On January 14th I challenged myself to see all the Oscar nominated best picture movies before the Oscars on February 28th. I didn't quite make it (6/8) but I watched a whole lot more movies than I have watched in years! It was a really fun challenge. Even though the Oscars are over, I still plan to watch the last two once they are available to rent. I'd also like to see a few of the nominees in other categories like Carol, Steve Jobs, The Danish Girl, Joy, 45 Years, and Amy.
I also watched more movies on Netflix and a few TV shows online than usual. Now that it's warming up I'm sure I'll watch less but it was fun change for me. I don't think it had any direct effect on my art but it was nice to immerse myself in someone else's art for awhile.
The one thing I watched in February that I've been recommending to everyone is the documentary Alive Inside. It is so good and it's on Netflix right now!
Here's my last little tidbit that I learned through this: when you rent a movie through Amazon, you can touch the screen on your phone and little pop ups come up telling you the actor's names and interesting facts about the scene. I had no idea and I thought that was so cool! (And not distracting at all because they only pop up if you touch the screen.)
Ok, so time for a new challenge! Have you challenged yourself to do something a little different than usual for you?