The problem with lists of a subjective nature is so many things get left out. You have to establish a solid criteria and be a respected expert in the field; it’s so much easier to make a list of the five tallest peaks in Asia—that is measurable.
So this is but just some suggestions from the world of pop culture of what to watch over this Holy Week break.
1. Breaking Bad (whole week viewing):
If you start tomorrow and watch seven episodes a day and go on until Easter Sunday, you could finish the entire saga in the tale of Walter White (carried off brilliantly by Bryan Cranston.)
Breaking Bad has been called one of the greatest morality tales in current pop culture. And there is so much one can pick up in terms of
discussions and debates on morality and philosophy. If you’re not that introspective a person, this is still just plain great television. I’d put this a notch above Game of Thrones.
2. Game of Thrones Season 4 (Thursday-thon):
Season 5 is debuting on April 12 in the US and here on the 13th. If you can re-watch it on HD or Blu Ray to further appreciate the production and costume, your experience will be all the more enhanced. Also, you’ll get to enjoy Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) all over again. You can watch this all in one day.
3. Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven Director’s Cut (Good Friday):
More than just an extended edition, the director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven enhances, expands and transforms the theatrical release. On one level you are getting an easily understandable adventure epic set in The Crusades that is about tolerance and mutual understanding. On another level, you get some beautifully shot
scenes, as well as Eva Green and Orlando Bloom, and get some quick little nuggets of wisdom from Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Ne-eson) and the Hospitaler (Da- vid Thewlis).
4. Jesus Christ Superstar (Black Saturday):
If you’re into musicals, then the 1973 film version of this Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Weber (Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera) should do nicely. The 70s, classic tunes and a take on the life we are supposed to be reflecting on.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean (Black Saturday kids of all ages viewing):
I know this sounds odd but if you have kids, it’s like a little “cenaculo” or “pasyon” since Jack Sparrow does have that Jesus look—the beard, the tanned skin. He does get eaten up by The Kraken in movie two and he “rises up” in movie three to fulfill his destiny.
6. Chocolat (Easter Sunday delight):
It is 1959, Vianne, a single mom (Juliette Binoche) and her little daughter Anouk arrive at
a small, tranquil French village where the local church has a say in everything. Vianne opens a chocolate shop, makes friends with a gypsy named Roux (Johnny Depp) and stirs things up with her chocolate concoctions to the dismay of the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred
Molina). The tale wraps up on Easter Sunday.
Have a good Easter break everyone, to those like myself who are staying in Manila—may we relish every single minute of traffic free streets and a brief relief from stress.