It’s that time again. It’s time to sit back and reflect on how watching The NeverEnding Story every week for a year is affecting my life so far. Honestly, not much. Any changes last month seemed a bit more obvious, but with a longer amount of time invested, it seems natural for The NeverEnding Story to take up a large chunk of my life. There are some things that can be noted, but total immersion obscures the view. Hopefully I’m being an accurate reporter.

First, I’m realizing that I’m taking my analyses pretty seriously. The layers in The NeverEnding Story are substantial, but not infinite. I’m a little afraid that in a few more months I’ll have picked apart every part that has pieces to pick. And then what will I do? I have some things planned, like comparing the film to the book, but not enough stuff to last ten more months. I’m optimistic the layers will provide for a large chunk of time and my love for this movie will keep me motivated to exhaust all those possibilities. I want to share every minuscule bit of information I discover.

Quoting The NeverEnding Story is beginning to increase. Only slightly, but it’s creeping into my daily life more. A kiddo I was working with climbed on a table and when I helped him back down to the floor I said, “You’ve gotta keep both feet on the ground.” Right. I cringed at my choice of quote since it’s the worst advice in the whole film.

Seems like sound advice to me.

My reading habits have dropped off. However, I might have to blame this on The Poetic Eddas. They are a bit dense to get through, but entertaining if you flip to all the footnotes. I’m reading Norse mythology because it was also very popular in Germany. I tried looking for specific Germanic mythology and everything recommended either Grimm’s fairy tales or Norse mythology. Looks like I’ll be consuming both this year in the name of science.

“Sweet! They kept in all the graphic maiming.”

I still haven’t had any dreams. If I do, by chance, have a dream about The NeverEnding Story, I hope it’s awesome and not dreary (or a nightmare about G’mork). The movie is pretty dark and depressing despite it’s hopeful ending. It’s also important to share that the majority of my viewings devolve into me wanting to take a nap. Perhaps since the movie is so enmeshed with my childhood psyche I revert to nap time. At any rate, I’ve had to make adjustments to my viewings to ensure that I don’t fall asleep. I have plans to help keep me awake for future viewings, too. They mostly involve coffee.

The most important result is that I’ve discovered I like watching The NeverEnding Story with other people. Especially people who haven’t seen it before. So far this year, I’ve done viewings with Cinemanaut John, Cinemanaut Bill, my mom, and meterologist Sarah. It’s entertaining to watch them watch a movie I love. Will they laugh at this joke? Will they think G’mork is scary? Will Artax’s death affect them? Will they enjoy the twist ending? What will they hate? Which character will they like the most?

The narcoleptic bat, obviously.

I thought that with someone else present, I might get embarrassed by parts of the movie. Not really, though. The embarrassing parts are mostly the special effects which are a product of their time. They stand more as a testament to where we’ve been and how technology has changed the movie-making process. The rest of the movie I spend thinking, “Oh shit, the next scene is going to blow their mind,” because it’s true. I have to remind myself not to give a running commentary on every scene. But I want to so bad. Everyone needs to know that the alternate German version has a different soundtrack by Klaus Doldinger. This is the stuff that makes this movie so interesting. The NeverEnding Story is a gem and I look forward to sharing it with many more people this year.