In 2008, Matt arranged a movie night with friends to go see Wall-E at the local dollar theater. They all bailed, except Maria, who Matt was totally crushing on at the time. Being the suave, sophisticated paragon of coolness that he is, Matt stepped in front of Maria to pay for her ticket. Total expenses for their first date ran about $4.
Maria didn’t seem to mind. In fact, Matt didn’t even bother inviting other people to see Kung Fu Panda the following weekend. Then Maria came around and realized Matt might be boyfriend material.
Two weeks after their graduation from Ohio State in 2010, Maria and Matt got married and have been going on cheap movie dates ever since.
Maria grew up with a closet of VHS tapes. Ranked just behind playing cards, watching movies was the go-to family night activity. Maria also grew up moving around a lot. With an ever-changing backdrop and cast of characters, an imagination developed that movies continued to nurture and indulge. Over time, movies have become Maria’s favorite way not only to play in different worlds, but also to ponder human behavior and emotion. She has been occasionally accused of over-analyzing movies, and to that she says “So?”
Maria’s Top Ten (in a mostly accurate order)
- Big Fish
- Lord of the Rings
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- The Sound of Music
- Roman Holiday
- Beauty and the Beast
- Singing in the Rain
- Stranger Than Fiction
Matt’s love of movies stems from his ever-present desire to be a storyteller. From his fascination with Jim Henson as a child, to his short-lived ambitions to be an animator, to his current freelance writing and personal projects, Matt lives in story mode. He likes movies that earnestly transport viewers to another world, that let the moviegoer experience the emotions of living in that world without cynicism or self-parody.
Matt’s Top 10
- Lord of the Rings (the rest in no particular order)
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
- Minority Report
- Friday Night Lights
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall
- The Lion King
- Hot Fuzz
- Original Star Wars trilogy