Watching movies is great, but sometimes you want something other than great; you want weird. Either you’re rewatching a film you’ve seen before, or you’ve chosen a trashy flick to watch at the end of the day—it’s sometimes better to add more to the experience. Keeping movies fresh can also help break up the monotonous binge cycle of streaming. There are many ways to watch movies that change the experience of watching them. Here are five unique ways to elevate your movie-watching experience.
1. Try CBD Products
Ever heard that some movies are better watched high? Watching a movie under the influence of edibles or vaping can be a mind-bending and trippy experience. The colors and movements on the screen will appear more vivid, and the characters’ emotions may feel more intense.
Films like Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a classic example of a movie significantly elevated by some CBD products. If something like that is legal in your area, it could be fun to find a wholesaler and experiment with different kinds of movie watches.
2. Watch the Movie to “Dark Side of the Moon.”
One of the most famous movie conspiracy theories is that “The Wizard of Oz” was edited to sync up with Pink Floyd’s iconic album “Dark Side of the Moon.” Not only are there moments where the atmosphere of the music fits the scene, but there are also moments where the film lyrically syncs with the film. This phenomenon, known as “Dark Side of the Rainbow,” has been widespread for decades, and fans have claimed that the album’s songs and themes align perfectly with the movie’s scenes and characters. Give it a try and see for yourself.
While Wizard of Oz is just one movie, podcaster Griffin McElroy on the podcast “Till Death Do Us Blart” discovered the film “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2” also synced up to the album.
If you’re watching a silent film or rewatching something you’ve seen before, it might be a fun experiment to watch the movie synced up to “Dark Side of the Moon” to see what happens!
3. Make a Drinking Game
If you’re watching a film with your friends, see if you can find any drinking games online for that movie. If you don’t drink alcohol, you can drink something else—the important thing is turning the movie into a game. If there’s no game online for the film you’re watching, make your game based on genre conventions or things you know the director might do. Even if you don’t know what happens in a specific cowboy movie, you’re sure there’s a chance of a gunfight by the end, right? Gamifying your watching experience will change it significantly. You’ll find yourself more engaged by participating in your own viewing of the film.
4. Try to Plan a Creative Double Feature
If you have time to watch more than one film in a sitting, it might be fun to put together a double feature for yourself that elevates the experience of both movies at the same time! Try to find films with different genres but similar plots, like pairing Kronenberg’s Dead Ringers with The Parent Trap. Or, you can watch through a director’s films to find common threads or differences between them. If you’re a film buff who likes to analyze the things you watch, putting together unexpected movie pairs might really inspire you!
5. Try Watching a Movie in Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is the newest, most cutting-edge way to watch movies. With a VR headset, you can feel like you’re in the middle of the action, with the ability to look around the virtual world and feel like you’re a part of the movie. While the selection of VR movies is still limited, it’s a technology that will grow in the future.
Movies like “Hardcore Henry,” which are shot in first person POV, or those like “Top Gun: Maverick,” which rely on complicated and high-adrenaline action sequences for their effects, are the perfect kinds of films to watch with a headset. Films that aim to place the viewer directly in the action beg to be shown up close and personal.
In conclusion, there are many unique ways to elevate your movie-watching experience. From watching movies while on edibles to syncing movies with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to watching movies in virtual reality, experimenting with different methods and finding what works best for you can turn movie night into an unforgettable experience. So, next time you’re sitting down to watch a movie, consider trying something new to make your watch stranger than the fiction you’re watching.