Sunday, March 20, 2016

Day 20: Family Movie Marathons

Anyone who knows me, or has spent any time talking to me or reading my blog posts, knows that my family loves to watch movies together. My husband is a film critic, which combines his two favorite activities: watching movies and telling people his opinion. He gets to see movies in advance of their release and will often take one of our sons with him. He also gets sent Blu-rays to watch and review, so the rest of the family has the opportunity to watch the movies with him. As a result, much of our family time is spent watching movies.

What people may not know is that we like to plan movie marathons together. Several times throughout the year, we plan movie marathons that last anywhere from a weekend to a week. It began several years ago with the "Bondathon"; it was a marathon of all of the James Bond movies up until that point. Our basement is set up as an entertainment room with a television, Blu-ray player, Roku box, and Wii gaming system. During the marathons, we often have themed snacks to go along with the movies along with decorations and "swag bags" of little trinkets along the theme. 

If you would like to read more about our previous marathons and what we do, you can read my previous posts here:

This year's Spring Break Marathon was a "Viewer's Choice" marathon. All five of us chose a movie that we would like to show everyone else. I chose "Flatliners", my husband chose "Conan the Barbarian (2011)" and "Gravity", my 7-year-old son, Nick chose "Garfield Gets Real", my 12-year-old son, Ben chose "Forrest Gump", and my 14-year-old son, Liam chose "Groundhog Day",  We held the marathon from Friday to Sunday with two movies each day. We didn't have any decorating or swag bags this time, but we enjoyed it just the same. The next marathon won't happen until Memorial Day weekend. By that time, school will almost be over for the year. It's a great way to give us something to look forward to as a family.


  1. Carolyn,
    I'm glad to hear your family is enjoying some time together. I love hearing about your marathons. I'm thinking it would have been so hard to choose the movie for viewing. There are so many amazing movies. Hope everyone enjoyed the selections.


  2. I love family traditions like this. My daughter and I love rewatching the Hobbit movies. She has watched all of them about 20 times.

  3. What a great family tradition! I love the little extra themed touches. My dad and son have a movie marathon the day after Thanksgiving, while the rest of us are shopping.