20th Annual CLFM 24-Hour Movie Marathon!

The Children’s Leukemia foundation of Michigan will be holding their 20th annual 24-hour movie marathon in Novi, Michigan at the Emagine theater on Friday, November 1st through Saturday, November 2nd.

Hollywood Nights 2018 - CLF Booth
The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan booth during the 2018 movie marathon.

This is a fantastic charity event and you should go! If you can raise a minimum of $150, you can watch whatever movies are scheduled for the theater that day (plus more in the overnight), get unlimited popcorn, pop, free lunch, free dinner, and a goodie bag of candy.

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Introducing Movie Marathon Find Beta!

I  have created another tool for your movie marathon toolboxMovie Marathon Find! My previous android app, Movie Marathon Time is geared towards creating your own movie marathon schedule at home. Movie Marathon Find, an application for Windows, Mac, and Linux, is focused on creating an optimal movie marathon schedule from a list of fixed movie showings. You would use Movie Marathon Find to create a perfect schedule for you at a movie theater, a film festival, or a convention.

Creating an optimal schedule is hard for humans. The area of mathematics that covers this is Combinatorics, specifically the study of permutations. This area of math tells us that the theoretical maximum number of schedules you can create from a list of movies is N factorial (N!). The list of possible movie schedules grows pretty fast with factorials. For example:

  1. 1! = 1
  2. 2! = 2
  3. 3! = 6
  4. 4! = 24
  5. 5 ! = 120
  6. 6! = 720
  7. 10! = 3,628,800
  8. 15! = 1.3E12 (that’s a number with 12 zeros after it!)

I don’t care what your weekend plans are, no human can (or should) bother searching through that space to find a perfect movie marathon!

Movie Marathon Find searches through this space for you, and can do so about 1 second. Computers are great at this sort of task!

V0.1 beta is my first working version of this app. The user interface isn’t too pretty, but it works! Download a copy from the Movie Marathon Find page. Send me your feedback for the next version, and let me know if you use it for your next movie marathon!

CWRU Film Society Science Fiction Movie Marathon

A big “thank you!” to reader Jimmie for alerting me to the Case Western University Film Society’s annual 36-hour science fiction movie marathon.

The CWRU Film Society has been hosting this sci-fi movie marathon since 1976. They just held their 44th movie marathon this previous January. As a movie marathon connoisseur, I must say they had an excellent schedule. Any movie marathon that shows Wallace and Gromit, a Miyazaki film, and a collection of movies spanning from 1910 to 2018 is putting some serious thought into their sci-fi entertainment. I salute you!

Speaking of quality selections – across their 44 movie marathons, they’ve shown a grand total of 449 movies! If you need a list of sci-fi movies for your next movie marathon, look no further than their master list.

There must be something truly special about science fiction (or its fans!). I’ve been on the lookout for movie marathon events for years now. This is the third sci-fi movie marathon event running for 30 years or more in the United States that I’ve found. Two of them in Ohio, no less. That is some serious dedication to watching science fiction films. I love it!!

So mark your calendar as busy in mid-January next year, and head on over to Cleveland, Ohio and have some fun with these crazy college movie enthusiasts!

Watch the Entire Infinity Saga in Theaters!

Now this is what I’m talking about! A 22-movie, 59-hour Marvel Movie Marathon for the low, low price of $125! That’s less than $6 per movie! You get to see the entire Infinity Saga, ending with the titanic, 3-hour Avengers: Endgame on its premiere night!

The details are a little sketchy. AMC’s official page for the event is here, but doesn’t have many details. It may be hosted in theaters in 11 cities, or maybe it is only 3 cities (New York, Chicago, and San Francisco). It starts on April 23rd and ends on April 26th, but it isn’t clear what time it starts on the 23rd. ButFandango lists it as starting on May 23rd. (c’mon guys! Let’s get organized here!)

Also, it isn’t too clear to me why it runs 59 hours. Watching all 22 films (including Endgame) would take 47 hours and 53 minutes (thank you Movie Marathon Time and your movie time adding abilities!). A half hour break between each film adds 11 hours to the marathon, so perhaps that is where the 59 hour length comes from.

So – if you aren’t the lucky social media influencer selected to get paid to watch all these movies, do the next best thing and pay for it! You are buying in bulk!

And don’t worry – if you can’t make it through all 59 hours – you have Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World to sleep through.

Infinity Saga Movie List
The Infinity Saga will be played in theaters by AMC, ending with the premiere of Avengers: Endgame

Get Paid for a Marvel Movie Marathon?

Cabletv.com will pay you $1,000 if you have a marvel movie marathon and tweet about it!

If you watched all of the movies in their lineup back-to-back, that’s a cool 42 hours and 47 minutes. Getting paid $23 an hour to watch movies is a pretty good wage! You also get some additional goodies:

  • Every Marvel MCU Blu-Ray film for your collection
  • A Captain America popcorn popper
  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn kernels
  • Thanos Infinity Gauntlet mug
  • Iron Man snuggie

I’m not sure I need all those things, but an Infinity Gauntlet mug does sound pretty badass

I loaded up their lineup into my movie marathon app. The app tells me that if you watched all of these movies back-to-back, this is what your next two days would look like:

  • Iron Man (2008) 12:00 PM 2:06 PM
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) 2:06 PM 4:00 PM
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) 4:00 PM 6:04 PM
  • Thor (2011) 6:04 PM 7:59 PM
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 7:59 PM 10:03 PM
  • The Avengers (2012) 10:03 PM 12:26 AM
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) 12:26 AM 2:36 AM
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) 2:36 AM 4:28 AM
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 4:28 AM 6:44 AM
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 6:44 AM 8:45 AM
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 8:45 AM 11:06 AM
  • Ant-Man (2015) 11:06 AM 1:03 PM
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) 1:03 PM 3:30 PM
  • Doctor Strange (2016) 3:30 PM 5:25 PM
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 5:25 PM 7:42 PM
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 7:42 PM 9:55 PM
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 9:55 PM 12:05 AM
  • Black Panther (2018) 12:05 AM 2:19 AM
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 2:19 AM 4:48 AM
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) 4:48 AM 6:47 AM

Sadly, I don’t think I’m quite cool enough to get the job. You need to be a social media “influencer”.

The hero we’re looking for is not only a Marvel fanatic, but also an active, outgoing social media personality who’d be enthusiastic about live-tweeting their MCU marathon experience while tagging CableTV.com (@CableTV, #CableTV).

Also, I’m disappointed to find this isn’t really a movie marathon!

And don’t worry… we will let you sleep. The chosen candidate will have three days to complete this epic binge.

What is the challenge in that? Anyone with opposable thumbs can watch some movies and tweet about it. Binge watching them over 42 hours takes real skill!

Ah well – I’ll just have to wait for the next opportunity to get paid to watch movies. I’m sure it’ll come some day.