You have your luxurious new seating and a crystal clear television screen ready for your viewing pleasure--but what do you do with it? Sure, you can watch the game (if there is one) or maybe catch an episode of your favorite sitcom, but nothing beats watching an amazing movie with the lights dimmed low and a bowl full of warm popcorn. To add some variety to your movie night, we’ve come up with some movie marathon ideas to make your home entertainment, well, more entertaining
Black and White Movie Marathon
Go back to the days of analog television and cookie-cutter families with a black and white movie marathon. Serve up classic cocktails (of which you can find the recipes on Google) and request your friends wear their Sunday best. No microwaveables ,please! All snacks should be baked (or bought--no one has to know) and absolutely no smart phones or tablets allowed---those things didn’t exist back then.
Movie suggestions: Casablanca, Psycho, Some Like it Hot, Roman Holiday
Okay, so being a geek wasn’t really considered “cool” until shows like The Big Bang Theory came around, but now, he who has the best home theater becomes the alpha geek out of the group of friends! Your thickest-rimmed glasses and faded band t-shirts are the required attire, and while tablets are allowed this time, they should only be used to announce your party to the world via social media. Pizza and beer are on the menu for the night.
Movie suggestions: Blade Runner, TRON, Star Wars: A New Hope, Back to the Future
The Fright Night Marathon
For some reason, people always wait until Halloween to watch horror movies. Then they go overboard with Jell-O eyeballs and marshmallow ghosts. But who wants to wait until October to have a scary movie marathon? Host a Fright Night marathon with your friends at any time of the year. Instead of kitschy party treats, you and your friends will take part in a drinking game to test your fear leves. Every jump is a shot and every scream is worth two! As for the dress code? It doesn’t really matter, does it? Psycho killers aren’t worried about your fashion sense.
Movie Suggestions: Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist, REC
The 80's Marathon
The 80’s were awesome. We wouldn’t have blockbuster franchises like Transformers and video games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City without the music, cartoons, and movies of that era. The dress code and the menu should reflect the kaleidoscopic rainbow of the 80’s-- colorful and sugary. Get the rainbow sprinkles and the Day-glo socks! It’s time to have a seat with your best friends to check out these classic 80’s (and 80’s inspired) movies. And yes, it’s okay to wear your sunglasses at night.
Movie Suggestions: Scarface, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Top GunWe could go on with our movie suggestions, but we know how personal movie choices can be. Try to think of your own movie marathon themes and gather up your best friends. You could all take turns picking themes and homes, but we have a feeling everyone will want to come to your house after seeing your awesome home theater set up.