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Film Aficionado: David Sessoms

Courtesy of David Sessoms
Courtesy of David Sessoms

When David Sessoms was growing up in Marion, Virginia, his mom would take him and his siblings to movies almost every weekend. Since then, he’s formed an encyclopedic knowledge about all genres of film. Now as an Amazon intern on the Instant Video team, he has continued to pursue his interest in movies.

Courtesy of David Sessoms
Courtesy of David Sessoms

“It’s actually one of my dream jobs as far as the content,” Sessoms said. “I get to distribute a lot of movies to a lot of people and help them enjoy the things I love.”

As well as preparing him for his internship, Sessoms said watching films has also opened him up to different perspectives. When he moved to the East Coast to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology for mechanical engineering (he later switched to computer science), it was a big change from the South, where there wasn’t as much diversity.

“Movies are good in that sense,” he said. “It opens you up to the world in a way.”

Watching movies also influenced Sessom’s college decision: Ironman, aka Tony Stark, is a “graduate” from MIT. He graduated summa cum laude, “which is not possible at MIT – just wanted to point that out — so that movie is a lie,” Sessom laughed.

While “Ironman” may have its factual issues, Sessoms still loves the Marvel film and its ties to MIT.

“If you watch the scene when he goes to the dinner with Pepper Potts, you can see he has the same Brass Rat on that I’m wearing now, so I thought that was the coolest thing ever,” he said.

So, what movies does Sessoms recommend? Look no further than below:

Best visuals: “Avatar” – “It’s one of the only 3-D movies I’ve seen where I didn’t get nauseous.”

Favorite suspenseful film: “Butterfly Effect” – “Throughout the entire film, you’re wondering what’s happening. And then at the end, you start to piece it all together, and it goes a little bit backwards.”

All-time favorite: “Fallen” – “He turned a very nice song, ‘Time is On my Side’ (by the The Rolling Stones), into a super creepy thing throughout the entire movie.”

Movies to not see: “Transformers 4” – “Do not see ‘Transformers 4.’ It was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. The explosions were cool, but there were too many, and they were just dumb.”

New releases to see: “Under the Skin” – “Ninety percent of people won’t like it, but for the 10 percent that do, it will like rack your mind for a week and a half. You won’t be able to think of anything else. I was part of that 10 percent that liked it.”

Favorite comedies: “40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Superbad” – “Anything with Judd Apatow.”

Favorite chick flick: “Hitch” – “The entire movie, Hitch is saying, ‘Go you 90, she goes 10’ (for the first kiss). If you’re watching it with a girl, you guys have been trained the entire movie to where I go 90, she goes 10. So at the end of the date, you just try it out and see if it works. It’s one of my favorite date movies — but don’t watch a movie on the first date.”

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