, but also provides communication around the world. However, this was not always the case. The project of the BBC channel tells how humanity began to use electricity.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
A unique project gives fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Formula 1. The series allows you to follow the fight for the championship title, as well as learn more about the life of riders and the work of teams.
Making a murderer
Steven Avery was arrested on suspicion of rape. Despite the fact that the witnesses did not agree, he was sent to prison for 18 years. Having freed himself, Avery filed a lawsuit against the leadership of the district and several officials. But soon the man was arrested on murder charges.
Through the wormhole
Through the Wormhole is one of the most comprehensive documentary series. In it, even fantastic and philosophical questions are analyzed from a scientific point of view, inviting various experts. And the legendary actor Morgan Freeman brings together all the ideas and presents them in a simple and understandable language.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The HBO channel is investigating a case involving billionaire Robert Durst. He was accused of a series of murders, and the defendant even admitted to one of them, but convinced everyone that he was only defending himself. The authors of this mini-series found new evidence related to the case.
30 for 30
Back in 2009, the ESPN cable channel launched a series of films dedicated to pivotal events in the sports world. Each season contains 30 episodes telling about important moments in the history of boxing, football, hockey and other popular competitions.
One strange rock
The series, received in the original ironic title “One Strange Rock”, is dedicated to the secrets of our planet. The authors talk about unexplored corners of the Earth and the most unusual phenomena.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson “travels” in space and time, telling viewers about scientific discoveries, space, secrets of the past and the likely future.
This series is based on the project "Space: a personal journey" in 1980, which was led by Carl Sagan. But over the years, science has gone far ahead, and the possibilities of television have greatly expanded. The series has a sequel called "Space: Possible Worlds."
Even if we spend time in the house, that doesn't mean we don't have a lot of activities we can do. From reading, cooking, meditating, sports to watching series that have become classics.
And in case you have no idea what to watch, we come to you with a series of recommendations that you should consider.
1. The Twilight Zone
If you're a fan of fantasy series, then The Twilight Zone is right for you. In fact, the series is a continuation of another, produced between 1950-1960 by screenwriter Rod Serling. From horror, mystery or extraterrestrials, you will find them all in the series.
2. Mad Men
Although it ended five years ago, the Mad Men series is still appreciated. It captures the story of Don Draper, played by actor Jan Hamm, and the advertising agency he works with, Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. The action takes place in New York in 1960. You will see how, both women and men, will be put in positions of power and will try to reconcile their personal and professional lives.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, protagonist of the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is that elegant girl, always fashionable, ready to conquer the world. The series features the adventures of a teenage girl who starts on the trail of vampires.
4. Breaking Bad
Another classic fast-paced series is Breaking Bad. It ended seven years ago, but it is still being pursued. The series captures the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with cancer, is told he has two more years to live. So, in order to protect his family and ensure their financial situation, he is entering the dangerous world of drugs.
5. Twin Peaks
You've definitely heard of David Lynch's Twin Peaks so far, so you should give him a chance. The series debuts on a rather strange note, more precisely with the murder of Laura Palmer. Her body is discovered in a lake, and with it, the true personalities of the protagonists are revealed.
6. Arrested Development
Another series that you should include in your list is Arrested Development. And we say that because he has a family in the foreground, namely Bluth, who despite having been financially successful, now has problems.
7. The Office
If you have ever had a weird boss or had a coworker you didn't understand, then you should look at The Office. The serial is a perfect representation of the different human characters you can meet in the workplace.
8. Parks and Recreation
Similar to The Office is Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope is a bureaucrat from an Indiana Department of Parks and Recreation who wants to beautify the city. Her plan to turn a construction site into a park is hampered by government bureaucracy, but also by other challenges.
9. Star Trek: The Next Generation
You've certainly heard of the famous Star Trek series so far, and if you haven't had the opportunity to watch it so far, well, that would be the time. Producer Gene Roddenberry conceived of a world in which gender and racial equality were normal during space exploration.
10. The X-Files
X-Files was one of the most successful series. The mystery, but also the tension between Fox Mulder, played by David Duchovny, and Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, will make you watch the entire series. The cases investigated by the FBI department are new, almost unexplained, and their solution is hindered by the hidden forces.
These life hacks only create the appearance of protection.
