The first film Lewis remembers watching is Mary Poppins, which he believed to be a documentary about Edwardian London; it wasn’t until he started school that he realised the disappointing truth. Sometimes he looks out of the window late at night, hoping to spot a cavorting chimney sweep leading a dance routine across the neighbours’ rooftops.
Although he very briefly studied film at university, Lewis in no way claims to be an expert on movies: in fact, he’s just as clueless as his befuddled companion. However, thanks to his top-notch university education, Lewis does know what ‘mise en scene’ means.
As well as churning out podcasts for ‘101 Films…’, Lewis is chief editor of the video-game website ‘A Most Agreeable Pastime‘. His articles on games have been published in The Guardian, EDGE, Eurogamer, Retro Gamer, Kotaku UK, and more, and his freelance portfolio can be found at lewispackwood.com.
Although taken to see ET when he was two years old, the first film Ian remembers watching at the cinema was GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords. Despite the poor animation (and the traumatising death of Optimus Prime six months later in Transformers: The Movie, which he forced his poor Dad to take him to see), the 5-year-old Ian became hooked on the magic of film.
A few decades later and the 30-something Ian has seen lots of films, but have any of them matched that first experience of watching the GoBots movie? Yes, of course they have. GoBots was rubbish. Rock Lords? Robots that turn into rocks? How did anyone think that was a good idea?
Ian doesn’t know what ‘mise en scene’ means, but he’s pretty good at bluffing.
Lewis and Ian previously wrote ‘101 Video Games That Made My Life Slightly Better‘.