Interview with someone 50+

Name: Barry Brogdon

Age: 64

Race: White

Gender: Male

Town of Residency: Kings Mountain

For this assignment I decided to interview my math teacher because the people and/or family that I do know, who is over fifty (like my grandparents), I never see but once a month or once every couple months to a year.

Barry brogdon was an engineer before he became a math teacher and he has been teaching math at Cleveland Early College High School for a little over thirty years.

Q: What are some of your favorite film genres?

A: “Some of my favorite film genres are Christian and Westerns.

Q: What were some of the first films you remember watching in a theatre?

A: “Some of the first films I remember watching in a theatre is Mary Poppins, How the West was Won, and The Great Escape.

Q: What do you remember about those early film experiences (food, type of theatre, friends, family, how you felt when watching a film in a theatre, etc.)?

A: “I have a vivid imagination, so I really got into movies. We very rarely ate anything at the movies because we did not have much money.

Q: Did you watch many films growing up in theatres (or at home)? If so, what films were you drawn to?

A: “The only movies at home when I was a child were the ones on TV. I do remember watching The Wizard of Oz on TV when I was five. We could not afford to go out to the movies much.

Q: Did you ever go to Drive-In Movies when you were younger? What do you remember about those?

A: “Yes I went to drive in movies when I was young. We would put on our pajamas and pile in the car and go to the drive in. I remember watching Pinocchio at the drive in.

Q: Do you remember when the event films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” when they were in theatres? Tell me about those memories. If not, what were the first “Blockbuster” films you remember everyone wanting to see?

A: “Yes I remember when those films were in theatres. I was in college when Jaws came out and I remember everyone in the theatre jumping when the head popped out of the boat. I saw Star Wars about three months after I got married and remember it as a western set in outer space.

Q: When HBO, Showtime, VCRs or DVDs were readily available, did that change how you went to see movies? Or which ones you went to see in a theatre?

A: “I did not subscribe to HBO or Showtime, but I did rent VCR tapes occasionally. The Hollywood lifestyle and politics don’t agree with mine, so I don’t want to support them with my money very much.

Q: Did you ever go rent movies from a video store? If so, how did you decide what to choose to watch with all those choices?

A: “Yes, I went to rent movies from a video store. I usually knew what I wanted to watch before I went in.

Q: How and where do you watch most of your movies now (theatres, DVDs, streaming, etc)?

A: “I don’t watch many movies anymore. I watch Maybe one movie every year in a theatre. I still watch the Star Wars movies when they come out.”

Q: What kinds of films do you watch now? Do you feel those tastes have changed much in the past 20 years?

A:As I said before, I really don’t watch many movies now and I don’t think my tastes have changed.

Q: How often do you go to theatres now to see films? How different is it now than when you first  you experienced films films in theaters (sizes of theaters, food choices, movie choice options, etc)? What do you attribute the changes to (if there is one)?

A: “I go once a year to a theatre to watch a movie. Theatres are smaller, but there are many more choices. Most theatres when I was young were stand alone facilities. We have done dinner at a theatre in Texas with our grandchildren.

Q: What’s the last film you watched in a movie theatre? Did you enjoy the experience?

A: “The last film I watched in a theatre was the Star Wars film last Christmas. I enjoyed it a lot because we took our grandchildren.

Q: Any other comments about your movie going experience/history that you think is important, or that you’d like to share?

A: “I have seen some Christian movies that I really enjoy. I don’t understand why the people who make movies think they need to include cussing, violence, and foul language. Most of the stories would be more enjoyable without that.

Rileah Graham

February 17th, 2019

What Film Baggage means to me and why

I’ve been recently studying “Baggage” and have learned that it is basically your view or opinion about something like a character, a movie director, a person, or a story in general and your view or opinion can either be good or bad. A way I could improve my baggage is to focus more on the film, actors, and the directors.

My baggage isn’t a lot when it comes to film considering I only watch movies I like or I rewatch movies that I’ve seen and are good. I have more baggage when it comes to books because they are more detailed and if a movie is made based off a book that I’ve read, then I’ll most likely watch it. In the harry potter series, even though I’ve only read the first book (I know what happens in the other though, because of my friend), I hated snape because he was rude, but when the movie came out my view of snape changed to being more positive. I also didn’t like Draco throughout the series, but when I learned why he was partially so stuck up, my view changed a little, but in all honesty he was a jerk and I still think he is.



It’s hard for me to change my view about a person when reading, but when watching a film I tend to focus more on the person i dislike, but if I find them funny or I get a general idea of why they act the way they do, then my view and/or baggage changes. I don’t have any negative or positive baggage against directors, because I honestly don’t care who make the film, I just care about if its good or not.

When it comes to actors, I mostly have positive baggage. What I mean is, I don’t actually hate any actors, but I might hate certain parts of the roles they play in certain movies. For example, I love this TV show called “psych” and the main character, Shawn Spencer, basically lies that he is a psychic in order to not be arrested for helping solve a crime that had nothing to do with him, but they thought he was in on it. Although he lied, he has this ability that his dad taught him and that ability is to notice things that others might not (like a secret compartment in a desk or words on a torn piece of paper that is like three feet away from him) and this ability can also help him figure out a person’s personality or something in their personal life. The problems I have with Shawn is that he keeps his secret hidden and the only people that know are his father and best friend, Gus. I also dislike that he takes most of the credit for himself and stuff, but it’s funny when the others prove him wrong.

Rileah Graham

February 8th, 2019

What Film Means To Me

My name is Rileah Graham and I’m currently going to school at cleveland early college high school.

In all honesty, I don’t watch many movies anymore because I rarely watch TV and it’s not because I’d rather be on my phone, it’s because I honestly don’t find modern TV shows and movies interesting. I also don’t watch much TV because I’d rather be reading a book, which may sound like I hate TV, but I actually just really love book series and I get lost in the story.

The first film that I can remember watching is called “The NeverEnding story”. While watching this movie, I often pictured myself as the main character, who embarked on a quest or journey to save their world or family. My favorite character in The NeverEnding Story was the dragon, Falkor, and he was often kind and helped Atreyu throughout his quest. I used to often imagine myself as Atreyu, who saved his world with the help of many friends that he encountered along the way and the help of Bastian which is the human boy that will help them defeat “The Nothing”.

I’ve always liked fantasy and adventurous movies because to me, those types of films help me escape the most from reality. I feel like rather than living a horror movie, I’d rather be living in a wonderland or on a ship sailing across the sea in search of unknown treasures.

I’ve never liked horror movies because my dad constantly watched them and watching TV was the only non boring thing to do at his house besides to go play outside and the only horror movie I love to watch is called “MAMA”, but it is still pretty scary. Even though I hate horror movies, I’ll watch one if it has comedy in it, because I love comedies and laughing at the movie would help me forget that it is actually scary.

I go to my grandparents house once a week every month because that’s the only time when my grandparents get off of work. When I’m at their house me and my grandpa typically chill in the living room and watch TV and most of the shows we watch are old western movies. One of my favorite TV shows to watch with my grandpa is The Andy Griffith Show.

Some of my favorite movies include The Mummy series, National Treasure, Patema Inverted, and Ghost Rider. My favorite actors would have to be Nicolas Cage, Johnny depp, Emma Watson, Brendan Fraser, Andy Griffith, and Don Knotts.

To me film is a journey that entertains you and takes you away from reality, even for the slightest moment. It is something that you wish you could experience even when you know you can’t.

Rileah Graham

February 1st, 2019