If you enjoy planting your ass on your couch or bed all day, streaming Netflix or marathoning all kinds of movies and TV series, then you are going to feel me on this one.
I pay $8 for Netflix every month, so I make sure to milk it for all its worth. I’ve spent countless nights and weekends plastered on my bed, binge-watching all the available seasons of Weeds, The Office, and Alias. I’ll shamefully admit that I even watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians over the course of two weeks; something which Dru teases me about now and then. And I got Dru to sit down and go through The Walking Dead with me.
Then there are times when I decide to revisit a film franchise because of no apparent reason…or because an actor in it passed away. Shortly after Paul Walker’s tragic death, I launched myself into a Fast and Furious marathon. All six of them in two nights. It was my way of saying goodbye.
And now that 2014 is upon us, I took it upon myself to create an actual list of movies that I would love to (re)watch. Some of them I have never seen, others I would like to watch again back to back in order to fully grasp the gist of the franchise.
Feel free to save this list! I’ve ordered them according to cumulative running time, longest to shortest.
25 movies: 3159 minutes / 52.65 hours / 2.19 days
Dr. No; From Russia with Love; Goldfinger; Thunderball; You Only Live Twice; Casino Royale (1967); On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; Diamonds are Forever; Live and Let Die; The Man with the Golden Gun; The Spy Who Loved Me; Moonraker; For Your Eyes Only; Octopussy; Never Say Never Again; A View to a Kill; The Living Daylights; Licence to Kill; GoldenEye; Tomorrow Never Dies; The World is Not Enough; Die Another Day; Casino Royale (2006); Quantum of Solace; Skyfall
I dread having to watch Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough again, but sacrifices have to be made.
12 movies: 1399 minutes / 23.32 hours
Star Trek: The Motion Picture; The Wrath of Khan; The Search for Spock; The Voyage Home; The Final Frontier; The Undiscovered Country; Generations; First Contact; Insurrection; Nemesis; Star Trek; Into Darkness
You will enjoy all versions of the USS Enterprise’s captains, I promise.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
10 movies: 1243 minutes / 20.72 hours
Iron Man; The Incredible Hulk; Iron Man 2; Thor; Captain America: The First Avenger; Marvel’s The Avengers; Iron Man 3; Thor: The Dark World; Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Guardians of the Galaxy;
Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-Man (not available yet)
I’m doing this for Tony Stark. Who doesn’t love Tony Stark? (EDIT: 12/1/14 – And Chris Pratt.)
8 films: 1179 minutes / 19.65 hours
Sorcerer’s Stone; Chamber of Secrets; Prisoner of Azkaban; Goblet of Fire; Order of the Phoenix; Half-Blood Prince; Deathly Hallows I; Deathly Hallows II
I mean, come on. Do I need a reason?
7 movies: 838 minutes / 13.97 hours
In the following order: First Class; Days of Future Past; Origins: Wolverine; X-Men; X2 United; 3: The Last Stand; The Wolverine.
I personally think that from Origins onward, the continuity plummeted. How do you explain the X3 younger version of Xavier walking when he was supposedly paralyzed in Origins?
Lord of the Rings (extended Blu-ray edition)
3 movies: 726 minutes / 12.1 hours
Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; Return of the King
Anyone who can’t hang does not deserve to be in your life. You do not need that kind of weakness.
Fast and Furious
6 movies: 684 minutes / 11.4 hours
In the following order: The Fast and the Furious; 2 Fast 2 Furious; Fast and Furious; Fast 5; Furious 6; Tokyo Drift.
While I’ve already watched this series late 2013, I am not opposed to watching it again. I seriously love this film franchise. The first FF movie I saw was Tokyo Drift, and I wasn’t receptive at first. I wasn’t into cars. But I liked the story, so I gave the others a chance. That was a good move.
5 movies (machete order): 667 minutes / 11.12 hours
A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi
Machete order means watching the saga in this order: IV, V, II, III, VI. No one needs to see I. I fell asleep twice attempting it.
The Twilight Saga
5 movies: 613 minutes / 10.22 hours
Twilight; New Moon; Eclipse; Breaking Dawn 1; Breaking Dawn 2
I know what you’re thinking. “WTF?” right? Yeah. I meant this as a joke, but after much deliberation, I decided this should stay in the list. Let this serve as a cautionary tale of the effects of rabid fangirling and how women will fawn over a creepy stalker vampire because he is apparently the embodiment of an ideal boyfriend. Go figure. (Taylor Lautner, though…)
4 movies: 612 minutes / 10.2 hours
Transformers; Revenge of the Fallen; Dark of the Moon; Age of Extinction
I would like to forget that Dark of the Moon exists, because it is not a Transformers movie without Megan Fox in it. Sam and Mikaela are forever–how dare you replace her with a plump-lipped mannequin! It is just a movie with explosions. Thanks, Michael Bay. *sigh*
Pirates of the Caribbean
4 movies: 591 minutes / 9.85 hours
Curse of the Black Pearl; Dead Man’s Chest; At World’s End; On Stranger Tides;
Dead Men Tell No Tales (not available yet)
On Stranger Tides did not sing to me as the first three did. It just doesn’t feel the same without Will and Elizabeth. But, at least Captain Jack Sparrow is still in it.
3 movies: 549 minutes / 9.15 hours
This trilogy has been referenced a squillion times in books, movies, TV shows, and music that I think now is the time I sit down and watch them.
4 movies: 490 minutes / 8.16 hours
Mission: Impossible; II; III; Ghost Protocol
There was a happy time when Tom Cruise wasn’t a Scientologist whose crazy bled into his work.
4 movies: 481 minutes / 8 hours
Raiders of the Lost Ark; Temple of Doom; The Last Crusade; Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Never mind the ridiculous production flaws and the even more ridiculous plotline of Raiders. Focus on the grave-robbing Han Solo instead.
4 movies: 477 minutes / 7.95 hours
Identity; Supremacy; Ultimatum; Legacy
I haven’t actually seen any of the Bourne films, so I’m approaching this with an open mind.
Batman (Nolan series)
3 movies: 458 minutes / 7.63 hours
Batman Begins; The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises
I cannot stand Christian Bale. Not when he was in American Psycho, and especially not in Batman with whatever he does with that voice. But I will watch this series for Heath Ledger’s Joker and JGL in the third one.
The Hunger Games
3 movies: 411 minutes / 6.85 hours
The Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mockingjay: Part 1;
Mockingjay: Part 2 (not available yet)Jennifer Lawrence. Or Liam whatever, who isn’t that cute really, but plays a convincing Gale nonetheless. If you’re into the YA dystopian thing, this should be right up your alley.
The Chronicles of Narnia
3 movies: 410 minutes / 6.83 hours
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; Voyage of the Dawn Treader
If you are religious, you will enjoy the Christian symbolism. If you’re not religious, just enjoy the talking lion.
3 movies: 403 minutes / 6.72 hours
The Matrix; Reloaded; Revolution
I know, I know. It’s Keanu Reaves. The Kristen Stewart of male actors. But hey, give the movie a chance. It’s quite epic.
4 movies: 368 minutes / 6.13 hours
Shrek; Shrek 2; Shrek the Third; Shrek Forever After
Every time I think of Shrek, the Counting Crows’ “Accidentally in Love” automatically plays in my head.
2 movies: 330 minutes / 5.5 hours
An Unexpected Journey; The Desolation of Smaug;
There and Back Again (not available yet)
Watch this preferably before Lord of the Rings. It is, after all, the story of Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins’ older kinsman.
Let me know if you do any of them. How long did it take? What did you snack on? And did you install a catheter…that kinda fun stuff. 😉