Welcome to 24-Hour Movie Marathon!

I love 24-hour movie marathons! After you take a look at my website, I hope that you will too! Here you will learn everything you need to know about how to host, survive, and plan your own 24-hour movie marathons.

As a first stop, might I suggest you check out my list of  Movie Marathon Ideas? How about How to Stay Awake at a Movie Marathon second? You’ll probably want to know how to pack your movie marathon survival kit third.

There is a lot here, so take a look around, and please – comment on any post or page you like!

“F This Movie” Loves Movie Marathons!

I was delighted to stumble across Patrick Bromley’s F This Movie weblog and podcast and find an impressive number of 24-hour movie marathon ideas.

Patrick recently held his first full 24-hour movie marathon for his 40th birthday, but also creates hypothetical 24-hour movie marathon schedules just for fun. My favorite was his “Before They Were Famous” 24-hour movie marathon – featuring early work by Scarlet Johansson, Jeff Goldblum, Sylvester Stallone, and many others.

Take a look at this index of his 24-hour movie marathon ideas below. Support his work by checking out his website and podcast, won’t you?

24-Hour Movie Marathon Ideas from “F This Movie”

Genre Marathons
movie marathons featuring an actor
Movie Marathons Featuring a Place
  • Movies based in Los Angeles – I think Hollywood is a little biased on this one – lots of movies are set in L.A. I guess we’ll just settle and say these are the best movies set in L.A.
  • Movies based in New York – Big things happen in New York, as any New Yorker will tell you…without asking. Take a peek at the best movies set in New York.
  • Movies based in Chicago – Chicago, the city less full of itself than L.A. and New York. Check out the movie set here.
Movies From a Particular Year
Other Movie Marathon Themes

  • Movies Set in Cold Weather – Ok – we’re really reaching for a theme here, but it is a fact that many movies are set in cold weather. Yup.

Baby Movie Marathon!

My wife and I are expecting our fourth baby by the end of the month. Over the course of three deliveries at the hospital, we learned three things:

  1. Newborns are super-cute but don’t do a lot
  2. Nurseries help us sleep better at the hospital than we will at home
  3. Daytime television is super-boring

And by super-boring, I mean nonstop Law and Order, infomercials, and Judge Judy knock offs. Ugh!

This time around, we are planning ahead. We have a baby movie marathon planned! It won’t be 24 hours. We aren’t going to watch movies all the movies all at once. But we’ve got ten – count ’em – ten movies picked out and ready to go.

Our picks for the baby movie marathon trend toward action, comedy, and comic book oriented. We love watching these genres and most of these movies will be  easy to start and stop watching as we get interrupted (yep – Thor. He’s got a hammer. He whacks bad guys with it. Got it).

As usual with our movie marathons, each movie will be new to at least one of us. Bonus: they are all movies that are not quite little-kid friendly. It’s a real treat to watch movies for adults when our house is filled with kids seven and under.

The Baby Movie Marathon Lineup

The lineup is for kid #4’s zero-th birthday is:

La La Land

 

John Wick Movie PosterI’m really looking forward to John Wick (85% rotten tomatoes), which I didn’t know even existed until John Wick 2 was released in theaters to a ton of hype. And we’re both looking forward to Bad Moms, since neither of us really fits the definition of “queen bee soccer mom”.

It takes all kinds to make a world, right? Some parents give birth at homes in kiddie pools. We give birth in hospitals and have movie marathons!

Movie Marathon Drinking Game

It is difficult to imagine something more ill-advised than playing drinking games during a 24-hour movie marathon. You think a night of drinking and a morning hangover is tough? Try combining those two things and adding no sleep on top of it. I’m not gonna lie: that sounds rough.

But, it does make you think: could you devise a set of rules for a movie marathon drinking game if you wanted to? Most of the movie drinking games out there are focused on one movie or a small collection of movies. How could you keep a drinking game going through a movie marathon that has a variety of movies?

I say: easy! Just be on the lookout for overused movie clichés. Movies are often a playground of recycled ideas, impossible physics, and overused tropes. You just need a watchful eye to spot them, and a drink in hand to take advantage of them.

Movie Marathon Drinking Game Rules

Take a Drink When Your Action Movie Has…

  • Characters that walk away from a giant explosion without looking at it.
  • A villain who decides to start a monologue when the hero is in his clutches
  • A single boss, computer, or spaceship that is blown up and renders an entire army of bad guys instantly useless.
  • A bomb that is defused with zero or one seconds remaining
  • A car that explodes after falling off a cliff, getting shot, or otherwise touched in any way.
  • The Wilhelm Scream
  • A character who throws away a gun like a used napkin when it is out of bullets
  • A Mexican standoff, wherein three or more characters, engage in a duel.

