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Most people would opt for beach or pool over the weekend; as holy week been converted to family and friendly bonding sans reflection for most Christians nowadays.  For home bodied sofa spud with no extra resources DVDs, adult swim and cable movies are good enough.  Epic old films such as the Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Jesus of Nazareth are perhaps all-time favorites during Lent.  I suggest take a break from classic old films; I would recommend fresh substitutes from our friendly piratas:

Holy Wednesday – Murder in the First (1995)
Story of a petty criminal (Kevin Bacon) his unjust suffering from the justice system co-starring Christian Slater as a young law graduate James Stamphill who represented Henry Young in his case against Alcatraz.

Maundy Thursday – The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
The opening quote lucidly tells about the film “Don’t act like the hypocrite, who thinks he can conceal his wiles while loudly quoting the Koran.” A haunting drama film set in an Iranian village where a dedicated brave young wife (Mozhan Marnó) was falsely accused of adultery by his scheming evil husband.  Tied, buried waist deep and stoned to death by the villagers and the exposure of inhumanity under the Sharia Law.

Good Friday – The Passion of Christ (2003)
The controversial Mel Gibson’s depiction of Jesus Christ’s last hours on earth, from his arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and resurrection more common to Christians as The Passion.  Most of us have seen this and it’s worth an encore.  Christ’s (Jim Caviezel) suffering alone is enough to give you a head thump.

Black Saturday – Apocalypto (2006)
Another Mel Gibson triumph. Apocalypto is the journey of a Mesoamerican tribesman Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) escape from being a human sacrifice during the fall of Mayan civilization and the rescue of his family.

Easter Sunday – Something the Lord Made (2004)
Feel good movie made for TV/Cable a biopic of Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) and his complex relationship with a white surgeon Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) in their search for the cure of the Blue Baby Syndrome.  AFI’s best TV movie of 2004 is worth your time on Easter.

By far I have only seen two 3D films and it’s in the 80s (Coming at Ya! and Friday the 13th Part III) and I can’t even remember the visual experience but now with IMAX your eyes can feast 24/7 if you have the dough and willing to travel 300 kilometers.  Months ago I was hoping Avatar would be in 3D at SM Digital Theatre; Pandora would have been one majestical ride, but last week it finally landed via Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.  Hell yeahh!  I never got to see though because I arrived (30 minutes) late and you have to wait for the next run … my virtue when it comes to waiting totally sucks.

Surprise! Surprise! DreamWorks Animation “How to Train Your Dragon” has premiered at SM Cinema 3 in 3D and I was the first in this city of 160-thousand people to watch (literally owning the cinema) it in 3D goggles at P 250.00 and free Coke.  Asia and Russia will get the two weeks advance wide screening from North American release but people here do not know because not a single media hype nor trailer on TV.

The plot is simple, it’s for children, I have not read any of the 10 books but I would surmise the film is a compilation of Cressida Cowell‘s Hiccup series, it’s the story of the geeky Viking named Hiccup (Baruchel), the only son of Stoick the Vast (Butler), the brawny Viking chief of Berk Island whose son would befriend the scariest of all Dragons known to the Viking land, the firebomb spitting dragon named Toothless (scary huh?).  Hiccup character is your typical loser — brainy, talkie and coward everyone dislikes but would later triumphed as the kingdom’s hero, capturing the most beautiful babe Astrid (Ferrera) heart, together with his dragon defeated the nastiest giant queen Dragon (and losing his left leg in the battle).

Technically it’s in awesome 3Dness and the kids would luv it (and the kid in us too)!  So don’t expect for an intelligent story line. This one is up for grab kids!  Just go, get dressed, have Dad buy some popcorn, don’t forget the goggle!