redblog Readers Who Rock: Jason (aka “Fiirvoen”)

by | Oct 29th, 2009 | 10:30AM | Filed under: Readers Who Rock

Today I am très excited to introduce one of our most loyal redblog readers, commenters and Threes players: Jason/Fiirvoen.

Read on to learn the story behind his most unusual handle…


Name: Jason Clark

Posts as (username): I started out posting as Jason, but then switched to the handle I’ve been using online for the last several years: Fiirvoen. It’s actually Five Iron with the words spaced out and superimposed over each other. F, i, I, r, V, o, E, n. Five Iron Frenzy was my favorite band when I made it up my freshman year of college.

Age: 24

Location: Broken Arrow, OK (Just outside Tulsa)

Occupation: I work for a Tulsa-based website company as a content writer.

When did you start using redbox, and how did you find out about us?

My wife and I first discovered redbox at a Mickey D’s on the way to Chicago. A week later, they were appearing in Tulsa, and we LOVE them!

How close is the redbox you usually go to?

There are at least 4 that we use regularly, all within about three miles of our house. The closest is less than half a mile away.

What five movies would you want on a deserted island (deserted… except for a TV and a DVD player and one electrical outlet)?

The Princess Bride

Sgt. Bilko (for nostalgic reasons)

Castaway (for practical purposes)

The Fifth Element

#5 is a tie between Ocean’s Twelve and Spirited Away

… Or maybe Dune (the ‘84 version, because it has Picard in it, and to spite Locke)

Hey, buuddddy! I'm not really dead!

What joy is there in life, if one is not able to spite Locke on a near-daily basis?  I kid, I kid.  (Or do I?)  Any movie you particularly despise?

Pauly Shore is Dead. I feel that it was a shameless attempt at being clever and it failed miserably. I only wish he had included some kind of disclaimer like at the beginning of The Libertine.  “You will hate me before this story is over…I mean more than you do now.”

You know what?  I bet Locke would second that one.  See?  We CAN all agree on something!  Let’s move on to your favorite actor — who is it?

Maybe Paul Bettany… or Alan Tudyk. That’s really a tough question to answer. I’m not really a “single most favorite” kind of guy. I’ve liked Brad Pitt in everything I’ve ever seen him in…

And your favorite actress?

Well, when I was a hormone-driven teenager, it was Milla Jovovich. But after seeing a few of the Resident Evil films and laughing my way through the awfulness of Ultraviolet, I can’t say that she is with a straight face anymore. I like Amy Adams quite a bit. I also think Jewel Staite from Serenity is highly underrated. I would love to see more of her on the big screen. I’ve always been partial to Zooey Deschanel despite her typecasting.

Are you drawn to any particular genre of films?

Sci-Fi and Fantasy are my favorite genre to read and there really aren’t enough films in this area. However, I love comedies. I also really enjoy weird films like Barton Fink, Fight Club, Memento, and Run Lola Run.

Ah, yeah, the oft-forgotten “Weird Film” genre.  That’s one of my faves, too.  How about movies you don’t like — have you ever walked out of a movie theater or stopped watching a DVD because you thought whatever was playing was so bad?

What? And be a quitter? No way! Honestly, I can get sucked into just about any movie, regardless of how bad it is.

I’m surprised by how many of our interviewees feel that way.  I have stopped many a DVD.  I guess I’m just not that patient.  Now on to one of my favorite questions: if you could live in any movie, meaning that the people, places and events in the movie became your reality, what movie would you choose?

Realistically, in some sappy predictable romance – I’d make my living as a fortune-teller.  A very successful one. Ideally, I’d love to live as a crew member aboard Serenity or the Enterprise.

Han_solo Hmm, very interesting take.  I never considered just living as one of the bit players in a film.  You probably would be a lot better off than any of the main characters.  You are a wise, wise man, Jason.  But if I forced you to pick one character in a film that you’d want to be, who’d you pick?

