If you live somewhere in the Northeastern United States, the odds are pretty good that you're trapped in your house, you've got nothing to do, and your snacks and booze supplies are running dangerously low. And this is on Monday afternoon, before Hurricane Sandy has even made landfall. It's going to be a loooooong hurricane.
Which is why I suggest you take advantage of it. When I was in college, I got mono — and not even from making out with a lot of women, or even one woman, but from a tainted cafeteria utensil. In other words, it was a bad situation all around, but it wound up becoming a blessing in disguise. Trapped in my dorm room for weeks with nothing but steroids and a VCR, I saw a ton of really long movies that would have otherwise been impossible to fit into my schedule. I watched all 238 minutes of "Gone With the Wind" and chased them with 161 minutes of "The Bridge on the River Kwai." I couldn't swallow or talk, but otherwise it was a pretty great month.
Now nature has given you an chance to do the same. All those movies sitting in your queue that you tell yourself you'll get to "someday?" Someday is now. The classics you've excused yourself from watching because "you're too busy?" Guess what: you're not busy today. As long as you've got power and Internet, Sandy is a great opportunity to rectify some personal blindspots.
To make things easy on you, I've even done you the favor of assembling a list (arranged by runtime in descending order) of notable, memorable, and historically important long movies available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon's streaming services. If you're not a member of any of those sites you can find some of these films, and lots more, on iTunes, Google Play, and VOD. Now stay safe, stay inside, and watch some movies. And to my college readers: always make sure your cafeteria fork has been sanitized prior to your use.
Suggested (Long) Viewing For A Hurricane, Available For Instant Streaming
"Fanny and Alexander" – 312 minutes, available on Hulu Plus
"Hamlet" – 242 minutes, available on Amazon
"The Iceman Cometh" – 239 minutes, available on Amazon
"Heaven's Gate" – 219 minutes, available on Netflix
"Seven Samurai" – 206 minutes, available on Hulu Plus
"World on a Wire" – 205 minutes, available on Hulu Plus
"Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" – 201 minutes, available on Hulu Plus
"Giant" – 201 minutes, available on Netflix
"Intolerance" – 197 minutes, available on Netflix
"Gandhi" – 191 minutes, available on Netflix
"Barry Lyndon" – 184 minutes, available on Amazon