Favorite director: David O. Russell
Favorite actor: Gene Wilder
Favorite actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Brian Urrutia grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he befriended The Bit Players. He fell in love with movies at an early age. And it was easy enough to do since they were full day events: hunt down the "Living" section of the newspaper (after taking a peek at the funnies), blast the Spin Doctors with dad in the car, jailbreak a friend from an afternoon of chores, sneak snacks into the theater, ride the sugar high through the previews, and then settle in for the feature presentation. It was incredible; they were more exhilarating than amusement parks. Regal Cinema even had a prefatory POV roller coaster that had a film reel as its track.
Some of his favorites included selections from the Batman franchise, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise, The Mighty Ducks franchise, the Home Alone franchise, or the Toy Story franchise. When he was a teenager and studios began to adapt his favorite comic book heroes to gritty PG-13-rated reboots, Brian recognized that movies could be a sanctuary to relive and revive the best parts of childhood. Once he could drive, the midnight showings became a must.
In college, he went to the theater less and opted for dank basements and computer screens to get the fix. He also began to broaden his interest in movies, and thanks to the staff of near-by movie rentals, he got handed "classics." They looked and sounded old alright—real old. He knew little about the interests of those audiences and virtually none of the actors. But a good movie means something to everyone and films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Some Like it Hot, Being There, 8 1/2 demonstrated the necessity of a good script or the power of subtle direction. He looks forward to finding the many meanings of movies with a little help from his friends.