FANATICAL ABOUT FILM!
Movies are our religion and the theater our church. Our gods are named Tarantino, Anderson and Scorsese.
We are a married couple and we are both passionate about movies, and we hope you’ll find it interesting to read our “he said, she said” viewpoints. Oftentimes we agree but, as evidenced by many a late night discussion shared among film fans, it’s more fun when we don’t.
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Louisa has had a love of cinema from an early age, starting with her first theatrical experience (“Star Wars”) when she was barely 4 years old. Soon after, she would sneak downstairs at 6 am on Sunday mornings to quietly watch “At the Movies” with Siskel and Ebert. Louisa was the strange 8 year old who asked for subscriptions to film magazines for Christmas and movie posters for her birthday.
Growing up in a small town meant limited theater options so she spent most of her childhood repeatedly watching a very large VHS tape library. Movies remained a central part of her life over the years, and her love affair with the movies blossomed in college where she got a degree in Cinema Studies (and met fellow Screen Zealot Matt).
Movies are still her passion and she tries to go to the theater multiple times a week to catch new releases. The Sundance Film Festival, TIFF, Napa Valley Film Festival, and San Diego Comic Con are yearly trips for this self proclaimed movie geek; she can’t live without her Netflix subscription. Louisa is a long-time Film Independent member and voter for the Independent Spirit Awards, member of the Society of Professional Journalists, president of the Online Association of Female Film Critics, and is a proud member of the Nevada Film Critics Society.
Louisa’s all-time favorite movie is “Wall-E.”
Matt has been in love with movies his whole life. The day his parents bought a VCR was one of the most influential of his childhood: he watched and re-watched any and every movie he could get his hands on — until the tape finally broke from too many repeated viewings.
In college, Matt was free to pursue his obsession without restraint. Working at a video store during his time off, he quickly amassed a huge library of favorites and was a go-to in his dorm when people wanted entertainment. In 1992, he took a cinema studies class in film noir and discovered “Reservoir Dogs” when it was first released. Matt interviewed Quentin Tarantino for a thesis paper and holds the distinction of being the first film student to write a paper on one of Tarantino’s movies.
When researching his “Reservoir Dogs” paper, he asked a fellow student to borrow a magazine featuring the movie and its hot new director. That other student was his fellow Screen Zealot Louisa, and history was made! Together, Matt and Louisa have shared their passion for movies with one another, and now, through this site, they share it with the world.
Matt’s all-time favorite movie is “Kill Bill.” *
* Matt doesn’t view Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 as separate movies because Quentin originally shot them together, as one movie.
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