A Homebody’s Guide to the Ultimate Movie Marathon

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Way back when in primary school when the captains had to choose their teams, you wondered whether you would ever find your sport. Relax, homebody. THIS is your moment… 

Your running shoes are in pristine condition. Your gym membership untouched. Your fave shop is JB Hifi. And dressing up is throwing a jacket over your PJs for an emergency servo-ice-cream-run. You haven’t seen your family in weeks but you’re all over the latest season of GoT.

Movie* marathoning is your sport. And like all elite athletes, you need to prep. Here are 7 tips to ensure you’re in peak performance.

*Disclaimer: in this post, ‘movie’ means anything that you can watch on the box. We all know TV series are the new black.

The Classics… Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious and Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. Images sourced L to R: fanpop.com and gonewiththesummer.wordpress.com

Training

Couch-surfing can take it out of you if you don’t prep. The nana nap gets our nod. And planking after a big night out. This kind of prone concentration will put you in good stead for the challenges ahead.

From L to R: the Flag and Apex Cushion Covers by Linen House and the Leopard, Stripe and Wolf Faux Fur Cushion Covers by Bambury, available online at Zanui.

Your set up

Your sofa is your seat to unreality. If it’s been passed down through generations of sharehousians, chances are your couch is one of two things – the BEST sofa EVER in which case you’re winning at life or the most uncomfortable piece of upholstery in the history of humanity.

If you scored the former, the way forward has been carved out for you by butt cheeks past. If your couch is closer to the latter, cushion yourself from the truth. Or throw your head in the sand (we recommend knits, mohair, alpaca to soften the blow). Or just re-source. If you’ve already invested in your own sweet sweet sofa, indulge in a moment of self-congratulation.

A Tarantino trilogy? Images sourced L to R: phawker.com and pinterest.com

If you’re resourcing and you’re a bit shy on space, you’ll need the DHD/Al Merrick of sofas like these zippy little 2-seaters.

Looking for sporty and chic? Clockwise from left: Jaako Ochre 2 Seater, Errol Ink 2 Seater Sofa, Larsen Light Grey 2 Seater Sofa, Lerwick Jet 2 Seater Sofa, Otto Black 2 Seater Sofa and Maja Dark Grey 2 Seater Sofa, available online at Zanui.

Like a little more room for reclining? The Mini-mal 3-seater-style sofa is for you.

Like to spread out a little bit? Clockwise from left: Jasper Quarry 3 Seater Sofa, Erwin Iron 3 Seater Sofa, Johan Grey 3 Seater Sofa, Turner Dark Moss 3 Seater Sofa, Turner Desert 3 Seater Sofa, and Jaako Blush 3 Seater Sofa, available online at Zanui.

If you’re in the market for the Donald Takayama of sofas, look here. These are the kings of all couches. Yum.

La creme de la creme… Clockwise from L: Vittoria Dante Shell 3 Seater Sofa from GLOBE WEST, Lloyd Smoke 3 Seater Sofa from Horgans, Genoa Grey 3 Seater Sofa from Asian Tide, Oslo Grey 3 Seater Sofa & Right Chaise from SydneySide, Brugge 3 Seater Chesterfield Sofa from Horgans and Sienna Navy 3 Seater Sofa from Horgans, available online at Zanui.

The optimum viewing height

Take a long hard look at your teev. Is it working for or against you in this situation? The optimum centre of television height is at your eye-level, typically about 42 inches above the ground for uber-relaxed viewing.

Sci-fi action? Images sourced L to R: candykiller.wordpress.com and botstudent.net

Fashion

Pyjamas and ugg boots are considered haute couture in this space. Flannelette, or flanno as the hipsters call it, is seriously en-vogue. However, if you’re more of a classicist, trackydacks and sloppy joes add a certain retro chic.

From L to R: Wolf Faux Fur Throw and Stripe Faux Fur Throw from Bambury, Speckled Faux Fur Throw and White Faux Fur Throw from j.elliot HOME and Purl Throw by Linen House

Coverage

Super-cosy is the call of the day. And a goose down duvet wins hands down. See here for why. Opt for a high thread count quilt cover for a super-soft transport to your world of choice.

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Romance…! The Princess Bride and Dirty Dancing. Images sourced L to R: amazon.com and en.wikipedia.org

Sustenance

No surprises here. It’s carb-loading all the way. Think starchy, stodgy and swathed in cheese. Nachos. Pizza. And of course, popcorn.

Our fave topping combos include chilli (powder/flakes) and lime, sweet and salty (it’s a half and half mix – add icing sugar to one batch and salt to the other and mix it up) and orange (juice) and cinnamon sugar. But you should also try out these more exotic options.

A night of good old-fashioned tear-jerkers. Brokeback Mountain and Beaches. Images sourced L to R: rogerebert.com and movpins.com

Your alternate world

And most importantly of all… selecting the right mix for your viewing pleasure. Call us old-school, we dig a themed night. You know, The Godfathers in their entirety; a wild West tribute: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Unforgiven + Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; an Audrey off: Roman Holiday, Breakfast At Tiffany’s + How to Steal a Million; an 80s love affair: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, + Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; a dance-off: Footloose, Flashdance + Dirty Dancing, or more modern: Black Swan, Strictly Ballroom, + Billy Elliot; or even a few fairy tale classics: The Princess Bride, Sleeping Beauty + Alice in Wonderland.

You can go rom-com or thriller or a Marvel-off or opt for the thinking man’s movies and throw in the likes of Citizen Kane, Ben Hur, and anything starring Clint Eastwood. And that’s without even thinking about the amazingness that is TV series.

So much goodness in one night. Tell us. What are your faves?

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.