A Guide to Organising a Themed Movie Marathon

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If you have a group of friends, it is time to plan something fun – movie marathon. Organising a movie marathon with friends is a fulfilling experience because it will make you a little bit closer to one another. So, instead of doing other things, here’s how to organise a movie marathon:

Choose your crowd wisely

It is important that you choose the crowd wisely. You have to surround yourself with others who share your passion. Keep in mind that if you do not choose the group well, they could easily derail your experience. As soon as you figured out the number of people, you should send out invitations right away.

Consider the theme

There are many themes that you can consider but if you want to explore Japanese animated films, you can start with My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and Spirited Away. These films are from Studio Ghibli – one of the most famous animated studios in Japan. If you prefer a simple yet moving film, My Neighbor Totoro will not fail the group.

Think about how many movies you will be watching

It won’t be a movie marathon if you only consider one film. It should be at least four or five films in a row. Studio Ghibli has a lot to offer if you give it a chance. You just need to identify how many movies you want to watch. On top of this, you have to plan scheduled breaks.

Plan the start time

The start time will depend on how many movies you want to watch or how long you want to stay up. Most animated films do not last longer than two hours. If you want to put an all-nighter, you can start at 9 pm.

Stock up snacks and drinks

A movie marathon will never be complete without popcorn. Before you commence, you should buy one or two boxes of popcorn. If you have friends with a sweet tooth, you can at least provide M&Ms. For drinks, you can consider soda and juice. If you plan for an alcoholic drink, make sure that you keep it under control.

Give a real meal

Aside from snacks and drinks, it would be great if you can give a real meal. If the marathon is more than 6 hours, your friends will surely get tired of snacks and they will be hungry. As a host, you have to ensure that your friends are well fed. You can prepare the food personally but if you are too busy, you can call for delivery. Try to avoid pizza, burgers and Chinese food. There are many food centers these days that offer more meal choices. Since your theme is Japanese anime, you can consider Japanese food choices.

Set a camp

Make sure to pick a spot in your house with enough room be it your bedroom or lounge area. While you are at it, you should give extra pillows and blankets to make everyone comfortable.  Finally, dim the lights and close the curtains. Since you planned scheduled breaks, you are allowing friends to take a break and discuss the movie.

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