|Before the Centerpiece showing|
- I was hooked on Disney and wouldn't see any other animated film that wasn't Disney produced up until age 18.
- Saw "Coming to America" and most of Spike Lee's early films when they were in theaters.
- Saw Denzel Washington films at age 9. Went through the Keanu Reeves phase from age 11 to 16.
- Watched "Driving Miss Daisy" when I was 10 and liked it.
- Watched every Oscar telecast since age 10.
- Obsessed with teen-themed flicks with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Silverstone in middle and high school.
- Unfortunately watched Jean-Claude Van Demme and Steven Seagal movies on a regular basis.
- Followed all those Jane Austen/Shakespeare adaptations of the mid- to late 1990s.
- The only thing I remember about Senior Week in high school was seeing "Contact" at the dollar movie theater.
- Had already seen all the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" movies before going to college and danced the time warp with "Rocky Horror Picture Show" before freshman year.
- My first vacation as a responsible adult with a job and a car was to the Savannah Film Festival.
- I'm a member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and I don't live in New York.
- I go to the theaters between October and February to see all the potential Best Picture nominees.
- I saw all but one of last year's 10 Best Picture nominees before the telecast. I watched
Six days later, my mother suckered me into watching an original Lifetime movie, "Unstable."
This got me thinking: Do we give more weight to movie in the way they're released? If "Unstable" were to be at the Toronto Film Festival first and not on Lifetime at 2 a.m., I'd probably buy a $20 ticket to see it. I have seen plenty of bad films premiere at top festivals (case in the point my photo from "The Tempest" premiere at the New York Film Festival), and I've spent a great deal of cash to say I saw it first and got to ask the director and its stars a bunch of questions. I've been to red-carpet premieres featuring big names:
|Rob Lowe and Jennifer Garner at the TIFF premiere of "The Invention on Lying"|