In this assignment, I will be interviewing my 73 year old grandmother, Regena Baynard. She grew up in Ohio and moved her and her family to North Carolina in 1969 after the civil rights movement ended. Although being white, she did not like the violence but wanted to move down south. So a year after the civil rights movement ended, she moved to Cherryville. Being born right when World War 2 ended, she got to see some of the most best selling films of all time. Now 50 years later being her grandson, I get to interview her and learn some about her movie experience that I didn’t know before. Interview took place Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Me: What is your favorite film to this date?
Regena: Personally my favorite film is Star Wars, mainly the aspect of just being able to discuss it with you since you also love the series. I love being able to talk about it, making theories, and trying to discuss what all happens.
Me: Do you watch much films at home or at theatre?
Regena: Well I really go to the theater more mainly to take you to see some movies we both want to see. I watched some of my favorite movies in theatre like Star Wars as I was talking about earlier. I loved watching it and then discussing it with you. I loved being able to watch something and just discussing it with someone else who also liked it. Like how we watched The Last Jedi back in 2017, we were constantly talking about it and talking about all that happened and what all excited us. Also with The Hans Solo story, I loved seeing a lot of theory’s unraveling. I loved learning all the backstory of not just Hans, but other characters too.
Me: How did you feel when Blockbuster ran out of business?
Regena: I really didn’t care. I really prefer Netflix as you just pay a membership fee and get all the movies you want. Also I don’t have to walk to a store to buy a movie, I can just put it up on Netflix and I can watch the movie. I feel like Netflix gain a lot of its popularity mainly because of the convenience.
Me: What if your favorite genre of movies?
Regena: I really like action. I was born in 1945 and I was a tomboy, so I always liked all what the guys liked. Like Zoie (my sister) was into Marvel and Avengers, I was like her when I grew up. I constantly played outside and I guess because of me just simply being a Tomboy as I grew up, I loved a lot of action movies and eventually loved Star Wars so much it became my favorite.
Me: How often do you go to the movies?
Regena: I go there quite a lot, not just for you or the popcorn but to watch movies like it was intended. We’ve done it for a long time now, but we always have seen the new Star Wars movie whenever one comes out ever since we watched The Return of the Jedi together.
Me: What was the last film you watched in theaters?
Regena: The last movie I watched was Mary Poppins Returns. I know you hate musicals ever since your parents tortured you into watching The Greatest Showman on Earth and believe, I didn’t like it either. But I watched Mary Poppins Returns with your mother and we both loved it. She grew up when the original movie was published in the 80’s and she was able to compare it to that. It’s also the movie that you’re mother and father watched together. I can tell you one thing, raising your dad was hard. I thought he wasn’t going to get married but he did, found your mother and when he said he was taking her out to the movies to watch this movie, I had confidence that she was the match.
Me: How do you feel about 3D movies?
Regena: I love them. I may be 73 years old and it may be a little bad for my eyes seeing movies in 3D, but they give me a thrill. I love watching them. I remember watching Monster University in 3D, now that was a thrill.
Me: Anything else you would like to share?
Regena: I can probably say I’m not like most people my age. I prefer today’s movies and ways to get them. I like the better quality and the color. I remember watching To Kill a Mockingbird, being in black and white made it pretty hard to tell who was Atticus. Now obviously it was easy to to tell who he was when he was talking to Jem or Scout, but in the trial it was hard. Now with movies in color, it’s easier to watch.