Time to meet another Reader Who Rocks! Today we’re happy to introduce Matt in Dallas, one of our most enthusiastic Threes and Freeze Frame players. Enthusiastic in that he really wants to win and has been giving it his best shot — placing several times, too — since the beginning of the year. He’s also got a lot to say about movies, so let’s get going, shall we?
Posts as (username): Matt in Dallas
Age: 39 (still)
Occupation: I work for ‘the Man’
Welcome, Matt! Thanks for joining us, and for sharing a picture of yourself and your adorable son. First things first: when did you start using redbox, how did you find out about us, and how close is the redbox you usually go to?
I am an avid user, been so for about a year now. There is one outside the HEB a few minutes from the house. It’s an amazing and easy-to-use service. I take them on the road with me as I travel, and watch them as a normal part of my West Coast trips.
Ah, yes, it’s always good to have something to help pass the time when you’re on the road. So what kind of experience do you hope to have when you watch a movie?
I need to be taken away from the normal daily drab. I need an adventure, an escape. I love to get immersed in the whole movie-going experience. Always get the popcorn, peanut M&Ms and a huge soda. My wife and I used to always go on Thanksgiving and Christmas as a tradition before we had our son a few years ago. It was a quiet respite from the grind that time of year, and we both had a chance to delve into the hot holiday releases. We relish those.
What do you wish there was more of in films today?
The wife and I are very happy to do the traditional popcorn blockbuster every weekend! I am always in line for the big ones and the remakes and the sequels. I am a sucker for good marketing. So I am sucked into the hype around the HP movies, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Batman’, ‘Avatar’, and anything to make me feel young(er than I am). I loved Ocean’s, and find myself watching old ’80s movies a ton on basic cable. And if anything can make me laugh, it is Will Ferrell.
That being said, my tastes are shifting. I have a two-year-old boy (he’s almost three) and I find myself watching a heck of lot more NickJr than I ever wanted. So I am really looking for family films and less violence so I can enjoy the flicks with the little guy. Even with the Pixar flicks, some of it can be pretty hair-raising and suspenseful. So I am on the lookout for the really innocent and easy-going flicks. Can’t wait to get him in the theater for his first experience, and may try to do that with Toy Story 3.
… And less of?
Attention studios: No more rom-coms please. If I see another set of uber-attractive 20/30-somethings that can’t seem to find a way to bed each other… I may throw up.
I hate to be the one to break this to you, but I don’t think the studios are going to listen to your plea, as logical as it may be. So what determines whether or not you want to see a movie?
Usually I troll the web for any new trailer I can find while I am at work. I love me some trailers. But if I see a good one, that is it, I make a mental note that I want to see it and that is it…no more trailers for that flick, and I want to be surprised. I saw the first A-Team trailer, and I wanted to see it, I know there are clips and more trailers out there, but I won’t watch them. I even switch the channels at home when a trailer comes up. So often, you can get the whole plotline from a trailer, even if they try to conceal it.
I am always looking for something to catch my eye, and then I drop by to check in with “e” to see what she has to say!
I would take the fake nose from ‘Ocean’s 13’ that Matt Damon wore because… it plays.
That might just be the most random prop request of all time… but perhaps you are onto something. Now tell me, have you ever run into any movie stars in the past?
I met Carmen Electra in an airport lounge one time about 8 years ago. We talked for about an hour at the bar. She left, and I called every living person I knew! It’s shallow… I know.
I don’t think that’s shallow — an hour is a LONG TIME for a celebrity to talk to a mere commoner! I would’ve been psyched, too, even though I’m not a guy and probably wouldn’t have been AS excited as you were. Are there any other particularly cool movie-related experiences you’d like to share?
Here is a childhood story for you – When I lived in Georgia as a kid, must have been junior high or 7th grade, I spent one whole summer going to at least three movies a week. A friend or two and I would hitch a ride with my mom on her way back to work from her lunch break, and she worked across the parking lot from a multiplex. We saw a ton of movies that summer. I saw several good ones and lots of bad ones too. I remember that is when I saw ‘The Goonies’ and ‘The Legend of Billie Jean’ in one day (yes, I saw that in the theater). I saw ‘Silverado’ (twice), ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘Weird Science,’ ‘A View to a Kill’ and ‘Real Genius’ to name but a few. It was a GREAT summer for movies. That is also the summer I fell in love with ‘Fletch.’ More quotes from that movie are in my everyday-speak than any others. I think that is when I fell in love with going and seeing all kinds of movies, and going often. I try to see a few every month to this day.
All right, well since you’ve seen so many films, hopefully it won’t be too hard for you to pick only five for the inevitable desert island question. And what do you know, we’ve reached that question. What say you?
Good picks, all of ‘em! Now it’s time to talk about your favorite movie hero and villain…
Indiana Jones (not the old one) – he was just a staple as I grew up. Always loved those flicks and his character… except when they nuked the fridge in the Crystal Disaster. He is a real guy, a man’s man, with a sense of humor, and an unhealthy obsession with artifacts. It’s both his greatest flaw and his biggest asset. It put him in tough spots but also gave him intelligence, character, and integrity.
