I’ll admit it. Many of the films I enjoyed as a child were supremely influenced by a PBS show called “Sneak Previews” with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who left the show in 1982 and went to network syndication with “At the Movies”. “Sneak Previews” continued without them and never really clicked with me. Siskel and Ebert were it.
If they liked a movie, I was seeing it. That made for some odd requests from an 11-year old asking to go see “Halloween” or “My Dinner with Andre”.