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Written by: Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012 | 20 comments | Featured

It never ceases to amaze me how often inquisitions for this weekly, recurring column end up in my lap. Just yesterday, Ryan McNeil (who is yet again playing a vital part here at Duke & the Movies) sent me an email detailing his frustration with the idea of Letterbox’s 100 Movies In December challenge.

To paraphrase, Ryan felt the task was next to impossible to complete. Watching 3+ films a day is a brutal test of endurance, not to mention ridiculous. It’s also something that can only be done if you have either a.) have absolutely nothing else to do with your life, or b.) find some efficient method of digesting movies at a rapid pace.

I know of few people who have the time to consume an abundance of films. For those who do, I wonder: how much are you getting out of each picture? I’ve been to film festivals where you watch four films in a day. By the end, each of movie (unless one is particularly great or awful) begins so seep together. It naturally varies from person to person – and the confounding variable is of course what type of films are being inhaled. I reckon it’s much easier to watch a myriad of light, comedic plights than ambiguous, dark dramas.

All in all, between this Christmas challenge and the conclusion of The Contestthe pressing question this week is a simplistic one:

On an average day, how many movies would you say you watch? How about in a week, or a month? Gauge and respond as you please.  



There are 20 comments for this post.

  1. Love and Addiction: How Many Movies are Too Many? | The Matinee | Cinematic Passion & Perspective on December 4, 2012 8:05 am

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  2. Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012 8:14 am

    Thanks for the link Ryan!

  3. Nikhat on December 4, 2012 8:37 am

    I have a sort of need to watch at least 1 movie a day. Like I feel wretched when this doesn’t happen. When I’m in my serious movie-watching phases, which mostly occur during vacations, I usually watch 3 movies a day. And I would say that I pay the right amount of attention to all of them.

    However I am leaning towards a more relaxed approach from next year. With college and all, I don’t really give my attention to anything except watch that one movie. I would like to change that and do other things and not feel bad about the movie-watching. This does sound like a compulsion, but the thing is that once I do sit down and watch the film, I feel that much better.

  4. Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012 8:40 am

    I’m kind of the same way. It’s best if I watch one film a day, at least.

    Striking a balance is difficult — and something I’m constantly striving for. I may in fact be there. You’ll make it Nikhat.

  5. Dan Heaton on December 4, 2012 8:54 am

    I agree that 100 movies in a month is totally ridiculous. I looked back at my list of films watched this year, and I’m at 149. That works out to about three movies a week, and that’s about all I can do at this point. I feel like this amount strikes a good balance between other aspects of life while still offering the chance to check out a lot of interesting films. The main difference between now and the past is that I don’t re-watch as many movies. The time just isn’t there, but I’m still happy with what I get to see.

  6. Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012 8:56 am

    How many of those films would you say you see in theaters?

  7. Mike Scott on December 4, 2012 11:18 am

    Working full time gets in the way! I’ve averaged about 1 a day this year but there are days I don’t get the chance (that’s balanced by fests where I’ll average 4 a day). I’ll often watch three movies a day if I’m home alone over the weekend but if work’s on, not a hope in hell.

  8. Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012 11:20 am

    Where do you work my friend?

  9. Steven Flores on December 4, 2012 12:53 pm

    For first-timers, 20 films a month. Re-watches, depending what’s on and such.

  10. Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012 12:55 pm

    I understand that. Re-watching films is much, much easier. Less to digest.

  11. Bubbawheat on December 4, 2012 4:51 pm

    I tend to watch 5-7 movies a week, though about 3 of them are fluff movies. Either a kids movie for my daughter or a movie my wife’s interested in but I’m not and am only half watching. For a while, I was reviewing 3 movies a week, but with a longer work schedule, I’m down to 1-2 a week. I think once you start getting past 1 movie a day, or 2 if you have lots of free time, they start to lose their meaning, unless you’re fitting in several re-watches which I think is important to really enjoy a movie. If you have the time to watch 100 movies in a month, I’d suggest that at least 30 of them should be re-watches.

    100 first time movie viewings in a month? Fuhgeddaboutit.

  12. Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012 6:08 pm

    I’ve done maybe fifty films in a month, maybe. I wouldn’t possibly want to watch anymore. Glad you’re sane Bubba.

  13. Sean Welsh on December 5, 2012 9:40 am

    As someone who is participating in 100 film challenge on Letterboxd, I feel a little obligated to share the original post that started this whole thing: http://letterboxd.com/cinebro/list/proposal-the-december-challenge-1-month-100/

    Normally, I watch at least 1 movie a day, usually at night before I go to sleep. But this doesn’t always happen and I more likely average about 3-5 a week.

    So far, I have not found it too difficult to keep pace and add two more into my schedule. When I get home from work, instead of going about my daily routine in silence or listening to a podcast or music, I just put on a movie. Instead of watching one at night, I’ve started an hour earlier and watch two instead. For the movie I’ve been watching when I get home from work, however, I have chosen lighter material that doesn’t require as deep of a focus to watch.

    Will I get burned out? Most definitely and at that point I will slow down. Much like many other people participating, I don’t have any real expectations to reach 100. My goal is more akin to reaching 30 or so, but am participating for the sense of community and involvement with the people on the site.

  14. Sam Fragoso on December 5, 2012 10:31 am

    I’ve gotten burned out one too many times to continue watching two plus films a day. But I admire your commitment Sean.

  15. filmdrivel on December 5, 2012 11:52 am

    100 in a month is a joke, surely it would feel like a chore, and you’d have no social life whatsoever and if you work get no sleep! I probably don’t even watch that many in a year to be honest.

  16. Sam Fragoso on December 5, 2012 12:00 pm

    In a year, really? 100 films in a year isn’t so hard. That’s less than one film every three days.

  17. Flying H on December 5, 2012 1:48 pm

    I did that contest, and I only went insane over the last three or four days, when I was watching six or more movies a day. Also, after about three or four, if you watch a good movie, it’s enjoyability is amplified, and it seems way more deep, even if it isn’t.

  18. Sam Fragoso on December 5, 2012 2:40 pm

    Jokerooo Flying H. Joke. Seven films is deadly.

  19. Morgan R. Lewis on December 5, 2012 5:05 pm

    I usually watch about 5 movies a week. Any more than that and it’s hard to maintain enthusiasm — sometimes you just have to do something else, you know? 100 movies in a month is only reasonable if that’s all you’ve got going on in your life (i.e., it isn’t reasonable at all). I hit 27 films (including shorts) in October, and even that was a little exhausting by the end of it.

  20. Sam Fragoso on December 11, 2012 1:34 am

    By the end of the month, I usually average out about one a day. But again, I’ll go a couple days without seeing something, then watch three on a Sunday.

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