I CAN’T TAKE CREDIT

                     

For Hicksflicks.com, Oct. 17, 2014

It's a strange thing for a movie critic to see his name pop up in the credits of a movie. Not the name of some caterer or gaffer that happens to be the same as yours — but your name.

This has happened three times to me in my 36-year career, and it's always a bizarre feeling.

The first time was in the 1990s after local filmmaker Craig Clyde had appeared on KSL's "The Movie Show" with Doug Wright and me. For some reason he felt compelled to put our names in the "Thanks" credits at the end of his next movie, "Walking Thunder."

It was an odd sensation to see my name pop up in the end credits. I had a sense of not belonging.

                       

It didn't happen again until 2011. At his behest, I read the script for local filmmaker T.C. Christensen's next film, "17 Miracles," and over lunch I offered my two-cents worth of suggestions. To be honest, I don't recall what I told him and I'm not sure he even used any suggestions I gave, but he nonetheless listed my name with a passel of others in a "Thanks" list among those end credits.

The third, and I'm pretty sure final, time is on the LDS-backed movie "Meet the Mormons." I was approached a little over a year ago to help the filmmakers with the clips of Mormon gags that open the movie, since I'm known in certain circles as a guy obsessed with collecting mentions of Mormons in movies and TV shows.

                   

So I gathered a bunch of DVDs and a VHS or two, along with a list of suggestions, and passed them on.

At the time, "Meet the Mormons" was being targeted as a film for the Legacy Theater in the Joseph Smith Building in downtown Salt Lake City, and maybe some visitor's centers around the world.

When it was decided to give it the film a national theatrical release, it took everyone by surprise. Still, I didn't expect to get a credit for my minor level of input.

But there it is, among many other names in the end credits.

I've often been asked over the years if I had any yearnings to make movies. The answer is no.

But I don't want to seem ungracious. So I'll take these small tokens for what they're worth.