One of my earliest memories is of going to the movies.

I was about three and it was a screening of Superman at the Roxy Theatre in Cootamundra, New South Wales. I think it may have closed down shortly thereafter and sadly a gravel car park now sits where this historic building once stood.

The Roxy Theatre building in Cootamundra

The old Roxy Theatre building in Cootamundra

The second memory I have was seeing Caveman at the Hanwood Drive-in. It was a place on the outskirts of Griffith, another town in regional South Wales. The third was E.T. at that same venue.

About a year later our family got a VHS recorder and I saw Star Wars for the first time. I was consumed by movies and, to a lesser extent, television. Which usually involved waiting for a decent movie to be scheduled on Sunday night, me setting the VHS timer to record it and then watching it over and over.

Sometimes the time was a little out or the programming was a bit off. As a result I must’ve watched Aliens about 20 times before I even realised that there was a whole other fight scene with the alien queen when Ripley and Newt got back to what was supposed to be the safety of the Sulaco. I never saw Bishop ripped in half or got to hear Ripley shout “get away from her you BITCH!” until a couple of years later. I still love that film. I can pretty much recite it from start to finish.

We only had two TV channels back then but what a great time to be a kid. We had the Goonies, Gremlins, Predator, The Terminator, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Stand By Me, Jaws, Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, Die Hard, Vacation, The Blues Brothers and so much more.

So yeah, I was raised by movies and television.

Rainy days and weekends were spent pouring through the aisles of video stores making a selection based on the rad cover art and hoping your five bucks overnight rental was well spent.

Now, thanks to streaming, the video store is right there in your television. And yet, everything we’re watching is so heavily influenced and derived from stuff I enjoyed as a kid. They’re even making movies about my comic book collection that has been sitting in a box at the bottom of my bookshelf for over twenty years!

What a time to be alive!

The point is, I’ve got as much pedigree as the next highly paid professional to take this on. I may not be able to make every big premiere or have the most up to date reviews, BUT I’ll share with you what I’m watching and I’ll give you nothing but straight shooting reviews, and opinions.

So thanks for stopping by, I hope you keep watching.

The Watchman

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