by Patrick Bromley
Earlier this week, I put out a call for suggestions for 24 hour movie marathon themes. Because you guys are the best, you offered up a bunch. For the first hypothetical marathon I program this month, I'm going with a theme suggested by reader Brian Sager, which was a "fluid marathon" that's a "series of movies where themes connect from one movie to the next." It's a great idea! I modified it a little so that the movies aren't necessarily connected by a theme, but they are connected in some way.
Strap in, pour yourself a Monster and get ready for a kickass 24 hours.
10 a.m. - American Psycho (2000, dir. Mary Harron)
Noon - Trading Places (1983, dir. John Landis)
2 p.m. - His Girl Friday (1940, dir. Howard Hawks)
4 p.m. - Escape from New York (1980, dir. John Carpenter)
John Carpenter. There are very few similarities between this and His Girl Friday (Carpenter tends to riff on Hawks' westerns more than his comedies), but an opportunity to spend two hours in the company of Snake Plissken must never be passed up. It's important to conform to the theme when programming a marathon, but it's just as important to make sure you're watching stuff that's awesome within those constraints Escape from New York is a movie I like more every time I see it, and within the last few years has crept up to the number two slot on my list of favorite John Carpenter movies. Scream Factory's new Blu-ray won't be out in time, which is a shame. It's ok. I'll be ready to watch it again in a couple of weeks.
6 p.m. - The American President (1995, dir. Rob Reiner)
8 p.m. - John Wick (2014, dir. Chad Stahelski/David Leitch)
10 p.m. - The Last Man on Earth (1964, dir. Ubaldo Ragona/Sidney Salkow)
Midnight - A Cat in the Brain (1990, dir. Lucio Fulci)
2 a.m. - Digging Up the Marrow (2015, dir. Adam Green)
here) and am anxious to revisit it again, but maybe that's just the Adam Green fan in me (being an Adam Green fan is a huge advantage in watching this). It has a lightness and sense of fun to it that will provide some respite between what came before and what's coming after, but the jump scares and horror atmosphere are perfect for recharging you after 16 straight hours of movies. The movie is currently playing in limited release and on VOD, but by the end of March (which I'm doing this theoretical marathon) it will be out on Blu-ray and hopefully a part of my collection.
4 a.m. - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992, dir. David Lynch)
6 a.m. - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, dir. Nicholas Meyer)
8 a.m. Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (2003, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
revenge movies," I'm going to take Kino Notabi's suggestion to include Kill Bill in the marathon, but rather than putting it in the middle (as he recommended) I'm going to put it last. It's a great way to end the 24 hours because Kill Bill isn't just a movie -- it's EVERY movie, a celebration of all the genres we know and love in one epic package. It's like relieving the whole 24 marathon in one sitting. Plus, I'll finally get to sit down and watch my copy of The Whole Bloody Affair, which is the version of the movie that actually makes it a masterpiece. Sitting through the final scenes and end credits of Vol. 2 always gives me such a catharsis. I can only imagine what that's going to feel like at the end of 24 hours.
Thanks for the suggestion, Brian Sager. I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out and would sit through this marathon tomorrow if I could.
Next week, a new theme and a totally different 24 hours of movies!