The summertime is always a good time for movies. The first movie I can remember going to see was Smokey and the Bandit 2 (1980). It was at a drive in movie theater. What a terrible concept if you really think about it. As I recall, you pulled into a parking lot facing a screen and then hang a large speaker on your side window so that you could hear the audio and then sit in your car looking slightly upward for an hour and a half. It was all too uncomfortable for me so I did not stay in the car with whoever took me there, but rather chose to play in the dirt than to watch SAB2. Even at six I was a bit of movie snob.
There are some movies that I have not watched just because it upsets people when they find out I haven’t seen them. Dirty Dancing for example; I just thought, “Well I am not a girl, I’m not watching that”. Come to find out everyone has seen this movie and most love it but it is too late for me to turn back now. Pretty Woman, haven’t seen it, same reason, same reaction. I am going on record, I am never going to watch this movie I don’t care how much you like it.
The second movie that I can remember seeing with my brother Greg and Sister Tania was On the Right Track (1981) with Gary Coleman from Diff’rent Strokes. All I can remember from this movie is that he lives in a locker of some sort and it all has to do with horse racing… I think. I fell asleep.
I guess the first movie that I went to that I really enjoyed was E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982). I am not going to lie this movie hit me hard. As an eight year old I was not prepared for a movie about an alien to make me sad. Sadder than I had ever been in my life, I was wrecked. But I embraced it, in fact I was a member of the E.T. fan club. Correction: I am a member of the E.T. fan club as evidenced by my official certificate, which I still have, that bears the footprint of E.T. for some reason. I guess he couldn’t very well sign his name so he just stepped on it.
Also, I still have the E.T. Atari game, consistently rated the worst video game of all time. Admittedly it is a needlessly complicated game, but I have it and I have beaten it on my Atari 2600 that I still have.
I had an E.T. doll, though I prefer the term action figure, and (this one is hard to admit) a poster of E.T. who was pictured with Michael Jackson. Why was Michael Jackson on the poster with E.T.? Because it was the 80’s I guess. I don’t really know, all I know is that I ate a lot of Reese’s Pieces to get that poster through the mail and I hung it with pride.