Take a Drink When Your Horror Movie Has…

  • A car that fails to start when the character really needs it
  • A character trying to use a phone, but there is no reception / dial tone
  • A character who falls to the ground when running from a threat
  • Something totally scary is coming, here it comes, it is going to be really scary – oh it is just a cat.
  • A character who movies a bathroom mirror and suddenly sees A SCARY THING BEHIND THEM!
  • A character bitten by a zombie who decides not telling anyone is the best way to go
  • A character who asks: “Is anyone there?”
  • A REALLY LOUD JUMP SCARE SOUND

Take a Drink When Any Movie Has…

  • A training montage.
  • A homely character who becomes sexy the minute they remove their glasses
  • A kiss between the love interests…interrupted at the last possible second.
  • A character who is definitely, totally dead and defeated…until they aren’t.
  • Hidden keys located right next to where they are used in the most obvious hiding place imaginable
  • An air vent any character of any size can crawl through to get anywhere in a building
  • Rain at a funeral
  • An inspiring speech that motivates the good guys / sports team.
  • A dying person who gives an eloquent speech for his last words
  • Someone knocked unconscious due to any mild blow to the head
  • Falls from a great height but are ok since they landed in water
  • A computer system that is quickly hacked by looking intently at a screen and pressing buttons fast
  • A computer is used to magically resolve a problem (solve a crime, defeat the enemy) because computers can do anything.
  • The big revelation that it was all a dream.

Movie Marathon Drinking Game Further Reading

Photo by @wewon31

Hollywood Nights 24-Hour Movie Marathon 2016 Recap Part 2 – The Experience

In part 1, I reviewed the movies playing at the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan’s 24-hour movie marathon. In part 2, let’s recap what event itself was like.  I hope I can convince you to come next year!

The Event

The Emagine theater in Novi is an 18-screen theater in a large shopping district conveniently located off Interstate 96. The doors opened to the movie marathon crowd at 9:00 AM for check-in. The volunteers and fellow movie goers mingled a bit at the entryway. Everyone was friendly and there was a good vibe going.

At check-in, if you’ve met the minimum fundraising goal, you got a wristband which gets you a free pass to any movie, any time, throughout the day. You also got a goodie bag, a refillable bucket of popcorn, and a refillable cup for fountain drinks. Food, drink, shelter, and free entertainment. You basically have everything you need to survive for the next 24 hours.

24-Hour Movie Marathon Check-In at the Emagine theater.
24-Hour movie marathon check-in at the Emagine theater.

The goodie bag contained an assortment of candy and a few coupons for local businesses. And I was delighted to see they included a toothbrush and toothpaste. My hat is off to the foundation for thinking of the breath of the guests at 2:00 AM after about 10 sodas and an indeterminate amount of popcorn.

24-Hour Movie Marathon Goodie Bag
The 24-hour movie marathon goodie bag. It included candy, toothpaste, toothbrush, and coupons to local businesses.

The goody bag also included a few free raffle tickets. A few smart volunteers sold more tickets to marathoners later in the evening. I bought about 20 and put most of them on the necklace from a local Jeweler in hopes of getting free brownie points with my wife. I also put a few on a giant meat and cheese gift case.

Children's Leukemia Foundation Movie Marathon Raffle
The movie marathon raffle included jewelry, a meat and cheese gift box, pies, and coupons to local businesses.

The prize drawing was at 9:00 PM. Alas, it was not to be. My numbers were not drawn..

Foundation volunteers raffle ticket prize drawing
Foundation volunteers drawing raffle tickets.

Dinner was catered by Buffalo Wild Wings and featured wings in three different sauces, fries, and a salad option. Thanks to them for volunteering to feed us fundraisers!

The theater had a self-serve soda creator, the Coke Freestyle. I realized the tremendous potential this device contained at a movie marathon. What if I tried all the diet coke flavors over the course of the movie marathon? I had to collect them all!

Soda machine
Collect them all!

And collect them all I did. My official report is as follows:

  • Diet Coke with cherry, vanilla, cherry vanilla, and lime were all pretty good.
  • Diet Coke with lemon – meh – not as good as lime.
  • Diet Coke with raspberry – we are starting to enter some weird territory here.
  • Diet Coke with orange – I do not endorse this flavor combo. About as good as mouthwash and orange juice.

I learned after the fact that the Coca-Cola freestyle has an app because…well – why not? I could have increased my efficiency by pre-selecting my drink mix on my phone prior to using the machine. Ah well. There is always next time.

As far as the theater itself went, the Emagine theater was big, clean, and looked nice. This theater was unique: it has a bar with cocktails and multiple local beers. I would have appreciated the novelty of a drink and a movie, but I stay away from the alcohol on movie marathons (caffeine only!). One theater had leather seats with large armrests. I do appreciate the trend toward luxury seating in movie theaters.

The Gear

As I mentioned in my previous post, I brought a variety of gear to get me through the marathon. Here are some highlights:

  • One spare external battery was all I needed to keep my cell phone alive for the duration of the marathon. No need to plug into anything else.
  • The facial cleansing wipes felt awesome after a full day and night of movie marathoning with no shower. I’ll be bringing those again!
  • I brought a sleeping bag in case I needed it, but staying awake during the movie marathon was a slam dunk this year, and driving home was a non-event. I don’t think I’ll need to pack that again.

Conclusion

The Hollywood Nights 24-Hour movie marathon was a great event! I’m looking forward to attending again, and I hope I see you there next time!