Why I can’t watch films any more
Warning; contains mild peril…
Want to know one of the strangest and most unexpected symptoms of having children?
I can’t watch films any more.
When I was very newly pregnant, our friends who were already parents warned me that they could now only watch mainstream, non-controversial comedies. Which I thought was weird, until had children and totally understood.
It’s not to do with my current state of baby brain, or my iPhone-enabled short attention span. It’s just that I can’t cope with any tension – mild or otherwise – gore, violence – implied or otherwise – and especially not anything even slightly perilous that involves children. Which kind of rules out an awful lot of films,
It’s tricky enough to watch films as a parent, but in light of everything we recently did pick a couple – World War Z (zombie film, lots of peril, watched 99% from behind a cushion) and Olympus has Fallen (big budget brainless action film, which – look away now if you don’t want spoilers – has a long scene where a million terrorists attack the White House, and it just doesn’t stop. I wasn’t coping very well).
Is this just me, and does normal viewing ever come back? I won’t be any good at pub quizzes or adult conversation about popular culture if I’m watching Frozen for the rest of my life.
Three decidedly tension-free things we’ve been watching of late:
- Louis Theroux – Did you know all the old Louis Therous documentaries are on Netflix? Which is brilliant. It includes all the Weird Weekends, When Louis Met… series and all of the US specials. I’ve been re-watching and catching up on any historic gaps
- First Position – a documentary following six dancers preparing for a huge US ballet competition. I used to dance as a child so loved this an awful lot. The story of Michaela – the refugee dancer from Sierra Leone – is just astonishing
- The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – about as tension-free as possible. Have you seen it? It stars Erin from The US Office, which was the series we watched obsessively when Eliza was born and will forever have a place in my heart for that reason (and also, because it’s so good).
I know I’m going against popular opinion here but I’ve given up on watching Orange is the New Black half-way into the first series. I found the main character annoying and it was just too slow for me to really care about anyone else. Should I stick with it?
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