From a Pinoy Netflix romance drama full of hugot to a cannibal love story and a mind-bending historical series, this weekend watchlist will take care of your entertainment needs for your much-deserved break.
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Whew! Would you believe that it’s the last month of 2022 already? Time flew so fast we went from January filled with uncertainties to December full of holiday parties. From being wrapped in face masks, Spotify Wrapped, and wrapping up gifts and whatnot real quick. Plus, it’s the first weekend of the month too, so cheers to you for powering through. As you get your much-deserved weekend fix, be it a staycation with the family or having a year-end hang-out with friends, here’s our weekend watchlist to save you in the binge-worthy entertainment department.
Looking for a magical adventure series for the entire family to enjoy? A sequel to a 1988 film of the same name, Willow is an eight-episode Disney original show which follows an unlikely group of heroes as they set off on a perilous quest where they must confront their inner demons and ultimately, come together to save the world. Headlined by Warwick Davis as the protagonist dwarf sorcerer Nelwyn, the series’ diversely talented cast is another reason to dig into the show’s fantasy. Willow now streams on Disney+.
ONE GOOD DAY
Are you in for some action and thrill? An original Filipino series from Studio Three Sixty, One Good Day follows Dale Sta. Maria (Ian Veneracion), a former leader of an organized crime syndicate, as he is forced to go back to his dark past after his assistant, whom he treats as his own son, is murdered. He gets embroiled in a quest of vengeance which will later reveal the most painful truth. One Good Day features a powerhouse cast of local artists including Joel Torre, Andrea Torres, Aljur Abrenica, Pepe Herrera, Rabiya Mateo, Nicole Cordoves, and more. Stream it now on Amazon Prime Video.
Another Pinoy movie that has been filling a lot of fans’ hearts with a ton of romantic hugot is Prime Cruz’s Ngayon Kaya. It follows two college friends, Harold (Paulo Avelino) and AM (Janine Gutierrez), who can’t seem to get past the stage of being more than friends but less than lovers. At a chance meeting in a friend’s wedding, the complicated couple throws back to their old selves and ponder on their biggest “what if.” Prepare your hearts to get attacked real hard as Ngayon Kaya streams on Netflix.
Something that will make you think hard and will be the topic of your conversations after watching it is the eight-episode mind-bending show 1899. Hatched from the minds behind the equally bewildering series Dark, the period-mystery thriller follows an immigrant ship at the turn of the nineteenth century, as the passengers witness a puzzling riddle before them when they stumble upon another ship adrift in the sea. Filled with Easter eggs, curious numbers and signs, 1899 feels like a big moving puzzle that is as baffling as it is engaging. Curious enough? Catch it now on Netflix.
Now the most-watched English-language television series on Netflix, Wednesday should be the center of your attention right now. With some episodes directed by and executive produced by the king of goth himself, Tim Burton, the coming-of-age supernatural comedy series follows Wednesday Addams (played to perfection by Jenna Ortega), a smart, sardonic, and one-hell-of-a-dancer teenager, as she solves a series of murder while making friends and enemies at the Nevermore Academy. Don’t miss Wednesday and her ASMR-ish disembodied hand of a relative’s darkly entertaining adventure as blood gets spilled on Netflix.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Let’s take it slow and fill yourselves with some fiery passion, love, and a lot of feels through Celine Sciamma’s award-winning period romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Set in eighteenth century France on an isolated island, a love story between a female painter Marianne (Noémi Merlant) and her aristocratic client Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) unfolds in a dreamlike and melancholy motion. Winning the Queer Palm and best screenplay prizes at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is considered one of the greatest films of all time. Savor the satisfying rawness of French romance as it’s now showing on Film Development Council of the Philippines’ recently launched streaming platform, JuanFlix.
THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY HOLIDAY SPECIAL
A lighthearted and laugh trip of a romp that’s perfect for the gift-giving season, Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special finds our favorite ragtag team of alien friends as they head to Earth to find the best gift for the grief-stricken leader of the pack, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt). Helmed once again by James Gunn, join Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Kraglin (Sean Gunn) as they look for (aka kidnap) the best present that is the legendary Kevin Bacon. MCU’s second holiday special now streams on Disney+.
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE
A heartrending tale of love and loss, The Sky is Everywhere is a musical coming-of-age drama that follows Lenni (Grace Kaufman), a teen musical prodigy grieving the death of her sister who finds herself caught in a budding love for Joe Fontaine (Jacques Colimon) complicated by her relationship with her deceased sister’s boyfriend Toby (Pico Alexander). Directed by Josephine Decker and written by Jandy Nelson who also wrote the novel the film is adapted from, The Sky is Everywhere takes you to a dazzling and emotional journey of first love and first loss. Get your hearts touched by this musical and romantic treat from A24 as it streams on Apple TV+.
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
Dubbed as one of the best movies of the year, Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness packs a biting satire of the ultra-rich that’s filled with nausea-inducing and scatological humor. After the luxurious cruise of a megayacht, which meets its catastrophic fate, we follow a team of survivors: model couple Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (late Charlbi Dean), head of cruise staff Paula (Vicky Berlin), shit-seller Dmitry (Zlatko Burić), and toilet cleaner-turned-leader-of-the-pack Abigail (our very own Dolly de Leon) as the social pyramid gets violently turned in a deserted island. There’s no better feeling than laughing out loud with your family and friends in the cinemas as Triangle of Sadness screens in theaters nationwide.
BONES AND ALL
Giving you more reason to gather your loved ones in the cinemas this weekend is Luca Guadagnino’s cannibal romance Bones and All. Mixing the romance and horror genres, Bones and All is about the first love of the young woman Maren (Taylor Russell) and a disenfranchised drifter Lee (Timothée Chalamet) as they embark on a cross-country journey while confronting the society’s judgment against their shared desires to feast on flesh and reckoning with their terrifying pasts. A question of whether love can triumph over otherness, Bones and All has a story that bites as it melts your hearts. The Venice Film Festival winning film currently screens in local cinemas near you.
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