Sunday, December 5, 2021

COVID creates a new obsession

Over the years, I have never been a huge movie fan. I’d watch the occasional movie on TV, or on rare occasions, I’d head to the theatre to see something that really tripped my trigger.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic set in more than a year ago, I have now become a movie fanatic. That’s at home, of course.

The pandemic has drastically changed how we watch movies and engage with them.

I have changed my living room into a family entertainment center. My kids bought me a huge big screen for Christmas a few years ago. And since then, I’ve added a surround sound.

“Who needs a movie theater?” I often ask myself.

It’s been so long since I’ve been to a movie theatre that I don’t even know what it’s like anymore.

While I admit I enjoy heading to the theater, I am getting used to watching movies from the comfort of my recliner.

I started with a Friday night at the movies, which then became Friday and Saturday nights at the movies and now it seems like I’m watching movies at least four nights or more out of the week.

Remarkably, I’ve only dozed off a couple of times. I’m usually glued to the TV set and on the edge of my seat.

I’ve discovered violent or horror movies are not really my thing any longer.

The best part is I can make my own popcorn smothered with real butter. I have never eaten as much popcorn in my life as I have over the past year.

I take advantage of various services, including Disney, Netflix, Hulu, Spectrum and others. My only complaint is that they all offer too many choices that it’s difficult to pick one. The number of movies is endless.

With being stuck at home, movie viewing is out of control at my house. I guess I’m making up for all those years when I didn’t watch many movies.

Newspaper articles from the 1918 pandemic reveal that people were elated about the reopening of theaters. However, there was one major difference. Back then, if people weren’t watching movies in theaters, they weren’t watching them at all.

Most people in this pandemic have watched movies the entire time, streaming them from home or even going to outdoor screenings. Many don’t realize how lucky we have been to be able to continue with entertainment in our own homes during the worst of the pandemic.

My big screen is calling. It’s time for me to go in hot pursuit of watching yet another movie.





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