We ask 10 questions of Panthers tight end Gary Barnidge:
Q. How long have you been reviewing movies?
Me and a former teammate, Dante Rosario (now with San Diego), started a movie review website (www.moviegameplan.com) when he was here. Last year it went down. We were behind a little bit. I was hurt and he was in San Diego. It was harder. Were going to pick up after the season is over.
Q. Have you been doing something by yourself?
I started two weeks ago and every week Im going to take 10 random Twitter (@garybarnidge) fans to a movie. Why not interact with the fans? They come support us. I can do something nice for them. Ive had a good turnout.
Q. Where did the fascination with movies come from?
Ever since I was younger I just loved movies. Ive watched so many movies. I own so many movies. Ive just always had the fascination.
Q. What do you like about reviewing movies?
Anybody can review. It takes a little bit. You have to go in-depth with the movie. You watch it in more detail, which you usually dont do. You usually just sit back and enjoy. I like to sit back and pick it apart, seeing things you normally wouldnt see. Its fun.
Q. This is your time of year because horror movies are your favorite. Why?
I think its more the older scary movies because they had more built-up suspense and plot. The newer ones are more about gore and a little bit of shock factor. They make a lot of the new ones PG-13 just to sell tickets. Its hard to make a horror movie thats not rated R. You cant do what you want to do.
Q. What old horror movies do you like?
Halloween. Nightmare On Elm Street. Hellraiser. The Exorcist.
I even like the original Frankenstein and Nosferatu, 1929, one of my favorite scary movies because you can make a three-hour silent film and you can make it so terrifying. Its just amazing, the music and the way he moves.
Q. Im sure you are asked all the time but what are your three favorite movies?
Forrest Gump is my all-time favorite. Braveheart is another good one. And I like Saving Private Ryan.
Q. Have you done anything movie-related yourself?
I went to the Sundance Film Festival and met some people there. I met some directors and writers. That was fun. I had a director and writer buddy who directed a movie in Concord last year and I went out there and watched them film. Its called Jimmy. Its supposed to be going to DVD the end of this year or early next year. I watched them film it and you get a whole different sense of how its made.
Q. Anything youre anxious to see among the holiday movies coming out?
I think Lincoln is going to be amazing. Spielberg will do an amazing job. Daniel Day-Lewis, you cant go wrong with anything hes in.
Q. Whats your go-to snack when watching movies?
Sno-Caps, no doubt. And maybe a little cheddar on my popcorn.