I am watching a movie. Just when I’m gripped by the story, just when I can’t tear my eyes away from the screen, just when every little creak in the house makes me jump ten feet, it happens again.
I realize I’ve already seen it.
In the most fortunate cases, I remember the general theme in a vague sort of way and just can’t recall the details. But most often I have no clue at all that I’m watching it for the second time until…well, until I get a sense of too certain déjà vu. And then I remember certain scenes, but not critical things like how it ends (or even who the bad guy is.)
Should I be worried that this is the obvious consequence of watching too many movies? A critical case of cinematic overload?
Should I be concerned about my declining memory?
Or (my pick) should I make a list of my favorite movies ever and delight in watching them again, knowing for certain that I’m going to love them?
I mean, look at the bright side. Who better to suggest something good to me than someone who knows my taste as well as I do?
No need to send me movie recommendations. I seem to have it covered.