Han Solo. Let’s face it, as far as secondary leads go, he’s waaaaay cooler than Spock.

I agree with you 100%.  Who’s your favorite movie villain?

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg wins for the lawful evil alignment. The Joker for chaotic evil.

For those of you whose memories might be failing you, Zorg was the baddie played by Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element.  And I’m totally not surprised to hear there’s another vote for The Joker.  Time to talk about music.  Do you own any film soundtracks?

Little Miss Sunshine
is the only one that I own for myself.  Enchanted is my daughter’s favorite.

Blues-Brothers Your daughter has good taste.  Anything movie-related in your home or office?

I used to have a six-foot by four foot poster of The Blues Brothers. It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.

What actor and actress —dead or alive— would you want to meet if you had the chance?

Seth Rogen. He seems very real and sincere. I think he’d be a really nice guy in person.

I can see that being true.  He’s either totally nice… or a complete you-know-what.  There can be no in-between.  Now, tell it to me straight: what’s the hardest you’ve ever cried at a movie?

Return to Me gets me every time during the beginning after his wife dies.

Freddy-krueger Ah, yes. I love that film, probably because part of it was filmed at one of my favorite rib joints here in Chicago.  Now, on to the scary stuff, with Saturday being Halloween and all.  Has a movie ever given you nightmares?

All the time. That’s why I don’t watch horror. The worst was Nightmare on Elm Street. I was forced to watch three of them. I’ll be up all night if I start thinking about them again, so I’ll move on.

Sorry that I had to include that pic of Freddy.  I felt I kind of had to — I’ll blame it on the nearness of Halloween once again.  Like you suggested, we’ll move on to discuss happier things.  What are your favorite movie quotes?

Some of them I mentioned earlier. Also, anything from Talladega Nights or Anchorman.

Shake and Bake!  (I couldn’t resist.)   Do you know what the first movie you ever saw was?

Return of the Jedi, maybe?

Did you have an Ewok doll with you when you saw it, like I did?  No, I bet you didn’t!  That’s too bad, because it totally enhanced my movie-watching experience. Anywhooo, I have one last question for you: what’s the movie you’ve seen the most and/or could recite all of or parts of by heart?

UHF with Weird Al Yankovic. I’ve seen it probably over 40 times. Comedy gold right there! And it’s filmed in Tulsa.

Whoa, I did not anticipate THAT answer.  Would you be horrified to learn that I’ve never seen UHF?  I better get to checking it out, I guess.  Thanks for talking with us, Jason/Fiirvoen.  I’m so glad I know the story behind your handle now.  Keep those great comments coming!

That’s it for our latest Reader Who Rocks interview.  You can see all of the other posts in this series here.  And get ready to meet another fellow redbox fan and redblog reader next week…

11 Responses to “redblog Readers Who Rock: Jason (aka “Fiirvoen”)”

  1. Donna
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Oh, that’s how you pronounce Fiirvoen. I always read it as “Fire Oven”.

  2. Matthew S.
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Very good interview this week, amen to Han Solo, and yes, he shot first!!!

  3. Fiirvoen
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Woo! I’m famous!

  4. Matthew S.
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Can we have your autograph mister? ;-)
    Now just remember the rest of us readers!

  5. Clint M
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Nice, you got the same BLINDNESS t-shirt as me. That was a terrible movie.

  6. Nick
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Another very cool interview!

  7. Mama K
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    This guys seems ultra cool! He really knows his stuff! Way to go Fiirveon!

  8. Fiirvoen
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks, Mama K! That’s my mother-in-law!
    Sure, sure Matthew S. Just send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and I’ll send you a head-shot! Lol!

  9. Keena2Clark
    Posted on October 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    This guy really knows his movies! He’s not bad looking either!

  10. Fiirvoen
    Posted on October 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

    And there’s my wife. Lol! Thanks, honey!

  11. Livia
    Posted on October 31, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Sweet. Movies can be great. Redbox does good on these type things. Didn’t really read the article but it looks like a great article to read.