The ultimate guide to binge-watching your way through lockdown

No bones about it, there's a high chance many of us are looking at a lengthy staycation over the next few weeks, either to work from home or for medical reasons.

Luckily, with a home computer and a broadband internet connection, we can communicate with loved ones and continue working, not to mention take a break with a variety of digital entertainment options.

Once you've washed your hands and hydrated, here's Executive Style's list of top entertainment to catch on your favourite streaming media services.

For great movies

Netflix 

Uncut Gems

Tense doesn't even begin to describe this film. Give Adam Sandler an Oscar is also a phrase you can attached to it. Sandler's jeweller to the underworld is a man at the edge; taking one last chance for the score of a lifetime – a cliché, sure, but one directed and performed to perfection.

Isn't It Romantic

Australia's own Rebel Wilson leads this self-referential rom-com for people who hate rom-coms. Literally, that's the story within story here, as a Natalie (Wilson) loses her pragmatic ways after an accident and wakes up in a fairytale.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Big, stupid fun with dinosaurs and Chris Pratt. What this sequel to 2015's, umm, sequel lacked in credible character arcs and sensible plot twists, it made up for in socialist eviscerations of the uber rich.

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The Hitman's Bodyguard

A sleeper hit from 2017 that should have made a bigger splash, this action flick starring Deadpool... sorry, Ryan Reynolds, as a down-and-out ex-bodyguard and Samuel L. Jackson as a self-aware criminal mastermind is funnier than its marketing copy makes out. 

The H8ful Eight

Tarantino movies may be meandering at the best of times, but this wild west drama about a group of strangers who find themselves at the local haberdashers during a snowstorm is pure murder mystery fodder and one of the auteur's finest.

For great series

Stan

Black Monday

Set in 1980's Wall Street, Don Cheadle plays a hard-talking, deal-driving stock trader dancing on a razer's edge towards the biggest stock market crash in history. Wild, dramatic and occasionally shocking - watching it feels almost like you've partaken in the on-screen substance abuse.

RuPaul's Drag Race

An icon, a legend and a damn fine man in a dress; join RuPaul and a host of drag queens as they draw on every ounce of their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to become the next drag superstar. So influential is this irreverent reality show that it is now referenced in other TV programs and spawned numerous spin-offs. VANJIE!

Miracle Workers

The unlikely pairing of Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe lead a cast of malcontents in this bureaucratic take on divine manipulation and interventions. Earth is messed up (umm, timely?) and it's up to a handful of kooky 'angels' to answer the prayers of the masses.

Breaking Bad

This series set a high bar for acting, direction and editing that few other shows have come close to (maybe The Sopranos). Follow high school science teacher Walter White as he 'breaks bad' with ex-student Jesse Pinkman to become the biggest drug cook the US has ever seen.

A little bit of everything

Prime Video

The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team

Ball tampering and international shame - the story of the fall and rise of the Australian cricket team following its 2018 cheating scandal. It would be easy to pass this off as sporting propaganda but scratch the surface and you'll find an emotive journey of contrition and redemption.

Fleabag

If you haven't paid attention to the coverage to date about this show, you're likely living under a rock. This is your chance to watch a definitive turning point in dramatic television that swings between poignant observations of the challenges facing modern women and hilarious black comedy.

The Grand Tour: Seamen

Season four has just kicked off and finds Clarkson, May and Hammond powering down the rivers of Cambodia and Vietnam in, err... boats. If you've watched this show before, you can imagine how it goes from there.

Modern Love

Based on real stories from the New York Times' column of the same name, this series is honest and raw, exploring unconventional relationships that spring up from unlikely origins. It's one to watch with a box of Kleenex.

Great for the family

Disney+

Free Solo

You'd be crazy to scale the 3200-foot El Capitan mountain in Yosemite National Park without a rope, right? Alex Honnold would think you're inspired. This doco covers his journey, from the intensity of preparation to [spoiler alert] the joys and exhilaration of triumph.

Black Panther

This Marvel superhero movie about the King and Protector of fictional African nation, Wakanda, was a real gamer changer for blockbuster movies. Leading the way for gender and racial equality, it's smart, respectful and action-packed.

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Catch up on the saga that changed the course of cinematic history before the streaming release of the final film in the Skywalker storyline – The Rise of Skywalker. This movie, much like the entire franchise, pivots on the central theme of identity and destiny, and that it is only when we become comfortable with our fears that we can face and defeat them.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

It's hard to know if Jeff Goldblum has become the caricature he has cultivated in countless movies or if it's still all an act. Does it really matter? Follow Goldblum as he finds the extraordinary in the everyday and the mundane. You won't be disappointed.

Breaking 2

Three elite runners embark on a scientifically advanced training program in the quest to achieve the elusive sub-two-hour marathon. Traversing sports institutes, laboratories and running tracks across a variety of continents, it's must-see inspiration for any runner.