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Confessions of a non-movie guy

Hi everyone.

My name's Scott.

I don't like to watch movies.

I can hear you gasp from here. In the group of friends I have, online and off, this is an unthinkable state. "Not like movies? How can you not like movies?" I hear you say. The answer is : I dont know. I just don't particularly care for them.

There are some movies that I do like to watch - nearly anything by Pixar, Wallace and Grommit, kitshcy or campy fantasy/sci-fi, certain action-adventure movies (I'm quite looking forward to Pirates of the Caribbean next week - and I loved both LOTR movies, I mean, I'm not an ALIEN. ;) ). But in general, I'd prefer to not "watch a movie" as an evening's entertainment - much to the chagrin of my movie-loving wife.

I've been this way for a while - and I never really put much thought into it until recently. Why do I feel this way? Partly because I've always had trouble sitting still for long periods. (No, not ADD, just a spazz) Not completely, though, since I sit still at work and during many other events just fine. I've come to believe it has something to do with the passive nature of movies. And television too - I don't watch TV series either, for most of the same reasons. I admit - I didn't watch more than 2 episodes of B5. I've only seen one episode of Buffy. I watched a few episodes of Farscape, and that was very good, just bad timing for my schedule. I have seen all of the ST:TOS espisodes, and nearly all of the ST:TNG episodes, so I hope I don't get totally kicked out of fandom. :)

A passive entertainment like a movie or television show doesn't engage my mind for whatever reason, and after a short time, I find my mind wandering and I start fidgeting and trying to figure out what I can do to get up and leave the room, even for a short time. It's uncomfortable, and I don't want to be rude to the people I'm sitting there with, but I'd really rather be in a Starbuck's having a Latte.

Also, I work in Hollywood, with Hollywood people - and frankly, I don't like them. I'm very cynical about the entertainment industry, and I think most of what is made is crap - the good stuff is never recognized as good stuff by the people who should know. Everyone's a poser. I think my cynicism probably projects onto anything I see. It's difficult to turn that filter off.

I think it's important to note that I DON'T have this issue with more interactive entertainments. Like video games - or at work where I'm trying to solve problems. My mind is completely engaged in these activities, and as my wife can tell you, I can sit still for hours when I'm doing something like this. Or audio work - like in Mastering, where I'm listening to the same 20 seconds of music over and over and over again. I can do that for hours, making minor tweaks and problem solving.

But, once I get plopped down in front of some passive tv/movie/whatever - my brain just doesn't have enough to do, and it reverts to it's natural 2 year old state and it begins to run around like a loon, concentrating on nothing for more than 30 seconds.

I've tried to fake it, I've tried to PRETEND I'm a movie guy, I've tried to BECOME more interested in movies - but I've finally given up. pafuts watches what she wants, and I go to the other room to play my guitar, or play on the computer. Right now, she and her dad are watching "Gangs of New York", and I just can't bring myself to go out and join them, knowing that I'll be back in here in less than 30 minutes.

So now you all know. I can't cover it up any more. It's a difficult thing to admit when you have a group of friends like mine, but to quote that Nautical Hero of Yore - "I yam what I yam."

Thank you for your support.


Aug. 10th, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC)
I just saw this (catching up) and wanted you to know you're not alone. I find I often don't have the patience for watching movies.

I watched the first LotR movie and Harry Potter movie while working out on my HealthRider because sitting still that long would've driven me nuts. Last week I took several breaks during the 2nd Harry Potter to pet the dog, get something to eat, pet the dog, stretch my legs, nap...you get the idea. Movies are also easier when I'm doing mind-numbing work on the computer.

To knock myself out I watch either Food Network or Game Shows where there's no plot and everything is in small segments of 8 minutes or less, pausing frequently (TiVo Is My Friend). I'd read, but that'd keep me up all night....

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