Sundial: From delivery boy to film critic — talking movies with Rene Rodriguez
Long before he was a movie critic, Rene Rodriguez sat at the back of a movie theater and cried watching E.T. Then he saw the movie 16 more times in that same theater.
A love of movies was born. On the Jan. 3 episode of Sundial, we talk with Rodriguez, who now programs movies as the manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami. But for more than 25 years, he was one of America’s best-known movie reviewers.
Rodriguez went from driving a delivery truck out of high school to getting angry phone calls at home from movie star Sylvester Stallone. (He does a pretty good Stallone impression, too.)
Now he uses his Hollywood connections to bring stars to talk film at the Cosford — the theater named for his mentor, the late Miami Herald film critic. Oscar winner Rami Malek came to watch the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” with the crowd. And he invites prominent South Florida residents to pick a movie and watch it with the audience in a series he calls, “Watching Movies With…”
And it all started with going to the movies with his father as a kid. They’d slip into the theater midway through the picture and then stay on for the next screening to catch the beginning, like his dad did back in Cuba.
What was it like to watch Rocky and Star Wars when you already saw the ending? It’s just some of what we’ll get into on this show.
On Sundial's previous episode, we talked with national book reviewer Connie Ogle, a Miami Herald writer, and Book & Books founder Mitchell Kaplan about the books that made us readers — and much more.
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