For fellow geek, Anthony DeRiso, certain movies hold a special place in his heart, not because of their stories or characters but because he shared them with his mother who passed away nine years ago. Anthony shares his reminiscences with RMB and fellow Imagination Connoisseurs. (Edited for clarity)

Hey, Mr. Burnett.

First, I’d like to thank you for reading my letter whether it’s on the show or not. I value your opinion very much so it means a lot either way.

Second, I’ll ask you to pardon my spelling and punctuation for I’m not a poetic letter writer like the great Willow Yang.

Sometimes I fall behind on your shows so I was recently catching up and today I got to the episode “When the movies take you back”. I’m a lover of all movies good and bad but only a handful hold a special place in my heart and those are the ones I got to see with my mom. She passed away 9 years ago and today, June 10th is her birthday.

I can remember every single film I saw with her except for the first which was Empire strikes back. The others were Return of the Jedi, Rocky 4, all 3 Back to the Future films, Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Not Without My Daughter, The Shawshank Redemption, Steel Magnolias and Iron Man.

While some of these films are emotional on their own, I can only watch these films on my own now because I cry through out and don’t want to explain why i was crying during Iron Man or any Back to the Future film.

Today has been very emotional and I am eternally grateful to you for providing a comfortable space to share these feelings and not worry about being judged.

Thank you for allowing me to share my long winded trip down memory lane.

Keep on keeping on,
Anthony DeRiso