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Weekend Movie Marathon: Epic Trilogies

Whether you’ve been up since dawn doing the Black Friday thing or are still slowly emerging from a Thanksgiving food coma, you’ll be glad to know the library is here for all your post-feast entertainment needs. The weekend ahead presents the perfect opportunity to escape from the shopping/eating madness by indulging in some epic couch time. You can wander the TV wilderness, but sometimes it’s more fun to descend into hours of commercial-free cinematic escapism. To help you plan your movie marathon, check out one of these especially epic movie trilogies.

The Star Wars saga is so completely entrenched in the collective consciousness that even if you’ve never actually watched the movies, it probably feels like you have. Since the first film’s release in 1977, the franchise from a galaxy far, far away has exploded into a pop cultural phenomenon of epic proportions– movies, merchandise, and spinoffs galore. A few weeks ago, the Star Wars fan universe was rocked when Disney announced it had purchased the franchise and would release the series’ seventh film in 2015. With more Star Wars stuff on the horizon, why not return to the roots and check out the original trilogy?– Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983).

The 1980′s brought us the Indiana Jones trilogy, featuring a studly young Harrison Ford as the intrepid archaeologist-adventurer who travels the world recovering lost artifacts, romancing ladies, and occasionally beating up bad guys, all accompanied by an epic soundtrack. I loved these movies so much as a kid that I wanted to be Indiana Jones when I grew up. The 2008 reboot (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) wasn’t worth the time, but the original three are a perfect choice for some holiday-weekend-cheesy-movie indulgence. Check out Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

It doesn’t get more epic than this. The film trilogy based on Tolkien’s tale of hobbits, wizards, elves, dwarves (plus a seriously powerful ring) will make you want to fight some orcs and move to the Shire. With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14th, there’s no better time than now to bunker down and watch The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004). Watching all three in a row will take almost nine hours, so be sure to have plenty of provisions on hand.

And there you have it– three worthy choices for your post-holiday Epic Movie Marathon. Grab some blankets and some leftover pie and may the force be with you.

One Response

  1. I loooooove Indiana Jones. I even thought Harrison Ford was good in Crystal Skull, though the movie was a disappointment (naturally). Nothing can touch those first three movies, though–I’ll watch them any time.

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