Reed Smith

Reed Smith

One of the key challenges that I have had to face throughout my life is the fact that I am on the autism spectrum. Being on the autism spectrum has made it hard for me to process language and caused me to feel the need to jump or doing other types of activity as a way of getting energy out. But the good thing is that many people with autism have a strong passion. And mine is movies. I have had high interest in movies since before I could even talk as a little kid. Over the years I have figured out better how to critique movies due to how I have evolved as a person. For example, I used to feel like I always wanted to stick with following a certain franchise of movies, due to my obsessive compulsive tendencies of my autism made me feel like I just had to stick with something. When I was younger I used to watch all the James Bond movies or superhero movies in chronological order, just because I was following something thoroughly, without making a real critique about the movies overall quality. But now due to my later interest in Siskel and Ebert and other critics I have evolved to like a lot of different kinds of movies, and to take an interest in everything involved in making a movie. This includes things like writing, acting, direction and cinematography. I have also worked on a number of films and it is work that means a lot to me.

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