WHEN: 10:00 am EST, October 27th, 2013

WHERE: In my apartment in Portland, ME

FORMAT:  DVD on a 19” AOC LED computer monitor/Digital Download on an iPhone 3


MENTAL STATE: No desire to watch Jurassic Park.


As you may know, here at Cinema 52 we watch a movie once a week for a year. This can be a fascinating way to look into the deep crevasses of a film that no casual (sane) viewer would care to investigate. But what is it like physically sitting down to watch the same movie dozens of times in a year? Pretty miserable.


Though admittedly, not this miserable. Only a little miserable.

I should know. This is the second time I’ve gone through this. As the year wears on, I find it difficult to actually force my brain to latch onto the images I’m seeing. This is why, from time to time, I will end up multi-tasking.

Today, that meant doing a number of chores while I completed my viewing:

I made Cream of Wheat.
I did some laundry laundry.
I tidied and swept my room.
I washed several dishes.

Don’t get me wrong, I had the film in front of me the whole time. I started the movie on both my computer and my iPhone simultaneously, so that any time I needed to go out of the room, I could just take the iPhone with me, and not miss any of that dino-action. I’d prop it up on the back of the stove when cooking, carry it in one hand and the laundry in the other when it came time to do that. Whooo. Exciting.

The reason that I use my computer instead of the TV in my room, is so that if inspiration strikes me, I can type up notes without missing any of the exciting chaotician-shenanigans.


Once I have a picture of Oppenheimer taped to my monitor, my computer will be complete.


This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten the odd chore done while watching Jurassic Park. In fact, I’ve been using the computer/iPhone viewing strategy on and off for a little while now. Usually you don’t hear much about it, because I generally notice some interesting element of the film during the viewing, so I focus on writing about that instead. This week, there was no huge revelation. In fact, I only really noticed one new detail.

At one point Sattler questions where one would even find “100 million year old dinosaur blood.” I find this notable, only because, through most of the movie, dinosaurs are referred to as having lived 65 million years ago, a date which corresponds only to the very end of their reign. As such, it’s nice to see someone liven things up by mentioning a different chunk of dino-time.

But seeing as that’s all I noticed this time, I couldn’t very well talk about it for a whole viewing. It’s actually kind of similar to something I recently covered in greater detail. Hence this week’s little behind-the-scenes peek into my viewing experience.


Last year I got into an awful rut of viewing High Fidelity at the last possible moment, 10:00 PM on Saturday night.

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It was just such a dreary film.

I’m happy to say that I’ve started pushing my viewing to the very beginning of the week, so that the misery is out of the way early. And as for the chores, I have to say, they actually seem to help me keep my mind on the movie to some extent. Maybe if i’m not engaged in some additional activity, it’s Jurassic Park that starts to feel like the chore. That’s sad. I love this movie. I love writing about it. I don’t really love watching it so much anymore. But hey, I suppose that’s what’ll happen when you watch a film this many times (44… and counting).