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Movie Fan Profile - Christian Chavez

This week’s movie fan profile features movie fan and blogger, Christian Chavez. He has been studying film since 2005 and is currently pursuing a double major in Film and economics. He is currently writing 3 scripts for short films and hopes to turn them in to a few short film festivals.


Q. Was there a particular film that sparked your interest in movies?

A. Jurassic Park really was the film that sparked my interest. I was 11 years old and I wanted to be a paleontologist. So every week I would watch Jurassic Park(I wouldn’t call it my official study, I knew a lot about Dinosaurs and to this day I still know a lot as well.) and as I continued to watch it I became intrigued by how they made the film. I checked out the special features on the disc and was instantly blown away by the skills it took to create it. To this day, I continue to credit Spielberg as the Director who introduced me to the film world.


Q. What is your most memorable movie moment?

A. My most memorable movie moment has to be when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70 MM in Cinerama. It was literally the most beautiful sequences of film I have ever seen. I took my dad back in 2008 to see the film with me. When the film was in intermission, he had told me the story about how he took my great grandmother to see the film in the exact same theater 30 years ago. It made the film even more special to me, to the point where I would like to take my future child(who doesn’t even exist yet, just a thought) to see it in the same theater in 70 MM.


Q. Movie theater or home...where do you prefer to watch movies?

A. I believe that if you are a true fan of the cinema, you have to see films in theaters. Even if you’re just in it to watch the special events or the Oscar contenders, you have to see them where they are meant to be seen.


Q. What is your favorite movie quote?

A. I used to do a special feature on my twitter called “movie quote of the day”. I stopped because I was on a trip to San Francisco and I forgot to update it once and felt like a total failure, I’m still questioning myself on whether or not to bring it back. But to answer your question(and I apologize for the weird tangent) comes from Annie Hall where Woody Allens final monologue is ”I… I, I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.”


Q. How many movies do you think you’ve watched in your lifetime?

A. Wow.. Ugh haha I don’t know how to answer this question. I normally don’t keep a list on how many films I have seen in my lifetime. But if I were to give a guess I would say more than 1,500. Easily.


Q. What movies are you most looking forward to seeing in 2012/2013?

A. I am looking forward to The Hobbit, This is 40 and Les Miserables. And in 2013 I am waiting for Man of Steel, Star Trek into Darkness and I believe Catching Fire is also released next year.


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