The last movie nap for Thomas before that was “Platoon,” of all things. “I slept right through the last half of that movie and I was in high school,” she laughed.
Who among us hasn’t been there, at least once?
Collin Roberts of Manhattan has seen four of the nine films nominated for a best picture Oscar: “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Life of Pi” and “Lincoln,” the latter definitely not her thing but a favor to her husband.
“The soliloquies started. That was something I didn’t know about Lincoln, his tendency to give long-winded speeches at inappropriate times. The elderly lady next to me fell asleep and started snoring softly and before I knew it, I was nodding off, too,” she said.
Entertainment Weekly has dubbed this the most thrilling race for Oscar in years, but the length of some contenders has earned attention. Over at “Saturday Night Live,” a recent skit suggests the next two “Hobbit” movies morph into 18 instead, including “The Elf Queen Tries to Pick an Outfit.”
The writers at SNL included this mock review from film critic Peter Travers: “I fell asleep for 45 minutes and when I woke up the dwarves were assembling an Ikea dresser.”
In real life, Travers liked parts of the Lord of the Rings prequel but hated the whole 48 frames a second thing and thought an hour could have been chopped.
The Internet is heavy with lists of all-time snoozer movies but rarely is one season so full of them, or so say the nappers.
Tadd Rosenfeld, who heads an employment service, gets plenty of sleep and rarely naps outside of movie theaters.
“I do see a lot of movies on airplanes traveling back and forth to Asia, so I have a lower tolerance for ridiculousness in pictures perhaps than others do,” said Rosenfeld, 38.
He’s in catch-up mode on Oscar nominees and said his last in-theater snooze was “The Dark Knight Rises,” the latest in the Batman franchise released in July. It won a dozen awards, including one of the American Film Institute’s movies of the year and a Hollywood Film Award. Most of his friends loved it.
“But to me it was simply restful. It lost my attention almost straight away, and as my eyelids felt heavier and heavier, I just relaxed into a lower sitting position in the chair, allowing the colorful scenes to unfold as I drifted pleasantly away,” Rosenfeld said.
About an hour in, “I was rudely brought back by the sounds of an action scene,” he added. “But I just closed my eyes again, and let the carbohydrates from the popcorn send me back to sleepy-bye land.”
That land is a familiar place for middle school principal Margery Cooper in Brooklyn.
“I fall asleep a lot in the movies. I snore, and then my husband wakes me up because of the noise. I go to movies once a month, always before 7 to make sure that I’ll stay awake,” she said.