Movie Marathons Make Fun Family Memories

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“The Grinch” can be a fun addition to a winter family movie night.

Grab a bowl of popcorn and get ready to binge watch some good flicks. This week’s Crew Rec is all about movies. Whether you enjoy the horror, fantasy or dystopian genre,  you’ll surely find a good movie here. 

Dystopian movies are versions of fantasy stories. For example, The Maze Runner is a very popular book and movie series. It features a group of boys stranded in a maze surrounded by monsters. They have no idea why they’re there and how to get out. 

Another dystopian book and movie series is The Hunger Games. Filmsynopsis.com describes The Hunger Games plot. “In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.” All three of  these movies are great for dystopian movie lovers.

Another popular genre this time of the year is Christmas/holiday movies. Sitting down with your whole family and binge watching Christmas or holiday movies is a great way to make memories. One  great classic is Elf, a movie about an Elf from the North Pole who travels to New York to find his dad. Another classic is Home Alone, centered around Kevin, a mischievous second grader who is left home alone for Christmas while his whole family is in Paris. Kevin has to save his house from two robbers until his family gets back. Both of these movies are great classics to watch with your family. A newer movie is the cartoon version remake of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas that came out in 2018. This is just a cartoon take on the book. The original cartoon debuted in December 1966.

Is the horror genre your thing?  A great movie is Doctor Sleep, a sequel to 1980’s The Shining, a film adaptation of the novel. While both movies are great, I personally like The Shining better. The Shining is about Jack Torrance who becomes winter caretaker for a hotel in Colorado and brings his wife Wendy and son Danny. Danny begins to have disturbing visions called “shine,” and Jack tries to murder his family after being haunted by the hotel. Doctor Sleep continues the story through a grown-up Danny who finds a girl who has the same shine. Danny tries to save her from the same trauma he went through as a kid.