Star Wars in the theater for the first time, or how they felt coming home from Jaws, or how they were scared witless by The Shining.
And I'm happy for them. Because, truly, they lived through some of the finest crafted films ever made. The people who were teenagers during Ferris Bueller's Day Off's theatrical run-time, or the folks who were rocking down the aisles to Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show; it's wonderful they have those experiences. But did they really have it "better off?" Is there a reason for them to feel "sorry" for us, because we seem to have grown up in an era where originality falls behind to sequel splendors and CGI rampant films?
I stand (sit, hunched) before you today a student of film, who, while I couldn't list every film I've ever seen, knows full-well I'll never see every movie ever made. I've got a lot to learn. A lot to study. But you would do wrong to pity me and the movies I saw from childhood on.
It should be noted that this list will most affect those who were born between the years of 1990 and 1994. Four years really does make all the difference. Pity us no more, elderlies. This is what we were given.
Cameron Carpenter is an aspiring screenwriter, current film and journalism student, and self-diagnosed cinephile, which only sounds bad in certain circles. Devoted fan of comics, movies, theater, Jesus Christ, Sidney Lumet, and Peter O'Toole, he sometimes spends too much time on his Scribd and comicbookmovie.com, but doesn't think you're one to judge, devoted reader. You can follow him on Twitter to watch him talk to people you didn't know exist. Oh, and Daredevil is quite the big deal around here (my head).