Monday, January 10, 2011
Movies, Movies, Movies...
Movies are something that always played a significant part in my life. Growing up I can remember browsing the HBO schedule every month and making a list of all the movies that month that I wanted to see and then preprogramming our VCR to automatically record them. There is something a bit obsessive about preprogramming your VCR up to a month in advance... it would take me sometimes up to an hour to get everything set up. I still have a stack of VHS tapes with movies that I recorded. Some are over 20 years old. I just love movies... I always loved going to the movies, renting movies... they were my escape. I never really watched a whole lot of television when I was a kid. If I was found sitting in front of the television I was usually watching a movie.
Maybe it's because my earliest childhood memory is being at the movies... It was the summer of my 2nd birthday... 1977. Star Wars had just come out and my parents took me to the drive-in to see it. I can still see it in my mind. My parents in the front seat and me and the dog in the back. I was wearing what were my favorite feet-pajamas and munching on popcorn.
... and there it was... Star Wars! I can still remember the thrill of seeing Darth Vader appear through the smoke at the beginning of the movie. It was awesome. I'm sure I didn't make it through the whole movie and I'm pretty sure that I didn't see Star Wars all the way through until the 2nd rerelease in 1979. I still get the chills when I hear the opening fanfare of the score (happens with the Indiana Jones movies and the original Superman film as well).
If you want to read more of my ramblings about movies go to my movie blog over at Armchair Cinema.