Everyone must have one. Remember the day, many moons ago, and there was that movie you really wanted to watch? So you buy it, but when you get home that evening, you’re really just not in the mood. It’s too serious, it’s too long, it’s too scary, there’s something on television, it’s too late at night. The excuses keep on coming, and before you know it, years have passed. Someone asks you whether you’ve seen this movie, and you are forced to reply, “no, but I own it.”
If this is a familiar story, and you want to change this never-ending series of events, Movie Lottery might be the game for you. The rules are simple:
1. Write down your entire film collection on individual slips of paper.
2. Put all slips of paper into a container of some sort.
3. Whenever you want to watch a movie, let fate decide.
4. To avoid cheating, you are allowed a number of vetoes. The number depends on how many films you own. My collection currently sits at 685 feature films (ie, not including television boxsets or, in my case, wrestling pay-per-views) – I have allowed 10 vetoes, which do not eliminate the film, but instead return it to the pool for a later date.
Playing Movie Lottery does have risks, however. Inevitably there will be times when the film selected absolutely contradicts the mood you are in. But you have to accept the good with the bad. Remember that you own these movies for a reason, and that there will be some redeemable quality in every film. Or at least remember that once you’ve watched it, you won’t have to watch it again for some time. See, there’s always a silver lining!
This blog charts my Movie Lottery experience. For better or worse, at some point in the future, I will no longer have to admit that I haven’t watched some twenty percent of the films I own. Soon, I will have watched them all! Join me. Play Movie Lottery yourselves. Laugh, cry, sigh, moan, scream, get exasperated, frustrated, elated. It will be worth it.