Envelope, please: Oscar leaders deemed nap-worthy
The Internet is heavy with lists of all-time snoozer movies but rarely is one season so full of them, or so say the nappers.
Tadd Rosenfeld, who heads an employment service, gets plenty of sleep and rarely naps outside of movie theaters.
‘‘I do see a lot of movies on airplanes traveling back and forth to Asia, so I have a lower tolerance for ridiculousness in pictures perhaps than others do,’’ said Rosenfeld, 38.
He’s in catch-up mode on Oscar nominees and said his last in-theater snooze was ‘‘The Dark Knight Rises,’’ the latest in the Batman franchise released in July. It won a dozen awards, including one of the American Film Institute’s movies of the year and a Hollywood Film Award. Most of his friends loved it.
‘‘But to me it was simply restful. It lost my attention almost straight away, and as my eyelids felt heavier and heavier, I just relaxed into a lower sitting position in the chair, allowing the colorful scenes to unfold as I drifted pleasantly away,’’ Rosenfeld said.
About an hour in, ‘‘I was rudely brought back by the sounds of an action scene,’’ he added. ‘‘But I just closed my eyes again, and let the carbohydrates from the popcorn send me back to sleepy-bye land.’’
That land is a familiar place for middle school principal Margery Cooper in Brooklyn.
‘‘I fall asleep a lot in the movies. I snore, and then my husband wakes me up because of the noise. I go to movies once a month, always before 7 to make sure that I'll stay awake,’’ she said.
Her ‘‘Lincoln’’ snooze was about 10 minutes. ‘‘I planned to sleep through ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ but was surprisingly engaged,’’ Cooper said.
Historically speaking, she slept through ‘‘Eleni,’’ a 1985 adaptation of a memoir by journalist Nicholas Gage, looking back on the Civil War in Greece and a mystery over his mother’s death.
And there’s this: ‘‘I was in the front row for ‘Apocalypse Now,'’’ Cooper said. ‘‘The only way to survive that was to close my eyes and sleep.’’
2013 Academy Award nominees: http://oscar.go.com/nominees
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