My website and my blog are usually about photos I have taken. However, once a year a good friend and I do an Academy Award movie marathon. I say once a year. I should say a couple of weekends a year. We have been doing this for probably ten years now.
We look forward to cramming four or more movies in to a weekend and running from theater to theater (sometimes town to town.) Yes, we get tired but we end up seeing movies we probably would never see any other way.
I start by watching the Golden Globe nominations and then the actual event to get an idea of the movies that may get nominated for Best Picture. Then I check to see the date that the Oscar nominations will be made. After that the planning starts. Which weekends are we both free and once the dates are set I start the tedious task of figuring out how long the movies are and where and when they are playing.
This past weekend we saw the movies, Brooklyn, Bridge of Spies and Spot Light. I had already seen two of them but my friend had not so I saw them again. Both of us had also already seen The Martian so that was one less movie we had to schedule.
Our movie watching started at 10:15 in the morning in San Jose. Brooklyn started at 1:15 and the time in two theaters was the same. That meant we had to set that as the primary movie and juggle the two other movies around it. It might not sound difficult but it can be. The first movie, Spot Light ended about 40 minutes before Brooklyn started at the same theater. If we wanted to avoid a 30 minute drive and early morning start time, we could have seen all the movies in Santa Cruz. However, Bridge of Spies was playing at 7:00 and ended at 9:22. Spot Light started at 9:20 in a different theater about 4 blocks away. We would have had to run from one theater to the next and miss about 15 or more minutes of the movie. So, we drove and saw Spot Light at 10:15 in the morning.
It is making me tired just thinking about this. However, we must be glutton for punishment because we love doing it each year.
In case you are interested, these are our thoughts on the four movies we saw. All of them were well done, in fact, all of them were excellent. I liked The Martian more then my friend. We both loved Brooklyn but neither of us think it will win Best Picture. It is a toss up between Spot Light and Bridge of Spies but we are leaning toward Spot Light having a better chance of winning. However, it was a difficult movie to watch.
Speaking of difficult movies, we are in for much more of that when we have our second movie marathon weekend in three weeks. We plan on seeing the last four movies and hope they are all playing. More juggling of time and theaters will be in store for me. Mad Max is out on DVD and I am glad. This is the movie that both of us least want to watch. We will watch it at home and don't have to add it to the movie theater schedules.
Hopefully I didn't bore you with this blog. I just wanted to write about something that I look forward to doing each year. After we see the last four movies I will write and let you know what we want to win the Best Picture Oscar and what we think will probably win.