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I have a love hate relationship with movie marathons. I love getting a group together and watching ALL THE THINGS! But I hate how I feel for the days afterwards, the stress of hearing all my friends analyse my favorite movies until I almost don’t like them (friends or the movies) any more, and of course the quoting – always with the quoting. I am guilty on all accounts! The more I think about it the more I realize that Movie Marathons are perhaps a problem, one that perhaps take a toll on friendships and even the films I love. But it hasn’t stopped me
That is part of the fun – the quoting – the analysis – getting completely absorbed in the world that you forget reality…at least for a little while. So here is a list of marathon worthy movies/TV shows for brave and daring!
1. Star Wars
I personally really only enjoy the originals. It could be that I am partial to Harrison Ford or that I just found the love story between Anakin and Padme a little ridiculous (and when I say ridiculous, I mean unbelievably painful to watch). Yes, I know that in the book the story was much more believable and so much less painful, but the movie versions are not my favorite. But don’t let my opinion offend you if you really like the prequels, go and enjoy them, make them part of your movie marathon. But as for me, I’ll watch the originals, marvel at the ingenuity of the cinematography, and laugh at all the cheesy lines excellently executed.
2. Lord of the Rings
About every year to two years since the extended editions came out I have gathered my friends together and we do an all day/night marathon for these fantastic films. Yes, the books are better, but what Jackson did was incredible. And let’s face it, we all enjoyed them.
3. Super Hero Marathon – Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Avengers
Take your pick, really but I personally love the idea of watching the origin stories of these superheroes and working my way to the Avengers. I loved the Avengers. It was a brilliant film with witty dialogue, epic action, and glorious purpose!
As the memes will say…10 hours and 58 minutes of bliss, a lifetime of withdrawal. And don’t for get the movie Serenity. ”Burn the land and boil the sea but you can’t take the sky from me.”
To be honest there are many versions to choose from. I have my favorites. I grow up on Jeremy Brett as Sherlock. He was brilliant. But there are the newer version that are just as amazing. Robert Downy Jr.’s interpretation at first was a little alarming, but once I realized that his Sherlock was designed as an action film and not so much a mystery, I discovered how much I loved his films. And I cannot forget Benedict Cumberpatch’s Sherlock, which is spectacular! Take your pick you won’t be disappointed.
So grab some popcorn, some pillows and enjoy your next movie marathon!
As I was thinking about classic movies and movies that i loved as a child and continue to love as an adult, I came across several movies that were not the best movies ever, they’re graphics are dated and their storylines not as clever as some. But they are movies that have stuck with me. These are the movies that formed an impression on my mind and helped develop my imagination.
The following movies are recommended in the light of the fact that they are entertaining, enjoyable, and imaginative. Some of them are the sort of movie you just shake your head at and smile, others cult classics (which you shake your head at and grin like an idiot because you get it) and others you may have never heard of. Either way, sit back and enjoy…Movie Night Childhood favorites…
1. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
A delightful, if not cheesy, 80′s film about a boy how get abducted by an alien and then deposited back home ten years in the future. I loved this movie! It was perhaps the first scifi film I saw, unless you count sneaky down stairs to watch snip-its of Star Wars when I was supposed to be in bed. Anyway, as a bonus (or not) a young Sarah Jessica Parker makes an appearance sporting the best of 80′s fashion!
2. The Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
This is the old school Swiss Family, not the new one from the 90s, which I wanted to watch but was disappointed because the old one was better. Anyway, this was one of those movies we taped off the tv and watched it over and over and over again until the tape didn’t work right anymore. I was fascinated by Francis and his ability to get all the animals to like him. And of course the race with ostrich was indeed a highlight of my childhood. Every time I saw an ostrich I wanted to ride it. Also, it was one of the highlights of going to Disney World, I got to walk through the Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house!
3. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
Two orphans (brother and sister) have strange abilities – they can communicate with their minds and make thing move by playing music.A rich and powerful man wants to use the kids for his gain and profit, I was fascinated by the superhero like powers of these kids and their desire to “do good.” I recently re-watched this film and I still found the concept delightful and the cat Winky was a nice addition to the adventures. There have been several remakes, one of which features Dwayne Johnson, the Rock. But the original has a certain appeal, even if it’s a little cheesy and obvious.
4. The Secret Garden (1987)
This Hallmark Hall of Fame Production is the best version of the Secret Garden I have ever seen and since I was obsessed with the story I watched several versions. If my initial enthusiasm doesn’t persuade you to go and watch it perhaps these next facts will. The Secret Garden was filmed on location at Highclere Castle. Don’t recognize the name? Downton Abbey was/is filmed at Highclere Castle. The famed British and Shakespearean actor Derek Jacobi stars as Archibald Craven and Colin Firth plays the older and very handsome Colin Craven at the end of the film. Now I have one you over to this version of the Secret Garden.
5. Labyrinth (1986)
Jim Henson’s delightful film about a girl who must save her stolen baby brother from the Goblin King. There are so many reasons that this is a cult classic, but mainly it’s because of the genius, charm, and villainy of David Bowie in his role as the Goblin King. My mom read me the story of Princess and the Goblin by George McDonald and I was quiet smitten by the story. So when I saw Labyrinth I was in love with the film before I knew what had happened.
The other night Melissa and I feeling nostalgic sat down in the midst of class prepping and story editing to watch an old favorite, The Princess Bride.It was glorious (as usual). We laughed, cried, quoted, analysed and generally enjoyed ourselves way too much. I may or may not have stopped breathing at one point as I laughed uncontrollably.
I know my reactions to things are rather extreme, but at least you know how I feel.
A common theme to that movie experience was the joy we shared over the movie and remember what parts we loved as children, watching for the first time and the parts that we love now as adults. The trio – Vizzini, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik – are funny characters, cleverly written, and masterfully delivered. But there are lines that as a 10 year-old I just didn’t get: “you hippopotamic land mass” was funny but I didn’t know why. Now that I do…I laugh all the more. So this clever conversation about how Inigo and the man in black’s sword fight is indeed a commentary on the male ego, sparked a question in my mind.
What are other movies that have this same quality, that even as an adult I can laugh and enjoy?
What makes them good: Excellent story telling both in the dialog and cinematography, charming characters, and clean humor.
However, I have had the pleasure to sharing several of his films – Spirited Away, Howls’ Moving Castle, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky – with a dear little friend of mine. She just turned seven and her face lights up every time I mention one of these films. Now to be clear Miyazaki’s films are not as lighthearted and carefree as the Princess Bride.
As I start to think about non-animated films that have this same quality, I realize that there aren’t that many, or maybe I am just drawing a blank. There are definitely movies that are in the great when I was a kid, enjoyable as an adult but I am struggle to find think of clean movies that have that subtle this is both humorous for children and for adults. So like the Miyazaki films I am going to branch out into the not so humorous but equally delightful movies.
It was innovative, smart, and at times funny (intentionally and unintentionally. I remember the first time I saw it. I was supposed to be in bed but I had sneaked down stairs and was hiding behind the couch. I was mesmerized by the stars, the creatures and the awesomeness that was/is Han Solo.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Another one of my roommates and my favorites. It has nearly everything that the Princess Bride offers - Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…well, minus the giants…there are some monstrous men if that counts.
I’d love to hear some of your favorites.