This year Mike and I participated in another all-day movie marathon with our friends Kathleen and Mike I (initial serves to keep the two Mike’s differentiated). Last year we got together and tried on our first movie marathon on for size and it was so much fun that we’ve now decided to make it an annual holiday tradition!
- Each person chooses a film to show the others. The selection is kept secret. One may choose to bring several options to decide upon at the last minute, but all must be kept secret.
- Names are drawn from a hat to determine the order, but not drawn all at once, rather each is pulled just before the next person is to show a film.
- Jammies must be worn for maximum comfort.
- Snacks are all important as are coffee, water and beer. It is usually best to hold off on the beer until the third movie.
- An intermission at the halfway point is recommended to keep the viewers fresh, if one has a rooftop or pool and steam room, it is suggested that those facilities be taken advantage of.
The order and movie selections from this year’s marathon:
1. Me! I went first and I chose Conceiving Ada (1997), which I’d never seen but was curious about after having read a DVD review in Bitch Magazine. As there is no trailer available out there, here is the IMDb plot summary:
“Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea of a computer language and proponent of the possibilities of the “difference engine.” Ada’s ideas were stifled and unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the nineteenth century. Emmy has a plan to defeat death and the past using her own DNA as a communicative agent to the past, bringing Ada to the present. But what are the possible ramifications?”
I was intrigued by the feminist focus of the film, Tilda Swinton and the gall of the director Lynn Hershman-Leeson who experimented with blue screen techniques in creating the movie. The movie turned out to be terrible- it’s tone was didactic, the acting wooden, and the film was badly shot and edited. However, I took a screen cap of an intriguing virtual talking dog character, which can be found below.
2. Mike, with Undertow (2004). This film paired well with his choice from last year’s marathon, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2003). The film’s directed by David Gordon Green, who Mike’admires and the film is a poetic fable about brothers.
3. Kathleen, with The Brave One (2007). A Jodie Foster crime thriller with awesome one-liners and some topless Naveen Andrews moments. The camera work is purty right on and the ending was super satisfying!
The selections were totally rad and quite drama-heavy. Even so, the day flew by and we quite enjoyed oursleves! If you’re planning your own marathon, an option to guarantee variation in tone would be to have each guest choose a genre to select a movie from- not necessary but definitely something to consider.
Thanks to Kathleen and Mike I. for hosting another fabulous movie marathon!