It goes without saying that Keyser Soze was the coolest villain and smartest, most manipulative. I also like the Mr. Glass from the M Night movie ‘Unbreakable.’ It was just a cool character. I know that the shock at the end had a lot to do with the writing and the story, but that still was a slick and diabolical plotline. All-out evil has to be Kevin Spacey in ‘Seven.’ That was an amazing performance and such a sick/psychopath character. I loved every minute of it.
Favorite Comic Villains: Dr. Evil, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Dark Helmet and Jacobim Mugatu (had to look that one up).
Hee hee, I’m going to make everyone else look it up, too! OK, so now tell me which supporting film character deserves a spin-off.
I would give a movie to Brad Pitt’s character in ’12 Monkeys.’ It was a great character, and I want his back story, in a prequel of a time-travel movie without any time travel. Hey, that’s never been done…Green Light!
Wow, that is a toughie. I am so hung up on ‘Lost’ right now that I just can’t get Matthew Fox, Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson off of my mind. The job they did in that show was amazing. But if I were forced to look at the big screen, I would say Johnny Depp or Denzel Washington. They seem to be more diverse and take the challenging roles. It’s not all about the box office (but that comes along) and I find it fascinating to see how they reinvent themselves each time. I mean, looking at ‘Finding Neverland’ and ‘From Hell’ as part of Mr. Depp’s portfolio of films, it’s hard to see the same guy. And for Denzel, when he finally went ‘bad’ with ‘Training Day’ I think he found his best work.
And your favorite actress?
I guess if we have to exclude Carmen Electra as an actress…. I would have to say Amy Adams is at the top of my list currently for her talent and the fun pictures she is in. Not all rom-com, but a few gems like ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ and I even liked ‘Julia and Julia.’ I came to know and love her in one of my Will Ferrell favorites, “Talladega Nights.’ As a close second is Scarlett Johansson. I like her not just for the ‘Iron Man’ popcorn stuff, but in ‘The Prestige’ and the Woody Allen movie ‘Scoop’ and also ‘In Good Company.’
First off, I didn’t tell you that you couldn’t pick Carmen — she IS an actress in all of those spoof movies, remember! And second, if you liked Scarlett in ‘Scoop,’ then I sure hope you’ve seen Woody Allen’s ‘Match Point’ as well (’cause she’s in that and it’s really good, too). OK, so now tell me who you don’t like.
I am done with Kate Hudson. Thought ‘Almost Famous’ was great…and now she is exclusively in rom-coms… Bad rom-coms.
I second your feelings. Any TV actor or actress you’d like to see on the big screen?
Michael Emerson from ‘Lost’ needs a leading role.
Word. Now onto my least favorite subject. What do you think about the new trend of 3D films? Is it a fad or is it here to stay?
I liked ‘Avatar,’ but can’t imagine that it will be that effective for anything less than a film of that scope. When it takes off on TV (with ESPN 3D and sports in general) it will start to become expected.
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?
Dewey in ‘Scream.’ I loved that movie. Not many movies scare me, but a few really catch me off guard. I saw this one in Austin at a ‘dinner and a movie’ joint with a bunch of friends. It was a great ride, and really had me going, trying to figure out what the heck was happening… all the while getting a few good jolts. It was so smart, and the characters were so “anti-slasher” when you think about it. I want to be Dewey because of course he lived through them all, and he got the girl (and still gets to get her).
That’s a pretty random choice, but I understand your reasoning. You should be happy to know that they’re currently filming ‘Scream 4′ by my friend’s house in Ann Arbor, MI, so you’ll get another dose of Dewey soon. OK, just a few more questions for you… any favorite movie scenes that stand out in your mind – ones where you ALWAYS laugh, cry, or freak out no matter how many times you’ve seen them?
I rarely have the same emotion over and over in a movie if I’ve seen it before. There are a few though, and most of them are of the comedy variety. When Ron Burgundy is aroused and has to go to the pants store… it gets me every time. There are moments in ‘My Life’ with Michael Keaton that get me too. Not sure what it is about that movie, but I must have some daddy issues. Speaking of “Daddy Issues”… I cried like Jack Shephard himself at the Lost Finale if that counts.
‘Air Force One’ – “Get off my plane!”
‘Airplane’ – “Ever seen a grown man naked?”
‘Old School’ – “I have to go to Home Depot this weekend…maybe Bed Bath and Beyond.”
‘Fletch’ – “Cash? I’m impressed…” “I saw my pimp today.”
And finally, what upcoming movies are you looking forward to?
I want to see the new Harry Potter later this year, and I may get my testosterone on for ‘Predators’ and ‘The Expendables.’ And I need my yearly Will Ferrell fix with ‘The Other Guys.’ I also have my eye on ‘Tron Legacy’ in December. The original still holds up in my mind (saw it a few weeks ago), but that may be because I am almost 40 and know what an arcade game actually is.
Alright, Matt! I think we’ve bugged you enough here today — thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us, and good luck in your continual quest to dominate the redblog challenges.
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