Weekends during the monsoon call for a lazy day in. If you’re through rewatching hits like the Marvel Universe and the Harry Potter series for the nth time, here are some of our favourites to binge-watch over the weekend.
Big Momma’s House
One of the most hilarious film franchises of the early and mid-2000s, Big Momma’s House is a must-watch for anyone who loves a classic comedy. The series follows the story of an FBI agent Malcolm Turner, who disguises himself as an elderly woman named Hattie Mae Pierce, aka Big Momma, in order to make an arrest. While Big Momma was an incidental event for Malcolm in the first movie, the latter felt that Big Momma was a great disguise that helped him get in anywhere he wanted. And so cameBig Momma’s House 2 and Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son.
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Have you heard of the phrase “You can’t cheat death?” Well, everyone in the Final Destination series seems to believe they can, in fact, cheat death. The Final Destination series is a fan favourite, with a bunch of teenagers trying to escape their ill-willed fate. One of them, the gifted one, must unfortunately, live through the premonitions of each character’s death, warn them about it and watch them mock death, only to get slammed to the ground. Bloody and gore with bits of dark humour, Final Destination is a good watch for those who claim to be afraid of nothing!
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Harold & Kumar
One of the most popular but forgotten trilogies, Harold & Kumar is a classic entertainer, filled with ridiculous but hilarious plotlines. A perfect weekend binge, the movies centre two best friends and roommates, Harold Lee and Kumar Patel, who, through a series of plausible but ridiculous scenarios get into the most stuck-up situations, like getting high and deciding to travel across the country to eat some hamburgers at White Castle or getting mistaken for terrorists on a trip and getting deported to Guantanamo Bay. While each movie is fuelled by absurd scenarios, they are quite an entertainer, boosted by major guest appearances like Neil Patrick Harris.
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The Indiana Jones franchise has been named one of the best movie franchises ever, and rightfully so. It is the perfect movie for those who love action, adventure and history albeit slightly altered, but fun nonetheless, with an exciting treasure trail. At the heart of the series is archaeology professor Dr Henry Walton ‘Indiana’ Jones, Jr who sets out on adventures around the world. The first movie Raiders of the Lost Ark is the hero of the franchise, in which Jones attempts to uncover rare artefacts while battling the Nazis, death cults and the wrath of God himself. Temple of Doom goes deep into the gore theme, while The Last Crusade quadruples in adventure, inviting a new character, Jones Sr. played by Sean Connery.
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Night at the Museum
A mixed live-action and computer-animated film series, Night at the Museum is one of the most family-friendly movies out there. The protagonist of the series Larry Daley is a dreamer with great imagination but no job to back him up. And, so, he takes up a job as a night guard at the Natural History Museum in New York. To his utter surprise, Larry discovers that the museum comes to life at night, thanks to an ancient Egyptian curse, which causes the exhibits to walk and talk as if they were alive. Through the course of the trilogy, Larry befriends all the exhibits and attempts to keep them safe inside the Natural History Museum.
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The Addams Family
When you think of gothic comedy, you instantly think of The Addams Family. Created by cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, The Addams Family is timeless and classic, a fun watch for the entire family. The franchise focuses on a secretive but fun and wealthy family comprising of spouses Gomez and Morticia, and their kids Wednesday and Pugsley Addams. While each movie had a story of its own, most of the movies had a similar theme —someone trying to fraud the family of their possessions. Over the years, there have been plenty of movies and series in the franchise with different actors portraying these roles. However, a popular fan favourite is the live-action movies featuring Anjelica Houston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.
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The Conjuring Universe
Horror movie buffs will agree that The Conjuring universe is one of the best and scariest movie franchises ever. Every single movie in the franchise may not be directly related, but they all share some common aspects with each other, aside from the infamous paranormal investigators — Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are present in Annabelle and The Conjuring, The Nun and The Conjuring 2. If you’re looking for an elevated binge-watching experience, here’s the right order (according to the timeline) to watch the movie franchise: The Nun, Annabelle: Creation, Annabelle, The Conjuring, Annabelle Comes Home, The Curse of La Llorona, The Conjuring 2, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
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The Maze Runner
A sci-fi treat for young adults across the world, The Maze Runner, based on the book with the same name, is a science-fiction dystopian film franchise. It centres a teenager named Thomas who wakes up in a grassy glade (in the first movie) with no memory or recollection as to how he got there. The movie is every adrenaline-fuelled teenager’s dream, waking up in a post-apocalyptic, partially destroyed world, and having to survive while fending off eerie creatures and potentially destructive situations. But does it end there? The following sequels Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Maze Runner: The Death Cure trap the protagonists in a mysterious labyrinth fighting new, more deathly scenarios in each.