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The Popcorn Bowl: Who Can Watch Movies the Longest?

When I was a sophomore back at USC during the stone age (circa 1992 when people still rented VHS tapes at Blockbuster and the phrase "Internet" was met with "Interwho?"), my roommates bet me the price of movie rentals, $50 bucks, and a free pizza that I couldn't stay up 24 hours straight watching movies with only a ten-minute break between flicks. Oh, if only I had been born 16 years later. From Cinematical comes word of this cool contest being sponsored by Netflix and The Guiness Book of World Records:

Image "Between October 2nd and 7th, eight competitors will attempt to cast the new Guinness World Record for most consecutive hours spent watching movies right in the middle of Times Sqaure, and only one will walk away with the title. Oh, and a lifetime subscription to sponsor Netflix. And the inaugural “Popcorn Bowl” trophy. Not to mention $10,000 in cash.

Contestants will watch 56 movies straight (titles TBD), with ten-minute breaks in between, and medical professionals will apparently ensure that those competing are actually “watching” as opposed to “staring” at the screen."

Now, at the wee age of 19, a day straight (which turned out to be about 14 movies) of cinema was no problem, no sweat. But nowadays, five days and 56 movies? My hat's off to the eight hyper movie buffs that will be competing. Especially if they're subjected to long-winded foreign flicks like Fellini's 8 1/2 or the director's cut of Terrence Malick's The New World. Don't get me wrong. I love those films. But for this sort of competition, your best chances of survival are 90 minute laugh-a-thons that you know by heart, like Beverly Hills Cop and Fletch. Anything with lots of backlight and preferrably set in the day helps. What do you all think? What would be your worst nightmare movies to win this baby? Or which ones would make you think, I've got this...
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