Enter Sandman

By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully June 7, 2006 at 5:34AM

Enter Sandman

This weird thing happens to me every so often. I don't know if it's quarterly, or bi-annually, or what. But it is strangely cyclical and occurs more than I'd like it to (though still not a lot). Anyway, it is this:

I can't watch a movie without falling asleep. Like, it doesn't matter if I'm in a theatre or at home, or whether it's a Hollywood blockbuster or a foreign drama, or if it's daytime or nighttime.

Last night (this was at eight o'clock, mind you), I kept drifting into unconsciousness through Bela Tarr's THE OUTSIDER (though I did go back afterwards and catch everything that I missed). Tonight, I just slept through most of SHOPGIRL. Mind you, on both of these occasions, I was wide awake when I pressed play. Or so it seemed.

The weird thing is that, on these occasions, I can usually sense that it's coming. Before I even sit down to watch a movie, I have a weird tired tingle. Even if I'm not tired. It's almost creepy. It feels like really misplaced ESP. Like, why can't I foresee preventable tragedies? Instead, it's just, "I have a strange sense that I'm going to doze off once this film gets going." And then I do. (Cue "The Twilight Zone" theme. Better yet, don't.)

I can't explain it, really, and so I shouldn't bother trying, but I guess I'm hoping someone out there might confirm that this happens to them too. The movie starts. You're fine. About twenty minutes in, you start becoming aware of yourself in a way that you weren't before. Then you catch yourself and realize you weren't watching the movie, you were getting lost inside your own mind. Then, all of a sudden, you get really tired. Then you go to sleep.

Am I still typing?

Good night.

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