Erika and I have a pretty cool Christmas tree. Over the many years we've been together, we have amassed a great collection of ornaments, everything from Gene Simmons to Charlie Brown, Star Trek to the Fonz. Erika has suggested for a few years now that I build one of my 24-hour marathons around our tree, and because she is always right I have finally taken the time to take the necessary pictures and put the marathon together. Take it away, tree!
10 am - Frankenstein (1931, dir. James Whale)
11:30 am - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984, dir. Steven Spielberg)
This might be something of a cheat, because this is technically a Raiders of the Lost Ark ornament but I'm using it as a catch-all Indiana Jones ornament so that I can watch my favorite of the Indy films, Temple of Doom. I know that's not a popular position, but I have to live my truth. ToD is one of Spielberg's best-made movies ever, directed by a man possessed. I know all the criticisms about the racism and the ugliness and the mean-spirited, post-divorce anger and I get all that, but I cannot deny the entertainment machine that Spielberg puts together here. I love it.
2 pm - Jurassic Park (1993, dir. Steven Spielberg)
4:30 pm - King Kong (1933, dir. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack)the 1976 version, it just doesn't have the magic that the other ones have. I went for the OG mostly because it's the best telling of the story, with a sense of wonder that's not in air quotes and special effects that still hold up to this day.
6 pm - Back to the Future (1985, dir. Robert Zemeckis)
8 pm - Ghostbusters (1984, dir. Ivan Reitman)
10 pm - Aliens (1986, dir. James Cameron)Alien has one too, but it's so dark you can barely see it. I love that Hallmark made an ornament of Ripley in the Power Loader (it was gifted to us by my Horror BFF Heather Wixson). I've been in a James Cameron mood lately thanks to The Way of Water but have yet to revisit Aliens despite it being one of the best sequels of all time. This marathon is a great excuse to watch it. I think I'd put it in my Top 3 Camerons but as soon as I say that I realize I can't pick a #3 and need to extend it to at least 5.
12:30 am - A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child (1989, dir. Stephen Hopkins)
2 am - Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982, dir. Steve Miner)
This one was tricky, because my instinct was to program Friday the 13th Part 2 because it has my favorite characters, but this ornament clearly has a hockey mask and not a baghead. Then I wanted to do Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, but this isn't a Roy ornament. It's a Jason. He's new to the tree this year, too, meaning we still get to watch some horror movies overnight even if they're not Italian (if someone wants to get us an ornament for The Beyond, just say the word). I settled on Part 3, a sequel I've always loved but one for which I have newfound appreciation after seeing a 3-D screening at the Music Box this summer.
4 am - Blade Runner (1982, dir. Ridley Scott)
Proof that many of Hallmark's movie-themed ornaments are for the best movies ever made, here's the spinner car from Blade Runner. I worry that we will be too tired for its deliberate pacing at 4am, but I also like the idea of the movie feeling more like a dream than it already does.
6 am - Avatar (dir. James Cameron)
9 am - The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992, dir. Brian Henson)
Happy holidays to you all!!