I was raised by movies. That’s not to say my family, friends and others didn’t play a pivotal role in my development, but when I think about aspects of my personality, viewpoints and how I interact with the world, it is all inexplicably rooted in cinema.
This is due in large part to the fact that I spent the first 25 years of my life glued to a television spending every waking moment devoted to watching movies. I loved movies so much that I worked at both Hollywood Video and Blockbuster simultaneously to maximize the amount of free rentals I could take home on a nightly basis.
I took this passion for movies and selected it as my major at Northwestern University. That’s not to say I’m a film snob or “critic”. Far from it. In fact, I ended up changing majors after one year because I thought I was becoming too critical of the very thing I loved…well, that and because everyone else was better than me at it.