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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

My Top Five Most Memorable Movie Experiences Going to the Theater


# 5 – I saw CASABLANCA, which is now my favorite film, while I was a college student at Illinois State University around 1990. I saw it at the college run movie theater at the time by myself. The movie mesmerized me and I became a lifelong Bogart fan in that moment.


# 4 – I saw THE SEVEN SAMURAI by Akira Kurosawa starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura in a classroom theater setting during my freshman year of college at Illinois State University where I was taking a non-Western film class also in 1990. I became an instant Kurosawa fan and it is one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen.


# 3 – Seeing THE BLUES BROTHERS starring John Belushi and Dan Aykryod in 1980. I was in Memphis with my dad and my Uncle Mike. It also changed my life and turned me on to soul and blues music.


# 2 – The most memorable was seeing PULP FICTION in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994 with my first wife after we were recently wed and graduated college. The film was unlike anything I had seen before. It was the first time that I was in a movie theater and at the end of the movie, the audience stood up, clapped, and cheered. For several minutes. You would swear we were at a Cannes Film Festival.



# 1 – The greatest moment of my life going to the movies was seeing STAR WARS on opening day with my Dad and brother in May 1977 in Fresno, California. It literally changed my life forever. My imagination was unlocked. Countless touchpoints related to Star Wars to this day have impacted my life that I couldn't list them all.

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