Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Film Story

Greetings, film buffs!  Thank you for finding my blog.  My name is Stephen Mikalik.  I'm 26, married and a raging film-aholic.  It is my belief that everyone has their own story about how someone falls for something (or someone, but that's for another day). 

It was Memorial Day weekend 2001, my dad decided to take myself, my mother and my brother to see the new Michael Bay movie, Pearl Harbor at the still-not-stadium-seating Carmike Uniontown Mall 6.  We arrived about five minutes before showtime and were forced to sit about halfway back next to the wall, right under a speaker.  For the next what seemed like 6 hours (it was actually about about 2 1/2), we were bombarded by headache-inducing editing, ear-ripping sound and a below mediocre love story that for about 40 minutes was interrupted by the start of World War II.  Amazingly, I was the only one of the four of us in the car to not enjoy themselves.  It was then that I realized two things: people's opinions of movies can drastically differ and that movies have varied degrees of quality.

It was during that summer that I saw such films as Almost Famous & Schindler's List for the first time.  But my attitude towards movies was solidified on New Years Eve that same year.  My sister had a 4 hour skating party in Uniontown so asked my mother if she could drop me off at the same theater from seven months before.  That day, I saw a double feature.  First came The Majestic, Frank Darabont's Jim Carrey arrives in Carpa-corn small town dramady(?).  Then, it happened.  The second film was a wondrous fantasy tale that show the full spectrum of just how beautiful the movies can be, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  Solid acting, a smooth screenplay, flowing cinematography, a beautiful score and a flawless group of sets and costumes.

The rest is history.  For the past ten-plus years, I have devoted nearly every free moment for film.  Studying the history, increasing my portfolio of watched & owned movies and arguing with friends why I am seeing Kill Bill Vol. 2 instead of The Punisher (actual conversation during my senior year of high school).  Through this blog, I want to discuss my love of film, create a dialogue with fellow film buffs over things such as the most under-appreciated movie ever (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and which Adam Sandler movies are even worth considering watching (2 full movies and about two-thirds of another).

Please feel free to leave comments.  And in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening & good night!

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