What Makes the Perfect Watch — or Read — for Pandemic Times?

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I mean no disrespect to director Spike Lee, but I watched his 155-minute-long movie Da Five Bloods during four consecutive days breaking it out into 40ish-minute bites. I loved it. From the music choices to the amazing performances from Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters and Chadwick Boseman and its inclusion of historical events and figures. The thing is, I don’t know if I’d like it that much had I done the right thing and watched it from start to finish in one sitting.

It’s been almost a year since we had to first seclude ourselves at home. Movie theaters, concerts and live performances have been out of the question. So have parties and other gatherings with friends and family. Long gone are the days when I eagerly lined up at 9 am for an early press screening of the harrowing 12 Years a Slave (2013) at the Toronto International Film Festival. In part because the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) celebrated its 2020 edition virtually. But also because of the shift I’ve noticed in my patience and endurance as a viewer (and reader).

With the first anniversary of pandemic times around the corner, I took inventory of some best practices when it comes to consuming entertainment at home. Right now reading and watching films and TV shows have become our rare source of escapism. Let’s make it worth it.