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My birthday celebration is coming up next month. For the last two years, I’ve taken the day off to watch the extended edition of LOTR and I have loved it, but this year maybe I should try something different.

But what? The Indiana Jones, Terminator, Star Trek, and Mad Max movies have some duds mixed in. The Three Stooges would be too repetitive. Star Wars has those damn ewoks, and I’m feeling like I’ve had enough Batman for a while.

It doesn’t have to be movies, though. I could do season one of Veronica Mars, or all of Jessica Jones, or take a heavy dose of Wallander.

Or, I could choose a bunch of different but related movies: martial arts fantasies, post-apocalyptic movies, or spy films, or something.

So I’m turning on comments so I can ask for help from you, dear reader: If you were to design a binge-watching marathon that ran from 12-20 hours (approximately) what would it be?

Sadly, the Cornetto trilogy is too short. The James Bond films are too long. Most TV shows are too long, especially if they run over several seasons. This website helpfully lists movie and TV lengths, but I didn’t see anything that made me jump up and salute.

Now, obviously I’m asking because I’m looking for ideas. Equally obviously, you probably don’t know me or my tastes. Don’t let that hold you back. I generally hate zombies and Saw-like psychopath movies, but any suggestions at all would be welcome.

I will say this: I’d like for them to be available on Netflix Streaming or on DVD (so my library will have them). That rules out semi-obscure series like the old Zatoichi films.

If I can’t come up with a better idea, I’ll probably be stuck with the Harry Potter films, and who needs that?

What do you say? Any ideas?

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.



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Jun. 5th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
You could do a Dick-a-thon, pick favorites out of Blade Runner, Total Recall, Impostor, Screamers, Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly, Next, Radio Free Albemuth and The Adjustment Bureau. Even the bad ones, which is most of them, are usually bad in interesting ways and I imagine the paranoiac themes would build in interesting ways over the course of a marathon.

Or . . . Quatermass-a-thon, if the library has them.

Or Rocky-thon. 15 hours or so of Bill Conti's rousing theme as our hero gets older and wiser.

Edited at 2016-06-05 03:17 am (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2016 04:08 am (UTC)
She-Ra. Last I checked, it was all on Netflix.

Watch old episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway. There's probably 20 hours' worth on YouTube.

Monty Python's Flying Circus; you may not be able to get through the whole thing but it doesn't really matter because every episode's self-contained. Or start with Fawlty Towers and then watch Monty Python until you can't take anymore. Or marathon movies by/featuring the Pythons, though I don't recommend putting A Fish Called Wanda and Brazil back to back.

Edited at 2016-06-05 04:13 am (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
For Netflix streaming, my favorite watch this year was Occupied, the Finnish future SF series. Wow, that was tight.

Also enjoyed Person of Interest.

I've binge-watched Foyle's War, and the first season of Homeland. Orphan Black.

Lighter fare: Burn Notice (spies) except for the last season or so, which I thought stupid. Covert Affairs, I loved pretty much all the way through. White Collar, I loved except the last season.
Jun. 5th, 2016 06:34 am (UTC)
Tremors, five films and a tv series... Giant People Eating Worms!
Jun. 5th, 2016 08:27 am (UTC)
I might go for a season of Alias, although I don't know if it's on Netflix.

Okay, well, the truth is that *I* would go for, like, a Step Up movie marathon, and I would enjoy it immensely, but I'm perhaps very alone in that particular love. :)

Or an Avengers movie marathon. Or, hm. Tinkerbell movie series! (They're all surprisingly good, actually, even the worst of them is pleasantly sweet, and the best are really good.)
Jun. 5th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
Avatar: The Last Airbender clocks in at a little over twenty hours, alas. Legend of Korra would fit.

Or Slings & Arrows. Paul Gross as an actor who had a breakdown in the middle of the best Hamlet of his career, hired on as artistic director of a moribund Shakespeare theatre festival, harangued by the ghost of his ex-mentor. Hijinks and hilarity ensue. Three seasons, six hours each.

Jun. 5th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'd probably do a Marvel superheroes marathon, starting with the first Iron Man. Might not include everything; the second Thor could be dropped without upsetting me.
Jun. 6th, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
Zatoichi Film Marathon with eyes closed
I second the recommendation for Slings & Arrows or Tremors.
Other ideas: John Carpenter movies (altho I hated Vampire$ but that may just be me),
Chow Yun Fat Festival, John Woo festival.

The Lost Room + BBC Ultraviolet is probably only 8 hours.

Watch Primer 10 times in a row?

Veronica Mars Season 1 is a very solid choice.

Or you could watch Kenneth Hite's "10 Westerns To Watch". If you like Westerns. Although if you like Westerns, you've probably seen many of them already.
Jun. 6th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
I'd opt for a Jackie Chan film festival. Netflix has a fair number. (Jet Li and Donnie Yen films could be intermixed for variety.)
Jun. 6th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
Another vote for Orphan Black. You could get through the first two seasons. They're streaming on Amazon Prime or dvds from the library.

After seeing The Nice Guys, I'm thinking about a Shane Black marathon. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has long been a favorite. Be fun to revisit the Lethal Weapon movies. And I need to see Iron Man 3 again with my Shane Black goggles on. I remember loving The Long Kiss Goodnight too.



Twin Peaks is a little long at 25 hours.

Jun. 6th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Firefly + Serenity.
Jun. 6th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
All the Wachowski features come in at 18 (Bound, Matrix * 3, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending) and it'd be easy to trim a little. Don't skip Bound, though.

Jun. 7th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
How about one of the one season wonders
Like the glorious silliness of Middleman (out on DVD) or Enlisted?
Jun. 7th, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)
At 30 episodes, Twin Peaks would probably be closer to 23 or 24 hours. At 61 half-hour episodes, Red Dwarf is probably similar, but you could just go for the original season I-VII. BBC shows in general are a nice option since they tend to run 6-10 episodes. How about the FlashForward TV show? It doesn't exactly have closure, but it was a nice 22 episodes.
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