Where my love of movies started:
I grew up on a large farm in a very small town. We didn’t have cable so must weekends we would rent a movie from the local video store (when those still existed). I remember the first time it was my turn to select the movie. Without hesitation I gravitated over to the shiny Gold and Black Batman emblem from Tim Burton’s 1989 classic. From the opening credits to the end, I was completely hooked.
My favorite part of the whole movie was when the Joker pulled out his oversize revolver and shot down the Batplane. I knew in my head that could never happen, but I didn’t care because the scene was so amazing. Growing up without cable meant we watched a lot of movies. I grew up watching movies like Big, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Gremlins, Big Trouble in Little China, Roger Rabbit, BeetleJuice, Trading Places and many others on repeat.
My love for movies increased twofold in college where I was lucky enough to have a roommate who was the manager of the local Movie Galley. He was able to bring home new releases a few weeks before they were available to rent. Our house became the Mecca of Movie watching on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I recall our house being completely packed when King Kong and Sin City were released.
Today I try to see as many movies as I can in theaters. I am very fortunate to live somewhat close to a couple of really great theaters. I have a log of all the movies I have seen over the past five years. I promise to be as honest and as non biased as possible for all the movie reviews that I write. I hope you enjoy my reviews.
D. Russell Rushing
My love of films really took hold in my teen years. I had always enjoyed them before, but it wasn’t until I was about 17 that I began to see the art in them. Suffering from a wonderful combination of teenage insomnia and an unnamed disease that caused me to never stop a film until the end credits, I began to watch 10-12 films per week. This was in the early 90’s so a large percentage of those films were bad to say the least.
I learned to look past the plot holes and crap ass special effects and try to understand what the makers were telling me. My near obsession carried over to my 20’s. At one time I would drive to Blockbuster rent my max 10 films and head straight to Hollywood video to get my max 6 there. To say that I appreciate all types of films is an under-statement. I am equally happy if you set me in front of a period piece, a documentary or the latest superhero flick. I am happy to watch them and tell you exactly why they suck.
Eric "Shaq" Shaiffer
I am not sure I am qualified to give anyone a valid review of any movie. All my life I have had two basic ratings, I liked it and I hate it. So black and white I know. “It had so many plot holes” – LOVED IT. “The characters were so well developed.” They were all loser-HATED IT!.
So growing up I watched a lot of movies that I loved and a few that I hated. I went through a period in my life where I began trying to see every movie I could get my hands on. I think I was supposed to be going to college courses at that time but… I not only began watching everything but I bought every movie I watched in case I needed to see it again.
In 2010 I decided to start watching all of the movies that were nominated for Academy Awards that year. In that time I have seen a lot of movies I HATE… but then there are movies like 2014’s Whiplash that I would have never seen without this exercise. So here I am with my 2 buddies arguing over why I HATE and LOVE just about everything.