Well, well, well… would you look who we have here? It's Michelle, one of our longtime Threes players (starting back in April 2009!) who's also been known to chime in with a comment or two about any posts having to do with her favorite era of film — the '80s. Read on to see what makes her a Reader Who Rocks.
Posts as (username): Michelle
Age: Let's just say I am over 30, m'kay?
Location: Beautiful East Texas
Occupation: Maid, cook, driver, Chief Financial Officer, daycare worker — you know, the usual "just being a mom" stuff.
When did you start using redbox, how did you find out about us, and how close is the redbox you usually go to?
I started using redbox just over a year ago. The nearest location for me is about 20 minutes away at Walmart and we have another at Walgreens. And my Kroger had a sign posted recently that redbox would be there soon!
Are there certain types of movies that you prefer to see in the theater versus at home on DVD, and if so, would you rather be in a crowded theater or a fairly empty one?
I prefer to see the big-budget action movies in the theater.
My preference for crowdedness depends on the movie. On a related note, I can remember going to see Return of the Jedi (as a kid) and there were only 2 seats left in the whole theater. When I went to see it in re-release, there were only 3 people in the theater, LOL.
What kind of experience do you like or hope to have when you watch a movie?
I like the kind of movie that sucks you in and doesn't feel like a movie, it feels like a firsthand experience. When the credits roll, you think, "WOW! Was that a movie or was it for real?"
What five movies would you want on a deserted island (deserted… except for a TV and a DVD player and one electrical outlet)?
2. V: The Original Miniseries, and V: The Final Battle. Yeah I know those are 2 movies, but I count them as one, cause you can't have 1 without the other. It's like peanut butter and no jelly.
3. Any movie that John Hughes wrote, directed, or produced. Still have a hard time deciding which is my favorite.
4. Adventures in Babysitting. I can still remember my mom taking me to see it in the theaters, and her being totally shocked at them saying the F word, LOL.
5. Deep Impact, for therapeutic purposes. I mean you can't get any worse than the end of the world, right? Besides, on a desert island no one can hear/see me cry.
6. Mulan, my favorite Disney movie! Yeah, I know you said 5, but I don't see a lot of the other Readers Who Rock sticking to that!
OK, OK… we'll let you get away with six, then. Let's talk about some of your other favorites… like your favorite actor. Who is it?
1. Josh Lucas – there is something in his eyes, he can convey emotions without even saying a word.
2. John Cusack – no one can compare!! Loved his early movies like Better Off Dead and One Crazy Summer.
3. Robert Downey, Jr. I like how he has changed over the years. I like to watch the young version, then the adult version because you can still see that kid leaking out of him every once in a while.
With an honorable mention to Paul Rudd!
And how's about your favorite actress?
1. Reese Witherspoon – I love her early work, like Freeway and S.F.W — the raw and gritty stuff. Cruel Intentions is still her best movie, though, in my opinion.
2. Salma Hayek – I love it when she goes all Spanish-speaking crazy!!
3. Kirsten Dunst – no one does dumb blond better! (other than Anna Farris in The House Bunny) and she has a lot of range.
Ugh, we can't say we agree with you on that last one… but to each her own. Are there any actors or actresses that you could do without?
Will Ferrell and Jack Black. They try too hard, and they like themselves too much. And I just don't care for Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie (her one exception being Foxfire), and I only like Nicolas Cage in just the right movie. Most of the time I can't stand him.
Return of the Jedi, 'cause it was the awesomest! But not really any since then.
How about midnight screenings — ever been to one of those?
Yep, Dick Tracy. Aren't you jealous? And Heavy Metal, but I was only about 6 or 7 years old.
Wow, that's pretty cool that you went to Heavy Metal as a tyke! And hey, while we're on the subject of music (kind of), what are your favorite soundtracks?
The Breakfast Club, Footloose, Wayne's World, and Less Than Zero. I actually wore out my LTZ cassette. All the music from my youth.
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?
Hmmm, I generally like movies where the characters are striving or struggling, but I want a happy ending, so not really sure which one I would pick.
"What did you do, Ray, what did you do!?!" – Ghostbusters
"Give my daughter the shot!" (screaming at the top of your lungs) – Terms of Endearment
"That's what I said!" - The Goonies
What was your favorite film of 2009?
Really didn't see a whole lot of movies that were that great. I guess I would have to say Pineapple Express. I have been very disappointed with movies lately. It seems as though they put all the good parts in the commercials/previews. I have all the movie packages — HBO, Starz, etc. — so we watch a new movie every week, but I can't always remember what year they are from.
What about the Oscars, will you be tuning in for those this year?
No, sadly I usually just get to skim the program. I don't usually go with main stream movies, either. I am hopelessly stuck in the '80s.
I'm looking forward to the next Chronicles of Narnia movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but not sure if it will even make it to the big screen. I am most certainly not looking forward to the new wave of remakes. Some things should remain sacred!! I mean, Red Dawn, for real? The Karate Kid? There must be a shortage of original ideas in Hollywood.
Well, we certainly agree with you there. Thanks so much for taking the time to gab with us, Michelle. And we'll see you soon in the comments section!
Missed a past Readers Who Rock interview? You can skim through all of them here. And we'll be back with another reader profile next Thursday.