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Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby debiatan » Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:19 pm UTC

Imagine you have no option but to sit (with some friends and lots of caffeine) through 24 hours of the same movie playing again and again, but you can choose which one, and thus make it a worthwhile experience (our at least something you'd want to tell your grandchildren to impress them). Which title would you pick?

I'd personally go for a musical; The Lion King, for instance. We would have time to see that one a little more than 16 times. Since I'm Spanish and the title for "The circle of life" is translated as "El ciclo sin fin" ("The endless cycle"), we would be remembered of the cruelty of the experiment at the beginning of every new screening. On top of that, we wouldn't get its songs out of our head without the help of an overqualified therapist.

"Transforming" the movie somehow from screening to screening is also allowed. For instance, the first time you see it at its normal speed, the second one you slow it down, say, 10% and so on. You could mirror the image or turn it upside down... What do you think? There are endless possibilities!

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby headprogrammingczar » Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:58 pm UTC

I would choose Memento, just because it is the only movie I can think of that would actually require that many viewings to make sense.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby shieldforyoureyes » Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:21 pm UTC

The first time I saw Andrei Rublyov, I immediately watched it all the way through again. It's 3:24, so that was just under seven hours right there. I could do that for 24 hours.

If you could find the original "director's cut" of Greed, you'd only have to watch it through twice... unfortunately most of it was lost, and the longest surviving version is only four hours.

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler is five hours. I could watch that five times in a row...

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Malice » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:02 pm UTC

headprogrammingczar wrote:I would choose Memento, just because it is the only movie I can think of that would actually require that many viewings to make sense.


Nah, Memento takes 3 at the most. Now Primer, on the other hand...
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Internetmeme » Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:31 am UTC

Malice wrote:
headprogrammingczar wrote:I would choose Memento, just because it is the only movie I can think of that would actually require that many viewings to make sense.


Nah, Memento takes 3 at the most. Now Primer, on the other hand...

Primer +1

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby pseudoidiot » Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:50 am UTC

I'm fairly certain I could watch Army of Darkness over & over for 24 hours.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby McLovin » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:30 am UTC

Speaking for Cartoon Network: The Iron Giant! Because it's totally good enough for a 24 hour marathon.

Personally? Labyrinth 8D

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:44 am UTC

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby 6453893 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:46 am UTC

Malice wrote:
headprogrammingczar wrote:I would choose Memento, just because it is the only movie I can think of that would actually require that many viewings to make sense.


Nah, Memento takes 3 at the most. Now Primer, on the other hand...
This quote chain is sorely lacking some Jacob's Ladder.

I have also sat through a double-screening of Battle Royale. I don't know how it would fare fifteen times in a row though.

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Postby shieldforyoureyes » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:55 am UTC

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby punkymonkey » Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:04 am UTC

Cannibal The Musical!

After about the third time, I'm pretty sure your eyes would just asplode.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby folkhero » Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:56 am UTC

I was thinking back on some of my favorites and thought that "The Graduate" might be a good fit. It's a different movie every time I see it; hell it's a different genre almost every time a watch it. It's a romance, then next time it's a tragedy, then a comedy, then a coming-of-age story, then a Simon and Garfunkel music video. A lot of that has to do with my mood at the time and who I'm watching it with, so it might not work so well a bunch of times in a row. Still, that would be my choice unless I think up something better.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Malice » Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:08 am UTC

6453893 wrote:
Malice wrote:
headprogrammingczar wrote:I would choose Memento, just because it is the only movie I can think of that would actually require that many viewings to make sense.


Nah, Memento takes 3 at the most. Now Primer, on the other hand...
This quote chain is sorely lacking some Jacob's Ladder.


I think the whole subjective experience idea is a good one. The best movie for this is one that's more like music than a narrative. Stay comes to mind, as does Vertigo, 2001, Vanilla Sky.... hmmm...
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby harpyblues » Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:38 am UTC

Labyrinth, like other people have mentioned. Once the hallucinations from lack of sleep, caffeine, and your brain trying to kill itself just to make the images stop kick in, the LSD quality of the movie will provide for some interesting experiences. That, or Space Odyssey 2001. Be sure to have snacks or something on hand, or it's just going to be unbearable.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby GhostWolfe » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:42 am UTC

I'd be tempted to pick the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

However, if one of the modifying options is "turn the sound off", then it doesn't matter what you pick. Watch it twice, then just do your own dialogue for the rest of the screenings.

