By Scott Pukos
"What's your favorite movie experience?"
That's something legendary comedic director John Landis asked while he was in-studio on WXXI's Connections with Evan Dawson. I LOVE this question, and I really adore hearing people's answers. Landis argued that most people can name their top moment right off the top of her/his head (and all the Connections guests, including The Little's awesome Artistic Director Bri, did just that).
I have a few experiences that jump to the top of the queue in my brain, including a number of Little screenings. Our first sushi night screening with Bubble Fusion and The Mermaid was as excellent as Little Popcorn combined with sushi (spoiler: that's an amazing recipe). The two live podcasts we did for The Lobster and Don't Think Twice also immediately grows in my mind grapes.
But the very first thing that popped into my head was from my childhood -- long before my Little days. It was the first time I saw The Matrix. I had been counting down the days till its opening weekend, but wasn't old enough to drive, and it wasn't playing in my local theater. Eventually, my grandparents drove me and my twin brother to see the sci-fi masterpiece, while they watched Life is Beautiful. Anticipation has a habit to set you up for disappointment, but The Matrix did not fail me. I was blown away by the innovative action, the bold storytelling, and big ideas. It's still one of my favorite all-time films, and a movie-going experience that will stick with me.
Feel free to share your favorite experience(s)! If you don't have one, maybe this is the week it happens!