With the days getting shorter and everyone adjusting to spending more time indoors, it’s time to bring the cinema home.
For hours of binge-able entertainment that can be stretched over a few weeks (or a crammed into a couple of days), think trilogies, quadrilogies, sagas and series. For these and everything else, read on!
So, put on the popcorn, snuggle up in some flannelette and escape into the wonderful world of the movies at home with some of these picks for your next movie marathon.
There’s never been a better time to escape into a world of fantasy and adventure. Start with family-friendly classics including Harry Potter, Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit films, along with timeless favourite Star Wars, which is now up to number nine (or 10, if you include Rogue One).
Winning the binge-a-thon by sheer numbers is The Avengers, a spectacular collection of 22 action adventure films set in the Marvel superhero universe, all culminating in 2019’s incredible Avengers: Endgame.
Get cosy in these comfy, sofa-ready essentials…
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For the younger kids (and the young at heart) it’s hard to go past the Frozen franchise and its fierce and fiery heroine Princess Elsa. Three stunning films, an inspiring storyline and a smash-hit soundtrack makes it hard to beat. And for pure feelgood vibes, you can’t go past the Toy Story series. For more than 25 years across four films, Buzz, Woody, Mr Potato Head and the toys of Andy’s room have made us laugh and cry while holding us at the edge of our seats. It’s the series that launched Pixar as a powerhouse studio and proved that animated kids’ films could be just as enjoyable for grownups.
Stock up on snacks with these home candy bar must-haves…
Back in the ‘90s Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the literal embodiment of the romantic comedy. The pair became one of Hollywood’s all time legendary on-screen couples in a trio of films, kicking off in 1990 when they confirmed their chemistry in Joe vs the Volcano followed by 1993’s blockbuster tear-jerker Sleepless in Seattle, and peaking with 1998’s You’ve Got Mail. Nurture those nostalgic vibes and host your very own Meg-and-Tom-Rom-Com-Marathon with these three romantic gems.
But few other onscreen couples in recent memory have scorched the screen and had us reaching for the Kleenex like Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in 2018’s smash musical romance, A Star is Born. But did you know that before Brad and Gaga, that it was Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in the leading roles in 1976. In fact, there are four versions of A Star is Born including Judy Garland and James Mason in the 1954 version, and Janet Gaynor and Fredric Marsh in the 1937 original. Get all four and settle in for a romantic musical marathon across the ages.
There are times when we all need a good belly laugh. Whether it’s a re-run or your first time, these hilarious comedies will have you grinning ear to ear.
Time warp to the 1980s, a time when writer-director John Hughes reigned supreme as the king of comedy with a string of hits that defined a generation. Must-see Hughes classics include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck and The Breakfast Club.
Or for a wild night in, join the original wolfpack –funny man trio Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms –in The Hangover trilogy, a series that ups the ante (and the laughs) with each outing.
The Fast & Furious saga is a rev-head’s dream, with eight heart-pounding films in the main storyline plus a spinoff rounding out this fast-paced parade of illegal street racing, high-speed chases and high-tech heists.
For more non-stop action and wry one-liners, cry “yippy-kay-yay” with one the best action movie franchises of all time, Die Hard – the series that made Bruce Willis a bona-fide star.
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