How much of a hard-core movie fan are you? Enough to sit through all nine movies up for best picture Sunday night at the Oscars? That is, all nine in 21 and a half hours, and that means no sleep despite sitting in a dark movie theater?
If that’s you, here’s your chance. AMC Theaters is showing all nine, starting with “Hugo” at 11 a.m. Saturday at its downtown Kansas City location. It runs straight through to a showing of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” that wraps up at about 8:30 Sunday morning. Then go home for a nap. The Academy Awards are on at 6 p.m.
The cost is $60, and for that I would sure hope they validate your parking. And you might want to smuggle in a couple of Starbucks, too. (OK, that was a totally unofficial statement because AMC, of course, does not allow that sort of thing.)
For the slightly less adventurous, AMC in Independence will have five of the nominees on Saturday: “Hugo” at 11 a.m., “The Help” at 1:20, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” at 4, then a one-hour break, followed by “The Artist” at 7:15 and finally “Midnight in Paris” at 9:05. You’ll be home by 11. It’s $40, the parking is fee, and there are restaurants within walking distance.
I love this idea. My only suggestion would be a little bolder: Dedicate a couple of screens throughout the weekend to all the films, getting each one up there two or three times and, in addition to selling passes for the whole festival, allow folks to buy tickets for individual films. “The Help” and “Tree of Life,” for example, haven’t been around for months (and they happen to be the two I haven’t seen). I promise to buy lots of popcorn if the company can make this happen.