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 Contest, the 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.