Attitudes to Film

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Am I the only person who finds it difficult to sit through a film these days?

I watched Passengers on Sunday night and I think that was the first film that I actually paid attention to from start to finish in a while. And even then I wasn’t truly paying attention for the first minute and missed the whole reason that Chris Pratt was awake and why the ship was malfunctioning in the first place…

Fantastic Beasts was on last weekend and I missed whole sections of that because I just sort of zoned out and went about my business.

There are so many films that I want to see in the cinema and the list just keeps on getting longer but the thought of sitting in a darkened room and just being there for 2 or so hours sounds so alien and weird and kind of annoying to me that I just don’t go. The last time I went was to see Guardians Volume 2 and I’ve been two other times prior to that (I think).

I’ll put this into perspective, I started watching Inside Llywen Davis a while ago now and paused it because I stopped being in the mood to watch something that was turning out to be more heavy than I was anticipating at that moment. I still have not finished that film. I’m not gonna have to restart it and start this cycle again before I actually finish it.

And I do that so much. I just start a film and then pause it to go off and do something else. And then sort of forget to go back it. It takes me hours to watch a 90 minute film. Don’t get me started on how long it takes me to watch a film that is longer than that.

Also don’t get started on the genre.

To be fair (to myself) when it comes to rom-coms I can probably sit and watch it with minimal interruptions. But if it’s anything other then slightly predictable then I just take forever to make my way through it. For example I could not tell you if I actually like Prometheus despite knowing that I have seen it from start to finish multiple times because I do not think I’ve actually paid attention to it from start to finish. There are so many examples of that.

And here is the kicker, I can legit sit on my sofa and watch a whole series of something in a weekend and hardly pause once. I watched 3 episodes of Teen Wolf back to back and only paused to pee like it was nothing. Because it felt like nothing. It was roughly the same amount of time as a film, if not longer. And yet I boshed through that real quick. Let’s not even discuss how I quickly I watched Parks and Rec…

It’s just I like the option of knowing that at 20-42 minutes I can just stop if I want to. I mean I usually don’t and I binge watch like it’s going out of fashion. But, it’s an option. Films don’t come with built in breaks, so when I pause it I just sort of forget about it. When I saw the filmed version of the Broadway show of Newsies it came with a built in interval for the act break, and honestly, I can fuck with that in a big way. It was 15 minutes where I could just stop focusing and then I could just zone back in for the second half. That’s where I exist.

Let’s really get super impractical and have built in intervals in all films because then I would watch waaayyyy more films.

I think the point of this post is mainly me just screaming into the void hoping that I am not alone in this whole lack of ability to concentrate for 90 minutes to 2 hours. Am I? I’m not am I?

Please tell me I’m not…

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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