1. Follow the rule of 5 seconds
Legend has it: if food fell to the floor, but a piece was lifted earlier than 5 seconds later, you can safely eat it. Because microorganisms are not so nimble and will not have time to crawl onto your sandwich or apple in such a short time.
2. Touch the door handle through the sleeve
The very idea - to create a barrier between your skin and a potentially contaminated surface - is very correct. But using your own clothes for this is not the best option. The dirt, bacteria, and viruses that were on the doorknob end up on your sleeve and then calmly contact your wrists and palms, face, hair, phone, bag, and so on.
3. Press the elevator button with your elbow or knuckle
Here is almost the same story as in the previous paragraph. It just seems that we don’t touch anything and that microbes from buttons, handles and doors cannot harm us. But, for example, the strap of a bag or a pocket of clothes is easy to touch with your elbows, and we also put them on the table, and then touch it with our hands.
With knuckles, dirt and microorganisms easily fall into the palms and face - when a person clenches his hands into fists, twists his fingers, props his chin, rubs one hand on the other, and so on.
4. Hold your breath when someone sneezes or coughs nearby.
From infection (if someone sneezing is sick with something) this will not save you. Firstly, you just won’t have time to hold your breath fast enough - and the smallest drops of saliva and sputum will still fall into your airways (yes, it sounds very disgusting, but alas, it is).
5. Wipe the surface with an antibacterial wipe
This only works if you use a new cloth for each surface. And if you wipe the same table, door handles, switches and buttons, then simply transfer microorganisms from one object to another. After all, the longer you use a napkin, the less antibacterial agents remain on it - and microbes have more chances to survive.
6. Constantly smear hands with an antiseptic
The sanitizer seems to be a universal and 100 percent remedy. He rubbed his hands, sprayed everything that was possible - and you sit "in the house." But antiseptics work only when they are used correctly.
What do you do when you feel a wave of romance encompass you whose magic is almost impossible to remove? You sit in your favorite and comfortable place with your partner or friends or just with yourself and enjoy beautiful, funny and loving moments, watching the best romantic comedies.
The Ugly Truth
Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl), a successful TV producer, finds a solution to just about every problem in the world, except for her sentimental life, which is a disaster. For his part, Mike (Gerard Butler) is a guy who knows how to say things by name and this is exactly what he has to do with his show about men's secrets. Even if they hate each other, the two are forced to work together. And so they make a pact.
Amy (Amy Adams) is a girl who leads a carefree life. She works for a men's magazine, has a bunch of cool friends and a lot of one-night adventures, because she's not the kind to get serious about a relationship. When she begins to fall in love with Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), the doctor about whom she has to write an article, all her principles about freedom, love and relationships are called into question.
Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) are best friends and want to be their whole lives side by side. An unexpected event, however, changes Rosie's plans and moves Alex in a completely opposite direction.
The Back-Up Plan
Jennifer Lopez plays the role of Zoe, a woman who, after countless failures in love, decides not to wait and become a mother on her own. The same day she goes to the artificial insemination office, she meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin), who is instantly attracted to her.
Kate (Catherine Zeta Jones) is a skilled chef from Manhattan, for whom the kitchen is her playground, but also the place where she spends most of her time. Her life is changing when her boss hires an extremely charming sous chef, Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart), a rising star whose work methods are a little more ... extravagant.
All Roads Lead to Rome
If you count yourself among those who love Italy and holidays there, All Roads Lead to Rome is only worth seeing on a Sunday dedicated to relaxation. In an attempt to get closer to her rebellious daughter, Summer (Rosie Day), Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker) decides to take her on a trip to Italy, where she fell in love for the first time many years ago.
Life as We Know It
Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Eric (Josh Duhamel) hate each other passionately and nothing seems to help them reach a consensus. But when their best friends die in a road accident, the two must make peace in order to grow up with little Sophie, their fine daughter who has now become an orphan.
Friends with Benefits
From this list of romantic comedies could not miss Friends with Benefits, an important representative of the genre. Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) meet for the first time in professional interest, but soon they become best friends ... with benefits.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Andie's (Kate Hudson) mission is to find a man to get her slippers in ten days. Benjamin (Matthew McConaughey) bet is to make a woman fall in love with him in ten days. Who will win?
50 First Dates
Henry (Adam Sandler) falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore) at first sight. The only problem is that her memory disappears from day to day and she never remembers who he is.