After revealing in my post yesterday how I watched 445 movies in 2020… of course the questions “how” and “when” began. “How did you do this?” and “When do you find the time?”
As Geoff Stevens would say: Verbalize the positive!
No one asked, “Why?” I guess we all want to watch more movies!
I should also mention before I begin, a passion for movies is something that I share with my wife, Sarah. Watching a flick has become our regular activity together. I probably would watch as many as I do if I didn’t have someone to share them with.
So, I have some “pro-tips”. Let me help you see more films…
#1. Make a list and SORT OF follow it.
How many evenings have you spent 30 minutes or more looking through Netflix trying to pick one? If you chose one from the start you’d be 30 minutes in already.
This is my most important tip: Make a list.
Make it as long or short as you want. 10, 30, 50 movies. Make the list random or specific. Write them down, start a cue on Netflix, or get fancy with a spreadsheet. Whatever works for you.
As long as you SORT OF follow it. Following a list you made weeks or months ago when you are in the mood for something else is “un-fun”. We are only here for fun. Sometimes Sarah or I would want to see a horror flick or a black and white with Bogart. We would not follow the list because it would conflict. The list is ONLY there for when you can’t decided what to watch. If we couldn’t decide within 5 minutes, I’d play the next movie on the list. Indecisiveness, eliminated.
#2. Get out of the two hour mind set.
Another way I squeezed more movies in is by not waiting until I had two consecutive hours of spare time to watch one. If I had 30 minutes to an hour, I’d press play. I’ll watch the rest when I have another chunk of free time. Plus, most movies are shorter than two hours. 1hr 40min seems to be the average. That’s shorter than two episodes of Game of Thrones or a hockey game… speaking of which…
#3. Watch less sports. Unless you really care about them…
While you spent Feb 2nd, 2020 watching the Superbowl, I watched Renee Zellweger in Judy. It was pretty good. Rene nailed it. Did we miss the halftime show and fancy commercials? Nope, they were all available online on Feb 3rd.
Stanley Cup playoffs? Tampa won the Cup on Sept 17th. Sarah and I re-watched Election staring Mathew Broderick and Reese With Her Spoon. It was way better than I remembered.
But I haven’t given up on sports entirely. The Blue Jays are still important to me. I mostly watch the Jays in 30 the day after the game that condenses it into a 30 minute show. When The Jays made the playoffs this year, their run was short with many of the games in the afternoon. So it hardly made a dent in movie watching.
If you can’t stay away from the games, cutting out the sports talk programs can free up some time. Speaking of programs…
#4. Watch only the TV Programs you really care about.
Don’t cut anything you love, but perhaps you can trim a few things here and there.
- Stay away from those 24 hour news channels that are designed to keep you watching. Want to keep up to date with the world? Pick a news program that will give you everything you need to know in 30 minutes or less and move on.
- Are you “hate watching” a show? You like the first few seasons, but the show took a turn and you are not into it anymore. Free yourself from it. You can read about or watch the finale whenever it comes if you need closure.
- Maybe you don’t NEED to re-watch The Office again? Seinfeld, yes. Maybe not The Office.
- Maybe pick one or two “Real Housewives” shows to watch instead of all 23.
#5. Get accomplices who will
force help you to watch movies.
I record a podcast once a month called Retro Filmdango with my friend Richard. We watch three movies and talk about them. Three movies a month added up to 36 in 2020 that I had to set some time aside to watch if I wanted to be part of the conversation. Joining or starting a movie club is a great way to ensure you will make time for some film.
#6. Don’t wait to watch a movie with someone else.
You’ll rarely get to a movie if you keep doing this. Just watch it already. If you like it, watch it again with your friend. If you don’t, tell them how bad it is and you saved them from a crappy movie. They’ll thank you for it.
So, those are my tips. With this said, 445 movies was most likely a fluke for me. 2020 was a “perfect storm”, if you will. With there being only Sarah and I here, the onus is always on us to do the traveling to visit of family and friends. Both of our summer and holiday vacations were “Staycations” (Sorry, The Good Place!). We are not busy parents. We did no socializing in person. No video game or vinyl conventions, no concerts, no restaurants.
Deke in the comments said it best:
we are in lockdown so WTF are we supposed to do! lol.
So, you might not get to hundreds of movies in 2021 but maybe one or two of my tips will get you to more than less! Happy watching!