by Patrick Bromley
This might have been a mistake.
I love programming these hypothetical movie marathons. I like to see how the films interact with one another and how shifting the pacing can alter the overall experience, like making a great mix tape. So while I love the idea of choosing 26 consecutive movies in alphabetical order -- one for each corresponding letter -- I may have been overly ambitious. For starters, it's hard to choose just one movie out of the hundreds that start with a given letter. But that part was actually ok and came to me fairly quickly; it's a combination of trying to represent different genres, different time periods, different rhythms and different movies that I feel like watching. The trouble came when it was time to write up 26 different titles. That's when this article changed from a fun little idea to a massive undertaking.
Much as I love movie marathons, I could never actually make it through 26 in a row. This is just for fun. Hope you enjoy it.
10 a.m. - The Apartment (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
12:15 p.m. - Brain Candy (1996, dir. Kelly Makin)
Better Off Dead, I think I would rather go even weirder. I was mixed on this, the only big-screen Kids in the Hall movie ever made, when I saw it on opening night. Time has been kind to it. The movie is still a lot of ideas barely stitched together (and apparently underwent some extensive edits, which might explain why Janeane Garofalo basically appears as just an extra), but there's some major comedy gold in there -- not to mention satire of the pharmaceutical industry that feels years ahead of its time but probably isn't, which is depressing. Having only seen Brain Candy a few times means I won't be reciting in my brain as it unfolds, which is nice.
1:45 p.m. - Catch-22 (1970, dir. Mike Nichols)
4 p.m. - Django (1966, dir. Sergio Corbucci)
Django Unchained), but for good reason. It's so good -- the spaghetti western other spaghetti westerns not directed by Sergio Leone aspire to be.
5:45 p.m. - The Edge of Seventeen (2016, dir. Kelly Fremon Craig)
7:45 p.m. - From Russia With Love (1963, dir. Terence Young)
9:45 p.m - Gun Crazy (1950, dir. Joseph H. Lewis)
11:15 p.m. - Heavy Metal (1981, dir. Gerald Potterton)
12:45 a.m. - I, Madman (1989, dir. Tibor Takács)
2:15 a.m. - Jungle Holocaust (1977, dir. Ruggero Deodato)
4 a.m. - Kuroneko (1968, dir. Kaneto Shindo)
5:45 a.m. - Lucas (1986, dir. David Seltzer)
7:30 a.m. - The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942, dir. William Keighley)
9:30 a.m. - The Night Before (1988, dir. Thom Eberhardt)
11 a.m. - Once Upon a Time in America (1984, dir. Sergio Leone)
3 p.m. - Punisher: War Zone (2007, dir. Lexi Alexander)
Deadpool and Logan, which get a lot of credit for doing things that War Zone did a decade ago.
5 p.m. - Quick Change (1990, dir. Bill Murray & Howard Franklin)
6:30 p.m. - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, dir. Steven Spielberg)
8:30 p.m. - Savage Streets (1984, dir. Danny Steinmann)
10:15 p.m. - Tales of Terror (1963, dir. Roger Corman)
11:45 p.m. - Under the Skin (2014, dir. Jonathan Glazer)
1:45 a.m. - Visitor Q (2001, dir. Takashi Miike)
3:15 a.m. - Wishmaster (1997, dir. Robert Kurtzman)
Adam Riske down if I programmed any other "W" horror movie.
5 a.m. - Xtro (1983, dir. Harry Bromley Davenport)
Dennis Atherton down if I programmed any other "X" movie, horror or otherwise.
6:30 a.m. - Yellow Submarine (1968, dir. George Dunning)
8 a.m. - Zoo (Robinson Devor)