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All About Marathons

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by Sandra Elzie


Last weekend our kids came to visit and our son had the bright idea to have a movie marathon. We have all the Bourne Identity movies, all the Star Wars, Rockys, Star Treks, and the list goes on. He chose all the Die Hard movies.


We spent hours and hours watching John McClain…aka Bruce Willis…while the world blew up all around him and, although he got a little bloody, he came out alive and well. Say what???


Okay, so I smiled graciously, made the popcorn and settled in. All-in-all, it was a lot of fun and I didn’t even fall asleep.


Have you ever done a marathon? No, no, I’m not referring to the 26.2 miles of sweating…I’m talking about the ultimate Couch Potato experience.


Well, we do it a couple of times a year at my house, so this was nothing new, but while one of the movies was paused so we could take a nature break…and of course, grab more snacks…I got to thinking. Watching three, four, five movies in a row (aka…a marathon), is much like reading a book series. Know what I mean?


You have a main character, set in a particular job in a particular city and and each book…or movie…is about another problem that must be resolved.


So what I want to know today is whether or not you’ve ever done a movie marathon. You have? What series did you watch? You haven’t? ….why not??




Sandra Elzir (awa McGregor) is married to the most patient man on the face of the earth.  When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, read and recently started making jewelry.  Sandra accepted a challenge from her husband about fourteen years ago to not wait until retirement to write the books running around in her head and since she could never refuse a challenge, she started writing and sold her first book in 2008.

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Pam Asberry - July 7, 2014 - 8:41 am

We have never done a movie marathon, but I think we should! I am thinking ladies’ sleepover with a Jane Austen marathon…

Maxine Davis - July 7, 2014 - 9:14 am

Sandy, Sounds great, especially having your kids there. I’ve come close, I guess. You’ve heard some TV stations talk about a Harry Potter marathon or NCIS. Well, I’ve watched plenty of those two – and thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed your post.

Sandy Elzie - July 7, 2014 - 9:28 am

Yeah!!!! I’m your gal! The last movie marathon hubs & I did was The Godfather. (can anyone say…not a romance series?????)

Sandy Elzie - July 7, 2014 - 9:29 am

Oh, Maxine…NCIS….marathon Mark Harmon. (sigh) I can vote a big yes for that. (Sure miss Ziva, though)

Marilyn Baron - July 7, 2014 - 9:55 am

I don’t remember doing a movie marathon but we have done it with TV shows. It sounds line fun.

Sandy Elzie - July 7, 2014 - 10:40 am

Hi Marilyn,
We enjoy it…once in a while. We used to go to the home of a friend in CA and do this all day Sat & through the night until everyone fell asleep or went home. First person to arrive picked the first movie, second person to arrive picked the next movie, and on and on. Oh, and we all brought food and grazed our way through 8-10 movies.

Walt Mussell - July 7, 2014 - 11:24 am

We don’t do marathons like that. We’ve yet to have the time to veg for several movies. However,we have movie nights all the time. Got my wife and kids to watch “Throw Momma from the Train” (Billy Crystal and Danny Devito) last weekend. My 12-y.o. had to watch it again.

Favorite movie night of all time is still “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Wish I had a video recording of my 12-y.o. when the car went out the window.

Connie Gillam - July 7, 2014 - 12:43 pm

I’ve never done a movie marathon, but I did catch up on several episodes of The Blacklist last Christmas as I wrapped presents. A movie marathon sounds like fun, if everyone in the family could agree (and were interested) in the same series.

Piper - July 7, 2014 - 2:41 pm

We don’t do movie marathons. I’m not sure why. When my mother was alive, we used to do Pride and Prejudice marathons and drive my father crazy. Now, since there are more versions of P&P, we would need two days to do such a marathon.

Once, I did a Veronica Mars marathon. Oh, I was so grateful that I didn’t watch that show week to week. It would have been intolerable. A marathon was a much better way to deal with the mystery!

Sandy Elzie - July 7, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Hi Walt,
I enjoyed Throw Momma from the Train. I think my favorite marathon…although we usually watch them over the course of a week is the Bourne movies. Each one is just as good as the first one…imho.

Sandy Elzie - July 7, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Hi Piper, Sorry, never got into P&P like some folks, but I love the driving your father crazy part. When our girls were young (about 10 & 13) they’d watch Grease over and over and over. Enough to drive anyone crazy.

Sandy Elzie - July 7, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Connie, I know what you mean about catching up on several edisodes at once. When we first started watching NCIS it was in the 56h or 6th season. We ordered the first ones from Netflicks, along with the early episodes of Burn Notice, Psych & White Collar. I love missing out on all the repeated commercials. :)

Tanya A. - July 7, 2014 - 10:53 pm

My husband watches more television than I do, but when we get a chance (and our four kids let us), we like to watch a marathon of whatever shows we are watching for the first time either on Netflix or DVD. We are on season 2 of Castle and are watching it for the first time.

The reason I enjoyed this post was my son is 11 and is too young for Die Hard yet, but I showed him the YouTube video of Screen Junkies debating how many John McClanes would be needed for Die Hard 2-5. My son loves that montage and watched the montage again today, showing the clip to my older daughter. He’d love a YouTube marathon of that clip alone.
Thanks for an enjoyable blog.

Carol Burnside - July 8, 2014 - 2:42 am

Sandy, rather than movie marathons, we’ve done series marathons. First one was the series 24. Since it was several seasons in when we began, it took us many nights of 3-6 episodes to complete, but it was a lot of fun to share our reactions to the latest installments.

Sandy Elzie - July 8, 2014 - 5:40 am

Hi Carol,
I’m getting ready to do that with the series Suits. I didn’t get in on the first season, so I have some catching up to do.

Susan Carlisle - July 8, 2014 - 9:11 am

My kids and I watch all of Lonesome Dove one rainy Saturday. It took all day. We still talk about doing that. We have also made a full day of watching WWII movies. It is fun.

Sia Huff - July 8, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Great question, Sandy. I’ve done MM with my boys – Star Wars and Harry Potter. And I’m with Piper on P&P. I received the BBC mini-series version for Christmas awhile ago. You can’t stop with just one.

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