When I was very young, my parents liked to go up to our cabin a lot. It was in the middle of a small town called Marcel, Minnesota. The town consisted of a gas station, tennis court/park and a diner. My parents encouraged me to be outdoorsy, but I was very interested in other things.
Not much has changed, to be completely honest.
The gas station had a very small, but wonderful, movie collection. Much like Blockbuster (BOY does that ring a bell?), you could rent movies for a few days at a time. This is where my love of film really began, and it began with one of the biggest filmmakers of our time; Steven Spielberg. My first introduction to Spielberg was Jurassic Park, and I immediately fell in love. Fun fact: I actually wanted to be an paleontologist for the longest time BECAUSE of this movie. Clearly I did not go down that road but WHO KNOWS. Then came E.T, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, etc. One thing drew me to all of these movies, and it was the fact that anything seemed possible. You could re-create dinosaurs if you wanted to, you could make aliens believable and you can scare the pants off of everyone with a gigantic shark. These stories were so fantastical and fun to watch. I was fascinated by all of it; I wanted to create things just like it. Movies then became a form of escapism for me, and to this day they still are. Thanks to Spielberg, I’m pursuing what I am today.
“Spielberg” is a documentary released on HBO that explores the life that Steven had. From childhood to now, you're able to see how he changed as a person and how his taste and style in movies evolved over time. One thing that absolutely blew me away about it was the personal aspects he brought to each movie. No matter the premise, as wild as they could be, they all found a way to tie back into his life and what was going on in it at that particular moment. He’s a very welcoming soul, and wanted his audience to be transported to these worlds that he created to help himself.
This documentary is FILLED with tons of guest stars and was an absolute wonder to watch. It made me so unbelievably happy and reminded me why I love film as much as I do and why I chose to pursue it as a lifelong career. It made the film nerd in me as joyful as ever, and I’m sure you will be too.
You can stream the documentary on HBONOW or HBOGO!