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February 15, 2013

Envelope, please: Oscar leaders deemed nap-worthy

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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.”

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