From late '80 to mid '83 I was managing editor of The Film Journal, a monthly exhibitor trade publication. That meant I was regularly invited to long-lead screenings, or screenings that would happen three to four weeks before hitting theatres, and sometimes five or six weeks. And that was a truly beautiful thing because I got to discover films in a relatively virginal condition, before the early buzz had began to circulate.

It was such a floating high to have seen and gotten off on The Road Warrior, E.T., The Shining and Local Hero before anyone knew what they were or had heard they were...

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