Hollywood Nights 24-Hour Movie Marathon 2016

Hollywood Nights 2015

Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is hosting their 17th annual “Hollywood Nights” 24-hour movie marathon on Friday, November 11th! If you raise at least $125, you get you unlimited movies, drinks, and popcorn. You even get lunch and dinner! Raise more money and you get more goodies. Finally there is a way to contribute to society while pounding down vast quantities of entertainment, salt, and caffeine! Beat that walk-a-thons!

The Details

LOCATION: Emagine Theater Novi
DATE: Friday, November 11th, 2016 through Saturday, November 12th, 2016
TIME: 10AM – 10AM
REGISTRATION: Opens Friday, November 11th at 9 AM and remains open throughout the day.
ADMISSION FEE: Each participant must raise a minimum of $125. Funds can be raised online through personal fundraising pages, mailed in, or turned in at the event check-in.
FAMILY PACKAGE: A family of four who raises $150 total is eligible for the Fantastic Four Pack, which includes two movies of your choice, dinner, and unlimited popcorn and soda.

The Movies

There should be some good movies to playing in November according to Rotten Tomatoes’ upcoming releases page. They include:

  • Doctor Strange – Introducing the latest superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Trolls – A movie about the popular doll from the 80s, starring Justin Timberlake and made by those who brought you Shrek. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Arrival – Aliens arrive, sci-fi happens.
  • Inferno – Tom Hanks in another story authored by Dan Brown (of Da Vinci code fame)

And don’t forget, you can harness the power of computer science to plan your optimal movie viewing schedule at movie-madness.org.

To register, check out their FirstGiving page.

Marvel Movie Marathon – Phase 2

In case you missed it, another movie marathon in a box is now available: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2. For those playing along at home, you can now acquire all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in two convenient (and expensive) boxes (see phase 1 box set here), complete with their own infinity stones and other nerdy nonsense!

When Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered, some were brave enough to watch all the previously released MCU films in one 27-hour marathon. Some pop culture reporters attended these marathons, and their movie marathon diaries are a hoot to read. My favorite quote is from the AV Club’s Alex McCown, who said:

The movie induces a sense of floating. All cares have subsided, all desires sated, all needs met. It’s like 1984: I’m at a Marvel movie marathon. I have always been at a Marvel movie marathon. I will always be at a Marvel movie marathon. This is life.

And that, right there, is the pure, transcendental experience good movie marathons provide. Wasting time with meditation and self-reflection is for suckers.

Sadly, not everyone is ready to achieve Nirvana. Scott Bixby at Arts.Mic was rooting for Ultron by the time his marathon was over, and Alex Abad-Santos from Vox just sounded plain old tired. Still, their misery is our gain, like this goofy quote from Scott:

11:36 p.m.: Two tubs of popcorn later, I’m thirsty enough to try cracking open my can of Monster. I discover that the worst thing about Monster is how good Monster tastes. It’s like how cats love the taste of antifreeze because it’s so sweet.

Anyway, take a look at their harrowing accounts of 27-hours of spandex-clad superheros. Maybe a Marvel movie marathon is finally within your grasp! Like, you know, ultimate power or something.

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Website back online!

ef30b10b21e91c72d252440dee4a5b97e771e2d71db4184893_150_hackerSo 24hourmoviemarathon.com was hacked a couple months ago. It wasn’t a surprise, given all of the valuable data this site contains. Where else on the internet can you get lists of movies and dumb opinions?

And if you think the public content of the site is spectacular (of course you do!), just think of the private draft content that the hackers got access to! I’m sure they are plagiarizing my article fragments right now for their Ph.D dissertations. Because, as everyone knows, hackers are typically film and video doctoral candidates. They give doctorates in film and video, right? Paging Dr. J. J. Abrams!

Anyway, rest assured the site is now back on-line and ready to serve you again for all of your 24-hour movie marathon needs. Thanks for waiting!

Movie Marathon 2016

24 Hour Movie Marathon Logo - PopcornA new year means a new annual movie marathon! Here is what my wife and I selected for our annual friends and family movie marathon. It may look like there is no method to the madness, but we are following our usual theme of movies neither of us has seen before, but have always wanted to see, or have heard that we should see.

A detailed schedule is below, along with detailed movie information. If you are one of the usual suspects that are invited to this event, I hope the movie list inspires you to come! If you are a visitor to this website, I hope this list inspires you to hold your own movie marathon!

I’m happy to report that kid-friendly zones we a big hit last year, so we are bringing them back Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Saturday, we have Shaun the Sheep and Song of the Sea. And at 9:45, for older kids that want to stay late, we have The Dark Crystal. From 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM Sunday, we have Surf’s Up and Ella Enchanted.

