12 Shows And Movies Perfect For Long Weekend Binge-Watching
Gather round the binge-watch club for this huge helping of entertainment
If you find that once you pop, you can’t stop when it comes to TV shows and movies, we won’t blame you; in fact, we can’t blame you. “Maybe just one episode” doesn’t really work for any of us anyway.
This year, let’s welcome shameless binge-watching sessions with open arms and save them for days we can guarantee guilt-free streaming. We’re talking about long weekends, of course! 2018 has a total of 10 long weekends (13 if you count the ones you can take leaves from work for): one in February, another in March, one in April and one in May. There are two in June, two again in August, same with November and lastly, two long weekends in December. This rundown either spells quick getaways from the city or wonderful low-maintenance staycations. Either way, binge-watching can fit right into that long weekend itinerary.
Below is a mix of great standalone movies, trilogies and shows that guarantee to get you hooked just one episode in. What good is binge-watching, really, without the titles on this list? Keep scrolling for shows and movies perfect for that long weekend entertainment binge!
The Hunger Games film series
16-year-old Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of a revolution when she attempts to put an end to a twisted post-apocalyptic tradition: Members from twelve impoverished districts are randomly selected and made to fight to the death (against their will) in the Hunger Games as the nation’s wealthiest watch in the safe confines of the Capitol.
“As the dystopian sci-fi franchise’s emotional, moral and physical heart, Lawrence once again delivers the best reason to stick with the four-movie epic,” shares Michael O'Sullivan on the Washington Post. Indeed, these PG-13 adventure films are thrilling, definitely entertaining and above all, heart-wrenching. They echo the sentiment needed to break free from oppression even in modern times and does the trick to raise a certain level of awareness among young ones.
Fulfilling a major pre-requisite of a perfectly binge-watchable show, The Sinner’s first season is neatly packaged in eight episodes, each at 42 minutes on average, but definitely does not hold back on the jaw-dropping twists, action and drama. To date, the Derek Simonds creation has bagged nominations for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jessica Biel) and Best Miniseries or Television Film at the 75th Golden Globe Awards and Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series (Bill Pullman), Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series (Jessica Biel) at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards.
In the Philippines, The Sinner is available on Netflix. Stream at your own risk!
The Prince of Egypt
Producers of this powerful film not only recruited a star-studded voice cast to bring the characters to life (Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren and Steve Martin among others) but also gave audiences the musical masterpieces: “Deliver Us,” “All I Ever Wanted,” “Playing with the Big Boys” and “When You Believe,” which won Best Original Song at the 71st Annual Academy Awards. To this day, this 1998 animated musical and retelling of the Book of Exodus, is widely celebrated.
Relive the magic from your youth or enjoy this one with the kids. The Prince of Egypt is available for streaming on Netflix.
Without a doubt one of the best science fiction anthology series on television today, Black Mirror tells gripping stories about progress in technology as a double-edged sword. “Smartly written and well-cast, the individual episodes keep circling back to such apprehensions, with darkly satiric overtones that distinguish it from most of what’s currently on U.S. TV.,” writes Variety’s Brian Lowry. Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly, adds: “Every so often a British drama comes along that's so brilliant, you must ride a TARDIS to London just to watch. The cult-favorite sci-fi series Black Mirror is one of those shows.”
Each episode in the series stands alone, so viewers don’t have to keep any chronological episode order in mind when they binge watch. Enjoy all four seasons (a total of 19 episodes) on Netflix!
“Enthralling.” “Majestic.” “Beautifully filmed.”
Critics can’t help but be blown away by The Crown, the historical TV drama that has had viewers hooked on this retelling of British Royal Family life since 2016. “[In the late ‘50s to ‘60s, it] was nothing short of intriguing. This era didn’t run low on scandal either,” we shared in a recap last December. “This is where The Crown’s second season picks up: a tested relationship between two sisters, the struggles of a marriage, the lies and deception that come with politics. All these are kept under wraps by the picture-perfect British monarchy…or that’s how they hoped it would play out.”
Watch Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and revel in her amazing portrayal—before we welcome the new Queen Elizabeth II in season three (the season picks up with an entirely new cast).
Two seasons, 20 episodes, roughly 20 hours: looks like an entire weekend dedicated to The Crown!
If something featuring a porcelain doll possessed by the devil is more your liking, go right ahead and add Annabelle to your binge-watching list. When it comes to this genre, why stop at one film? Turn fright night into a horror movie weekend with the hundreds of titles guaranteed to scare you sh*tless like The Conjuring, The Shining and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Get these and more on HOOQ and Netflix!
The Little Lulu Show
Do you miss "Little" Lulu Moppet, Tubby Tompkins, Annie, Iggy and the rest of the gang? Then consider this essential viewing on HOOQ! The first two seasons of The Little Lulu Showare now available for streaming; this one’s for the kids and the kids at heart!
The End of the F****ing World
Meet everybody’s new Netflix guilty pleasure: comic-turned-TV-series The End of the F****ing World. Straight away, its unusual and disturbing premise invites you to marathon all eight episodes of the first season. It’s a tale of two 17-year-olds going on a road trip: one’s pretty sure he’s a psychopath and looking for his first murder victim, the other is weird and angsty and just asked the former to be her boyfriend. What could go wrong?
“[The End of the F****ing World is] funny, and it’s sweet; it’s violent, and it’s romantic. Its leads are both reprehensible and totally sympathetic; both scared kids and responsible adults,” said Sonia Saraiya on Variety. “It seems the mark of an honest production that the characters are arrestingly recognizable—and revealed so thoroughly to the audience that judging them feels impossible. By the end I was unsure if I wanted them rounded up by the authorities or free to go out in a blaze of glory; the only thing I was sure of was I wished there were more episodes.”
Stream The End of the F****ing World season one on Netflix!
The Autobots and the Decepticons take their intergalactic war to planet earth, putting the fate of the human race in the hands of these machines. Caught up in the kerfuffle is awkward teen Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), who was merely shopping around for his first car when he winds up with an Autobot disguised as a yellow Camaro.
Make binge-watching sessions worthwhile with movies that not only entertain, but enrich. Here’s to honoring history by never forgetting it, too.
This is the true story of a German national and member of the Nazi Party who saved the lives of over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust. The brilliant 1993 biography/drama is considered one of Steven Spielberg’s best films: winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score at the 1994 Academy Awards alone.
Schindler’s List is available for streaming on Netflix.
Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen
They say nothing spoils a great movie like a sequel, yet here’s a movie with not one, but two great follow-up flicks. “You can beat the house and you can break the bank, but sequels always get long odds on defeating the law of diminishing returns—yet Ocean’s Thirteen just about pulls it off,” wrote Chris Hewitt on Empire.
From “The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate” to “The Last One: Parts 1 & 2,” relive all the best moments of Chandler, Monica, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey. All 10 seasons of the world’s favorite sitcom are now up on Netflix!
Great perks await subscribers to Globe At Home Plan 1299 and up! Enjoy six (6) months access to Netflix at no charge so you can binge-watch Black Mirror, The Sinner, The Prince of Egypt and Netflix originals at home with your loved ones!
And this isn’t the only premium entertainment service you can gain access to! With Globe At Home, you get a free 6 months access to Disney Channel Apps as well as a a free 2-month subscription to HOOQ. To activate, download the official HOOQ app on your mobile device, sign up for an account, register your Globe mobile number and confirm your mobile number to generate a one-time-pin via SMS. Once you receive your pin, enter the code on the app, go back to the main screen and begin watching your favorite movies and shows.