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Host A Movie Marathon Party!
Celebrate ahead of a sequel
Make your own marathon by starting at home
Get ready for the release of the final piece of the Hobbit movie trilogy with a viewing party of the previous chunk of the story. Or go hardcore and re-watch both previous pieces!
Movie Marathons Rock!
My very first marathon wasn't movies, it was Monty Python. It was the summer of 1985 and I was going to leave for college in a few months. Thanks to a friend's older brother, I'd gotten thoroughly hooked on Monty Python's Flying Circus, which was running on PBS at the time. (BTW, VCRs were pretty much a brand-new thing back then). I'd been taping episodes of the show and decided I'd invite over a ton of friends and we could just hang out and watch. Mom gave her approval as she thought Python was funny too.
I ran my fave episodes for six hours. A few friends stayed for the entire thing, but most folks hung out for a few hours in there somewhere and a good time was had by all. We never ran out of snacks or places for people to sit.
Now flash forward about 20 years, to the age of DVD and computers. I'm living 3000 miles away from that inaugural Python Marathon, but my love of movies is still there. And, at long last, I've got a best friend with a similar level of film endurance that I do. As my movie buddy and I didn't live in the same city, we invented "third Tuesdays." Initially there were Tuesday night meetings we both went to in the same city and we'd watch movies all day and then do our biz at night, and then stay up watching more movies. Eventually, the business part of the get-together disappeared and we just had a monthly movie marathon.
Some months it was two movies on DVD and one movie out at the theater. That way we could catch new releases we both wanted to see and share films we'd never seen or ones that fell under "oh, man! You've never seen (whatever)?! We've got to get that one!"
Trilogies Make Perfect Mini-Marathons!
More About Movie Marathons
- Justin's Guide To Movie Marathons
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- I Survived a Holiday TV-Movie Marathon!
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Star Wars Movie Marathon
Coming Up With A Movie Marathon Theme
Movie marathons don't have to just be built around a movie with sequels or a television show. Branch out and create a selection that catches everyone's fancy!
Film Director - who's your fave? Woody Allen? Quentin Tarantino? Brian DePalma? Picking a director and making a marathon is a great way of looking at a director's career
Actor/Actress - again a great way to catch up on obscure films and explore a performer's career. How about Jake Gyllenhaal, Johnny Depp or Forest Whittaker?
Subject matter - disaster films, cross-country races, alien invasions, just about anything you can think of has a few films made about it.
Special effect/visual technique - how about movies that all feature bullet-time photography? or rotoscoping? or animation?
Movies Series - Anything where you've got a series of sequels is just begging for a marathon. Movie trilogies are my favorites for this. Can you sit through all six of the Star Wars movies in one day?
Movie Remakes - How about pairing up some of the original movie versions and their more modern remakes?
Have A Marathon With Your Favorite TV Show
Essentials For A Movie Marathon
Viewing and Sound - Often the person with the biggest viewing screen and the nicest sound system is the person who winds up hosting the movie marathon. However, consider how much room you have and how well most of the folks will be able to view the screen. Sometimes the friend with the second best home entertainment system has a nicer layout.
Comfortable Seating - This is one of the biggest issues with having a home movie marathon. As you're going to be sitting for hours, it's important to make sure everyone can stay comfortable. Some people like to sit, some like to recline and some like to lie down. Be sure to get up and move around in between films and consider rotating seats.
Scheduling - Know ahead of time how many films you're going to show and get an idea of how long each one will run. This allows you to make a little schedule of bathroom breaks, refreshment refills, or just when to order out for pizza.
Refreshments - Having nothing but junk food drinks and snacks can cause a serious case of marathon-crash after just a few hours. That's when everyone gets really sleepy from the rise and drop of blood sugar due to carbo overload. Having protein snacks or even taking a proper dinner break can let the viewers sustain themselves better. If you really want to go all out, have a potluck and ask each guest to make a theme dish!
Related Fun Stuff - Having a trivia contest that relates to your marathon theme, or asking attendees to dress up in costume is another way to add more fun to your marathon.
Watch a Group of Fans Watch All 11 STAR TREK Movies in Just Under Three Minutes!
Watch a Marathon with a Complete Season of your Favorite Television Show
Do Your Marathon At A Film Festival
- LA Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival, held annually for ten days in June, showcases the best of American and International cinema.
- San Francisco International Film Festival
The San Francisco Film Society embraces the art, technology and innovation of the worlds most imaginative storytellers who use the moving image to celebrate humanity while educating, entertaining and enriching the audiences of the world.
- South by Southwest (SXSW)
The South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival (SXSW Film) has succeeded in its attempt to blend enthusiastic crowds with the experts of the film industry.
- Slamdance Film Festival
By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers
- Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival Group celebrates the culture and art of the moving image through filmmaking and filmgoing experiences of exceptional merit and diversity that inform, educate and entertain.
- Tribeca Film Festival
Created by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro, the mission of the Tribeca Film Festival is to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.
- Sundance Institute
The programs of Sundance Institute include the annual Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City each January and considered the premier U.S. showcase for American and international independent film.
Attending a Movie Marathon
Sometimes you don't have to host your own marathon movie action. From time to time, theaters do special programming to match up with a new movie release. Case in point: the Iron Man marathon in May 2013. Timed to happen with the release of Iron Man 3, several movie chains offered a four movie feature of Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2, the Avengers and then Iron Man 3.
Can you tell I'm going? Seeing a long run of movies out at a theater is a combination of fannish enjoyment and pure endurance. When you are at home, you can pause when you need, have no lines at the bathrooms and the food is much cheaper and more varied. Here are some tips for going the distance when you are at a theater for your experience.
1) Bring your own food and beverage - Seriously, from a cost viewpoint alone, this is going to save you a ton of money. A Camelbak backpack makes it easy to tote a supply of water and all your other gear while keeping your supplies less obtrusive.
2) Go easy on the sugar! - As much as sugar can jazz you up, about 45 minutes after you ingest it you can start to experience the dreaded sugar crash, especially since your muscles are mostly slack and not actively using up all the energy. Protein is key to long-term, slow-burn endurance and is healthier in the long-run too.
3) Go light on those fluids - You don't want to have to go to the bathroom right in the middle of your favorite scene.
4) Stretch when you can - Airplane exercises while seated and a few yoga moves in between features can do a lot to keep you comfortable as the hours go by. Once you get past three or four hours, sitting can become progressively difficult.