We just watched the movie Chronos from Netflix.

The description said, “Chronos is a wonder — it’s the first nonverbal, nonfiction movie filmed entirely in time-lapse photography.”

I thought, “time lapse photography, that should be cool. Plants shooting out of the ground, storm clouds massing, swirling and dissipating, the sun and moon chasing each other across the sky as days fly by. There are lots things in nature that look way cool when sped up through time lapse photography.”

Unfortunately this movie had none of those things. Instead they had, almost exclusively, rocks, statues, monuments and buildings. What do all these things have in common? Nothing moves! Staring at 5 minutes of a stone formation compressed from 5 hours is really no more interesting than 5 minutes of standard film would have been. And since the time compressed was only of hours, not days or weeks, you did not see erosion, the sun racing across the sky, or clouds swirling by, instead you saw a shadow . . . creeping . . . slowly creeping . . . slightly faster than usual, but still creeping, across the terrain. -yawn- . Then a sunbeam sweeping . . . again only slightly faster, across a room. This movie showed a lot of very beautiful scenery, yet it was painfully boring to watch. Just past the mid-point they had some city traffic scenes, which were kinda cool, then some pedestrian traffic streaking through a train station that was really cool. Then back to buildings with nothing moving at all. The good news was that this film was only 45 minutes long, much more and I would have just stopped it. I actually watched large portions of it with the DVD player set on double speed, and that made it tolerable. It even helped the “music” sound decent. Based on the reviews on Netflix I can see that some people loved this movie, I guess if you could slow down enough (meditation maybe? or heavy sedation more likely) it could be a beautiful thing, but for me and B it was waste of time.

If you are going to make time lapse video of rocks, you need to wait long enough to make it interesting.