I ask because...
I have probably watched "Rear Window" with James Stewart and Grace Kelly nothing short of a million times since I fell madly in love with the film almost 15 years ago. I blame this obsession on my father - he suggested I see the movie and I don't think at the time he knew what kind of monster he had created - I secretly think he thought I would think it was corny and move on. But I didn't. I drive everyone in my house crazy by watching it over and over again and then the following day doing the same (especially if I'm in a mood - my husband can attest to this). I had one of those times a few weeks ago - were I watched it and repeated it twice and it got me thinking about re-watching something you've seen and knowing that it won't change - why we continuously urn to watch it over and over again or why watching something we've seen so many times that we enjoy can make us calm or relaxed as though we are being rocked back and forth like a baby. I actually have ask my therapist about this because I almost wondered was I a little loopy for enjoying this behavior so much. She confirmed that this is actually very normal that everyone (dispite those that refuse to be honest about it) do this because it makes them feel happy to some extent when everything else in life is so chaotic and messy. She mentioned that it would be something simple like - fixing your up daily - fluffing the pillows, getting the crumbs and dirt out the bed and fixing the sheets or writing in a journal or diary everyday about the things that happen to you. So now that I know this is normal.....I looked at why I resort to movies and tv shows for comfort (not that my family or friends are failing at this but it's something done in my alone time). So in addition to watching movies or tv shows over and over - I also love to look at my dvd collection. I like to take the dvd's out - count them, make sure the right disc is in the case, make sure it's there too and then put them back in the box. By the end of it - I feel amazing. Happy, cleansed and relieved that something so simple but odd made feel...normal and relaxed!
Why Rear Window? I always resort back to "Rear Window" because it's safe. I know exactly what will happen - when it will happen and I love that it is familiar. I know that the first time Grace Kelly appears in the film she will lean in (slow motion) and kiss Jimmy Stewart. I know that he will watch Thorwald over and over again with his camera - long lens and binoculars. Everything is known before it even starts so I feel super calm and safe. So this track of thinking made me make a list of films and tv shows that I love watching over and over again though I have seen then a million times. This list is hilarious to my father because he thinks half the movies and shows on this list aren't list worthy - in fact he despises a few of them with a passion. I refuse sometimes to watch anything but something on this list depending on how disturbing the week at work was, if I had an argument with someone close or if I'm just being emotionally needy (usually this comes from PMSing). Have you ever done this? Do you know someone who has these tendencies? Does it bother you?
My Movie and TV show repeat list
1) Rear Window
4) A Disney Film (Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Anastasia, Princess & the Frog or Frozen)
8)Love & Basketball or The Best Man (it's a tie)
9)Iron Man 3
10)King of Queens
13) On the Town
Think about it,