I have always been a huge fan of going to the movies. Action-packed blockbusters, side-splitting comedies, bone-chilling horror flicks, shoot-em-up westerns…I loved them all. Growing up, the closest place for movies in my neighborhood had four spacious theaters. Eventually it would expand to six. Along the way, my brother, my friends and I would spend just about every Saturday there. The plan was a simple one: Get there in time for the first showing, buy a ticket to the movie we wanted to see most, then spend the remainder of the day sneaking in to see the rest of the movies. A multitude of cinema magic for the price of one. Not the most moral way to spend a day, I'll admit. But we never had a lot of money, it was harmless fun and it kept us out of trouble— mostly. As I've gotten older, my love of motion pictures has evolved to the point that I can tell you every Best Picture winner for the past 30 or so years. While that might be a bit of an exaggeration, ask me what movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture between 1970 and 2000, and I can tell you without hesitation.
After 2000, it gets a little hazy for me. Specifically from 2003 through today. I attribute this to the birth of my daughter Meghan, who we welcomed in 2003. Since Meghan was born, my long-time love affair with the movies and movie trivia has taken a back seat to my wife and daughter. No more all-day movie marathons either. For the most part, the movies I watch regularly these days are usually animated and feature some sort of special effects or talking animal. The last two films I saw in the theater with Meghan to start off 2010 were Disney's, The Princess and the Frog and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakel. I rest my case. Anything above a PG rating is reserved for me to watch on DVD in the late hours when Meghan is fast asleep. And as far as my movie trivia skills these days? Well, I can definitely tell you all there is to know about Shrek and all things Disney. Not to mention, I can rattle off just about every cast member in the High School Musical series, but that wasn't something I ever really wanted to know in the first place.