Got a day or two to spare?
A movie marathon is a psychological and physical battle, during which you may encounter old sweets in the crevices of your sofa, question your place in the universe and even stain your rarely-used mug.
Today the net is buzzing with movie marathon talk, after those loveable IMAX folk announced that the Hobbit trilogy will be shown in its entirety on December 15th, two days before the official opening of the third instalment – The Battle of the Five Armies.
There are some franchise marathons that demand completion. Here are the Top 5, including how long they each would take from your precious lives…
5. The Dark Knight Trilogy – 3 Movies – 7hrs 36m
You Will Get Bored When: Michael Caine’s Butler Alfred makes his six-thousandth quip about nothing in-particular.
It’ll Feel Easy When: The Joker is on screen.
Pass The Time By: Imagining how sore Christian Bale’s throat must have been doing the growly voice all the time.
Possibility of Sleep: 1/10 – 8 hours? Pah – easy! Probably.
4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions) – 3 Movies – 11hrs 22m
You Will Get Bored When: The Hobbits hug each other AGAIN at the end of Return of the King.
It’ll Feel Easy When: Legolas is sliding down things on his shield.
Pass The Time By: Counting how many Orcs are killed. Go on – I dare you.
Possibility of Sleep: 3/10 – Good luck getting out of Middle-Earth awake in these extended editions.
3. The Star Wars Franchise – 6 Movies – 13hrs 12m
You Will Get Bored When: The Phantom Menace begins. Even though it’s the first movie (if you’re doing it right).
It’ll Feel Easy When: Revenge of the Sith ends and you’re into the classics…
Pass The Time By: Imagining how you could murder Jar Jar Binks.
Possibility of Sleep: 6/10 – You’ll be lucky to escape Episodes 1-3 alive never mind awake.
2. The Harry Potter Franchise – 8 Movies – 19hrs 38m
You Will Get Bored When: Harry, Ron and Hermione walk around the moors for an age in Deathly Hallows Part 1.
It’ll Feel Easy When: Voldemort arrives in The Goblet of Fire. Now we’ve started.
Pass The Time By: Imagining how you could murder Jar Jar Binks. Again.
Possibility of Sleep: 6/10 – If you make it through the first two then it’s anyone’s game.
1.The James Bond Franchise – 24 Movies – 48hrs 14m
You Will Get Bored When: Saggy Roger Moore pops up for his SEVENTH Bond outing in the diabolical A View To A Kill.
It’ll Feel Easy When: You wake up with the Skyfall menu screen on repeat after an 8 hour nap. *Sigh* – marathon over!
Pass The Time By: Slapping the person next to you every time someone says ‘Bond’ because why not.
Possibility of Sleep: 10/10 – 48 hours?! Who cares what’s on the screen – you’d need to prop your eyelids open with toothpicks to last that long!
Do you dare give any a go? Or have you already done one?