Movie Franchises for a Lazy Weekend

by WordWelder

Sometimes we just need a weekend when we can stay in bed all day and watch movies. Here are some ideas for that lazy weekend.

We've all had that desire: to not do anything during the weekend. Maybe eat. Preferably while watching a movie. Snuggle on the couch or in bed. Get some more food and drinks. Watch some more movies.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing nothing the entire weekend, is there? In fact, if your work schedule is as hectic as mine, that kind of lazy break just might be what you need.

Since I am planning a weekend like that soon, let me share some of my favorite movie franchises with you. And yes, they're perfect for a lazy movie-watching weekend.

Image via stovak on Flickr

Setting the Mood

Now I am no celebrity blogger, but I do like a good number of movies, and when I have some downtime - expected or unexpected - I tend to find my comfortable spot in bed and spend hours and hours watching movies. I may have a difficult time identifying the actors and actresses (I am ridiculously bad at this, but the IMDB app has helped a lot), but my brain thanks me for the break.

If you are planning on making your weekend as enjoyable as possible by watching as many movies as you can, I suggest that you do a little planning - not so much as to make it unenjoyable, but just enough to make sure you have all you need within reach.

First, it would be good to have a rough idea of your movie options. Make sure you have the DVDs - or Blu-rays or digital files - so that you do not end up being disappointed.

Second, stock up on your favorite movie-watching food AND drink. Of course, you can always call for pizza if it comes to that.

Third, if you're sharing the house with others, make sure they're either in on the plan or they leave you alone.

I think those are my non-negotiables. Can you think of anything else?



If You Need a Testosterone Fix

I actually spent all of last Saturday watching old school movies that oozed macho. Of course, there was a lot of pizza and beer (although I didn't get to the beer - that's a story for another day).

That inspired me to go through all of the Rambo movies again when I find the time. If you are of the same generation as I am, then you will have memories of growing up with "real men". And when it comes to that, John Rambo is one of the most iconic characters. Ever.

Move over, Team Jacob and Team Whatever. Learn a thing or two from Rambo.

P.S. I love this photo of a mudflap with Rambo. I think it was taken somewhere in Laos. See how this guy transcends boundaries?


Escape to Middle Earth

The Lord of the Rings franchise is one of the best - if not the best - fantasy movie franchises ever. Even those who have not read the books have fallen for Tolkien's world hook, line, and sinker. Even people who may not normally be into fantasy have become converts because of this movie franchise.

These movies are epic, in all sense of the word, and they are perfect for those breaks wherein you just want to sink in glorious scenes. From landscapes to battle scenes - your eyes will certainly feast themselves as you watch the three movies in one go. Well, you might want to slot in bathroom breaks. You can munch on your favorite snacks as you go.


For Out of This World Humor

If it's humor you're looking for, then Men In Black is one of the funniest movie franchises you can go for. It can get cheesy at times, but you have to respect the skills of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Oh, and there are aliens. That always making things interesting.

Seriously, though, with the glut of low quality movies being released today, you can do a lot worse than Men In Black.

Po and Tai Long
Po and Tai Long


Because Scars Heal...Or Not

I am a big fan of animated movies, and one of my favorite franchises is Kung Fu Panda. Anyone who has seen the two movies will know how much fun they are. Who can't help but fall in love with a cuddly, fuzzy, always hungry panda named Po? Oh, and he loves kung fu!

Whether you're aged two or 72, it does not matter. These movies will make you forget the stress of your daily life. 

Here's a tip: there are only two movies in the franchise so far. For a long weekend of movies, Kung Fu Panda is a perfect break in between the more serious films you watch.

Because Weekends Are For Rest

I should really tell myself this, because more often than not, I still end up doing some work during the weekend. It's a habit which should be worked on.

If you're feeling all stressed out, however, maybe you ought to consider treating yourself to some rest this weekend. You don't even have to watch the movies I have suggested - you can always pick out your favorites - but this is a good place to start!

Which movie franchise will you consider watching this weekend?

Updated: 08/29/2012, WordWelder
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Mike_W on 09/20/2012

I've been meaning to have a Blade trilogy weekend. I love the Rocky and Dirty Harry franchises too.

WordWelder on 09/05/2012

Watching something while exercising is my thing as well. These movies are far too long for me, though. Right now, what I do is watch Grimm (you might want to check it out if you haven't yet) while using the stepper.

jan111 on 09/04/2012

I l-o-o-o-v-e The Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson did a fantastic job. I often put it on in the background when I pedal on my exercise bike - I find I pedal far longer!

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