Survivor: Movie-Watching Edition

Say you were stranded in a glass box in Times Square, and the only thing you could bring with you is 120 hours worth of movies.

Which films would you bring?

The current world record for continuous movie watching is 120 hours and 23 minutes: roughly the equivalent of viewing 80 consecutive 90-minute feature films (or watching Peha de Milain‘s Freakonomics movie 314 times in a row).

That record is held by Ashish Sharma of India; he will defend his world movie-watching-championship title in Times Square on October 2 as part of the Netflix Popcorn Bowl, which is vying to be the Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest of media consumption.

Contestants will be given a 10-minute break between each movie for rest. According to the event’s organizers, medical professionals will be on hand to ensure that the contestants are actually watching the movies, and not just staring blankly into the screen.

But after 120 hours of sleep deprivation, can anybody really be watching anything?

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  1. T-Bone says:

    I had my own version of the movie marathon when I took a 17 hour non-stop flight in coach to Hong Kong out of Chicago last year (plus the return flight). At least these people will probably have comfortable seats and space to stretch out…

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  2. RZ says:

    I would try to bring as diverse a movie/tv collection as possible for different moods. And I’d make sure that they were fast-paced to make the time go by quickly (i.e., no “Lord of the Rings” movies). Or, doing away with my idea of diverse genres, it might be a good time to watch all six seasons of 24 that are on DVD back-to-back.

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  3. Matt says:

    I find it ironic that these records for doing anything “continuously” allow for breaks. Shouldn’t a record for continuous movie watching not include 10 minute breaks between each movie?

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  4. Phil says:

    Does the 10 minutes per hour include access to a toilet? If not, I’d choose any movies that came in a big waterproof box with a lid.

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  5. Andrew says:

    Arrested Development

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  6. Valpey says:

    And this is noteworthy… why? Has it to do with our ability to identify with lazily consuming hours upon hours of mindless drivel? How about a contest of who can consume a movie the fastest? Arm the contestants with a DVR remote with fast-forward, show them a movie they’ve never seen and see who can correctly and artfully summarize and review the film – perhaps even predict what happens.

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  7. discordian says:

    why don’t they put a movie screen below David Blaine so he could kill two birds with one stone?

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  8. Rob says:

    To answer #3, it is a bit ironic that a record for doing something continuously allows for a break, but without a 5 minute break per hour of continuously doing whatever, people would start doing stupid stuff to break the records. Some may say that watching 120 hours worth of movies is stupid, and I’d probably agree. However, without a break at all, people will start doing things like dehydrating/starving themselves or taking drugs to make them not have to go to the bathroom or bringing their catheter along with them. I mean, you could have a toilet there and continue watching the movie while you’re going to the bathroom, but there are other records where you couldn’t relieve yourself while doing whatever you’re doing.

    The standard is a 5 minute break per hour of activity. Now, I assume that the 10 minute break per movie is based on the average movie length of 2 hours, you do the math. If they actually give them 10 minutes per movie, the best thing to do would be to watch all short movies (another reason not to watch LOTR), because then you’d actually get more breaktime. It’s likely just 5 minutes per hour, but for simplicity, they just report it as 10 minutes for every movie.

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