WHEN: 2:50pm EST, June 1st, 2013
WHERE: My apartment in Portland, ME
FORMAT: Digital download on my iPhone 3
COMPANY: Cinemanaut Bill, friend-of-the-blog Phil Hobby, and Back to the Future virgin Ben Katz
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Sneaky
A CUNNING PLOT NECESSITATED BY PROCRASTINATION:
The central stipulation of the Cinema 52 experiment is that a Cinemanaut view their film once during each calendar week over the course of the year. Unfortunately, procrastination frequently pushes these viewings into the Friday-Saturday range, and occasionally circumstances conspire to make a viewing very inconvenient.
On this particular Saturday, Cinemanaut Bill, who had also pushed his viewing till the final day of the week, hoped to come over to my house and watch Back to the Future with my roommate Ben, who had never seen said film. In any event, my plans to watch Jurassic Park during this same period of time were quashed.
Or were they?
What if there were a way to watch a movie, while several other people in the same room watched a different movie? THEY WOULD NEVER EVEN HAVE TO KNOW. Brace yourselves. I watched Jurassic Park on my phone, while everyone else was watching Back to the Future.
Gasp! Shock! Etc.!
Actually, there’s no reason to be dramatic. I did this same thing last year.
REPEATING LAST YEAR’S ATTEMPT AT A STEALTH VIEWING:
So last year when I was watching High Fidelity, and Bill was watching Top Gun, I decided to attempt to watch my film in a room full of people without anyone noticing. ‘Cause, hell, why not? So I did. And I failed miserably; Bill noticed me 11 minutes into the film.
So this year, I hid in a corner and built a wall of pillows to keep anyone from seeing me, and crossed my fingers. I’d show you a picture, but since my camera was also my movie screen, I really didn’t get a chance to snap one. Plus, it would have alerted people to the fact that something was afoot. Also, it would just be a picture of some pillows. Super boring. Really, this hastily MS Painted picture of the DeLorean visiting Isla Nublar is much better.
Because sometimes it’s easier to fly to Costa Rica than to travel back 65 million years.
CONNECTIONS I MADE:
The closest thing to a realization that I had during the course of the film was that both Jurassic Park and Back to the Future have plots that hinge around not being able to get the electricity you need to run your inventions. Also, both feature characters who unrealistically survive electrocution (Doc Brown, the human piece of toast).
DID I MAKE IT?:
No. With about 20 minutes left in the movie, Bill asked me when I was planning on watching Jurassic Park. Rather than just lying, I told him “it was taken care of.” He swore at me, as he figured out what I was up to. The jig was up. Also, apparently Ben had noticed me about halfway through but had known enough to hold his tongue.
I totally got the short end of the screen-size stick.
The astute among you will note that since Jurassic Park and Back to the Future differ in length by about 20 minutes, the credits shouldn’t line up. Well, there was a slight technical glitch during BttF that enabled both films to end around the same time. (Unfortunately, this also prevented me from seeing any awesome Dark Side of Oz sync-ups.)
WAS IT WORTH IT?
Um, sure? Maybe? No, actually. It taught me nothing. So until I manage to successfully watch whatever movie I end up with next year while Bill watches his, here’s a picture of Doc Brown with Nedry’s face:
May it haunt your wretched dreams.