Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sleepiness During Movies?

Sleepiness During Movies

Have you ever slept, or at least felt sleepy, while watching a movie?

That's my biggest problem recently. I don't know if I was just too tired for a movie or the movie was just boring; sleepiness during movies sometimes is unavoidable. Yeah I know it's silly but I'm gonna write about it anyway, and it's great if you join me discussing this topic!

Before we talk too much, I wanna tell you that in my case, falling asleep or feeling sleepy during movie happens only when I watch movies at home. Like, from DVDs or laptop. I have never fallen asleep when I was watching movies in cinemas. Really, you pay for a movie ticket, you enter the theater, and you fall asleep in there? (But some of my friends told me that they really have slept during movies in cinemas; they said they're sleepy, that's all, and it's ridiculous!)

Perhaps that has something to do with the way I watched my movies. I always set my room as comfy as it can be before I watch movies. Too bad I don't have those kinds of hi-tech home cinema appliances with audio and big screen and all; it's only my TV or my laptop (laptop is much preferred; I wear a pair of headphone for it). Then, yeah, I sit in a way that I could move my body or legs or hands freely.

Another reason would be about the movie itself. There is always that kind of draggy-plotted movies (I'm not saying if it's a good or bad movie) that require your patience, your concentration, to fully digest and understand the movie as a whole. Like THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD by Andrew Dominik; beyond its beautiful portraits and all (that train hijacking scene!), gosh it's so awfully slow. Or movies from certain director (Michael Haneke, for example: CACHE, AMOUR) wow it requires great amount of patience.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

My point is, sometimes I as a viewer should understand that not all kind of movies can be viewed in whatever situation or condition I am in. I mean, sometimes I think when I got back home from work and I feel like watching a movie, I don't think I could simply play, say, David Fincher's ZODIAC (which I think needs some concentration and thinking). I would rather choose something lighter.

I remember back when I watched THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, I feel so goddamn sleepy. Really, it's a 3-hour journey of decades of Benjamin Button with basically no 'exploding' point wherever in the plot. The kind of movies you admire for its artistry rather than its narrative form.

So, whenever I feel like, "Nah, it doesn't work for me", I would turn my player off and get to sleep. But, I'll visit that movie again sometime, whenever I feel better and fresher (maybe the next day, or the next morning).

And of course, I won't consider it 'a bad movie' just because I can't digest it. "Gosh this movie is awful, it's so boring," some people said when watching these kinds of movies but again, I never consider a movie good or bad before finishing it until the ending credit rolls.

I think it's unfair to consider something good or bad before even seeing it till finished.

Some people even watch a movie only to see how it ends. Some people go, "Holy crap when will this goddamn movie end, it's just awfully long" because they can't survive the boredom. But, hey, I think the point of movie-watching is not about how the story ends; it's about how we enjoy its every second.


How about you, guys? Have you ever felt sleepy, or even slept, while watching a movie? Is it really that boring? How do you react to your sleepiness? Or maybe you have suggestion for us avoiding sleepiness during movie? Let's discuss! Give your opinion in comment box!


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18 comments:

  1. I actually fell asleep watching the 3rd Matrix movie in theaters. I woke up during a big death scene and was like "wtf?" As a rule for myself, I try not to watch new movies while lying in bed or things like that, just in case that happens. But yeah, I've fallen asleep during movies plenty of times!

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    1. I never fell asleep in theaters. Sometimes I watch movies when I half-lying on bed but I don't think it's the reason of my sleepiness. Same here! Many movies are left unfinished because I fall asleep before they end :D

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  2. The last time i actually fell asleep was during Soekarno! It was just so boooooooring and painful! D: As for home-viewing i usually need to have zero distraction to ensure maximum movie experience (must be zero distractions!)

    My parents sometimes do fall asleep in movie theaters. But i think it was because the films were too slow-burning for their taste or, well, they just tired.

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    1. Haven't seen Soekarno. Is it that boring? Wow.
      Me too. Sometimes I even locked my door and turn off the lamp to avoid any drop-ins from friends and all, just wanna be quiet in my room while watching movies

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  3. I fell asleep twice in cinema and all those movies are from Europe, lol-_-

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    1. "Le Gai Savoir" and another movie from Festival Sinema Perancis.

      Tapi gue pernah ngantuk banget nonton The Godfather, padahal gue sebelum nonton gak ngantuk sama sekali, lol-_-

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    2. Godard yah? Wah kalo film2 itu saya harus bertapa dulu tuh, sedia sesajen (baca: kopi, dll) supaya ga terbawa ngantuk. Bukan berarti filmnya boring yah, cuma yang kayak gitu emang perlu treatment khusus sih, haha

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  4. Kalo kata saya sih, sebagus2nya sebuah film, kalau nontonnya dalam kondisi capek/ngantuk ya bakal ketiduran. Saya biasanya nonton kalau otak lagi belum cape2 bener, jam 7-8 malam lah, soalnya kalo nonton jam 10-11, apalagi lewat jam 12, ya mau dipaksa juga bakal ketiduran. Pengecualian buat tv series sih, saya nonton Friends dari jam 9 malam ampe jam 5 subuh ga ada ngantuk2nya sih

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    1. sependapat. sejauh ini belom ada film yg bagusnya kayak gimanapun yg bisa bikin gw yg tadinya ngantuk jadi ga ngantuk lagi

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  5. I fell into a deep sleep watching Transcendence and The Monuments Men. There are reasons why this could happen. 1) Age doesn't lie. You enter the studio, sit comfortably, light's out, the AC kicks in and I even watched those in a broad daylight or 2) The movies are way too boring.

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  6. I once felt very sleepy and slept for around 10 minutes during The Wolverine. I can always manage myself to feel excited anytime I watch movies in cinema. The thing is, sometime we get to the cinema, when we're not in a 100 percent condition. You know: working and watching movies at one day is sooooo tiring anyway. Moreover, my movie time is always: Wednesday and Friday.

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    1. Ah, you reminded me also. Yep, Wolverine also got me sleepy (I remember watching it back in Ramadhan last year, empty-stomached).

      Good to have a "movie-time"! I wish it also worked for me but so far it didn't really work.

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    2. Oh, I know what you feel, bro :p
      During the first half of the movie, everything is just another nodding off hehe

      It's never easy to have movie time anyway, 'casue sometimes you need to wait patiently for certain movie---only to get a real free time hehehe

      Good to share, Bar. Hopefully, you can get rid of yr sleepiness soon!

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  7. Transformers 2 and The Tree of Life come to mind haha.

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    1. Transformers 2 is boring as hell! Lol! But I don't agree with you about The Tree of Life. It's calm, but awesome.

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