Movie Marathon 2016 Schedule Overview

Start Time End Time Title Runtime
11:00 AM 11:00 AM Doors Open 0 minutes
12:00 PM 01:57 PM You Only Live Twice 117 min.
02:15 PM 04:13 PM Roman Holiday 118 min.
04:15 PM 06:14 PM Rocky 119 min.
06:30 PM 07:55 PM Shaun the Sheep 85 min.
08:00 PM 09:33 PM Song of the Sea 93 min.
09:45 PM 11:18 PM The Dark Crystal 93 min.
11:30 PM 12:55 AM High Noon 85 min.
01:00 AM 02:42 AM The Crow 102 min.
02:45 AM 04:26 AM Notorious 101 min.
04:30 AM 06:36 AM The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 126 min.
07:00 AM 08:42 AM Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 102 min.
08:45 AM 10:10 AM Surf’s Up 85 min.
10:30 AM 12:06 PM Ella Enchanted 96 min.
12:06 PM 12:06 PM Finish  min.

Movie Marathon 2016 Details

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Action | Adventure | Thriller – Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%
Plot: Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.
Why watch? James Bond has been a big crowd-pleaser for the past couple movie marathons. We’re going down the list of James Bond films from best to worst.

Roman Holiday (1953)

Comedy | Romance – Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%
Plot: A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Why watch? Bringing up Baby was a hilarious classic comedy, and well-received at our last movie marathon. We’re going to try another classic comedy with a fantastic leading couple: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Rocky (1976)

Drama | Sport – Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%
Plot: Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Why watch? Yep. We’ve never seen it. Honest. File this one under “required pop culture viewing”.

Shaun the Sheep (2015)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy – Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%
Plot: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
Why watch? Who doesn’t love Wallace and Gromit? Shaun the Sheep is a Wallace and Gromit spin-off and has a can’t-miss Rotten Tomatoes score of 99%. Here’s hoping the kid-friendly zone opens up with a bang!

Song of the Sea (2014)

Animation | Family | Fantasy – Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%
Plot: Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.
Why watch? Song of the Sea and the Secret of Kells were both produced by the same studio and feature a plot based on Irish folklore. The Secret of Kells may be too scary for the very young children at our movie marathon. Song of the Sea is more age appropriate but should be just as beautiful and quirky.

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Adventure | Family | Fantasy – Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%
Plot: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.
Why watch? We missed this key piece of 80s pop culture too. We hear it is a tad dark, so we are playing it right after the kid-friendly zone for any adventurous kids that want to stay up late.

High Noon (1952)

Action | Drama | Western- Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%
Plot: A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.
Why watch? Every movie marathon needs a good western – at least in our family! Some regard High Noon as a candidate for best western ever made. It promises a non-traditional story line, and is John Wayne-free.

The Crow (1994)

Action | Drama | Fantasy – Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%
Plot: A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
Why watch? The Crow was highly regarded by some of the comic book and fantasy nerds I went to college with, and yet I’ve never seen it. Time to fix that!

Notorious (1946)

Drama | Film-Noir | Romance – Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%
Plot: A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
Why watch? An Alfred Hitchcock movie is required at every movie marathon. We’ve already seen his most well-known films. Notorious is a less well-known film, but has a good reputation, and stars Ingrid Bergman (the leading lady from Casablanca)!

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Action | Adventure | Drama – Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%
Plot: Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains
Why watch? If you haven’t caught on already, we’re suckers for certain actors, directors, and genres in our movie marathon. After seeing Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart is one of our weaknesses. This is the latest in a line of Bogart films we’ve seen. I believe this one has a twist, in that Bogart is not the leading “good guy”.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Comedy | Drama | Musical – Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%
Plot: In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.
Why watch? Because sometimes you have a have an exuberant musical in your life. That’s why.

Surf’s Up (2007)

Animation | Comedy | Family – Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%
Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.
Why watch? Leonard Maltin identified Surf’s Up as a great overlooked children’s movie in his Maltin on Movies podcast. I think Happy Feet came out around the same time and audience only have so much capacity for talking penguins.

Ella Enchanted (2004)

Comedy | Family | Fantasy – Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%
Plot: Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she’s falling.
Why watch? Ever since Roger Ebert wrote a positive review of this movie, I’ve wanted to see it. It seems to be a Shrek-like take on fairy tales, with some good comedy and modern sensibilities thrown in.

Bring Back MST3K!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming back! The Bring Back MST3K kickstarter campaign has met its minimum goal of $2.2 million. That grants the world 3 new episodes of MST3K. If the campaign raises $5.5 million, then we are collectively bequeathed a full season of 12 episodes. There are still several weeks left to go (at the time of this writing), so there is still time for you too help too.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I fondly harken back to the annual tradition of MST3K Turkey Day movie marathons. If this kickstarter campaign works, it could be the start of many more Turkey Day movie marathons to come. Joel Hodgson’s world-domination plan is to use a wildly-successful kickstarter campaign as evidence to the major television networks that the world is ready for a MST3K revival. It is time for us to stand up and say “we’re ready”!

I’m ready! MST3K made me the man I am today! Specifically: a man with a weird sense of humor, an appreciation of all movies (both good and terrible), and a love of movie marathons! It would be borderline criminal not to pass on these values to my kids.

Anyway, Joel explains it all in the video below. Chip in a couple bucks and help bring back MST3K! Think of the children!