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Jeff Breuer
Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 4, 2012 at 3:07:21 pm

My wife and I started this tradition where we will carve out a Saturday or a holiday and watch an entire trilogy in one day. Earlier this year we did the Bourne Trilogy and yesterday we did LOTR (Regular Version! Still a long day).

Does anybody else do this? Any suggestions for my next marathon? We've already watched Star Wars this year (though not all in one day). So I'm thinking of maybe The Godfather or Ninja Turtles (two very similar trilogies, right? The third movies were both bad!)

Jeff


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Stephen Smith
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 4, 2012 at 3:10:56 pm

Back to the Future is always worth it. I'm assuming Indiana Jones no longer counts??? I pretend the 4th movie never happened. Shia Labeouf swinging from a tree, what are you talking about? That never happened.

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Jeff Breuer
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 4, 2012 at 3:29:57 pm

Both excellent choices Stephen.



[Stephen Smith] "I pretend the 4th movie never happened."

Nice. I do the same with Rocky 5.


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Mike Cohen
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 4, 2012 at 3:19:20 pm

I recently did the Godfather trilogy including 3 which wasn't as bad as I thought it was.
I'd suggest Star Trek II - IV. A satisfying story arc.
Then watch Time after Time and see if it has some familiar plot points!


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Scott Roberts
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 4, 2012 at 3:27:54 pm

I used to do this all the time! Back in the summer months between college we would marathon trilogies like nobody's business. Often times drinking games would get involved, and by the time the third movie came along, a lot of people were in their own little worlds... but it was still fun.

At first we did the major ones, like Star Wars and Indiana Jones and Batman (we just tacked Batman Forever on the end of it), then we started to get more and more obscure. Off the top of my head, I remember marathoning these (and I know I'm forgetting a bunch):

Karate Kid
Jaws
Sleepaway Camp
Critters
Leprechaun
From Dusk Til Dawn
Living Dead (Night of, Dawn of, Day of)
Tremors

Come to think of it, we watched a lot of crappy horror movies back then...

And I know we started a Friday the 13th one at like noon one day, But I don't remember how far we actually got...


Most recently (this year), I watched LOTR extended from start to finish when the Blu-rays came out. It's harder to gather people for stuff like this anymore, and none of us drink nearly as much as we did in college... so it's been a while since a crazy marathon!


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Mark Suszko
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 5, 2012 at 1:48:23 am

How about the original 3 Planet Of The Apes films?
Any three Elvis or Beach Party movies in a row? (Go, Eric Von Zipper!)
A trilogy of classic monster films like Frankenstein, Mummy, Dracula, Black Lagoon, etc, or a Godzilla/ Gamera trio?

Three Fred Astaire movies?

Three John Wayne movies? High and the Mighty is back in circulation lately. Add Quiet Man and Blood Alley.
Three Jimmy Stewart movies? I'd suggest for a Stewart Western trio, "Big Hand For The Little Lady, Cheyanne Social Club, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Or the Jimmy Stewart Flight trio of: Lindbergh, No Highway in The Sky, and Flight Of The Phoenix.

How about three Bogart movies?


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Jeff Breuer
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 5, 2012 at 3:31:38 pm

Picking a theme or an actor, that's a good idea too. I could easily watch a marathon of Bogart, Stewart, Chaplin, Keaton, Muppets...

I like the monster theme too, that would be fun for Halloween coming up.

Jeff


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Tim Wilson
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 5, 2012 at 5:40:14 pm

The Matt Damon Bourne movies

Die Hards 1, 2 and FOUR make a nice trilogy

Naked Gun...although it's a little tough getting past OJ.

Lethal Weapon...although it's a little tough getting past Mel.

The first 3 Rambo and Rocky pictures are both a gas. The first of each is a real, top quality picture. The third are both degenerate cartoons. I LOVE Rambo III, and Rocky III has Mr. T as Clubber Lang AND Eye of the Tiger. Like I said, a degenerate cartoon, but what's not to love?

Cannonball Run. Did you know there was a third? It stars John Candy, Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty of Second City fame, plus an appropriately bizarre cast that includes Peter Boyle, Matt Frewer, The Smothers Brothers, Brooke Shields, Carl Lewis and LEE VAN CLEEF.

You could watch all 3 Superfly movies or all 3 Shaft movies (both recommended), or create an ad hoc trilogy with Superfly, Shaft and Sweet Sweetaback's Badassssss Song.

