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{random film-ness} Six Post-Turkey Instant Movie Marathon Ideas

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Tomorrow, after you’ve eaten enough mashed potatoes to last you until the December holidays, you’re going to need a recovery game plan. Here it is: Attach your laptop to your host’s TV with an HDMI cable ($10 or under) and download instant entertainment. Here are a few post-dinner marathon ideas to keep all kinds of families happy. (I’ve seen all of ’em, so I can vouch for their watch-worthiness.)

Mystery-loving Anglophiles (teens and older): The BBC’s Sherlock. This modern-day retelling of everyone’s favorite sleuth stories stars the enigmatic Benedict Cumberbatch and Bilbo Baggins, aka Martin Freeman. ($13.99 per 3-episode season or $4.99 per 90+ minute episode.)

Fantasy-loving Anglophiles (young teens and older): The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in preparation for the December 14 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Watch The Fellowship of the Ring (3 hours, $1.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy), The Two Towers (3 hours, $2.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy) and The Return of the King (3+ hours, $2.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy)…and you’ll finally be ready for seconds.

Action-loving ‘Mericans (teens and older): The Die Hard series, in honor of the new installment coming next year. Watch the original Die Hard (2+ hours, $2.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy) at the very least, then follow up with Die Hard with a Vengeance (2+ hours, $2.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy), and  Live Free or Die Hard (2+ hours, $2.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy). Die Hard 2: Die Harder is unfortunately not available on instant.

Holiday-loving Nostalgics (all ages): An extravaganza of spirit to jump-start the season: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1+ hours, $9.99 to buy), It’s a Wonderful Life (2+ hours, $9.99 to buy), and A Christmas Story (1.5+ hours, $0.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy).

Classic-loving Spielberg Fans (older kids and up): The director’s early PG works, in honor of Lincoln. Fall in love with E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial (2 hours, $9.99 to buy), get terrified by Jaws (2+ hours, $2.99 to rent, $4.99 to buy), and be inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2+ hours, $9.99 to buy).

Conversation-Loving Movie-Watchers (teens and older): Talk-worthy recent releases that will keep you conversing way past Friday’s turkey sandwiches. Argue whether Prometheus (2+ hours, $1.99 to rent, $12.99 to buy) is a worthy prequel to Alien. Debate whether controversial documentarian Mads Brugger’s means justify the ends in his corruption-uncovering The Ambassador (1.5+ hours, $3.99 to rent, $14.99 to buy). Discuss who is most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse in between episodes of The Walking Dead (Gore warning! $1.99 to buy each episode, $10.99 to buy Season 1, $22.99 to buy Season 2, Season 3 still in progress).

What will you be watching?

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Sarah Magill

Sarah Magill has a full-time movie habit made possible by a day-time greeting card writing gig. She blogs at Gimme Some Film and is learning to write scripts and direct. She tries to balance her screen obsession with trail running, jazz singing, book clubbing, and hanging out with The Best Golden Retriever Ever, Copa.

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12 comments on “{random film-ness} Six Post-Turkey Instant Movie Marathon Ideas”

  1. What, no Star Wars (only episodes IV-VI up there, though, really…)? ;)

    • A Star Wars marathon is always a good idea (yeah, IV to VI only)! But they aren’t on Amazon instant, so you’ll have to rely on your family’s DVD collection. We had the beta tapes when I was growing up…I think my little bro had Empire memorized by the time he was four years old…probably still does! What’s your favorite Star Wars movie?

  2. I’m a big Spielberg fan when it comes to holidays. Goonies and Indiana Jones!

  3. Every Thanksgiving, after we put the kids to bed, my wife & I watch Love Actually. A great movie to kick off the Christmas season. (No marathons though.)

    • Oh, that’s a great tradition. My dad and I watched Bringing Up Baby the night before Thanksgiving, which is a tradition I’d like to keep going next year!

  4. Life of Pi and Red Dawn open today…sheesh…so many movies, so little time…

    • I was just a few year too young to see the first Red Dawn…feel like I need to go back and do my research before seeing the new one ; )

    • Yes. See the original Red Dawn first. And while you’re at it, check out Toy Soldiers as well. I can’t tell you how many times I watched those 2 movies during my formative years.

    • Queueing…now…

  5. Good post! Do you have more recommendations for mystery-loving Anglophiles who have already watched Sherlock seasons one and two?

    • It’s not straight-up mystery, but the people I know who love Sherlock generally also love the BBC series Mi-5. It’s a 10-season spy show that’s really well written, excellently casted and brilliantly acted. Beware, though: the Brits have no qualms about killing off your favorite characters…it makes it all the more gripping because you can never quite relax. On Amazon Instant, it’s $1.99 to buy an episode or $10.99 to buy a season.