In honor of July 4th this week, I thought it a good time to create another one my hypothetical movie marathons consisting entirely of movies about America. I'm not necessarily talking about American history, though that's certainly represented here. What I'm talking about are movies that I feel speak to some aspect of America or what it means to live here. These are neither the "most American" movies, nor is the marathon at all comprehensive in what it covers. These are movies that fit the theme and that I would want to watch all in a row. For some of you, this all goes without saying. Others have to be reminded.
Here's something I noticed: many of the movies that really speak about America are big, sweeping epics that run three hours. I'm not including many of those (though there are a few), because I don't want to be too obvious in all of my picks (though there are a few) and because I can squeeze in more movies by leaving them out. When you're wondering why The Godfather and They Will Be Blood aren't on in the lineup, that's why.
10 am - My Man Godfrey (1936, dir. Gregory La Cava)
3 pm - Miller's Crossing (1990, dir. Joel Coen)
5 pm - Bowfinger (1999, dir. Frank Oz)
7 pm - Nashville (1975, dir. Robert Altman)
10 pm - Spring Breakers (2012, dir. Harmony Korine)
11:45 pm - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974, dir. Tobe Hooper)
1:15 am - They Live (1988, dir. John Carpenter)
3 am - Dawn of the Dead (1979, dir. George A. Romero)
5:15 am - Ace in the Hole (1951, dir. Billy Wilder)
7:15 am - Do the Right Thing (1989, dir. Spike Lee)
9:30 am - Coming to America (1988, dir. John Landis)