You gotta gotta gotta do Coffey, Cleopatra Jones and Foxy Brown. Pam Grier was insanely good in these.

I enjoyed watching all three Little Women remakes back to back than I thought possible. Not to make the praise sound too faint -- I really had a good time.


Dr. No, Live & Let Die, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Casino Royale. Obviously not a trilogy, but four debuts that offer some interesting compare/contrasts. I defy you to watch all 4 and not rank Daniel Craig HIGHER than Connery. I came very, very close to ranking LAZENBY over Connery. At any rate, his performance deserves far more credit than it gets, and all 4 movies are a lot of fun.

Hard Day's Night (maybe my favorite movie ever), Help and Yellow Submarine.

Monterrey, Woodstock and Blue Wild Angel - Jimi at the Isle of Wight Festival. Feel free to swap the last one out for The Who at the Isle of Wight, although I still recommend Jimi. He's playing at IoW with my favorite of his bands - Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell - and the contrast between them, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows (his band at Woodstock) and The Experience, in 3 very different years, is a lot of fun to watch and listen to.

If you're doing 40s Bogart, it has to be Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep and Casablanca.

I think you should definitely try 3 lighter pictures from the 50s: African Queen (REALLY holds up well, stunning Blu-ray print), We're No Angels (Michael Curtiz directing HB, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov, with Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll and others you'll recognize - a real charmer), and Sabrina (really does NOT hold up: weird and creepy to see HB and William Holden compete for Audrey Hepburn in her second major role, but also kind of charming....in a weird and creepy way).

Three 50s Elvis movies are unironic gems, and unexpectedly dark. Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock (Elvis doing a year on a manslaughter rap!!) and, definitely the best, King Creole. Michael Curtiz again, with Vic Morrow, Walter Matthau and Carolyn Jones.

Three 60s Elvis movies that are ironic gems: Viva Las Vegas of course, Clambake (Shelley Fabares, Bill Bixby, and the indispensible James Gregory), and the freaky little Change of Habit, featuring Mary Tyler Moore and a ghetto nun, and Ed Asner as a friendly neighborhood cop, a year before they'd work together on Mary's show. Includes Rubberneckin', but otherwise not much music.

Did I mention Mary Tyler Moore as a ghetto nun?

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Stephen Smith
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 5, 2012 at 6:03:38 pm

These are great lists.

I would like to add the Oceans trilogy to the list, well the first and third one. And Toy Story

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Tim Wilson
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 5, 2012 at 6:36:19 pm

And Blade!!! Can anyone have too much Wesley Snipes?

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Stephen Smith
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 5, 2012 at 7:36:37 pm

Blade, that makes me think of this:







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Mark Suszko
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 5, 2012 at 7:55:26 pm

My wife was watching Blade with me and in the scene where the cryogenic-looking coffin puffs open with vapor, she turns to me and in a deep, ominous voice says:


"Mr. Disney will see you now."

I love that woman.


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Jeff Breuer
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 6, 2012 at 4:11:57 pm

Naked Gun, Rambo, Rocky, Lethal Weapon all great ideas. Thanks for the Boge suggestions. I recently watched "Stand In" which I really enjoyed (though the end was a bit odd) and it was fun to see him in a more comedic role.

[Tim Wilson] " I LOVE Rambo III"
I enjoy being involved in a film appreciation forum where it is OK to enjoy "degenerate cartoons"; to enjoy the different Rambo movies for entirely different reasons.

[Tim Wilson] "Cannonball Run. Did you know there was a third?"
No I did not!

[Tim Wilson] "Did I mention Mary Tyler Moore as a ghetto nun?"
Yes, you had me at "MTM as a ghetto nun"!


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Tim Wilson
Re: Trilogy Marathons
on Sep 6, 2012 at 7:15:33 pm

[Jeff Breuer] "Yes, you had me at "MTM as a ghetto nun"!"

I forgot to mention -- Elvis is a doctor running a free clinic, and when he asks for nurses, he gets three nuns...ONLY HE DOESN'T KNOW THEY'RE NUNS!!!! They're in civvies! (I know that there's a proper term for this, but I don't remember what it is.)

Hilarity ensues.

Not really, but you get the gist.

And did I mention, Elvis is a doctor running a free clinic?




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