Here's why I hated writing that "Pixels" review: I really like Chris Columbus.
I remember reading about "Gremlins" before it came out, and part of what was so appealing about it was the story of the 19-year-old writer from NYU who sold his script to Steven Spielberg. I mean, come on… that was the dream narrative for an '80s kid who was crazy about movies.
I can't actually tell you where or when I met him for the first time, but every single conversation I've had with him, I have enjoyed enormously. That includes the conversation I had with him last week about "Pixels." This is longer than the typical video interview we run here, and it was conducted one afternoon on the Sony lot in the middle of a big day of press for Columbus. Despite that, from the moment he rolled in, he seemed like he was relaxed and ready to talk about anything.