Moviemaker, Cade Snyder is our movie fan of the week. He tries to watch at least one movie every day. On his blog he regularly writes reviews about all types of movies, both new and old, movies out in theaters or on DVD.
Q. Was there a particular film that sparked your interest in writing about movies? What movie and why?
A. Actually, it wasn’t any specific movie that inspired me to start writing; it was, oddly enough, IMDB and Netflix. When I first got a Netflix account a few years ago, I started going through and rating all the movies I’d seen and then I started doing the same on IMDB. That process of trying to decide how many stars to give a movie made me start thinking about what it was that made me say a movie was good or bad and what made rate one movie better or worse than another. At some point, I decided to start writing reviews as a way to get better at enunciating exactly what made me like or dislike a movie, and honestly, it’s helped a lot. I feel a lot less stupid when I talk to people about movies now, so that’s nice.
Q. What is your most memorable movie moment?
A. That would be the time in high school when I went with a group of friends to see the first Saw movie in theaters. It was a late show with a full crowd, and it wasn’t the movie itself that made the evening memorable so much as the crowd, specifically the ladies who were sitting right behind us. They were talking to the screen the whole time, yelling and jumping and cursing and gasping at every plot twist and reveal, and it was absolutely incredible. When -spoiler alert - Danny Glover gets killed, one of them started yelling, “Dammit, Danny! You can’t live for dying! YOU CAN’T LIVE FOR DYING!” And at the end of the film, when the one guy starts beating the other guy with the toilet bowl lid, they jumped up and down out of their seats yelling “THAT’S GANGSTA! THAT’S GANGSTA!” It was great because they weren’t trying to be funny or steal attention from the movie, they were just so genuinely engrossed in it that they couldn’t help but physically and verbally react to it. I still have a soft spot in my heart for Saw because of those two wonderfully expressive women. I also can’t watch any Danny Glover movie now without yelling “Dammit Danny, YOU CAN’T LIVE FOR DYING!”
Q. Movie theater or home...where do you prefer to watch movies?
A. Definitely movie theater. Not only you do get the big screen and big sound, but when you’re in a movie theater it’s so much easier to not get distracted by all the crap that you have at home to take your mind off the picture. Plus, you get the energy from the crowd, which in the right situation can completely transform and amplify your experience of a movie. I still like watching movies at home, and that’s the way I see the majority of the movies I watch because it’s cheaper and because I watch a more older movies than new ones, but a movie theater screening is definitely preferable.
Q. What is your favorite movie quote?
A. I think I have to go with Howard Beale yelling “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” in Network. Honorable mentions go to “Long live the new flesh” from Videodrome and “Help! Help! I’m being repressed!” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Q. How many movies do you think you’ve watched in your lifetime?
A. Oh man, I don’t know, but my educated guess would be close to 2000, maybe? Yeah, 2000. Let’s go with that.
Q. What movies are you most looking forward to seeing?
A. In the near future, it’d be Les Misérables, Django Unchained, Gangster Squad, and Amour. As for the rest of 2013, nothing particular has me on the edge of my seat in anticipation, but I’m sure there will be plenty of good stuff to see.