When did you fall in love - with Movies?
For me - the start of my film obsession/career started when I was little - way back in 1975 - one of the very first movies I ever saw - Hard Times with C.Bronson Not a great movie - but that's where.
and Three Musketeers.
I can still see certain images of both movies in my head - and - I'll never forget the people in the audience cheering at the end - laughing during the funny lines via James Coburn in Hard Times.
And the absolute joy of hearing people laugh hysterically during the Three Musketeers. The movies and the experience hooked me.
I remember not being old enough to get into Young Frankenstein - but sitting in the backseat of the car as my mom would drive by the theater where the movie was showing - and wondering why all those people were standing outside in a line waiting to get in to see this movie called Young Frankenstein. All those people seemed so excited to get in - I wanted in.
From there it was non-stop - my love for movies - and - the experience of being a part of something so many people were sharing/enjoying.
The biggest influence - where I became officially hooked: Jaws.
I can vividly remember mowing the front yard on a Saturday - my father called me onto the porch - he and mom were there - they stated they thought I was old enough to see a movie they had viewed the night before - they felt I would enjoy it.
An adult movie - I was excited to be considered an adult in my parents eyes - and - I was going to get to see a movie some of my friends had talked about and was on/in every single headline I read everywhere.
The experience in the theater that night was off the hook! People were screaming - laughing - cheering at the end! Literally standing up - cheering! I was too. Talk about intense - at that age - it literally was a rollercoaster for me.
That experience set me off - I tore through movies - E.T. Star Wars Blade Runner Halloween Godfather Straw Dogs Romeo is Bleeding Bullitt The Sting The Hustler Midnight Cowboy The Shining Clockwork Orange Arthur 10 Raiders of the Lost Ark Marathon Man The Road Warrior Mad Max Barefoot in the Park Friday the 13th Nightmare on Elm Street Terminator The Verdict Three Days of the Condor 48 Hours Ghostbusters Beverly Hills Cop 2001 Wizard of Oz Smokey and the Bandit Four Seasons Rear Window North by Northwest The Elephant Man Silence of the Lambs Quest for Fire Saturday Night Fever Witness Die Hard Grease Breakfast Club Westworld Rollerball The Omega Man Silent Running The Andromeda Strain Alien Chinatown Cape Fear Psycho The Birds ... then - until today - so many many many have tore into me - connected with me - I was a bona-fide fan.
I still find movies magical. I love a ton of movies - in all genres - so many great grand ones coming out - have come out. The experience of seeing a great film - finding a gem that no one knows about yet - sharing the experience - talking about them... making them.
I love it.
But I do remember where it all started - it was those three experiences - seeing Hard Times on the marquee. Seeing the droves of people wanting to get in to see Young Frankenstein - and then - Jaws.
After that - I was on a mission. Still am.
And you... what was first experience that pulled you in - allowed you to fall in love - with movies.
I'm jus' sayin'