24-hour movie marathon returns to Vancouver this Saturday

Vancouver's Cinematheque 24-hour movie marathon is back on Saturday, and, after a two-year hiatus, is once again calling the bluff of cinephiles across the city.

Movie buff shares advice on how to survive a full day and night of films

Groundhog Day was one of the films screened at the last 24-hour movie marathon and Will Ross said he captured the event's theme of time so well that he wished they'd shown it twice in a row. ( Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/IMDb )

Vancouver's Cinematheque 24-hour movie marathon is back on Saturday, and, after a two-year hiatus, is once again calling the bluff of cinephiles across the city.

Will Ross is a pro when it comes to movie watching; he's sat through the previous two all-day movie marathons and will be at tomorrow's 24-hour event.

He shared some advice on how to survive a full day and night of movie-watching with CBC On The Coast host Stephen Quinn.

"Everyone has got the endurance to do it, as long as they have also got the curiosity," Ross said.

The movie lineup is a top secret and none of the filmgoers know what they are getting into before they arrive. The suspense is part of the fun though, said Ross.

"Because you don't know what the movies are going in, it's such a good chance to discover them and reflect on your experience with them," Ross said. "You start to see these little patterns emerge through these very different movies."

Each year, there is a theme to the movies. The last marathon, two years ago, focused on time and the previous one was movies about movies.

"Usually, they give you a big hint, but they've been pretty cagey about it this year," said Ross. "Nobody even knows the theme."

Will Ross will be watching 24 hours of non-stop movies for the third time this year. (Clare Hennig/CBC)

24 hours of movies versus 42.2 km of running

Twenty-four hours of movie watching is no easy feat and Ross compared it to traditional long-distance marathon races.

"Both my parents are marathon runners," he said and mentioned that he has also completed a 42.2 km race in the past.

"I've always had this ingrained in me when you think you can't do it, or that's going to be too much for me, you should always second guess yourself," Ross said. "That's where you get really enriching experiences."

Just make sure to sleep well beforehand, bring food and a change of clothes and limit your caffeine intake till later in the night,he advised.

Cinematheque's 24-Hour Movie Marathon begins Saturday, May 27  at 10 a.m.

With files from On The Coast.