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby tin » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:56 pm UTC

6453893 wrote:
Malice wrote:
headprogrammingczar wrote:I would choose Memento, just because it is the only movie I can think of that would actually require that many viewings to make sense.


Nah, Memento takes 3 at the most. Now Primer, on the other hand...
This quote chain is sorely lacking some Jacob's Ladder.

I have also sat through a double-screening of Battle Royale. I don't know how it would fare fifteen times in a row though.


If I watched Jacob's Ladder over and over again in a 24 hour period, I would never be able to close my eyes again. That film terrifies me. I could happily watch Battle Royale over and over again! The first one, mind. The second film should never be spoken about in polite company again.

Beetlejuice or Jason And the Argonauts. The Fifth Element, maybe? Ooh, someone mentioned The Iron Giant, so that too. Those are all films I watched over and over again when I was younger, so i'm pretty sure they'd stand up now.

I'll add Amelie and 2046. I think I could watch those two over and over again and not have that lusty/romantic hit from them weaken.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby shieldforyoureyes » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:01 pm UTC

What if remakes are allowed?

What movie has the most remakes, or what story has the most film adaptions?

Probably something by Shakespeare, or a bible story?

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:10 pm UTC

Or A Christmas Carol. That's been done a lot.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Dream » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:03 pm UTC

shieldforyoureyes wrote:The first time I saw Andrei Rublyov, I immediately watched it all the way through again. It's 3:24, so that was just under seven hours right there. I could do that for 24 hours.

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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler is five hours. I could watch that five times in a row...

I came here to post exactly those two movies. Rublev in particular, as its vignette structure would lend itself to repeat viewings. Also, I suspect I'd learn something from that, and not from most films.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby shieldforyoureyes » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:33 pm UTC

Dream wrote:
shieldforyoureyes wrote:The first time I saw Andrei Rublyov, I immediately watched it all the way through again. It's 3:24, so that was just under seven hours right there. I could do that for 24 hours.

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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler is five hours. I could watch that five times in a row...

I came here to post exactly those two movies. Rublev in particular, as its vignette structure would lend itself to repeat viewings. Also, I suspect I'd learn something from that, and not from most films.


There's an enormous amount of subtlety in Tarkovsky movies to be discovered with repeat viewings.

I wish the bell-making scene was an hour longer....

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Dream » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:53 pm UTC

Everyone loves the bell story, and with good reason. Aside from being just as excellent as the rest of the film, it is far less relentlessly bleak. Man, I really want to watch that movie again now. But not until I can see it in a cinema.

Further to the topic, Lawrence of Arabia. That film, I actually believe I would love for all 24 hours, and not even wonder at the wisdom of my actions. Someone might say to me "Who the hell would watch the same movie over and over for a whole day?" and I'd say, "Who, but us?"
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Malice » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:10 pm UTC

shieldforyoureyes wrote:What if remakes are allowed?

What movie has the most remakes, or what story has the most film adaptions?

Probably something by Shakespeare, or a bible story?


The top three belong to Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Bible (in general). I think Frankenstein is actually number 1.

For movie that has had the most remakes... hm... You might want to look to the plot which at one point was "Brewster's Millions".
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby TheAmazingRando » Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:10 pm UTC

Malice wrote:For movie that has had the most remakes... hm... You might want to look to the plot which at one point was "Brewster's Millions".

Yojimbo has to be up there, too.

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Midnight » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:52 pm UTC

andy warhol made a movie that's just the empire state building for... 484 minutes. You can almost watch it thrice!

or, for a flick an hour shorter, with (barely) more interesting subject matter: War and Peace, the full and unabridged movie.

better yet, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (1980) Running time: 939 mins. That's over fifteen hours long. watch it AND empire!
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Postby shieldforyoureyes » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:27 am UTC

Midnight wrote:better yet, BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (1980) Running time: 939 mins. That's over fifteen hours long. watch it AND empire!


Ah - TV shows with a single overall plotline, rather than a story-per-episode...

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Malice » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:50 am UTC

A season of the Wire, watched twice.

