Name: Barry Brogdon
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?
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.”
February 17th, 2019