Steve Oldfield

Steve Oldfield

Bio

Steve Oldfield

I have been reviewing movies since high school – my first review was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Since I went to a tiny Catholic school where no one was remotely like Spicoli, I thought the movie was stupid and an insult to high school students. It helped to launch the career of Sean Penn and is seen as a classic film of that time. Then, in my first professional review, I slammed Jurassic Park for some stupid facial expressions by the actors in what I considered a thinly veiled attempt to sell toys and candy (Raptor Bites as they were called.) I’ll never forget that not an hour after that review aired on the morning show in Richmond, Virginia, I was recognized in the steam room of my gym by a big Bubba of a man who said, “You’re the guy who said you didn’t like Jurassic Park — I’m gonna see it anyway!”

I never forgot those two times when I let my own personal (and at times very limited) view of the world to affect the larger issue – what will most of my TV audience think of the movie? That central question has informed the way I review ever since. I may still rant and rave about my own personal gripes and dislikes, but I always try to think about the audience – and who would like or even love a movie I hate.

Now, the quick basics – I grew up in Kentucky, studied journalism, film and Urban Studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, Studied with fellowships and Georgetown University and the Poynter Institute – and I’ve been a news nomad, working in Denver, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Salt Lake City and some other markets around the country. I’m also a photographer and documentary film maker and I’ve taught film and television courses on the high school and college levels.

Steve At The Movies: Rio 2
Steve at the movies: Captain America
Steve At The Movies: Bad Words
Steve At The Movies: Muppets: Most Wanted
Steve at The Movies: Need for Speed
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Steve At The Movies: Non-Stop
Steve At The Movies: Pompeii
Steve at the Movies “About Last Night”
Steve At The Movies: The Monuments Men