I Can’t Remember The First Movie I Ever Saw…

April 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

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Movie moments can inspire and motivate.  They can change the way you look at the world.  They can show you worlds you’ve never seen.  They stick with you.  Birth of a Movie Nerd is about the genesis of my movie obsession.  But that’s not necessarily limited to the movies that inspired me.

Watching movies is only the beginning of a film nerd’s journey.  A film fan’s life is full of wonderful moments that reach far beyond the beautiful darkness in a movie theater.  We all have specific memories of these moments.  We are all addicted to fueling our imaginations.  We live for good stories and memorable characters.  We immerse ourselves in the movies we love and we long for the film’s we can’t wait to experience.

But it all has to start somewhere right?

When I began brainstorming how to start this series, I focused on a moment that many film fans fondly remember.


Unfortunately, I have absolutely no memory of my first movie experience.  It makes me sad.  I feel like I’ve robbed myself of something.  Everyone looks forward to looking back on the memories they cherish.  I feel like, if I remembered, the first movie I experienced would be extremely special to me.

Still, if I can’t remember a specific film, I can at least narrow it down based on the childhood I had can’t I?

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My parents weren’t really that strict with movies when I was growing up.  But I was still sheltered from horror films as a youngster.  My guess is my first movie was a cartoon or a goofy comedy.  Something my parents would have put on while I laid on a blanket trying to avoid an afternoon nap.  We all know kids lose that battle 9 times out of 10 so does that mean I slept through my first movie?

I think I may be over thinking this a bit…

I was born in 1983.  Realistically, I wouldn’t remember much until the age of 5 so that’s a good place to start.


According to Box Office Mojo, the top grossing movie in 1985 was Back to the Future. (Nice!)  I kind of doubt that was the first movie I ever saw but I wouldn’t be disappointed if it was.  I didn’t see The Goonies until a few years ago which is tragic but eliminates another classic.  There were a few that jumped out at me but non that really felt right.

What if I didn’t see my first movie in theaters?  It could have very well been on television.  So my next stop is 1984 since it took a long time for movies to appear on television and video in those days.

Ghostbusters, Temple of Doom, Gremlins, Terminator,The Natural, The Neverending Story…  The list goes on and on although I seriously doubt Terminator was my first film at the age of 5.

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I tend to think it would have been a Disney animated film.

Disney released 25 animated films by the time I turned 5 years old but not all of them found their way into our families collection.  So I narrowed those 25 down to 10 that I cherished the most.

  • 10. The Fox & The Hound
  • 9. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
  • 8. Fantasia
  • 7. Pinocchio
  • 6. Robin Hood
  • 5. Bambi
  • 4. Alice In Wonderland
  • 3. Sleeping Beauty
  • 2. The Jungle Book
  • 1. Peter Pan

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When I finished ranking the top 10 Disney movies released before 1985, a memory popped into my head.  I was young and my family was searching for something to watch on a summer night.  My parents made popcorn and we curled up with Peter Pan.

I remember gathering an excessive amount of pillows and blankets on the floor in front of the television.  I was transported to Neverland.  So I’ve decided to make Disney’s Peter Pan my honorary ‘first movie’.  There are probably other options out there (Perhaps The Muppet Movie?) but Peter Pan feels right.

At the end of the day, just going down memory lane considering the possibilities has been fun.

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10 Flicks: Movies with Star Wars References

October 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

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Star Wars has inspired thousands of films since it took over our planet in 1977.  It’s pretty difficult to surf YouTube these days without coming across lightsabre battles and reenactments.  One site in particular divided the film into 15 seconds chunks and had fans claim fill in each one with their own artistic vision.  The result is pretty interesting stuff.  You can check it out over at Star Wars Uncut.

But what about the major motion pictures inspired by Star Wars?  A quick Google search revealed a massive list of films compiled by WOOKIEEPEDIA.  I figured there would be a ton of movies that referenced George Lucas’ epic franchise.

Going through the list, I came up with my top 10.  Enjoy!

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Honorable Mention: Superbad, Knocked Up and about 15 others…


That’s no moon, it’s a space station!

Clerks 2

Showdown at Mooby’s

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

No, not really…  I can’t back that up

Toy Story

Where is the rebel base!?

Tommy Boy

The Fan



Silent Bob’s Jedi mind trick.

Back to the Future

My name is Darth Vader

E.T: The Extra Terrestrial

E.T loves Yoda

Note: E.T gets bonus points because his species appears in The Phantom Menace

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10 Flicks: Movies With Smart Characters

December 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

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Smart.  Intelligent.  Genius.

All 3 of those words can describe characters in the following movies.  I love stories that feature geniuses at work.  I find it incredibly inspiring to watch people make breakthroughs.

Audiences agree as the first few I thought are Oscar darlings.

There is something fascinating about exploring the mind of someone who is gifted but also flawed.  It’s a formula that I will always line up to watch in theaters.

Until the next ‘smart’ movie is released, here’s my top 10:

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Usual Suspects

Good Will Hunting




Back To The Future


A Beautiful Mind

The Social Network

All Time Best: Movie Character You Want To Be Friends With

October 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

All Time Best: Movie Character You Would Want To Be Friends With

This was a fun post to write.

Among my friends, it was a pretty good debate as to who the champion might be.

Would Billy Madison still be fun once he graduated from teacher’s college?

Could it be Frodo? Or is Sam a better friend overall.

Chewbacca?  A co-worker of mine summed up the Star Wars alum well:

“He’s got your back.”

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How bad ass would it be if your best friend was Optimus Prime?  Can you imagine piling into a vehicle on your way to the bars and he yells

“Roll out!”

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Perhaps, the winner is Frank the Tank.

“I can see Blue…  He looks glorious!”

All Time Best: Movie Character You Want To Be Friends With

At the same time, arguments can be made for Vince Vaughn’s Bernard as well.

While we’re on the topic…  How about Wedding Crashers?

What about Stifler?  Would he get annoying over time? Is E.L from Road Trip a better pick or is that just Stifler again?

On an obscure note, I’ve always been a fan of Jesse from Garden State.  Who wouldn’t want a friend who’s filthy rich thanks to silent velcrow and bombs around mansions in golf carts.

Would you rather be friends with Marty Mcfly or Doc Brown?  Marty would stay up later but what if the flux capacitor breaks down?

“Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

All Time Best: Movie Character You Would Want To Be Friends With

Terminator? Dutch?

Slater from Dazed and Confused?

Anyone from The Hangover?  Mike Tyson as Mike Tyson from The Hangover?

What about Red from The Shawshank Redemption?

In the end, arguments can be made for all of these characters and thousands of others I probably overlooked.

Still, I’m pretty happy about my pick.

It’s hard to argue that a fantastic friend to have would be:

Van Wilder

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Van Wilder (who also drives a golf cart… ) would have been a blast to hang out with in college.

True, having Chewy around would be a fantastic conversation starter but I’m basing my opinion on someone from earth for the purposes of this post.


I think I’ve changed my mind…

Just looking at that Chewy pic of him pitching makes him the real winner here.  How could you not want him as a friend?

Here it is again:

All Time Best: Movie Character You Want To Be Friends With


What’s your pick?