Long Weekend, Good Long Movies

Welcome to your Easter Long weekend. OK, let’s be honest. Some of you have to work but we can at least recognize that traditionally, you’d have four days off of school or work. Hey, I can’t apologize enough for your boss making you work on Bunny Chocolate Day (that’s its official name, correct?). In honour of the looooong weekend, I asked a few people over on Google+ (stop pretending you haven’t heard of it) what they’re favourite long movies were. My definition of “long” is anything over 2.5 hours and on it’s own. Sorry, a trilogy doesn’t count as a single movie.

Hey, if you start now you could be done by Monday night.

Iseult DeVile – Avatar

Ludovic Bostral – Seven Samurai. The second half is one of my favourite parts of a movie of all time.

Sunan Niraula – “Fanny and Alexander” Directed by Ingmar Bergman. 318 mins.

Fogs’ Movie Reviews – I just wrote a piece on Lawrence of Arabia. Seeing as it’s on the tip of my tongue, I’ll say that.

Travis Hunter – The Dark Knight because that movie had everything except for romance, horror and sci-fi.

Joe Naylor – I’m not sure what my favourite is…that’s tough. Gandhi, Fellowship of the Ring (extended), Das Boot, and we could start getting into television miniseries like Pride and Prejudice.

Mike Paul – The Deer Hunter, Titanic, Das Boot, Gone with the Wind, Les Miserables, Gettysburg and Gods and Generals

Alex Grossman – Very difficult to say since there are actually so many – Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, The Fellowship of the Ring

Jere Mommo – The Shawshank Redemption, Apocalypse Now Redux, Blood Diamond.

Hanne Haugnes – I would have said any of the Lord of the Rings movies, quite possibly The Hobbit as well, but I think I’ll go with Les Miserables.

Prasanna Srinivasan – Once Upon a Time in America.

Joseph Perez – I loved Braveheart, The Ten Commandments, Les Mis and Saving Private Ryan.

Jorge Juarez – There are many but just to name a few: Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler’s List, The Last Samurai and Braveheart

Thanks to everyone for their input. Some great suggestions but it looks like Lawrence of Arabia, Les Miserables and Lord of the Rings (really, all of them are long). I really love longer movies because they have more of an impact on you. You live with them more. You get to know the characters better. The stories are more sweeping and epic. Don’t get me wrong, there are some terrible long movies too but they definitely have a different feel that the usual 90-100 minute flicks.

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