What’s Playing at Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017

It’s official! The following movies will be playing on November 10th at the EMagine theater in Novi for the Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017! The movies below are sorted by Rotten Tomatoes score.

Which ones would you see?

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor RagnarokRotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Runtime: 130 minutes

IMDB Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Thank You for Your Service

Thank You For Your ServiceRotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Runtime: 109 minutes

IMDB Summary: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Happy Death Day

Happy Death DayRotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Runtime: 96 minutes

IMDB Summary: A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer’s identity.

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder On The Orient ExpressRotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Runtime: 116 minutes

IMDB Summary: A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

LBJ

LBJRotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Runtime: 98 minutes

IMDB Summary: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms ChristmasRotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Runtime: 104 minutes

IMDB Summary: Amy, Carla, and Kiki struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays.

Jigsaw

JigsawRotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Runtime: 92 minutes

IMDB Summary: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.

Boo 2: A Medea Halloween

Boo 2Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Runtime: 101 minutes

IMDB Summary: Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

Daddy’s Home 2

Daddys Home 2Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0%*

Runtime: 100 minutes

IMDB Summary: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

* Technically there is no Rotten Tomatoes score yet. However, the original Daddy’s Home got a 31%. Does anyone really think this sequel is going to get much more than a 0% rating?

Early Movie List for Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017

The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan’s Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017  is less than two months away! You should go if you can. It’s a great cause and it’s great fun.  If you are on the fence because you want to know what movies will be playing, read on.

Looking up movie release dates is straightforward. IMDB has a list of upcoming movies and their release dates. However, the key question is “which of these movies will actually be playing on November 10th and 11th?”.

We can’t answer that question with certainty, since it is ultimately up to what each particular theater purchases and for how long. However, we can establish probability based on typical movie performance.  According to this article, virtually no movies run shorter than two weeks, an average movie plays in theaters for four weeks, and some may go longer if they perform well.

So, based on these two sources, I give you: what will definitely probably maybe be playing at Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017!

Highly Likely Playing

The following movies will be released on November 10th or no more than two weeks before.

Thor Ragnarok

Likely Playing

The following movies will be released 2-4 weeks before the marathon.

Mother

Might Be Playing

The following movies will be released more than 4 weeks before the marathon, but may have good staying power.

Blade Runner 2049

 

24-Hour Game Marathons For Charity

If you like 24-hour movie marathons (why are you here if you don’t??), I’m betting you’ll also like the charitable organization called Extra Life. Their website says it all:

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for local CMN Hospitals.

A 24-hour game marathon to support children’s hospitals? Now there’s a fundraiser I can relate to!

Remarkably, Extra Life has built up a flexible infrastructure for supporting gaming marathons. Gamers can raise funds without being tied down to a specific location, date, or time. Again, from their website:

You can game from the comfort of your own couch, at your friend’s house, at a rec center—anywhere is fair game (Pun intended. Eyerolls permitted)! Lots of Extra Lifers organize big group events for the occasion and just as many pull out the sweatpants and snacks for a chill day at home. It’s your fundraiser—do it your way!

The next “official” gaming marathon is scheduled for November 4th, 2017. You can play anywhere, but there are cities across the United States and Canada which have guilds that organize local events. Check out this handy Google map.

They also provide some tips for fundraising success and safety rules.

It sounds as if Extra Life has gained some real momentum. I wonder if we can apply what Extra Life has learned to 24-hour movie marathon fundraisers?  If you have any ideas, comment below!

Six-Day MST3K Movie Marathon Starts Monday!

Twitch.tv is no longer just for watching some nerd on the internet play StarCraft while prepubescent boys hurl insults in a chat box. Now you can do that AND watch a six-day MST3K movie marathon! Check out the video promo for the marathon here.

If you aren’t familiar, MST3K stands for “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, the greatest show from the 1990s (and recently revived on Netflix) which takes bad movies and makes fun of them with jokes in real time. It’s funny. You’d like it. (for more on my deep love of MST3K and how it probably started my obsession with movie marathons, check out my article on the subject here)

According to the Twitch.tv announcement, they’ll be playing 38 classic episodes of MST3K over the space of six days, starting on June 26 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time and end July 3. A typical MST3K episode (minus commercials) is about 1.5 hours. By my count, that’s approximately 57 hours of MST3K content. The announcement indicates that the remaining time will be filled with “an assortment of vintage educational shorts and other bonus content in between each episode.” Commercials are also presumably involved.

If you are a prepubescent boy, no worries, real-time chat will still be available during the marathon. In fact, that’s part of the appeal. According to Variety’s article:

The point: to highlight Twitch’s ambitions of becoming a home for more than just live video-game action. Twitch refers to itself as a “social video platform,” letting viewers chat in real-time in a window next to the video.

Not convinced to take the next week off of work? Need to try before you buy? Many classic MST3K episode are available on the MST3K YouTube channel. Might I suggest one of my personal favorites: King Dinosaur?

King Dinosaur MST3K Cover ArtIn this movie, 1950’s scientists travel to planet Nova, discover giant iguanas and call them T-rexes, and (spoiler alert) end up nuking the new life forms they discovered. Why? Because…well… they brought an atom bomb with them. It was a good time to use it!

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!