Welcome to Movies That Affected My Life. As you might be able to tell from the name of the site, it’s a self-centered take on the many, many movies that have played a role in my life.
Anyhow, my name is Shawn Collins, and I am the “my” in the name of the site.
I’ve been crazy for movies since I was a little kid. Dating back to grade school, I was an insomniac, and I would sneak down to the living room on weekend nights and watch the late, late shows as I fell asleep on the couch. I don’t really remember what was usually on, but I feel like I watched a lot of gladiator movies in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
It was probably 1985 or so when I saw a VCR for the first time. It was at my buddy Jeff’s house, and I was amazed at the idea of watching movies whenever you wanted. He had a VHS tape of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and I was mesmerized by this contraption that allowed us to pause and rewind.
We got one at my house about a year later, and there was an Erol’s Video Club in my suburban Maryland town. Video rentals really opened up my options to all sorts of great and awful movies.
As high school wore on into the late 80’s, I continued my night owl ways, and would watch USA Up All Night on the weekends to see crazy B movies. Gilbert Gottfried was the host, and it was the golden age of low budget horror and teen sex movies.
When I was a senior in high school, I got a job at Laurel Lakes Cinemas 8 (Laurel, MD) selling snacks, and later as an usher. This was 1987, and it was a great year for movies (Untouchables, Wall Street, Full Metal Jacket, Lost Boys, Lethal Weapon, La Bamba, etc), and I saw everything over and over again, because popcorn, soda, and movies were all unlimited and free with the job.
One of the majors I tried in college, at the University of Maryland, a couple years later was RTVF (Radio, TV, and Film). I got exposure and a nice education on classic films, but the damn school cancelled the major, and I moved on to Communications.
Well, the BA didn’t do me a whole lot of good, at least right away. After I graduated, one of the jobs I got, because I couldn’t find a real job, was as an Assistant Manager at a Blockbuster Video. Seven bucks an hour, but I got to take out as many movies as I wanted, so that was cool.
Anyhow, all of this is to say that I’ve always been into movies, and so that’s why I am going to be sharing my different types of movie reviews here.