I grew up in a family that loved to go to the movies, mainly because it was a relatively affordable way to entertain four people that didn’t involve athletic activity or being outside. The first movie I ever saw at the theater was Return of the Jedi, and I loved it and the experience so much that I demanded they show it again, refused to leave, and then hid in the theater until I was dragged out.
My love for movies turned into an obsession during my college years. I was blessed with friends and roommates who loved to go to the movies, a college town with two great theaters that showed a mix of classic, independent, and studio films, and a little sister who worked at my hometown theater and thus offered me an endless supply of free tickets over the summer. Things got a little out of hand, however: in one year I saw 81 movies on the big screen, in addition to about 100 more in my dorm room. And I wasn’t even a film major.
While my viewing has tapered off in the years since (the addition of a young daughter will do that), I still love going to the movies. But lately I’ve started enjoying the idea of making movies as much as watching them. I won’t repeat them here, but I check the resources listed on “About this blog” at least once a day. I know a handful of people who work in the industry who are no doubt sick of my questions about “how it really works,” I quickly consume shows like The Chair and Project Greenlight, and I routinely try to convince my wife to watch documentaries like Overnight, The Death of Superman Lives, and Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.
To sum up, I have no experience, education, or special knowledge – in other words, I am perfectly qualified to offer my opinion.