Both myself and my girlfriend Dayana Volitich are in our freshmen year at Fresno State which has been a brilliant experience so far. Thankfully the studies have not been too taxing yet, and this means that generally speaking the weekends are our own. Contrary to what many view as freshman life, we don’t love going out drinking to much, so instead we have Sunday as our cinema day with nachos, popcorn and plenty of ice cream. What we love to do is pick a trilogy or a movie franchise to watch in one day and today i want to give you some options if you fancy a good, old fashioned movie session.
Lord of The Rings
Lord of the Rings is a great way to start your marathons, three movies, each over 4 hours in length and in total almost 14 hours to complete the whole set. What I love most about this is that you really don’t feel the length of the movies until you look at the time. The cinematography in this series is spectacular and you will go on a journey with Frodo and his crew, right the way to Mount Doom. If you are feeling particularly hardcore, combine the Lord of the Rings trilogy with the Hobbit trilogy, a good 20-plus hours of incredible movies.
If you are up for a real marathon, why not watch all of the Star Wars movies in a single day. The running time for the eight movies stands at around 17 hours, add breaks to that and you will be committing yourself to a good 20 hours. In order to achieve this you will need plenty of water, lots of food and plenty of rest the day before. In terms of which order to watch them in, you can either go from Episode 1 to 7 in sequence or follow the machete order which is to watch Episodes 4 then 5, 2 then 3, 6 then 7, completely ignoring episode 1. The machete order is considered to be the best, but the choice is yours.
If you prefer something of a shorter movie marathon, why not go for Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia masterpiece the Godfather which clocks in at just under 9 hours in length. These three movies are filled with Sicilian charm, great one liners and demonstrates the loyalty, respect and ruthlessness of the Italian mob. Breakout roles for De Niro and Pacino feature in these movies as well as the timeless performance from the incredible Marlon Brando. Despite the fact that these movies were made in the 70s, they have more than stood the test of time and they make for perfect Sunday viewing.
Harry Potter – 8 movies – 19 hours
Planet of the Apes – 3 movies – 8 hours
What are your favorite movies to watch when the time comes for a marathon?