Staff Pick: 24-Hour Science Fiction Marathon a voyage into movies, sleep deprivation

By Columbus Alive
From the May 2, 2013 edition

If you’ve ever spent 24 consecutive hours in a movie theater, it’s an experience you won’t forget. There’s something wonderfully mind-bendy about sleep deprivation and movies.

Add that to the slate of flicks on deck for the 30th annual Ohio 24-Hour Science Fiction Marathon and you’ve got a night that should be a real trip.

Highlights include the Midwest premiere of “Danger 5,” the delightfully campy Australian TV series that looks to be a crowd-pleaser. Set in a world of bizarre ’60s action cheese, five spies battle Hitler (and dinosaurs). Think “Inglourious Basterds” meets “Team America: World Police.” It will be a rare chance to see it on the big screen with an appreciative crowd.

Also making regional premieres are “Time of the Robots,” a silent B-movie mash-up that reworks pieces of old films into a new narrative, and the erotic sci-fi thriller “Vanishing Waves.” (Bow-chicka-wow-wow.)

But, wait, there’s more! You’ve got a 45th-anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick’s still-ahead-of-its-time “2001: A Space Odyssey,” as well as Christopher Nolan’s narrative unpeeling onion “Inception” and many more.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. That’s a hell of a bargain … if you can make it through the day.