...or the show 24.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby headprogrammingczar » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:15 pm UTC

TV shows don't count. Many of them are 24 hours or more per season and almost all of the good ones are worth watching continuously the whole way through.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby tin » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:22 pm UTC

TV shows shouldn't count, but I wish they did. Because I could watch The Wire, Twin Peaks or Mad Men quite happily over a 24 hour period.
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Postby shieldforyoureyes » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:36 pm UTC

headprogrammingczar wrote:TV shows don't count. Many of them are 24 hours or more per season and almost all of the good ones are worth watching continuously the whole way through.


I meant specificly TV shows that are really long movies cut up into pieces, not a series of episodes.

Band of Brothers

Unfortunately, any soap opera would qualify too.

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Blokey » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:09 pm UTC

The Big Lebowski. We more or less had that on 24/7 in the flat before last. I can see that working.

Primer & Memento are excellent choices. If you're one of those for whom it works (please bob no, no debates), I'd also vote for Dark Side of the Rainbow.

And from a less objective point, I could personally watch 12 Angry Men over and over.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Occams_Razor » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:13 pm UTC

Malice wrote:A season of the Wire, watched twice.

...or the show 24.


A season of 24 is only 17 and a half hours of TV.

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Postby Malice » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:35 pm UTC

Occams_Razor wrote:
Malice wrote:A season of the Wire, watched twice.

...or the show 24.


A season of 24 is only 17 and a half hours of TV.


Not if you count the commercials.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Occams_Razor » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:38 pm UTC

Malice wrote:
Occams_Razor wrote:
Malice wrote:A season of the Wire, watched twice.

...or the show 24.


A season of 24 is only 17 and a half hours of TV.


Not if you count the commercials.


But then you wouldn't be watching one thing for 24 hours.

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby kandalf » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:08 am UTC

24 hours of Primer is about how much time it would take to figure it out...

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby zug » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:13 am UTC

Something quiet and lacking explosions, so when you fall asleep 16 hours in it won't wake you back up again!

But seriously, I'd go with Aladdin.
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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Ivora » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:58 am UTC

The Lion King. :D

I have watched it for 2 and a half days. Practically flawless movie. :P

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby debiatan » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:55 am UTC

I wouldn't pick a TV series. Watching the first two seasons of The Wire in one sitting is known to have happened spontaneously. It's just too easy, and you don't get the chance to memorize the dialogs.

[Full disclosure: I'm going to do this, and at least one more person will be with me the whole time. The date is not known, yet, but I guess it will be before the end of September.]

I'm still considering The Lion King, with no modifications, but with a camera pointing to the viewers' couch. After watching the movie, going to sleep, dreaming of lions and bad uncles and so on, I would combine the resulting footage from the sixteen screenings in a synchronized 4-by-4 grid. So, starting on the upper-left corner you would see the reactions to the movie from the first screening, and on the lower-right, the reactions to the 16th. If we include a mirror next to the couch, placed so that it reflects the image from the TV, the video would be almost self-explanatory (everything clear except for the motivation of the participants). Then, we watch that video (but maybe not before the singing in our heads stop), extract the best moments, and youtube them. Instant classic.

There's also another aspect to take into account: At what time should the first screening start? I'd say 11pm, after taking a looong nap. You start fresh, while having supper, endure it through the night and, by morning, when you're starting to go mad, friends drop by, and make sure you don't fall asleep. At 11pm the next day you go directly to bed.

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Ivora » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:10 am UTC

Oh my god. That song makes my heart smile inside! :D

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Phrozt » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:18 pm UTC

Blokey wrote:And from a less objective point, I could personally watch 12 Angry Men over and over.


I'm just saying it's possible.
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Here's a fun twist. What movies would you like to see *expanded* to 24 hours (i.e., the story is really great, you think a lot more could be done w/it, and you wouldn't mind watching 24 hours worth of it).

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Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

Postby Malice » Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:37 am UTC

Phrozt wrote:Here's a fun twist. What movies would you like to see *expanded* to 24 hours (i.e., the story is really great, you think a lot more could be done w/it, and you wouldn't mind watching 24 hours worth of it).


Unbreakable.

Any Tarantino film, really. I could listen to 24 hours of witty dialogue easily.

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Also, I'll bet you could watch The Werckmeister Harmonies in a row for 24 hours. It's very slow-placed, but by the end you'd probably be in a reverie. It's almost purely an emotional experience, and a strange and fascinating one at that.
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