Day 205: The Godfather

If I haven't already made it pretty explicitly clear, I've never seen any movie ever. It took this project to get me to see Top Gun. I mean, you should REALLY lower your expectations about what movies I have seen. This is partially due to the fact that watching a movie in the dark will make me fall asleep. Watching movies while laying down make me fall asleep. Watching anything but a current dramatic film will probably make me fall asleep.

It's ridiculous.


I had this really great idea that for my next year-long New Thing-type project, that I'd watch all of the movies on the AFI Top 100. I don't want to be that girl who hasn't seen any movie ever. I want to understand the references, quotes, actors, directors, the whole nine. To get me used to watching movies on this list, I thought it would be appropriate to watch The Godfather--a movie Mark already has, and the #2 on the AFI list.

So we did.

It was reallly hard for me, though. We started the movie at 8:30, and, seeing as how it's a 3-hour movie, that meant I was trying to watch a movie at 11:30 at night, which is just silly. Absurd, actually. I just can't do it.

I ended up pinching each one of my fingertips to try to stay awake (a habit to stay awake in college classes), I stood up just about as often was permissible for a person watching a movie ("uh, the dog needs to go out again!), I DID JUMPING JACKS, I sipped water, I nibbled popcorn, etc. etc. etc. It was ridiculous, but I made it! I stayed awake the whole time, even when my eyelids got heavy.

For the most part, I could talk to you about the story in decent detail (which you don't really need to hear because I'm sure YOU'VE already seen this hundreds of times), so I'll consider the movie-watching experience a success. I don't think, however, that the AFI movie project would be a good one for me.

Does anyone else have this problem? I can't be the only one!!


  1. I do the same thing, and the worst part about it is that my boyfriend studies cinema. Surprisingly, we've been together five years. How he has managed not to slowly choke me to death, I really can't say.

    I mean, it's not quite as bad as you, but if I combine lying down with being in the dark, I'm sure to be out like a light (no pun intended). And of course, he loves to watch films at night and in bed... with the lights off.

  2. Little secret: I haven't seen it either.

    You're not the last one on the face of the planet. Don't worry. =)

  3. HA! I knew I wasn't the only one :)

  4. The second Godfather is even better.

    As to your lack of attention, I think it's a generational thing. Our 5-minute attention span is and goldfish memory is why movies like the Godfather are not made anymore. I was just talking with a friend of mine about this. We joked that if we find the title and first paragraph of an article we are reading online interesting, we are quick to email it or post it on facebook without even finishing it. Many times we won't even go back and finish it (sharing it provides more fulfillment than reading sometimes).