close to the screen

My eyesight is such that I’ve been watching movies so close to the screen now. A lot of films I’ve been watching have either been (1) using subtitles, or (2) have a texting element in it when people use their phones. This means there’s a lot to read and the further I am from the screen, I am less able to read what’s on it. So I have to come in close. I don’t want to miss a thing.

I really have to find an eye doctor who can help me with my retinopathy. There’s got to be a way to improve my vision somehow. The few doctors that I’ve gone have said it can’t be fixed by glasses. But there’s got to be a way to get my vision back.

But there’s also another reason why I love sitting so close to the screen, I discovered. It’s because I like to see only the screen as much as possible. I want to get lost in the film. I want that magic to engulf me. I don’t like to see what’s outside of the screen — the bits of the cinema that tells me I’m watching a movie.

When I’m sitting far away, I can see the heads of the people in front of me and the illusion is broken.

I like to get lost in the movie. I want to have that full-on engagement with what I’m watching. It’s why I prefer some theaters than others. Some theaters are built that the closest seats to the screen is still so far away that I am always reminded that I’m watching a movie. I don’t want that.

A movie is such a powerful experience and it’s so amazing to get lost in it, especially if it is good.

I still want to find a way to fix my retinopathy but I’ll still stay as close as I can to the screen. I want to get lost. Let me get lost in the movie.

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