The flavor of the popcorn was lost on him. He continued to shovel it into his mouth anyway. His girlfriend convinced him to see this stupid scary movie. He forgot how.
He had been able to taste the popcorn at first; it wasn’t very flavorful. The butter gave it a rich, sickly taste that made his stomach churn a little. Now his stomach was churning for another reason; the movie was scary.
He ate the popcorn mechanically, frantically, hoping the tasteless fare would distract him long enough for the movie to end. He went on shoveling, chewing, and not tasting.