"This" vs "that"

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Please correct my writing. Should I use "this" or "it" in the following sentence?

1- Some years ago when I was in school, I saw my first movie in a theater. That/this is the best movie I have ever seen.
 
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I'd say 'That was the best movie ...'
 

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I'd say 'That was the best movie ...'

Hi, I would also say "That was the beat movie...." as the incident of seeing the movie happened in the past. But my question is could I also say "That is the bet movie..." as I wanted to mean emphatically the "that movie remains the best goal I have ever seen"?
 
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Seeing a movie is not a goal; it is an experience.
Saying that "that was the best movie" does not mean it has been surpassed.
 

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Seeing a movie is not a goal; it is an experience.
Saying that "that was the best movie" does not mean it has been surpassed.

I don't disagree with you. I have seen native speakers use is too. That's why I asked this.
 

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I don't disagree with you. I have seen native speakers use is too. That's why I asked this.

Do you mean you agree with me?

Also, how do you "see a goal"(unless you are talking about sports)?
 

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Do you mean you agree with me?

Also, how do you "see a goal"(unless you are talking about sports)?

Sorry I did not notice it. I mistyped it. it should have been "movie". I have corrected it. :oops:
Can I use "That is the best movie I have..." to imply strongly that it still remains my best movie. I know using "was" does not mean that movie is not the best movie I have ever seen.
 
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You framed the thought as beginning in the past with your initial sentence. 'That was the best movie I have ever seen' carries the idea from that past event up to the present time.

A more general discussion would allow the 'is':
He: "I watched Casablanca last night."
She: "That is the best movie I've ever seen!" Note that she didn't watch the movie last night. She is making a general statement of her opinion, so present tense is suitable.
 
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