Miguel has loved movies and movie-going for as long as he can remember. He cheered at the end of “Rocky II”, wept at the end of “E.T.”, and applauded with audiences at the end of “The Color Purple” and “Schindler’s List” (#SpielbergFan).
He has no formal cinema training or education, apart from what decades of staring at moving pictures on screens, large and small, have taught him. And what have movies taught him?
They taught him that when someone says you need a bigger boat, you better believe him.
They taught him that splitting up is NEVER a good plan.
They taught him that ye canna change the laws of physics, except when you CAN.
They taught him that aliens exist for one of only two reasons: either to give us hope that we are not alone in the cosmos, or to scare the ever-loving crap out of us.
They taught him that all you need to change someone’s mind are a couple of carefully selected Bible verses and an old warehouse just outside of the city limits.
They taught him that the bad guys don’t always wear black, and the good guys don’t always wear white. (But they mostly do.)
They taught him that revenge is a dish best served cold.
They taught him that some stories are so good, they just have to be told again, in different ways, at different times. And that’s not ALWAYS a bad thing.
In short, Miguel would like to cite a line from Lawrence Kasdan’s 1991 film, Grand Canyon, spoken by Steve Martin:
“That’s part of your problem. You haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”
He couldn’t agree more.