Now for others, this might sound like a good excuse to plan a family vacation, go out on a date, etc.
But not me, because I'm always all alone.
This was how we productively we spent our long weekends.
Extended periods of sleep and snacking portions not included.
First on our to-watch list is the movie, FRIDA.
WE'RE KIDDING, of course!
Obviously, the movie was about the life and artistic challenges of the one and the only FRIDA KAHLO.
The surrealist wonder from Mexico.
As played by the ever seductive, Salma Hayek.
And surprisingly enough, the DVD extras does work like a charm.
With actual "Behind The Scenes" content and cast interviews.
We then get the very first conflict of the movie. And that would be the incident with the trolley.
There's nothing funny about accidents, but then again....this Jonah Hill look-alike gets me all the time.
Speaking of good things from the movie, we also appreciated the collages and the more experimental shots like these:
As Frida tried to make sense of her everyday struggles, her problems would then be alleviated by art.
Diego was a famed Mexican painter that specializes in murals. Whom Frida affectionately refers to as Panzon. A sort of derogatory Spanish word for describing a fat or overweight peson.
So obviously, the casting choices for this movie was pretty wild at best. All of these Hollywood A-listers playing either support or minor roles. Other than the above mentioned, Antonio Banderas plays an even smaller role as David Alfaro Siqueiros.
But then again, it lacks one very important ingredients. An ingredient that goes by the name of DANNY TREJO! And maybe a dash of CHEECH MARIN.
And last but not the least, Edward Norton's as Nelson Rockafeller.
The same Rockafeller that commissioned Diego Rivera to paint a mural in the lobby of the famous Rockafeller Center. This said mural would be then torn down due to its deeply communist imagery /ideologies.
Speaking of communist roots, Frida would later then be questioned and imprisoned for the death of Trotsky in Mexico.
The pair would part ways and eventually get back together again before Frida could even stage her very first solo exhibition. Frida's condition worsens and was strongly advised to avoid attending the said gathering. Not wanting to miss out on her big event, she arrived in a very grandiose fashion while still adhering to her doctor's advises.
Final Verdict: Drama, comedy and even nudity is quite plentiful. So ditch both Mr. Skins and the usual pornos with a somewhat ok plot / storyline. Pop this one in and get educated while getting slightly aroused.
And believe it or not, this was actually our very first introduction to Frida Kahlo.
I mean sure, she's known in the art world as "THAT UNIBROWED ART LADY" but I guess this movie sets the proper tone and does introduce the artist in a very appropriate hodge-podge fashion.
We highly recommend this movie for certified art buffs, and those that could enjoy Maalaala Mo Kaya / Magpakailaman biopics.
We then move on to
2. Hotel Transylvania.
My second reason would be the "Bleh-bleh-bleh" reference that most of my students are spewing most of the time (most especially during November!). I might have missed out on the whole Frozen "Let It Go" thing. But I'm definitely NOT ignoring this Tartakovysky-ly directed movie. This would be the closest thing we could ever get to seeing an animated 3D movie from this guy now that the Popeye movie had been cancelled entirely.
Frikk'n frakk'n EMOJI movie!
I've actually watched this movie in parts.
The darn disc just wouldn't cooperate hence the segmented viewing experience.
Count Dracula himself was very much like a collage of several Adam Sandler characters rolled into one. From the Hannukah Song singing Sandler, to his Operaman skits on SNL and ultimately his dad role in Big Daddy.
But overall, the story was quite charming and again, the best Adam Sandler movies were the ones where he plays a monster of some sort.
And this has Quentin Tarantino as a blind preacher even. I felt like I needed to point that out every time I talk about Little Nicky.
can't do it " then.
And speaking of Adam Sandler:
I think he's journeying to some Ben Stiller territory but the Terry Crews wrestling segment does looks pretty promising. So there is that:
3. And speaking of wrestling, we popped in this timeless classic. The absolute cream of the crop,
that rises to the top!
Wrestlemania 20's Triple Threat Match.
NOT Stevie Richards!
I couldn't load the rest of the disc so we'd have to be contented with this segment alone.
That's our long weekend in a nutshell.
I couldn't wait to do this again so hopefully there would be more long weekends within 2017.
Despite (from a financial standpoint) earning nothing from the said time off does kinda suck but recharging and reliving your stressed out body was definitely well worth it. And you can't put a price tag on that, I guess?