There was a time when, at the end of a bad movie, I would say, “Well, that’s an hour-and-a-half of my life I’m never getting back.” These days, however, I’m likely to bemoan, “Well, that’s two-and-a-half hours of my life I’m never getting back.” I don’t want to specifically blame anyone for the bloated state of many blockbusters. Let’s just say that if Orson Welles managed to tell the entire life story of Charles Foster Kane in two hours (and reinvent cinema while he was at it) then surely a sequel about transforming robots doesn’t need to be 25 minutes longer.
The antidote to this can be found at comedy website 5secondfilms, which is sort of a funnyordie for people who really don’t have the time to watch Will Ferrell being berated by a small child for two minutes. Every weekday there’s a new sketch which lasts, yes, just five seconds (you can view the latest example below.) Some are hilarious. Some are not. And a few are NSFW-ish. But, hey, if you don’t like what you see then at least that’s only 5 seconds of your life that you’re never going to get back.