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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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jry
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.

Miyazaki?

Cronenberg?

Twin Peaks is a little long at 25 hours.

jry
Jun. 6th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Firefly + Serenity.
jry
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.