Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Kinda Contest!

Netflix is going to host a Movie Watching World Championship at Times Square in New York. The competition will run from October 2nd to 7th as the contestants attempt to set a new world record for most number of consecutive hours spent watching movies. The movies will be screened in a specially-erected plexi-glass living room, allowing passers-by to watch the contestants and the winner will get $10,000, a lifetime subscription to Netflix and the first-ever Popcorn Bowl Trophy.

The current world record of watching movies continuously for 120 hours and 23 minutes is held, not surprisingly considering our craze for movies, by an Indian - Ashish Sharma of Mathura. So 56 movies, totaling 121 hours, will be screened in the attempt to beat his record. There are 8 contestants, including Ashish though Netflix has said they will give others a chance to participate by inviting submission of video auditions through Facebook. The contestants have to watch the movies non-stop without averting their eyes from the screen and medical professionals will be on hand to ensure they are actually 'watching' the movie and not just staring at the screen. Eating, drinking, standing and stretching are allowed as long as their eyes remain on the screen and they will be given 10 minutes between movies(or every 2 hours) to refresh themselves. I couldn't find any information on what the 56 movies are though. Maybe the list is intended to be a surprise for the contestants. I'm curious about the criteria they're gonna use to come up with that list.

I think 2 movies is the most I've watched back-to-back in the theater. But I could probably watch 4 or even 5(depending on the movies ofcourse). But watching 56 movies in a row without even a nap would be quite an achievement. Have to wait and see who wins the Championship...

10 Comments:

At 2:18 AM, Blogger skanda said...

i have seen back to back versions of "LOTR" and it was super tedious...after the second movie was already falling asleep. How can they start not sleeping for so mnay days watching movies??? they must be robots otherwise to do that...

 
At 4:40 AM, Anonymous ... said...

It's possible if one is a chronic insomniac or if he/she takes sleep suppressants. I personally think challenges that disrupt health (physically and mentally) shouldn't be encouraged.

 
At 6:20 AM, Blogger KayKay said...

My record is still LOTR back to back..on the big screen although the Return Of The King was still the theatrical cut while Fellowship and 2 Towers were the extended cut. Still haven't attempted back to back viewings of all 3 extended versions of the trilogy (With Return Of The King now clocking a running time of 4 and a half hours).
During my student days in Australia I did watch back to back all 3 Alien and the 2 Predator flicks in a special Alien Vs. Predator festival (this was of course before Alien: Resurrection and 2 actual AVP movies.)
Recently in the comfort of my living room, I did watch all 3 Matrix flicks back to back..just the fun of it. There is a nice sense of continuity when you watch movies that were actually conceived as a trilogy or in the case of Kill Bill, one movie split into two.Especially when following episodes make no attempt to summarise what went on previously, A sort of thematic resonance that's enhanced when you pop the next episode in directly after the conclusion of it's predecessor.
But I will admit, 56 flicks is pushing the boundaries of the most hardcore film maniac.
And you could up the challenge by making 56 of those movies consist of the "choicest" selection of "masterpieces" by expert cratfsman of the genre like Vijaykanth, T.Rajendar and pretty much anything Simbhu has done:-)

 
At 7:15 AM, Anonymous ram said...

if they give me 57 Kamal movies and promise a lifetime membership to Rajkamal movies (unlimited access to movie discussions and the sets) I will definitely sit in the plexi-glass living room for 5 days! (aasai aasai ipozhudhu paer aasai epozhudhu!)

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Bee said...

During my college days, we had free passes for a newly opened cinema & watched 3movies back to back. Can never forget how our eyes were sooo sore that we could not even sleep... hahaha.. wonder how the winner gonna deal after 56 movies.. hmm... interesting ;)

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

Reminds me of those days during 'Vaikunta Ekadasi' when the local movie talkies plays back-to-back night show movies for a single ticket. Doordarshan la kooda poduvaanunga non-stop aa during the nights.

 
At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And you could up the challenge by making 56 of those movies consist of the "choicest" selection of "masterpieces" by expert cratfsman of the genre like Vijaykanth, T.Rajendar and pretty much anything Simbhu has done:-)"

lol...that would be painful...watching kushi 56 times non-stop would work for excruciating torture!

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Raju said...

:) The max. I have watched is 6 movies, on VCR.. In a glorious Sunday from morning 8 to night 10 somethng, except for lunch break.. that was 20 years ago.. :) 5 days is a lil too much.. Now the key is to be innovative for preventing falling asleep... Since they have mentioned only "eyes on screen", may be they can talk on cellfone tosomeone while "watching" the movie.. the real fun would be when they show a genre which the viewer totally hates.. eppadi thoongama samaalikkirangannu parkkanum.. Kamal bashaiyile sollanumna "Ovvoru manithanukkum pidikkatha genre onnu kandippa irukkum.. iyarkaiyin niyadhi adhu"..

 
At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Prin said...

If you wanna torture yourslef, just get a DVD of Kuselan :)

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous arun said...

idhallavo latchiyam....

 

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